Sunday, November 27, 2011

Eating Gandhi

This Thanksgiving we did something different.  We ordered a "happy" turkey from a sustainable farm named 3 Sisters on near-by Whidbey Island.  I thought the place was run by three nuns who branched out when Catholic Church membership dropped.
The Husband was horrified when I told him we'd be paying $8 a pound (instead of the usual 59 cents a pound), and his razor-sharp mind calculated that the price tag for this year's bird toted up to almost $100.  Before he could get too wound up with his standard rhetoric about our place at the low end of the "99%" I quickly countered with, "How could we possibly go wrong buying a 'happy' turkey raised by nuns"?

Two days later, when the purchased bird was delivered by a friend, we all peered into the special bag she plopped onto the kitchen floor.  Shock rippled through the group.

"He looks like Gandhi," my friend pointed out.  He was skinny, with long slender legs and a small breast.  At that moment, Gandhi was the name bestowed upon this year's Thanksgiving fowl, and I began to seriously wonder about this whole buy local sustainable living issue.  I knew nothing about it, but decided to delve in with an open mind and learn.  Buying Gandhi was my first experience.

The bottom line, in spite of our trepidations and outlandish expenditure, Gandhi (former member of the Heritage breed) was the most delicious, moist turkey any of us have ever tasted.  Even the granddaughters, who rarely eat more than a tablespoon of meat lest they risk gaining an ounce of weight, had two helpings of turkey.  We were all thankful for Gandhi.  Read the rest of the story here.

Latest Leeks on Skagit County Assessor
The new Deputy Assessor (and former Revaluation Auditor for the Washington State Department of Revenue Property Tax Division), R. C. Cavazos, hired by Assessor Don Munks, will reportedly not begin work until December 5.  Is he on vacation, or tidying up loose ends on his last job?

Skagit Leeks found the selection of Mr. Cavazos "irregular" and worth an email (expressing a citizen's concern) to Will Honea, the Chief Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Skagit County.  Mr. Honea's response stated he thought Mr. Munks' selection was "great" and this situation reminded him of an episode in the current popular NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation" which apparently had a similar story line.

A Letter to the Editor, written by Cathy Scott of Bow, WA, titled "Tax assessments flawed," was published in the November 27 issue of the Skagit Valley Herald.  Ms. Scott's letter referred to a November 20 front page story about the issue (basing home values on foreclosures and short sales) that concerned her, titled "Dropping in Value."

The interesting thing is Cathy Scott is absolutely correct in being concerned about the issue as reported in the paper, since the Assessor's Office does not, in fact, base home values on foreclosures and short sales.  So it seems to Skagit Leeks that we have two potential sources of incorrect information here:  (1) either our County Assessor, Don Munks, does not seem to know how his office operates, or (2) our newspaper, the Skagit Valley Herald, appears to print stories without verifying their accuracy.

Could it possibly be both?

What are we citizens and taxpayers supposed to think about this situation?  Read the whole story here.


  1. Heritage breeds are definitely better, they've been bred for distinctiveness rather than for conformity. Glad you had such an enjoyable Thanksgiving

  2. Sounds like Gandhi turned out quite well.

    Now how long do you think the Deputy Tax Assessor will need to be brined and roasted?

    (loved your post. Keep up the great work)

  3. Sounds like Gandhi was well worth the cost (although my husband would have had an absolute hissy fit if I had come home with him).

    As to the Deputy Assessor, it is very possible that he is serving his two weeks' notice at his previous job, which would explain the delay. The newspaper article sounds far more bothersome to me. I am a stickler about accuracy in news reporting; an article like that would be warranting a phone call to the editor asking why something so blatantly wrong was allowed to be printed.

  4. How's come us Bunns did not get a nice stuffed and roasted carrot?