Gawd help me. I just spent half the day driving around Marin County looking for the little guys. Yikes. 40 bucks in gas and 6 dollars in bridge tolls. What am I rich?
And there's nothing like driving around the Marin county bayfront shoreline for a few hours to remind oneself of this.
Looks like some big flocks of birds off Belvedere. One of these days I'm gonna nail a Belvedere herring run. There's one little stretch of accessible shoreline in Belvedere and there's no way they can keep me out! Beware ye 1 percenters, I'm coming in there with 25 igorots armed with nets, fillet knives and jars of vinegar (for pickling). We will not be stopped!
Seriously though, how lame is it that there isn't a single #$%&++#@%$%!!! piece of public shoreline between Elephant Rock Pier in Tiburon and the Romberg center! Unreal, I drove back and forth for like 20 minutes trying to find a way down to the shoreline but we the people of California have been summarily shut out. Isn't there a law about this somewhere? Public access to the shore? Maybe I imagined it.
Unfortunately, the Monkey Face News and Intertidal Report (a scattered and irreverant blog of marginal cultural significance) brings you the sad news (only really felt by like 5 guys) of a pier closing down. For the half a dozen or so herring fishermen who used to fish Spinnaker Pier... I offer condolences. Just try to remember the good times. They can't steal our memories... waaaaaaahh!
You might think a restaurant that has prospered by its 50 year association with the area might be able to mustre a little tolerance for fishing, but I guess they can't.
Now the way I see it there could only really be two parties that might have put this sign up.
2. The City/Harbor of Sausalito.
In either case I'm pissed. What the hell? I mean is it really so hard for the people of Sausalito to endure a few herring scales on a seldom-visited pier for a week or two every year? Really? No nets? No fishing? What the fuck else would bring someone to that pier? The views of people eating over priced mediocre food?
The earth shaker is very upset with Spinnaker Restaurant
Spinnaker restaurant. I mean "spinnaker" is a reference to sailing for Poseidon's sakes. It's a nautical thing. It sits in Richardson's Bay. Gimme a friggin' break! People go to this place for the seafood, don't they? Misdirected people, sure, but people nonetheless. God forbid there should be a few herring scales and some milt lying on the pier next door. Oh my gawd the poor customers of Spinnaker might actually see people catching a few local fish (quick someone call PETA! ) while they eat their local (no doubt dragged) petrale sole--caught 30,000 pounds at a time. Not to mention the mahi mahi and swordfish fillets no doubt long-lined along with how many seabirds and turtles per annum? All the way from where? Hawaii, the Phillipines, the soon to be fishless wastes of Oceania? And brought all the way to Sausalito in an attempt to keep everyone thinking that Sausalito is some kind of authentic seafood hub, and that (Mc)Spinnaker Restaurant is something other that the overpriced ocean front Denny's that it actually is.
I will call the city of Sausalito tomorrow to try and figure out who put this sign up. But it's hard for me to imagine it isn't McSpinnaker. If it is... to paraphrase the dwarf: (dwarves on my mind a lot lately having recently seen the new Peter Jackson):
"Rest assured there is one net flinger in Mordor who still draws blood!"