Innovative Designs

There is a building downtown that has known several incarnations in just the short time I have been visiting and living on this island (2007-2011).  For Amoeba, who has been here off and on since the late 1970s, the building has had four lives.  I have no memory of it as the Electric Company, but I do recall when it was Pazzo Vivo and Bella Luna and except for the name change, they were pretty much the same.    That’s no longer true!

I’ve written about this place before.  Now it is the Rumor Mill.  Now let me tell you a few things you don’t know ….

The first and most striking thing one notices about the Rumor Mill is that it is an indoor restaurant that becomes an outdoor restaurant with just the push of a button.  A good portion of the front wall is a gorgeous, glass, commercial garage door.  During daylight hours the restaurant is light and bright whether the doors are open or closed.

I love it when the doors are open!  One can enjoy the ambiance of sidewalk dining without the sidewalk or the street fumes. The garage door is a totally unexpected and charming innovation. It is also quite lovely.  One can get some pretty classy commercial garage doors these days.

If it ever stops raining I will photograph the Rumor Mill.  The One More Time Band will be playing there this Friday Night.  Since Amoeba is in the band, I am sure to be there, too.

Whale of a Good Time

Because Sunday was Easter, they celebrated her birthday Saturday afternoon.  He took She out for a drive.  They visited several of the most beautiful spots on the island. At one point they were on the north side above Lime Kiln Park. He took She there to look for whales (even though it is a bit early in the season).

She stood at the retaining wall taking in the vast expanse of blue water and blue sky before her. Even the Cascade Mountains were blue.

Blue. Blue. Blue. Blue. Blue.

She said, “I don’t see any whales — so you’re about to hear one!”

He said, “Don’t be silly. Of course you can’t see Wales. This isn’t even the right ocean!”

~*~

She had a very happy birthday, even if she did spend it with a smart-alec.

Amoeba’s Day

As you know, yesterday was Amoeba’s birthday.  As was his wish, we spent the morning in his lab cleaning and rearranging.  He’s had a couple pieces of equipment in there he doesn’t need for his research that could be better put to use by someone else, so we facilitated their removal.  We also broke down a bunch of boxes he’d been storing and I washed some glassware.

Then we went to the Hungry Clam for lunch.  Amoeba ordered the scallop basket with fries and I had a fish sandwich with clam chowder.  The scallop basket is Amoeba’s favorite  item on the lunch menu.  (For breakfast we both always order Eggs Benedict.  The Hungry Clam makes the best Eggs Benedict I have ever eaten!)  I had never before ordered the fish sandwich.  I usually get the fish basket.  I just wasn’t up for a gigantic mound of fries.   The fish sandwich was excellent.

After lunch Amoeba went back to his lab and I came home and tidied up the Avon half of my office.  I purchased booth space in a flea market this April 23rd, and I needed to audit my inventory.  I also took a shower and got ready to go out.  Amoeba came home, mowed the lawn, then got cleaned up as well.  We went to the Rumor Mill.

I haven’t quite decided if the Rumor Mill is a restaurant with a lively bar, or a lively bar with really great food.  Either way, I always enjoy good food and good music whenever we go there.  Of course Charley wasn’t playing.  I asked him how it felt to sit in the audience and listen to the music for a change.  He said it seemed weird, but that didn’t’ stop him from enjoying his dinner!

Amoeba ordered Pasta Puttanesca with Mussels.  I ordered Mushroom Gorgonzola Flat Iron steak.  We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We also had dessert.  When we arrived at the Rumor Mill, Amoeba let me out at the door, and then drove around the block to park.  I went in and got a table, and asked one of the waiters if I could order dessert now, but have it served after the meal.  I told him it was Amoeba’s birthday and I wanted the dessert to be a surprise.  He assured me he would let our waitress know.

Amoeba and I ordered our meal and ate it leisurely while listening to Kate Schuman & Friends.   Kate is a local singer/song writer and she and her band (group of friends) are quite enjoyable.  Kate’s music presentation was a “show” this time, but we also enjoy her when she leads sing-a-longs, which she has also done at the Rumor Mill.

ANYWAY, when it was time to pick up our plates the waitress confirmed that she’d put in my dessert order.  There was no cake on the menu.  My initial reaction was to order the yummy, gooey sounding brownie, but it is made with Kona coffee, which I would love but Amoeba not so much, and it was his birthday.  Another dessert featured coconut, also not one of Amoeba’s favorite things, but the third dessert was apple crisp and apple pie is one of Amoeba’s favorite things so  I ordered that.

This was no ordinary apple crisp.  It was made with perfectly spiced apples and walnuts, but it had a Phyllo pastry crust.  Light, flaky and yummy!  It was served with ice cream and whipped cream.  I ordered one dessert with two spoons and we shared it.  I didn’t want to share, but as I said, it was Amoeba’s birthday!

Don’t Call Search & Rescue

Yes, I know we went missing.  Our bad.  The problem started when my blog host went offline.  While it was down we left the island.  Amoeba had to see the doc about a mole on his lip.  The doc took the mole and left Amoeba with a really big bandage on his face.  That is why we couldn’t be found.

We are home now, but going to bed.  I have poked pain killers in Amoeba and he is kind of spacey. I need to get him to lay down before he falls down.

While you’re waiting for me to wake up and visit your blogs, Facebook did manage to upload the entire Watermelon Man video. This is the One More Time Band playing at The Rumor Mill in Friday Harbor, Washington. Amoeba is playing the trumpet solo with the plunger mute. You can also see this on Facebook.