Next, in no particular order, some locals we interact with.
They're why we come back. ================================================================
It's with sadness that we report on the passing of our dear friend of over 20 years, Gordon, who died in February 2015 after several years of fighting a battle over failing health. During CFD in 2014, while bar-side at the Red Wood Lounge, he told us of his near death experiences in the preceding months and felt lucky to still be around. We'll miss his keen sense of humor, often self-deprecating, and warm friendship. RIP friend.
Felix & Louise - the dynamic duo that've been running the Tom Horn Float for umpteen years. He does a lot of the "grunt work" that a guy's supposed to do, like fix things that break, drive the rig, set it up, tear it down. All so he can get some nookie from Louise, who actually manages the personnel who ride the float, creates the costumes, by hand, brings food & drink for the riders, etc, etc, etc. And by the way, they aren't in costume in this pic.. NOTE: after more than 25 years, Felix & Louise decided to retire from the Tom Horn and will gladly turn it over to whomsoever wishes to keep up the tradition.
Chuck - for years (decades?) the owner of the Pioneer Hotel. He & wife Maryann ran it and welcomed the presence of the California Dickheads every July and a few in-between trips. He's since sold the building and retired to his place south of town -- ummm, on the way to the Clown's Den. We couldn't have hoped for a better friend all those years. Sadly we now have to report that Chuck passed away in late 2017.
Jerry & Sandy - here's another "former", the owner of the famous WigWam lounge and then the RedWood. Jerry retired a few ago but when you stepped into one of Jerry's bars you know you'd be treated right and would have a good time. The "High Horses" band played there so long a go that lead singer PJ was still in diapers. Thanks, Jerry, for all you did for the locals and for us aliens. You're missed.
Jerry has passed, see his RIP page.