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Vietnamese Restaurant — a Review

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


Pho Thien Long 

      It’s cold outside. I’m hungry, but I’m too tired to cook tonight. I just finished with a long day of classes and I feel like bellying up to a big bowl of Pho. Pho is a wonderful Vietnamese soup comprised of broth, meat, noodles, spices, and assorted condiments. No one knows the exact origin of pho, but it has influences from both the French and the Vietnamese. The first known pho restaurant started in the 1920’s in Hanoi. It grew in popularity until the 1970’s, when fleeing refugees shared the recipes with neighboring countries. It found its way to America after the war when returning soldiers wanted the spices and variety that they were used to in Vietnam. Here in Humboldt we have few good options for ethnic foods. One place I have found to be very tantalizing is Pho Thien Long.  Located at 615 F ST., across the street from the Eureka Theater between 6th and 7th, Pho Thien Long is a Vietnamese restaurant specializing in Pho. Walking into the place you immediately get greeted with a warm smiling face as your nose gets hit with a plethora of aromatic scents. After I am seated, I notice how warm and inviting the place is on the inside (outside not so much) and how everything is well decorated. The reds and the golds invoke a memory of grand Asian restaurants I have visited in LA and SF. The tables are well organized so that many of the tables are pretty private, perfect for a nice quiet dinner where you can actually hear the person across from you. On the table are some tasty and spicy condiments, including four different kinds of chilies, hoision, fish, and soy sauces.  Looking over the menu there are so many delicious choices. They have nice appetizer or “Khai Vi” menu that has different types of spring rolls, a small 4 item vegetarian “Do Chay” menu, and a kids menu. Offering diverse choices in the pho they have beef, chicken, seafood, and tofu. If soup isn’t your thing, the vermicelli noodle plate “Bun” or the rice plate “Com” comes with different types of meats. Then, if you’re not in the mood for Vietnamese food they have Thai style specials that include soups, curries, fried rice, pan fried noodles, salads, and dessert.   Once our server saw we were finished looking at the menu he came over with a pleasant smile and took our order. First I ordered crispy egg rolls, “Cha Gio,” they were tasty but very greasy and only gave a small piece of lettuce to wrap it with. They didn’t last long. Then I tried to decide what pho to get out of their 26 varieties. I finally decided on the house special combo beef noodle, “Pho dac biet”, a combination of eye round steak, well-done brisket, fat brisket, flank steak, tendon, tripe, meatballs, and I had them add on a few fish balls to round it all out.    They placed this giant bowl in front of me with a small plate on the side for bean sprouts, Thai basil, lime, and jalapeño. Here stands in front of me an amazing site of steaming aromatic broth with a huge mountain of noodles, and various odds and ends of thinly sliced raw beef so it will cook only when its introduced to the broth. The meat and fish balls floated around the bowl, dipping and rising every time they hit my spoon. After adding the different types of chilies and the sauces, my soup goes from a murky tan to a dark red with chilies oil floating up to the top. The great thing about pho is that you get a basic soup, but then everyone can add their own ingredients at the table, making it to their taste.

  Coming from LA I’ve had my fair share of great Pho and this doesn’t beat them but it comes close. The servers were kind and prompt, the décor was tasteful and eye pleasing, the prices were reasonable (a large bowl of Pho is $7.95), the food was delicious, and it’s made with a great deal of local ingredients. This is one of my new favorite restaurants and I will continue to come back and leave that place will a FULL soup filled stomach every time.

Andy Abbott 

Legalize Prostitution – Part 2 An Opinion

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

                With a bit more digging I found that no other state(s) draw that fine line between Prostitution and being a Porn star.  California is the only one that make the technical separation due to who is paying who and/or how the sexual action is portrayed.  The California Court made a legal distinction in the case of People v. Freeman between someone who took part in a sexual relationship for money (prostitution) versus someone who takes on the act of merely portraying a role where a sexual relationship was engaged in on-screen act as part of their acting performance.  Wow, so I guess if you have a third person not directly involved with the sexual act and filmed it you can’t be charged with Prostitution.  See  Pornographic actor and Prostitution in Wikipedia for a more information.                I still can’t see the rational in making the activity of sexual enjoyment illegal, when between consenting adults.  If we’re to get somewhat technical I think we all sell ourselves for monetary gain in this world.  Isn’t the professional athlete selling his body.  That would include our Bodybuilding Governor.  It’s likely  he would have never been such a box office draw if it weren’t for his physical attributes.  Even a construction worker, office worker, College Professor or Police Officer makes their money based on their physical/mental ability and get promoted for doing their jobs well.  America has to get out of their moral superior puritan mind set and stop wasting our (tax payers) money on vice squads and focus on the negative aspects of prostitution rather than the general business of prostitution.  It’s going to be there either way so why not make it legal, safer for all concerned and quite possible have a money generator vs. a money pit.                 Considering the term, “or other considerations,” applied to how an act of prostitution is determined, I’m bamboozled. Now I’m not wanting to upset anyone off here but, as a guy, I can’t remember a time that I didn’t provide some kind of consideration in the dating game.  Movies, dinner, admission fees to a club, drinks, flowers, if you’re lucky a motel room.  Heck, I paid a babysitter to watch the kids so me and my last girlfriend could stay the night at a motel and, well, you know. Aren’t all these considerations of some kind?   I don’t think every woman is a prostitute or that any that had sex with me were prostitutes.  It’s just how our society seems to work.  The guys tend to pick up the tab, not always but for the most part.                  I bet a lot of people reading this think I’m just a sex nut or something.  I don’t think I’m obsessed with it anymore than any other person.  I get peeved thinking that something that can be so pleasurable when shared between two consenting adults should be considered illegal.   I believe the a-sexual individuals in power that force their righteous beliefs down our throats can go piss up a rope.  Every so often we hear about one of them having a mistress on the side or partaking in the forbidden fruit.  A man I have always admired is John F Kennedy, but if people want to get self righteous and bigoted we could definitely call him a “John” because he had many extramarital affairs and I bet there were “other considerations” involved there.  As well as many prominent figures, political or otherwise, throughout history and likely today.                Here’s something interesting.  I conducted a non-scientific pole here at the college.  I might have phrased the question different but, oh well, this is all new to me and I did what I did.  I left space for a comment and asked, ” With the activity of sexual interaction being legal in the adult industry, namely pornography.  Do you think Prostitution should be legalized?”  I ended up with 47 yes, 46 no, and 7 undecided.  Interesting?  Sure, but what caught my attention were the comments.  Several of the no’s stated that it would promote the spread of STD’s.  On the contrary, the main reason prostitution is regulated in Europe is to control the spread (of STD’s) and it has helped.  Another was the forcing of women (or children) into the business.  Again this only confirms my reasoning for legalization.   Rather than wasting money going after the people willfully engaging in the sex for money transaction, why not apply the funds going after the scrupulous trash behind the scenes that are really endangering others?  Wouldn’t that be more beneficial to society?  Wouldn’t that increase public safety further than chasing Johns and prostitutes?   Wouldn’t that make more sense?    I don’t deny there would still be negative aspects associated with the sales of sex.  I am just of the mindset that the easily focused upon willing participants shouldn’t be the main targets of law enforcement.  Target the brutal pimps, the victimizing predators, the child traffickers.  Take out the trash and the house won’t smell like garbage.  Oh yeah, I did get a couple people that thought sex was a sin, immoral and that I should pray to Jesus for salvation.  Whatever, to each their own but that won’t make it go away nor should that belief be forced upon the larger percentage of society that does not embrace the same belief.  As with any law there would have to be adjustments made to make it plausible (improve upon it) and make it appropriately address the concerns of society.  Everything in our society must be adaptable to the current public opinion, to have something “written in stone” is counterproductive to our legal wellbeing in my opinion.  Even the writers of our Constitution knew this to be true and therefore included Article V, which addresses Amendments that are to be “…Part of this Constitution…”    

                Would love to see some comments on the issue with some sort of justification as to why someone feels this way or that about it.  Don’t be scared, be anonymous but you have to speak up if you want to be heard.          

Brian Fleming

Thoughts About Sigmund Freud

Friday, October 22nd, 2010


             The  video  clip  we  watched  in  journalism 5  class  on  the  date  of  September  30th, 2010   about  “ Sigmund  Freud “,  I  thought  brought  a lot  of  information  about  his  intelligence,  and  people  had  their  views  and  opinions  and  ideas  from  their  experiences  signaling “ Sigmund  Freud,”  and  of  what  the  people  saw  in  his  life  and  then  life  and  other  people’s  lifes.

            Hearing  about  a  man  named “ Edward  Barnays”,  whom  I  haven’t  heard  before , until  I  seen  the  video-clip – I  thought  was  a  entrepreneur,  or  someone  of  particular circumstances  of  a  leader  in  his  own  right.  Showing  the  documentary  titled “  Crowds  and  Behavior”  showed  crowds  of  people  and  their  behaviors  of  nineteen  thirties  or  and  nineteen  forties,  or  was  it  the  nineteen  twenties?  The  war  and  propaganda  was  a  series  of  events  that  changed  people’s  public  relations  and  needs.  Was  there  a  war  zone?

            Edward  Barnay  spoke  his  mind  and  what  seemed  to  be  question among  the  masses  of  idealism  and  information  about  Sigmund  Freud.

            A  thought  came  to  my  mind  in  question.  “ Did  these  people  that  spoke  about “ Sigmund  Freud”  really  knew  him  personally?”  It  seemed  while  I  watched  this  video-clip  and  documentary,” Crowds  and  Behaviors,”  he  wasn’t  shown,  or  was  it  a  time  in  his  life  of  earlier  segment?  I  thought  the  people  that  spoke  about  “ Sigmund Freud”  like  historians  that  were  educated.  I  know  they  must  have  researched.  I  like the  statement  about  Sigmund  Freud’s ideas  of  human mind  of  psychotherapy .

            The  lady  states  that  people  had  the  proud  of  feelings  of   somebody


          Thought  and  question and  society

  I  couldn’t  understand  why  or  what  isn’t  good  about  hose  positive  feelings  because  she   said  it  wasn’t  a  good  thing  because  theirselves  would  form  into  bits. Did  she mean people  bid  and  bet  for  or  against  each  other?  And  for  what  reasons?  What  does  respect  for  each  other  would mean  if  honesty  and  admiration  and  question aren’t   important  factors.

            Sigmund  Freud  analyzed  dreams  and  feelings  of  repression,  states  a  voice  of  opinion  in  the video clip   documentary  and  also  states  that  repression  would be  too dangerous  of our  consciousness  called, “psychoanalygis.”  President  Wilson  wanted  to  bring  democracy  to  the  world,  which  I  admired- The Peace Conference.”   What  also  admired  me  was  that  Edward Barnays  writings  turned  to  human  forces  of  human  beings  wondering  how  to  make  money  of  human  conscious . I  wonder  if  his  writings  were  of  other  things  than  money?

 Richard Hill

Why Not Be All A “Twitter” About The News?

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Trevor Smith on what we’re discussing in Intro to Mass Communication–

If you tune into the news on the T.V. today, most likely you’ll find yourself watching either a spat between celebrity anchors, or a reporter who is out the field and is reporting information that isn’t relevant to the actual situation.

News today has somehow lost the quality of communication that it once had. We used to watch the news and be able to find out not only what is happening in our country, but also in other countries. In the 1960s, an entire generation of reporters was able to communicate information without the use of social networking.  Yet today, news broadcasts will use social networking to obtain visuals from the public. This method, which is also marketed as “listening to the viewers,” is not only cheaper in costs to the station reporting, but also allows for anyone to become a reporter. However, the information acquired in these situations is not always accurate. For instance, some of the pictures that are sent to news stations are digitally altered, and therefore less accurate.

In addition to the lack of quality in the information, anchors today are usually hired because they are visually appealing and express themselves well, but one aspect of being a reporter falls short, and that is being able to convey the information that is being presented clearly. If one was to tune into a special event on T.V. you would probably be able to find a reporter who uses his hands a lot and conducts himself very energetically, but would you be able to figure out certain details about the event? Such information is usually an afterthought and stands behind the visuals of the event. Often, a reporter who can visually paint a picture in your head is more effective in conveying the information.

 Ironically, the type of reporting that gives you a mental image of what is happening was used more in a generation that didn’t have the technologies that we have today. Sure the news today is much more complex than in the past, but on a basic level, the reporter should still be able to convey the basic information of what needs to be reported.

Perhaps the possible reason for the lack of quality in the news is that we are generally allowing ourselves to take shortcuts just for the sake of agreement, instead of being informative and reporting what needs to be. So do reporters tend not to report what is actually happening because doing so might cause a negative effect? If this is true, then it’s truly a shame, because in reality, finding the ways that we disagree is but a journey into better insight. Though it seems that today we have lost our way so many times during that journey, that we don’t even attempt it anymore.