SEA GULL

The Sea Gull Restaurant was a popular hangout in Mendocino during the 1970s and 80s.  Lots of things happened there, good and bad. I knew sooner or later this would all be converted to words. On this page you will find stories, experiences, and reflections on my time at the Sea Gull. Pictures, articles, art, and more will be posted as they become available.  If you were an employee or customer during that time and have pictures or experiences you want to share, send them to me at dhj@thinkinthemorning.com. Don’t expect this to be a foodie site. I might from time to time venture into the joys of mezcal or review a favorite restaurant or offer up a recipe that I’ve found tasty, but my primary purpose is to document some of the happenings at the Sea Gull during the 70s and 80s for the benefit of those senior citizens whose memories have been repressed. Enjoy!

Napkin Art Gallery Complete For Now

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]     Think in the Morning Napkin Art Gallery is complete for now. Nearly 1500 napkins have been posted in the gallery. Twenty-three artists are identified by name. The remaining napkins are signed with initials only...

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NEW – Napkin Art Gallery

[Click on BLUE links for sources and more information] The Think in the Morning website has established a NEW LINK - NAPKINS where we will be posting and storing all the napkin art we can obtain (to date about 1500 pieces) organized by artist.  If you go to the link,...

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Was It Really That Wild?

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   After getting you to give us a freebie glass of wine, napkin art picked up.. a few months later I got the Art Center to give us a room for a cartooning seminar, I got an easel with a large drawing pad, put Max...

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The Kelley House–The Sea Gull–Mendocino History

  [Click on BLUE link for sources and more information]   The Kelley House is a tremendous local resource for Mendocino.  The amount of information and the services provided by the Kelley House are quite extensive.  A simple search using the search tool on their site...

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Remembering Big Al

  [Click on BLUE links for sources or more information]   IMPORTANT NOTE:  To honor Al, the Community Center of Mendocino is hosting a "Celebration Of Big Al's Life" Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 12:00 to 3:00pm. Please join us, bring your stories, music and photos of...

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The Sea Gull As Art

[Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   “qualia” : the internal and subjective component of sense perceptions, arising from stimulation of the senses by phenomena     There is geometry at play in life, not just in art― we call it symmetry. James Maxwell  ...

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An Indulgent Nostalgic Journey

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   Nostalgia, to me, is not the emotion that follows a longing for something you lost, or for something you never had to begin with, or that never really existed at all. It's not even, not really, the feeling...

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Smoking

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   My mother and grandmother smoked their cigarettes in a little room off the kitchen we called the back porch.  In the company of a washing machine, a dryer, a chest freezer, and a broom closet they sat at a table,...

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Water

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   It seems odd that you can live on a peninsula surrounded by water yet run out of the stuff every year just at the busiest tourist time. But, it happened every year in Mendocino when I was running the Sea Gull...

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De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum

  [Click on Blue links for sources and further information]   De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum (Of the Dead say nothing but good)   We all know a few jerks. Emilee Hines, Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Washington, D.C., History   The evil that men do lives after them....

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The Daily Special

  [Click on BLUE links for sources or more information)     By age 35 I expected to be President, very famous or at least very, very rich.  Instead, by 35 I had three sons, a beautiful wife, and a restaurant business where I made great friends.  I had also discovered...

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Oyster Stuffing

  [Click on BLUE links for sources or more information}       H A P P Y   T H A N K S G I V I N G   Thanksgiving comes and goes but oyster stuffing for the turkey has been a constant in my life since I first read M.F.K. Fisher’s Consider the Oyster.  Not everyone...

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