Take an entertaining dip, but not in our local lakes

In response to my pointing out last week the irony of having so
many beautiful recreational reservoirs in the area that are
off-limits when it comes to human swimming but on-limits when it
comes to power boating and wake boarding, I received this morning a
97-page report from Supervisor Mike Wasserman’s office.
In response to my pointing out last week the irony of having so many beautiful recreational reservoirs in the area that are off-limits when it comes to human swimming but on-limits when it comes to power boating and wake boarding, I received this morning a 97-page report from Supervisor Mike Wasserman’s office. The report, finished in 2004, is entitled, “Countywide Swimming Feasibility Study Report for Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department.” I’m not kidding, 97 pages … drown me in paper, but further report to come.

Yep, you probably could read 97 pages on the way to San Jose … in the afternoon recently I made the trek north, and on the way up I saw a woman looking in her rearview mirror using one of those mechanical eyelash lengthening/curling devices that I haven’t seen since my mom used one in the ’60s. Then – cross my heart and hope to take a dip in Coyote Reservoir – on the way home I saw a guy driving solo watching a movie on his laptop computer. Both were going about 70 mph on U.S. 101. I’ve no idea what these imbeciles were thinking, but “distracted driving” doesn’t begin to cover it.

Covering all the bases were the volunteers at the Garlic Fun Run car show downtown last weekend. Nice cars, nice job, nice weather, nice business for Lizarran, Garlic City Cafe, Station 55, Cielito Lindo and The Milias Restaurant. Bars were packed, people happily strolled the street, upbeat music rang out from three different stage areas and the Downtown Association made $2,000 or so more bucks than last year. Local architect Mike Davis pointed out Gilroyan Daryl Lang’s 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 SC – an absolutely beautiful deep blue racer – and The Dispatch’s merchant award went to Hollister’s Sam Montoya and his sparkling ’67 Impala. Nice job John Tomasello, Eric Howard and everyone who pitched in.

Pitched into The Milias Restaurant after a long day last Thursday and had a very good meal which was happily interrupted by 263 hellos and how are yous. Great to see Gilroyans supporting a place with a lively atmosphere and delicious food. Restaurant entrepreneurs Adam Sanchez and Ann Zyburra have done a wonderful job opening up the former Harvest Time. It’s swanky. The great curved bar has more panache now that the bar area has an expanded presence and the interior makeover strikes a smart balance between sleek and antique. Topping the list were Miss Jenny’s excellent steamed mussels, the broiled peach dessert stood out and Gary DeLorenzo, seated next to us with his lovely wife Barbara, labeled the Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna outstanding. Plenty of choices on a tantalizing menu and, without question, it’s back as the place to meet in Gilroy.

Another place to meet downtown – and I confess one I haven’t been – is the 9 Lives Club right next door to Lizarran Tapas Restaurant in Old City Hall. Owners Jorge and Joyce Briones have been booking quality acts left and right since New Year’s and I’m bound and determined to make a visit happen. On Saturday, it’s Adler’s Appetite featuring Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses fame (“Sweet Child of Mine”), Saturday it’s another rock-it-out band, L.A. GUNS featuring Phil Lewis and down the road on Sept. 1 Montrose (“Rock Candy”). Doors always seem to open at 8 p.m., and it’s 18 and over. Just received a press release, ironically, or magically, take your pick, that singer-songwriter Alli Battaglia & The Musical Brewing Co., described as a high energy, positive vibed rock band, will be at 9 Lives on July 9, a Saturday. Sounds lucky and Alli has a wonderfully expressive voice.

Luca Rutigliano, the executive chef at Cordevalle Resort in San Martin, has an expressive culinary voice that’s going to be put to the test not only at this year’s Garlic Festival, but on the Food Network’s new show that debuted Thursday night, Extreme Chef – “… each episode pushes three chefs to their physical and mental limits as they must adjust to extreme conditions and unpredictable curveballs such as swimming across a lake for ingredients and using a car engine as a makeshift stove. Luca said he had quite an experience but, since he signed a $5 million cant-talk-about-it agreement, Luca saved the details. He should be on TV in a few weeks “… extracting ingredients from a block of ice or using a pocket knife as a lone cooking utensil,” competing for $10,000 and the title of Extreme Chef.

From Luca to Lucas we go … extremely talented and back at this year’s G-Fest will be Lucas Ohio (Pattie), grandson of famed Redwood Retreat area Gilroyans Frank and Mary Jane. Lucas and his band, the Shamblers will tee up the jazzy rocky bluesy set for prime time on the Gazebo Stage Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Gilroyan Nate Pruitt is back and fest favorites Red Beans and Rice and Shane Dwight are on the hot 2011 entertainment calendar, too.

Hot is what it will be outside this weekend – 100 we’re told by fearless forecasters – and I sent this to my pal Don Gage who has been elected to just about every local governance position possible and is now representing us on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors: “How about we set up a video shoot – it’s going to be 100 degrees this weekend. “Don Gage takes Fourth of July Freedom Swim in Coyote Lake”? I’ll do the voice over, “Water district director Don Gage, proclaiming that silly rules were what ignited the country’s revolution in 1776, donned his American flag swim trunks and took a giant leap for the residents of South County, plunging into the refreshing waters of Coyote Lake Saturday as temperatures soared into the 100s. ‘We don’t just play by the rules,’ declared Gage. ‘Sometimes you have to use your common sense to get silly rules changed.’ ” Hundreds of campers rushed to their tents to retrieve lonely and forgotten swim trunks chanting ‘Long live Don Gage’ as they rushed to the cooling waters …” Ah, well, a cool thought while it lasted … Happy Fourth!

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