Mino Warabi http://mino-warabi.com/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 13:30:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mino-warabi.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Mino Warabi http://mino-warabi.com/ 32 32 ‘Reservation Dogs’ Season 2, Episode 9 Recap: ‘Deals’ https://mino-warabi.com/reservation-dogs-season-2-episode-9-recap-deals/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 15:19:44 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/reservation-dogs-season-2-episode-9-recap-deals/

Reservation Dogs seem to be doing just fine, but as the opening montage shows, everyone is caught up in the same endless loop of daily routine. Bear seems to be splitting his time between two different jobs and school, and the daily grind is starting to wear him down. Elora works at the local gas station, mops the floors and god knows what else. Cheese seems lucky with his loop showing him eating a steady stream of homemade breakfasts prepared by his new adoptive grandmother. Everyone is in some kind of purgatory – not necessarily unfortunate, but they’re definitely not living their best life (okay, maybe Cheese is since grandma-breakfast life is pretty unbeatable). However, this routine is quickly interrupted when the past that everyone is trying to repress through these acts of repetition comes back to confront them.

Willie Jack and Bear are about to graduate from high school. And as part of the process, students engage in a kind of self-reflection activity. All students wrote a letter to each other during the first year detailing their dreams, goals and aspirations. Now, outgoing seniors have just received their old letters to read. Little(r) Bear wanted to be a rapper like his dad, and Willie Jack wanted to be a… wizard? (More on that later.) The real bombshell is Willie Jack getting his cousin at Daniel’s letter to himself. (Viewers should remember that Daniel is the Rez Dog who committed suicide prior to the events of season one).

Willie Jack decides to take the letter to Daniel’s mother, who has since been incarcerated. Hotki (played by Lily Gladstone, Blackfeet and Nez Perce) gets caught in her own loop as she tells another inmate that she feels like she’s living the same day over and over again while stuck in the inside. Prior to Willie Jack’s arrival, it is revealed that Hotki has a guardian spirit of her own (played by Muscogee artist-actress-activist Tafv Sampson, who is the granddaughter of the late Will Sampson Jr.). The spirit berates Hotki for not working with her medicine and ignoring her responsibilities as a lore keeper. The spirit also hints to Hotki that many other spirits are present that day, hinting that something big is about to happen. So it seems that Hotki is an elder with strong ancestor ties, but lost that tie recently (“I thought you were gone for good,” Hotki says in mind) or maybe at some time during his incarceration.

Meanwhile, Willie Jack has to endure going through prison security (“Are you currently incarcerated?” asks an unblinking security guard). While waiting for the start of visiting hours, she crosses paths with a stylish hippie cowboy who, between two acidic stories, offers quite incisive critiques of the prison system. He reminds Willie Jack that what she is doing is the right thing, even though her relative puts up some resistance to the visit. The two bond over existential philosophy and footwear, and eventually it’s time for Willie Jack to head inside to meet his aunt.

When Willie Jack presents Daniel’s letter to Hotki, Hotki immediately shuts down and refuses to look or even let Willie Jack read the letter to her. It seems that Daniel’s death had a significant impact on Hotki, enough that she actively avoided visits from booking dogs (“Damn it, that’s why none of you are on my visitor list – I look at you and I see it”). But Willie Jack pushes back against Hotki’s icy act, pressuring his aunt to open up. It turns out that before Daniel died, Willie Jack and Hotki were very close. And that line in Willie Jack’s letter to herself about being a wizard? This appears to be an allusion to Hotki, as Willie Jack uses the term to describe how she saw the Elder when she was younger. Willie Jack also calls out Hotki’s refusal to heal, telling the elder that wallowing in her misery doesn’t help anyone, especially when younger people actively seek guidance from their elders.

Eventually, Willie Jack breaks through to Hotki (with the help of the spirits). Hotki advises Willie Jack that the proper protocol to follow when seeking advice from someone is to bring an offering – this can be in the form of medicine, or you can even bring food. It’s then, over the “sacred” offerings of an energy drink Skux, Cheez-Its and Flaming Flamers, that Willie Jack explains to his aunt that the peaceful front that Elora and Bear have been putting up lately doesn’t only separates the Rez Dogs, preventing them from truly solving their problems and truly coming together. In response, Hotki offers to pray for Willie Jack.

What follows is an amazing scene – a powerful depiction of intergenerational knowledge passed down from generation to generation by dedicated guardians and healers, knowledge that lives on in our communities even after elders have moved on. Right there, in the middle of the prison visiting room, Hotki reveals to Willie Jack that there are dozens of spirits watching over her. We knew our girlfriend Willie Jack was strong, but it’s a little big power right there! It’s an important reminder for Willie Jack, especially given the trajectory of the season so far. So far, all of the Rez Dogs have felt disconnected and alone – Willie Jack admits this when she shares with Hotki the feeling that she and all of her friends are trapped in darkness. But young people are not alone, and neither are their living elders. Every day they are still surrounded by the spirits of their loved ones, those who fought to carry the next generation into the present. And they also have access to all their knowledge – all they have to do is learn to listen to them. It’s the reminder that Willie Jack has been waiting for all season.

But Hotki’s lessons don’t end there – she warns Willie Jack that trying to force his friends to do anything can only make the pain worse. Hotki explains that with Daniel, she ended up taking her pain, making it her own, and becoming consumed by it rather than healing it. Also, she thinks she may have pushed Daniel too hard before he was ready to consider her feelings. Love, she explains, shouldn’t just be a reaction to pain.

I offer so much praise to the main scriptwriter of this episode, Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca and Ojibwe) for scripting this scene. There’s a lot to unpack in this sequence, but the important point I can’t stress enough is the sweeping intervention that occurs in choosing to place this act of sacred intergenerational connection in the space of a prison. Not only does the scene provide important insight into the experiences of incarcerated Indigenous women, it also shows that those who hesitate, people like Hotki, are still sacred and important to our communities, even when they make mistakes. Many people (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) see the people inside as broken, as incapable citizens who need to be rehabilitated before they can become “useful citizens” again. But what this scene explains is that we must cling to each other’s complex humanity – even when we falter, even when we make choices that hurt, that doesn’t mean we suddenly lose everything. what we are. People are not just good or bad; we are a complex spectrum of grays. Although Hotki has struggled and made imperfect choices, she is nonetheless a powerful lore-keeper. What this shows is that living in a good community does not mean that there is an absence of failure, conflict or criticism. Instead, what a good community means is everyone doing their best to be accountable to each other, especially when they make a mistake.

What Willie Jack took away from the visit is that she can’t force her friends to get back together, but what she can do is to create a space where they can feel comfortable enough to resolve their conflicts. And that means cooking lots of wild onions in an amazing-looking omelette (the offering) and inviting everyone to join in. At first, Elora and Bear brush off Willie Jack’s sightings, just like Aunt Hotki did. Elora and Bear see their lack of conflict as a good relationship while their mutual silence is just a facade that prevents them from reckoning with the truth (“It’s okay!” they say, halfheartedly). Willie Jack tries to show them wits like Aunt Hotki did, but it doesn’t quite work. So she plays her ace and shows the group the letter Daniel wrote to himself in first grade. Together, the group silently reads the contents of the letter, leaving the audience in suspense as to its contents. And that’s our end of season cliffhanger! Together, the Rez Dogs agree that they have to do something which is detailed in Daniel’s letter “because he can’t”, but it’s unclear exactly what it is. Is this the trip to Cali? Another smart truck heist? Either way, all of the Rez Dogs seem to be on board with the plan, and with just one more episode in the season, we’ll have to wait until the finale to find out what lies ahead.

• If you want to learn more about the experiences of Indigenous women navigating incarceration, check out the book by Chickasaw researcher Dr. Shannon Speed Incarcerated Histories: Migrant Indigenous Women and Violence in the Capitalist Settler State. If you’re more into fiction, another great book that this episode reminded me of was Coeur d’Alene, Ktuaxa and the Cree Writer Janet Campbell Hale The Imprisonment of Cecilia Capture.

• Favorite joke of the episode? When Hotki’s spirit berates her, smiling at Willie Jack, “I’ve walked the Path of Tears and smiled more than you!”

• In what might be the biggest cameo of the season (and of all?), the former United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (Muscogee) stars as the gas station manager. Her appearance is brief – she’s on screen just long enough to inform Elora of a “big mess in the shit”. Chef’s kiss.

• Another fun cameo comes from Steve Mathis, who plays that little old hippie cowboy that Willie Jack talks to in the prison. A brief analysis of Mathis’ IMDb page shows he’s done a tremendous job as the behind-the-scenes electrician to many of your favorite movies. His credits include the original Halloween (1978), Back to the future (1985), Honey, I reduced the children (1989), as well as several recent Marvel films and the first season of Reservation dogs!

• Another huge revelation – Willie Jack’s name is short for… Wilhelmine Jacqueline! Does that mean I should change the title of this section?

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6 Luxury Home Rentals in Napa and Sonoma https://mino-warabi.com/6-luxury-home-rentals-in-napa-and-sonoma/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:20:34 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/6-luxury-home-rentals-in-napa-and-sonoma/ California wine country is known for wine, of course, but also for its laid-back lifestyle. Neighboring Napa and Sonoma offer a wealth of wineries, world-class restaurants, mild temperatures year-round, and activities for everyone. The area is also full of luxurious lodging options, including homes nestled in the forests of giant redwoods, estates built on working vineyards, and a B&B that once housed Elvis Presley.

Make your next vacation unforgettable by staying in one of these six unique luxury rentals.

The ink house



The Ink House is a B&B in Napa County, but you can rent all four rooms and have the place all to yourself. The house was the former home of Theron Ink, a farmer and early settler in Napa County, and was also the home of Elvis Presley when he filmed his 1960 movie “Wild in the Country.”

The top floor is an observation tower with 360 degree views of the valley, and there is a wraparound porch. The grounds are impressive, with gardens, massive oak trees, an educational vineyard and a pétanque court.

Cline Wine Estate

Cline Wine Estate


For the ultimate wine experience, stay at a real winery. Cline Winery is located on the Cline Family Cellars Winery, and each stay comes with a tasting for up to 10 people. The house has four bedrooms, a large kitchen, a fireplace and a sauna. And outside, you can enjoy a pool, hot tub, fire pit, BBQ, lounge chairs, and dining table.

There is also a concierge service where you can arrange for a private chef or book transportation from the airport or wine tasting in the area.

lavender sky

Magical setting, panoramic view - Lavender Sky


Enjoy a getaway to this serene home perched on a hill in Sonoma County, surrounded by views on all sides. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home features a swimming pool, hot tub, large patio with outdoor dining furniture, and a beautiful garden, including its own lawn. lavender to bring additional relaxation to your entire stay.

Though you’ll feel worlds away from the city, you’ll be only a few miles from wineries such as Valley of the Moon, Imagery, and Benziger, as well as the restaurants of Glen Ellen and Sonoma Plaza.

Calistoga Hideout

Calistoga Hideout


Northern California is known for its spectacular redwoods, and this Calistoga hideaway lets you sleep among the giant trees. The house is surrounded by 10 acres of private forest, and there is a hill you need to navigate from the parking lot to the house (an electric cart is provided). The 5,000-square-foot home has rustic decor — there’s reclaimed wood throughout — and modern amenities, eight bedrooms, a movie theater, a game room with a wine bar and pool table, a fireplace in the backyard and an outdoor hot tub.

You can also arrange for a chef, groceries, and housekeeping to come to the house so you don’t have to leave.

The art of wine

The art of wine


Get a taste of Europe without leaving the country. This French-inspired house in Napa County has a tiled roof, a large wooden door, is covered in ivy and a large outdoor space for lounging. The house has three bedrooms (one of which is located in a separate guest house) and can sleep up to eight people, as well as a garden room with large windows and, of course, a cellar. wine.

In the middle of the vines

In the middle of the vines


This modern three-bedroom farmhouse is surrounded by vineyards in Sonoma and is pet-friendly (dogs up to 25 pounds are allowed for an additional fee). On a nice day, you can spend an afternoon at the outdoor dining table, playing bocce or relaxing on the porch swing.

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Arlington Inn Has New Owners and Plans to Expand Offerings | Company https://mino-warabi.com/arlington-inn-has-new-owners-and-plans-to-expand-offerings-company/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 21:45:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/arlington-inn-has-new-owners-and-plans-to-expand-offerings-company/

ARLINGTON — It’s been a little over a month since Buzz Kanter purchased The Arlington Inn. But it didn’t take long for Kanter and his partner, Tabetha Hammer, who met in the world of motorcycle collecting and restoration, to realize just how difficult life as a Vermont innkeeper can be. hectic.

How hectic? The champagne set aside to celebrate their closure on the historic property is still parked in the fridge, waiting for a time when they can pause to mark their purchase of one of Arlington’s most historic landmarks.

“We closed the place at 11 a.m. on a Friday. That night we logged 12 rooms and it hasn’t stopped since,” Hammer said. “Our second weekend of ownership, we hosted a dinner party for the Equinox Hill Climb group for 80 people.”

The bubbly may have to wait a bit longer. The hostel, which serves breakfast to guests, plans to open to paying guests from October 6. The company also plans to hire a licensed massage therapist and is taking bookings for appointments starting Oct. 3.

“I get rave reviews for our breakfasts from our customers,” Kanter said. “We wanted healthy and fresh and we try to use local ingredients when possible.”

To that end, the hostel is looking for workers to join the team and work to revitalize the property while keeping it running for paying guests. Fall leaf season is already well booked, they said.

The property was purchased by River Run Properties LLC, of ​​which Kanter is principal, for $1,199,000 from Eric Berger, according to records filed with the Arlington Clerk’s Office. Closing was July 29.

Looking around the four-acre property, there’s plenty of evidence that Kanter, Hammer and their team have been busy. Several trees were felled, opening up views across the four-acre property. Overgrown bushes next to houses have been reduced. Inside, the entrance has been redesigned to bring the reception desk into the entrance hall.

They also uncover history in every nook and cranny, including a 19th-century guest register.

Kanter came to the hospitality industry having already retired from the publishing industry. Coming from a family in the publishing business – Dell Magazines and Penny Press, which his mother founded – Kanter edited and published classic motorcycle magazines until 2020.

Kanter, who has owned a home in West Arlington for eight years, learned that the Arlington Inn was for sale and went to have a look.

“We walked in and walked around, and I would say the best word is we were ‘enchanted.’ This is an amazing property,” Kanter said. “We walked around and every room was a discovery. “

If that wasn’t enough, Kanter was sold when he met his potential new neighbors.

“We met the people of Arlington Common, who are doing an incredible job of revitalizing and creating a new asset in the city,” he said.

And although the inn, circa 1848, kept Kanter and Hammer busy, they see great things ahead of them for the company and for their city.

“We love the potential. We didn’t want to invest all that time and money into something that no one will appreciate. The feeling is that Arlington is having a renaissance. People are investing in the city, growing it.”

So far, local reception of all the work has been positive, Kanter said. He was present on Saturday when the inn held a sale in its barn, behind the main inn and shed, during Norman’s Attic Fall Fest.

“We must have had 20 or more people say, ‘I’ve lived here all my life and never knew there was a barn here,'” he said.

Kanter and Hammer met at a high-end motorcycle show – she was manager of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, he was a judge.

After getting his start as a photographer for United Press International, Kanter worked for his parents’ publishing houses, until he got his master’s degree in business administration and started his own motorcycle magazine, Old. Bike Journal, as part of his thesis project. A member of the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame, Kanter purchased American Iron Magazine, editing and publishing that magazine and several others through 2020, when, he said, the COVID pandemic “fundamentally brought down our advertisers.

If the Arlington Inn was a classic car, what kind of car would it be? Hammer thought about it for a moment, and she had a remarkably specific answer: a 1911 Oldsmobile Touring Limited seven-passenger car, bought at auction for $1.65 million in 2007. One of Hammer’s friends was the caretaker of the car.

Why? This 1911 Olds was considered the only completely original, unrestored example of its kind – and only 159 were built that year. At the time of the auction, Hammer recalled, there was significant debate in the classic car world about whether it should be restored so it could run, or left completely original.

“A fully stock car is only fully stock once – and if you start fixing it, how far will you go?” said Hammer. “I think a place like this is very much in the same vein. And we’re going into this after several people have already done their thing.

But in the automotive world, she explained, there is a “sympathetic restoration”, which involves keeping as much of the original as possible while still running and running it like a car – the thing for which it was built.

“So I think a place like this has the same spirit,” she said. “You want to do with it what you have to do to exploit it. Operate it as a hostel, as a good place to live, while trying to do everything you can to maintain this originality, preserve the areas that can be preserved. »

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Measure A will protect La Quinta neighborhoods from vacation rentals https://mino-warabi.com/measure-a-will-protect-la-quinta-neighborhoods-from-vacation-rentals/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 13:10:27 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/measure-a-will-protect-la-quinta-neighborhoods-from-vacation-rentals/

Quarters are for neighbors. The passage of Measure A in La Quinta on Nov. 8 will enshrine that message in law, which can only be changed by another vote of the electorate.

In January 2021, I read a letter to the Mayor and City Council in the minutes at a special City Council meeting specific to short term vacation rentals. In that letter, I said, “Don’t get me wrong. You (the city council) can create an ordinance now, much like the vision proposed by Neighbors for Neighborhoods (N4N), and you can be heroes. Or you may face a referendum in an election not too far away that will create a more restrictive ordinance for STVRs in our city (a permanent elimination) that you would then be forced to enforce.

Here we are. Measure A is this referendum and it is a permanent solution: the right of La Quinta voters to take matters into their own hands by exercising their democratic right to vote.