Bud Davis passes away -

our founding member has passed on,

may we all live a life as rich as his

“He said he never worked a day in his life,” Nanci said. “He just did what was fun.”

Sitting in their sun-streaked Tahoe City restaurant, the Sawtooth Cafe, his wife Nanci and son Randy Davis recounted memories of Maurice “Bud” Davis, 81, who passed away last week in his Highlands home.

They remembered the sayings Bud lived his life by — phrases like “to have a friend, you have to be a friend,” and, “Only boring people get bored.” They recalled the countless soccer, football, baseball, softball games, as well as the many ski competitions Bud attended to cheer his kids on.

Born on July 5, 1926, it seems as if adventure has always been a part of Davis’ life. During the tail end of WWII, Davis served on a U.S. Navy minesweeper in the South China Sea. Throughout his life he’s been an abalone diver, a P.E. teacher, ski instructor, and did a trampoline act with the circus.


Randy Davis, his son, described a day on the cross-country bike trip with his dad in the summer of 2006 (Bud was 79 or 80), when the duo rode from Lake Tahoe to Pueblo, Colorado. “The biggest problem will be my butt,” Bud said when talking about his cross crountry bicycle trek. “I can’t sit on it for that long.”One day in Utah, the father and son climbed a 25-mile-long hill. After every turn, Randy said they anticipated the top of the hill, only to come around the bend and face another slope.

“That was one of the most fun days though,” Randy Davis said. It was a long, slow climb and so there wasn’t much else to do but talk to each other — just tell jokes and talk.”

Bud and his son rodeover the Rockies by bicycle is to prove that “cancer doesn’t always kill ya.” He’s the living proof to this statement.

They traversed the red countryside of the Utah desert and climbed the 11,312-foot Monarch Summit in Colorado. “He’s a lot stronger than I thought,” said Randy. “His goal was to do it (Monarch Summit) all by himself … he did it.”

He survived melanoma when he was diagnosed with it 40 years ago. Seventeen years ago, it was his first bout with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Nine years ago it was prostate cancer. then a bout with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. And he credits the alternative medicine treatments by his doctor, Dr. James Forsythe, that have kept him going on this latest fight with cancer. “He’s kept me alive for 17 years.”

He also rant he Sawtooth Ridge Cafe, Tahoe City

Bud welcomed acts like reggae Yellowman,

Tahoe_brunch_2After driving around the Lake for a few hours on Sunday morning, we dropped the hounds off at the cottage, and meandered around looking for a place to eat. As we were getting close to town, I saw a sign proclaiming "Breakfast Until 3pm Daily!" Never one to shirk breakfast no matter the time of day, we hastily swung into an open parking spot and hopped out.

The Sawtooth Ridge Cafe is not, from the outside, what you'd call "welcoming". It's on a stretch of North Lake Blvd that houses a Safeway, dry cleaners and CPA offices. As we crept up the stairs, C said, "uh-oh... looks like the place is empty... that's never a good sign." Undaunted, we swung open the massive wooden door to find a cozy little restaurant with a gorgeous view of the lake & mountains filled to about 2/3 capacity.

Bud Davis, the proprietor, (who, at age 70 or so, looks like he's never missed a day of exercise in his life), swept us to our table and offered up menus. The moment I saw Biscuits & Gravy, I was sold.

We ordered up two B&Gs, a Fat Tire for C, Black Butte Porter for me (what, you've never had beer with breakfast?) and a side order of sweet potato fries that seemed to be going to every table.

Now, let me just state for the record that my hubby is from the South. So, Biscuits & Gravy is no joking matter... these were good. Really good. The biscuits were light and fluffy (if I wanted a doughy hockey puck, I'd bake it myself, thank you very much) while the gravy was simple and creamy (again, don't go getting all Iron Chef with my gravy... sausage, cream, flour, fat... that's really all I want in it).

The eggs were clearly fresh and simply scrambled, and the potatoes were great. Fried in a cast iron skillet with onions, bell pepper and simple seasoning, the skin-on reds were exactly what breakfast potatoes should be.

Finally... those sweet potato fries... wow... soooo simple and delicious. A hair thicker than "matchstick", fried, buttered and seasoned with real sea salt... they were crisp outside, sweet & tender inside, and needed no condiments whatsoever.

We really loved this place, and would heartily recommend it for anyone looking for great, simple All-American fare in Tahoe City.

“I like to get out and enjoy life,” he said.


Japan urges legal action against anti-whaling activists: ministry

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TOKYO (AFP) — Japan urged Australia Tuesday to take legal action against two anti-whaling protestors who climbed aboard a Japanese whaler in Antarctic seas last week, a foreign ministry statement said.

The activists, from the US environmental group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, were held on the Japanese harpoon boat for two days after they delivered a letter protesting the slaughter of whales.

Only an hour after the two men were handed to an Australian customs boat on Friday, the crew of a Sea Shepherd ship hurled butyric acid bombs, or "stink bombs," onto the deck of the harpoon boat.

Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura told Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean in Tokyo that the actions of the group posed a danger and he urged cooperation to prevent "the recurrence of such an incident," according to the ministry statement.

He also asked Canberra to "take appropriate action" under national laws "should the Sea Shepherd boat call at an Australian port."

Crean, during talks here on bilateral ties, regional cooperation and the whaling issue, said the Australian Federal Police are investigating the case and that his government would decide on a response based on the results.

But as he did so, Australia moved to film Japanese ships in a bid to launch a legal challenge against the hunt's activities.

Australia has long opposed the hunt in the area, which includes a self-declared sanctuary, but has stopped short of physically intervening.

A customs ship tracked down the whalers and sent officers in smaller boats to gather video and photographic evidence, said a spokeswoman for Home Affairs Minister Bob Rebus.

"They are trying to get closer to see what the whaling fleet is doing," she said on condition of anonymity.

The customs ship, Oceanic Viking, had lost contact with the whalers after picking up the two activists after last week's stand-off.

Australia's Labor government vowed when elected last year to collect evidence of Japanese whaling in Antarctic waters, stepping up pressure on Tokyo to end its annual hunt.

A rigid inflatable boat(C) is driven between the Japanese whaling fleet's ships Nisshin Maru(R) and Oriental Bluebird

On Tuesday, meanwhile, an inflatable boat from another group, Greenpeace, temporarily blocked a Japanese whaling ship from being refuelled by a Panamanian-flagged oil ship in Antarctic waters, the Japanese Fisheries Agency said.

Australian government customs officials pull alongside the Japanese whaling fleet's factory ship Nisshin Maru

"Despite warnings from the Nisshin Maru, Greenpeace went ahead with the interference, resulting in a moment of danger as the rubber boat temporarily tangled with wires of the refuelling ship," the agency said in a statement.

Ships from the environmental groups have been in the icy waters off Antarctica to prevent six Japanese whalers from carrying out their annual whale hunt which this year will see about 1,000 of the giant creatures slaughtered.

Japan exploits a loophole in a 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling to kill the animals for what it calls scientific research, while admitting the meat from the hunt ends up on dinner plates.


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