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Getting Here, PI In the Sky, The Next Viagra, and The Goat (Cheese)

Stories Aaron H. Bible, Dawn Garcia, Nora Mounce and emwebadmin
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  • Locals share a life hack for traveling to the Emerald Triangle. Read
  • Promescent promises longer-lasting sex. Read
  • March 14 is when math nerds and bakers rejoice in celebrating the most unlikely of shared holidays: Pi Day. Read
  • Our editor-in-chief’s hottest hits of the month. Read
  • Add these books to your reading list. Read
  • Check out these apps that are designed to help you integrate new behaviors into your daily life. Read
  • Cypress Grove continues to find innovative ways of pumping humble goat cheese flavor into your life. Read

Getting to Oz

Locals share a life hack for traveling to the Emerald Triangle. 

The long haul up north from the Bay Area has been much maligned by locals and visitors alike for decades. While the Emerald Triangle is serviced by the Arcata-Eureka Airport and United Airlines in Humboldt County, the typical airfare ticket sets travelers back at least $300. (The lowest reported fares bottom out at $278 for nonpeak travel dates.) While Mendocino is closer to the sprawling Bay Area, the nearest airport servicing the Mendo coast is in Santa Rosa (Sonoma County), which is still an 85-mile haul from Fort Bragg and a $300 price tag. Head spinning? We hear you. 

One workaround for the savvy business traveler remains: Crescent City. Currently serviced by Contour Air out of Oakland, passengers can jump on an hour and ten minute flight to Del Norte County for fares as low as $138. Arriving in Crescent City (where parking is always free!), locals can hop in their cars and be back in Humboldt in time for dinner. While it’s still a 90-minute drive from Eureka to Crescent City, the ability to save another seven hours on the road (both ways) is well worth consideration. And for visitors arriving to see Northern California’s famous redwoods, Del Norte County, or the Gateway to the Redwood Coast, it’s the perfect point of departure for a weekend of adventure and beauty. 

flycrescentcity.com 


The Next Viagra?

Promescent promises longer-lasting sex.

Although PE, or premature ejaculation, doesn’t have quite the same stigma as ED (erectile dysfunction), it can definitely become a barrier to intimate and meaningful lovemaking. It’s also a common problem for couples. In fact, Psychology Today recently reported on the “orgasm gap.” In case you hadn’t noticed, men tend to reach an orgasm during heterosexual lovemaking about three times faster than women—5.5 minutes vs. 18 minutes. According to the new brand and product Promescent, up to two billion women go without orgasms each year as a result of this issue. Makers of Promescent, a climax-delay spray, claim it prolongs lovemaking. So, will it become the next Viagra? Check it out for yourself and see if it improves your sex life.

promescent.com


Circular Delights

Every March 14, math nerds and bakers rejoice in celebrating the most unlikely of shared holidays: Pi Day. Celebrated on 3/14, the day recognizes two of humankind’s most miraculous discoveries: the sweet combination of baked fruit, custard, and crust and the infinite numeric constant of 3.14159. A respite from the emotion and expectation of traditional holidays, partaking in Pi Day is a lighthearted break in the action. Seriously, you just eat pie! 

If preheating the oven and digging out your rolling pin isn’t in your culinary wheelhouse (you’re not alone), try Kemmy’s Pies and Slice of Humboldt Pie for the old-fashioned flavors of sweet, sweet pie.

Kemmy’s Pies / 299 E. Commercial St., Willits / @kemmyspies
Slice of Humboldt Pie / 821 I St., Arcata / @sliceofhumboldtpie


Sensibilities

By Stephanie Wilson, Editor In Chief

1. READING ROOM
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf, $27). Showcasing her signature literary prowess, Mandel explores the infinite ways we search for meaning in this much-hyped new release, expected March 24. Also out this month: It’s Not All Downhill from Here by How Stella Got Her Groove Back author Terry McMillan.

2. STREAM THIS
Freeform’s The Bold Type. Now in its third season, this sleeper hit could be your new favorite series. It’s mine, in no small part because it centers on three young women working for a New York mag. But also because it’s witty AF, aspirational, and depicts successful women who are defined not by their relationships but by their careers. It’s empowering, and you should watch it for free on Freeform, or on your favorite streaming platform.

3. LISTEN UP
NPR’s Life Kit podcast offers tools to keep it together. And by you, I mean me; I need all the help I can get. Picking out a lightbulb last fall had me staring mouth agape in a store aisle for a half hour trying to make sense of all the options. After listening to “Picking Out a Lightbulb, Made Easy,” I know which bulb’s for me. Life Kit’s episodes are short, to the point, and offer tips on how to do things like start therapy, start a book club, master your budget, remove stains, and juggle paperwork, appointments, and repairs. Basically how to adult.

4. GROWING TREND
Pot in Pots. The Swiss-cheese-leafed Monstera is last year’s “It” plant. Cannabis is the hashtagable houseplant of 2020. Get in on the trend. Depending where you live, you can find clones or seeds at select dispensaries with an easy google—while you’re at it, look up local laws regarding home grows. Cannabis cuttings (a.k.a. clones) are pretty easy to root—check Leafly.com for tips—and you should definitely bring some to your next plant swap. Spread the word, spread the love.


GOOD READS

Add these books to your reading list. 

Meryl Streep on the Couch by doctor Alma H. Bond is a look at the inner workings of actress and activist Meryl Streep. Bond, a clinical psychoanalyst, is known for her couch sessions with famous women in history like Barbra Streisand, Hillary Clinton, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Michelle Obama. Streep approached her when researching the role of psychoanalyst for her film The Psychotherapist and what follows are stories, insights, and a deeper appreciation for Streep as a woman, mother, activist, and actress. Bond was married to the late Streetcar Named Desire actor Rudy Bond. 

Available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and bancroftpress.com

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden may possibly be the most encouraging book anyone in the marketing, publishing, or advertising worlds can read. Pages and pages of honest, inspiring anecdotes, quotes, personal stories, and failures and successes make this book a must-read. Answering everyday questions with logical responses, Arden has written a cohesive handbook for navigating through the terrain of life by altering your conditioned mindset. The message: it doesn’t matter what job you have or where you are in your journey. His positivity and intellect will make it near impossible not to accomplish something epic in your own life.

Available on amazon.com.


Self-Improvement Starts Now

Developing any new habit starts with routine, and there are so many apps out there designed to help you integrate new behaviors into your daily life. Here are three of the top-rated options. 

Productive

This habit tracker helps you build a whole new routine. Set goals, watch your progress, get reminders based on location, build streaks, and celebrate victories with a swipe.

Done

What sets this free app apart is the ability to track a goal multiple times a day. If your goal is to drink more water, drinking one glass and checking it off the list isn’t gonna cut it.

StickK 

You are 300 percent more likely to achieve a goal if you put real money on the line. StickK allows you to do just that. Lose that bet, and the money goes to an organization of your choice. 


The GOAT Spread

Known for its heady Humboldt Fog and Truffle Tremor, Cypress Grove continues to find innovative ways of pumping humble goat cheese flavor into your life. The pastoral goat cheese creamery now offers “Fresh Cups,” a $5, four-ounce hit of sweet or savory creamy goat cheese begging to be packed in lunch boxes or spread over crackers for a delicious last-minute appetizer. It’s available in two savory flavors: the Danger Zone features spicy fresh jalapeño, garlic, and onion, while the Little Red Corvette is a riff on pimiento cheese with bell pepper and chermoula spices. For the less daring, the Straight Up is pure unadulterated chevre for multipurpose dipping. The Sweet Dreams flavor boasts brown sugar and vanilla for the perfect morning toast schmear.

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