QUIDNUNC: Duuuuuuuudes, running a pot shop takes, ummmm, what was I saying?


Quid has heard that the metro area’s pretentious food scene is among the most over-rated, but this is something else entirely. A political fundraiser, hosted by the GOP, or “Get Offmalawn! Party,” is offering you, yours, kith and kin the opportunity to dine with Cory Gardner — who is apparently running for something. For $200 per plate, you have the pleasure to feast on Maggiano’s fried lasagna bites or something. Now, we’re not comparing Maggianos with the O-G (you’re welcome QuidBadge5.16.12to draw your own conclusions about that place) but foisting over $200 per plate for Maggiano’s seems a bit rich — and we’re not talking about the alfredo there. It seems to Quid that if you’re offering fundraiser dinners, it’s best to make it an all-or-none proposition. Meaning: should we show up with all of our appetite or none of it, because if there’s a hint of food there, we’d prefer it to be satisfying and not noodles and ketchup. Here’s hoping there’s an open bar there at least.

AND QUID HAS HEARD the starter’s pistol is up, ready and grab a couch, stoners. Despite weed being legal to sell within city limits this week, exactly none of the retail stores were open for business on hour zero, P-Day (that means “Pot Day.”) That’s a  shame considering Quid has been waiting about a decade to buy legally within city limits what he’s been purchasing illegally across Alameda for a while now. Never fear, pot shop owners say they’ll be ready soon, which we can appreciate. But that brings up a weird dilemma: What does it mean when pot aficionados can apply for a license, open stores and sell marijuana within the city limits (without help from local governments, in fact, nearly the opposite), but Aurora’s massive — and massively subsidized — cowboy hotel, Gaylord, can’t break ground despite offering a product that we somehow can’t live without? Weird.