Along one stretch of road are shrimp farms. They have ponds, raise shrimp, and serve them at outdoor tables. What a great concept. Locally raised protein, no transportation fuel or costs, served right next to the source…4-5 big wind generators, white blades, turning slowly in morning breeze…traffic along North Shore (Sunset Beach, Pipeline, etc.) is horrific. Haleiwa packed with turistas, but if you look close enough, some of the essence remains…like San Francisco: for years I bitched and moaned -- no more a port, the Ugly Transamerica building, the difficulty for natives who did something other than manipulate contracts, stocks, or digital data for a living…but one day, I thought, stop bitching, it's still the most beautiful city in America, there's still North Beach and The South End Rowing Club, Ocean Beach, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, new hip districts like out at the beach (46th & Judah), steep hills and clear vistas, a city surrounded on 3 sides by water…so here, in Haleiwa, a tourist-inundated area, there are pockets of soulfulness, of things that attracted so many people in the first place; am seeking them out…I start getting sucked into negativity on this blog on occasion, and have started writing the occasional boilerplate letter for critics: here's what I think about your opinion, whether it's not obeying the Rangers or printing books in China…and now I'm getting on with it…this isn't a forum, I'm a broadcaster, don't want to get slowed down in debates…to tell the truth, the criticism is sometimes thought-provoking, but hey…
There were a bunch of women having a very happy birthday party, thrown by Keri (at right with her daughter) it was Anna's 55th, they were calling it the "speed limit" birthday. Keri's a dynamo, a force of joy and good vibes. Blurry photo, but you get the idea.
In all the various communication stuff I do, I love it when people get it.
Heading out to see what I can find to do in this land of friendly people and warm water.
One of my favorite Bob Marley songs. I like it-a-like this…
The RV Lifestyle Magazine road test teams surveyed the various models available in Canada this summer, to prepare this compendium of fuel-friendly trailers – easy-towing models that focus on aerodynamics, lightweight construction, and the latest in engineering to provide the most efficient vehicles possible for the summer of 2008.…"
Since this subject comes up on occasion, I'll explain why we do it. We have printed our one-color books in the USA for 40+ years. We, like virtually every other American publisher, print 4-color books overseas. Check out any of your 4-color books on the copyright page to see where they are printed.
In loyalty to our American printer, Courier Corp., I printed the first edition of Builders of the Pacific Coast at their Kendalville, Indiana plant in 2004. It ended up costing us about $15,000 more than if we had printed it in China. We now have five 4-color books in print. With reprints, if we had continued printing in the USA, it would have cost us well over $100,000 more, effectively putting us out of business. That's why we print in China.
Here are some photos from today. It was really exciting, there were 4 presses running the book (cover and inside pages) today, 15,000 copies the first run. They nailed the colors perfectly. (I realize this blog is all over the place, time-wise as well as subject-wise, but my life doesn't happen in an orderly fashion.)
From Rick Gordon
While Deek and I were hanging out at the Southern Home & Garden Show last week in North Carolina, he whipped out his camera and shot footage of some proofs I had of the new book: