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Tugboat Tiny House

by Kent Griswold, tinyhouseblog, November 29th, 2011
"We weren’t looking to buy a boat, we definitely weren’t looking to buy a tugboat, we were just looking. We have a home in Port Townsend, Washington but the commute into the city for work was too much to do everyday, so at the time we were renting a house in Ballard (a neighborhood of Seattle). It was a nice house in a great neighborhood, but we really weren’t keen on being renters. When we saw the tug on craigslist we were just curious, but once we looked at the boat we realized we could stop being renters and have a place of our own in Seattle. A place on the water with a million dollar view.…"

Timber Framing Workshop 2012: Build a Timber Frame Home

Ziggy's Cob Cottage is featured in our forthcoming book Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter. Next year Ziggy is hosting a timber frame workshop in northeastern Missouri. Date: June 10-23, 2012
Location: Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
Cost: $2,000, 25% deposit
All-inclusive: includes lodging and 3 square meals a day at the Milkweed Mercantile Organic Cafe
Sustainable Design: Build a 300 sq. ft. timber frame house with passive solar design, greenhouse, roundwood porch and balcony.
All timber framing is to be completed using hand tools and traditional techniques exclusively –square rule layout, scribing, etc.

Timber Framing Workshop 2012: Build a Timber Frame Home

Ziggy's Cob Cottage is featured in our forthcoming book Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter. Next year Ziggy is hosting s timber frame workshop in northeastern Missouri. Details:

Tiny Tumbleweed House in North Carolina

"Over Thanksgiving break, I enjoyed reading about this small, energy-efficient home in North Carolina built using the Harbinger plan offered by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Built to International Building Code requirements, the plan includes a loft, home office, kitchen, bathroom, living room, and deck — tightly placed in less than 500 square feet! Details are hard to come by, but Tumbleweed sells this plan for $695 and estimates that it costs about $33,000 in materials to build.…"

Tiny Homes Are Where the Heart Is (Interview)

"Smith and Mueller set out to find what makes a home feel like home in their upcoming documentary, 'TINY.' They state houses have doubled in size since 1970, yet people don’t necessarily feel more at home in them. Thus, in their search, they’ve honed in on the folks of the tiny house movement.
Their findings were clear: “It is very rarely the size of a house that makes it feel like a home, so much as the relationships we fill them with.”
'So far we have found that for most people, home is more about the people they live with or near rather than the physical structure itself,' they said, noting that while many still enjoy the aesthetics of their small homes, people tended to place more emphasis on the world outside—their communities, or the land they live on.
There was a general agreement among people they met along the way that '…living small has shaped their lives for the better.'"
Published on November 27, 2011, by Joshua Philipp

Starting Out Skateboarding

Hi, there,
Just saw Lloyd on Boing Boing talking about skateboarding. Truly inspirational. I'm 40 and have wanted to take up longboarding for a while, since I surf and need to keep training in the off-season. Can he please recommend to me what board is a good one to start with, and prefeably something not too pricey?

Lee: There are lots of good boards out there. I like the Loaded Boards, they're made of bamboo, assembled in the USA, and designed for carving, fun, and even dancing. (They are LONG boards, not the boards used by kids in the streets and on the ramps.) I have a Bhangra with Orangutang wheels and love it.
I also have n Indo Board, which is great for practicing balance at home. http://indoboard.com/shop/product-info.php?original_natural-pid1.html 

Starlings in Flight

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.
"Lloyd, if you haven't already, you've got to watch this amazing video of starlings from Islands and Rivers:

Amazing Video: ‘Jet Man’ stunts alongside fighter jets over Alps

"Amazing pictures from Switzerland show where “jetman” Yves Rossy gave this incredible flying display, using a tailor-made jet pack. The aviation enthusiast leapt from a helicopter and performed a series of aerial acrobatics above the Alps. He then joined two jet planes in a synchronized flight. To synchronise their flight paths the jets reduced their speed to 220 kilometres per hour (137 miles per hour), which put their engines at a point close to stalling. Rossy’s previous aerial feats include flying the English Channel and looping the loop around a hot-air balloon.…"

Dog on the Beach Tonight

I was walking on the beach tonight, a -1.7 low tide, and a dog came racing at me. She was like a slimmed-down wolf, slightly reddish/buff color with white on her belly and backs of legs. She was strikingly beautiful, the essence of canine grace and integrity -- wolf. coyote, fox -- same idea. She came barreling at me, then swerved and went beyond, down the beach. I turned. She came back, same thing on the other side. I was transfixed. As she turned to come back, her owner ran up and said Oh I hope she hasn't scar4d you, she's really just playful…
I said no, she's beautiful, and the owners knew what I meant, we were on the same wave length…

More Etta

I just ran across Baby, What You Want Me To Do? when I was looking for.Etta doing a remarkable version of Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" I heard on the radio last week. Both Etta and Dylan fans, check this out. Graphics could be better, but its great to read the lyrics. What a poet! What a singer!

Etta Power -- Baby What You Want Me To Do/John Mayall/Mick Taylor/1982

Lawyer Joke

The United Way realized that it had never received a donation from the city's most successful lawyer. So a United Way volunteer paid the lawyer a visit in his lavish office.
   The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, "Our research shows that even though your annual income is over two million dollars, you don't give a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give something back to your community through the United Way?"
   The lawyer thinks for a minute and says, "First, did your research also show you that my mother is dying after a long, painful illness and she has huge medical bills that are far beyond her ability to pay?"
   Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbles, "Uh . . . no, I didn't know that."
   "Secondly," says the lawyer, "did it show that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair and is unable to support his wife and six children?"
   The stricken United Way rep begins to stammer an apology, but is cut off again.
   "Thirdly, did your research also show you that my sister's husband died in a dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage and three children, one of whom is disabled and another who has learning disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?"
   The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, says, "I'm so sorry, I had no idea."
   The lawyer concludes, "So... if I didn't give any money to them, what makes you think I'd give any to you?"
From Lew Lewandowski
We published a little book (edited by Michael Rafferty) called Skid Marks: Common Jokes About Lawyers, in 1988. Maybe we'll get it into eBook form one of these days. It's wicked.

San Francisco's Oldest Skateboarder


Derek "Deek" Diedricksen: Micro-Architect & Tiny House "Mad Scientist"

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen: Micro-Architect & Tiny House "Mad Scientist" from TINY on Vimeo.
"Derek “Deek” Diedriksen is a tough guy to pin down.
His love of tiny architecture is first on a long list of creative pursuits—including radio DJ, comic book artist, musician (currently heading a Rage Against the Machine tribute band), blogger, author and full-time dad.
His blog, Relaxshacks.com, and his book, “Simple Shacks, Humble Homes” is devoted to micro-architecture and living in small spaces, but the structures he builds aren’t necessarily meant for living in full time. Closer to forts or pods, his “Hundred-dollar-homeless huts” and greenhouse-office-shelters are inspired by the salvaged materials that Deek finds in local dumps, thrift stores and second-hand building lots. A sort of D.I.Y. mad scientist, he’s been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Readymade and Make Magazine.…"

Sculpture in Berkeley Window Last Friday

Placard says:
"Alana Chlarson -- 'Cry Baby' feels the effect of the economy.
Ceramic, underglaze, acrylic paint."

CatMan Roams Mill Valley Side Street

This afternoon. New to me.The artist is ZZ.

Early American Homestead Shacks (1907-1920)

"Personalized postcards became a fad in the early 20th century; you could get any photo printed on photo paper stock and send it in the mail. The following are postcards of homesteaders in front of their new residences in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana, taken between 1907 to 1920. The subjects are dressed in their finest garments; they sent the cards to family members in other parts of the country to show off their new lives.
Credit: Collection of Michael Williams/courtesy Michael Williams."

My Skateboard Appearance on Tomorrow's Tuesday Night News

Mike Shumann, sports anchor (among other things) on local ABC News, did a story on me skateboarding a few months ago and it's appearing tomorrow night at 6:45 on Channel 7, ABC News in San Francisco. Also at 9:50 0n Channel 13.
I spent a great few hours in Golden Gate Park with photographer Abe Mendoza on a Sunday morning, and then Mike came out and we sat in the sun and talked. He did his own filming, a Renaissance kind of newsman. Mike was a wide receiver with the 49ers in the Joe Montana days; he's the real deal.
   I get all this media attention as a skater but in reality my skills are quite minimal.  It's just that I'm so old. I'm in awe of real skateboarders, they are unbelievable (and muchly under-acknowledged) athletes --coordination, grace, guts.

A New Day Here for Me and Shelter

I slept most of the weekend. Getting back from the Green Festival marked a turning point por moi. I was exhausted. The end of 2-year's work on the tiny homes book. The last 4-5 months pedal-to-metal to get it done. I've been neglecting the physical for the mental (if you call it that). I haven't been doing my homesteading chores and worse, have neglected what Plato termed the "gymnastic." I haven't balanced out Mac work with physical exertion.
The three trips I made this month all had to do with the book. Selling foreign rights in Frankfurt, overseeing printing in Hong Kong, and early display at the San Francisco Green Festival. Whew! I have the image of bulldogging a steer, staying with it until it's grounded. A bit hard to realize it's done. Still a big promo campaign to wage, but the stress is gone, thank the lord. Jim Morrison said something like, when you finish making a record, you're released to work on the next one. True that.
I've got a lot of the local world to explore now -- beaches, woods, trails, roads, lakes. I went down to the beach last week and was stunned by the beauty. It was so deep and meaningful. We are told how fucked up the world is every day, yet my heart was bursting with joy. I felt so privileged, and all it took was a mile or so walk. ( I realize that I repeat the same thing more or less frequently, but goshdarnit, the wild world just reaches out and grabs me again and again.)

Plato's "music:" Boz Scaggs on radio doing Lend me A Dime hits just the right note this sunny/cloudy cool coastal day. A new week, a new year.

Tiny Home on Wheels

From http://tinyhouseblog.com/

Stacy Buys A Tiny House

Stacy "…felt like it was time to draw a line in the sand and make some important decisions about her future and her security. She went on Craigslist, found a room available in an apartment close to her work where she could walk, and split living expenses with her roommates. She sold her car, bought a bicycle and cut her expenses down as much as possible. She paid down her remaining student loans and credit card bills. Once those were paid off she began looking at her long-term housing options that would allow her to live life without being married to a job. A friend told her about a really cool website called Tiny House Blog that features lots of cool, inexpensive homes and ideas about living simple. She decided this was the approach she wanted to take. Now that her debt was eliminated from cutting her lifestyle back, she could throw more money at her savings to purchase a tiny house. Sure enough, faster forward a couple years and she was fired from her job. Her company was feeling the cutbacks from the recession and was forced to let her go. Stacy felt she had saved enough money to look for a tiny house to purchase. She went online and found one exactly right for her. She purchased it, parked it in a friend’s back yard, found a part-time job at a local market and was good to go. Even though her job was only part-time, she still managed to set money aside each month because of her extremely low monthly expenses. Now she worked less and saved more. She did this by realizing that her housing was her biggest expense, creating a plan, taking action and sticking with it.…

Adam's Outdoor Bathtub in Berkeley

Outdoor bathing for a Berkeley tiny home:

Crab Season Open With Bang

The crab fishermen don't know what's going to happen each year, until they pull in their first pots. The sport season is open and things are looking good. Our friend Billy is holding this not-so-gentle giant and doesn't this guy have poisson-ality? He's pissed. (I was waiting for an action shot if he managed to grab Billy's finger.)
It's been a good year for fish around here. Amazing, what with the state of the world…

More on Kindle Fire

Rick Gordon found this very comprehensive article. (We ordered a Fire yesterday -- for one thing, to become familiar with it in order to see which of our books might work on it.)
"…The Fire is a marvelous device. And Apple and Amazon couldn’t have created a more complementary pair of tablets if they’d colluded on it. Want a tablet that does everything, and which does books exceptionally well? Buy an iPad. Want something more compact, and you’re not terribly interested in much more than content consumption? The Fire is aces. I feel as if every potential tablet consumer will recognize themselves in one of those two descriptions.…"

Tiny Houses Built From Hollowed Out Logs in 1800s

From the Tiny House Blog, worth checking often for anyone interested in the subjext:
"Zol Fox emailed me an interesting article showing some of the logging history of the Northwest and included in the email a couple of pictures of tiny houses built from hollowed out logs.
The size of the trees that were taken down in the Northwest 150 years ago is something impressive. We are not likely to see anything like this in this area ever again. Below I’ve shared a few of those photographs." http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house/tiny-houses-of-the-historic-northwest/

Isetta Mini Car Pulling Euro Teardrop Trailer

Great photos of unusual trailers at thesam1984_1's photostream: http://is.gd/minicartrailer

Greenough Surfboats

George Greenough, the ultimate Waterman, who was the first photographer to get inside a curl with movie camera (on kneeboard), designed a series of super little fast surfer-friendly boats. Anyone know of one for sale?

Camera Talk

(This only  for camera nuts. Others won't be interested.) Can we talk?
My first was a Kodak Baby Brownie at age 12. First photo was of Puddles the hippopotamus at the SF Zoo. Next camera, from Uncle Walter, who had an Oakland camera shop, a Rolleicord (not Rollieflex), shot pix on 3-month Lambretta motor scooter trip through Europe. Next when I was in the Air Force in Germany ('58-'60), the secret service guys on our base let me use a little Leica fixed lens (35 mm I believe); the b&w's I shot with it are so luminous. I was in charge of the base photo lab, so learned the techniques and developed and printed b&w for maybe 8 years.
Then in the '60s a Nikon and Nikkormat (one with TRI-X, other with color slide film), both with fixed 50 or so mm lens -- the photographer had to zoom by moving back and forth. Traveling in US, Canada, shooting pix for Shelter. Shot '65 Bob Dylan concert Providence RI from stageside, Tri-X, some of my best photos ever.
Then the Olympus OM1 came along, half the weight of Nikons, a wonderful system and I ended up with about 7 lenses, 2-3 bodies. That was it for many years.
Then I got my first little digital point and shoot, a-ha.!

Elvis on a Sunny Sunday Morning San Francisco

I'm at Ritual Roasters on Valencia Street. I used to totally love the place, great baristas (creme, crema), great baked goods, sunny side of street Mission district location, rockin' wi-fi (no password required, why don't more places do this I mean, c'mon…). Then it got redesigned, I didn't like as well, but this morning it seems in another incarnation. Four elegant (all tall) counter people, every one of them with something going. Creamy creme-y latte, flaky almond croissant, AND this great music, sounded like a real hot singer doing an Elvis cover, say like Lyle Lovett doing "Stand By Your Man." No, I was told, this was early Elvis. It's really pure. I just ordered a CD of "Elvis at Sun", and what looks to be a great compilation of DVD footage and CDs: http://www.amazon.com/Presley-Elvis-At-Sun-Records/dp/B003D4D2QO/ref=sr_1_1_vod_1_pur?ie=UTF8&qid=1321209228&sr=8-1

And took a chance and bought a vinyl lp (AmazonUK) titled "The Sun Years LP - Elvis Presley" for about $22 delivered. No description of it.  I'm about to look for a good turntable. I'm glad I didn't throw out my LPs. Hey, there's a quality in vinyl beyond what digital can do…duh! One of these days I'm going to write an article about all the ways that people are discovering the good in the old. Finding the right balance…

I love this city!

San Francisco Green Festival

Here are a few shots from today:

Ford Fiesta Hybrid

Dash Hemp Clothing Co. from Santa Cruz. These are very nice shirts, washed-out colors. There are a lot of organic, green, hemp type clothing stands. Many nice natural-looking women's' clothing outfits.

Tiny Rustic Log Cabin For Sale in Texas

Sitting here at the Green Festival, ran across this little beauty.

Timber Framers, Barn Buildings, Cottages, Yurts in Pennsylvania

"M&M Timber Framing is a building and design company located in Northwestern Pennsylvania. We specialize in heavy timber beam construction. We design and construct a variety of unique buildings. Whether you are interested in residential homes, or needing barn building and repairs, or looking for a cozy cottage or cabin. We are a company that prides itself in innovative design concepts and constructing structurally sound buildings. Our approach in the building process actually reduces construction time and labor costs, which translates into cost savings for home owners.

We are seeking home owners that are looking for a building and design company that thinks outside the box. Our buildings are rustic and whimsical in design, we encourage home owners to partner with us in the design process. Many agree that the residential home market lacks creative and innovative designed homes. We ask why settle for an ordinary home, when you have an option to build a one of a kind home with us. Contact us."

Go to the post page…


Full Moon Thursday, "A Banjo Friday," & the Golden Gate Bridge

Last night the moon rose over the ridge. It's a miracle, what with all the harm humans are doing to the planet, that the full moon still rises, is still in orbit. I went down to the beach and got in the ocean a few days after getting back. Got under water long enough to feel the chill get to my bones, and voila! I was tuned back into home turf (surf).
Rain clouds this morning, it was blue grass music driving in along the ocean, program called "A Banjo Friday," Flat & Scruggs: Your Love is Like a Flower / Ned Lubernick: Owed to Earl, great banjo…
the waves are slow and full coming into the beaches, sort of luscious, a hearty n/w swell…
Doyle Lawson, white gospel, I'm finding Joy in My Saviour, beautiful singing / Ralph Stanley, The Girl From Greenbriar Shore -- I don't know what it is he has, but he has it. On one level it's a pretty thin voice, but he does something with the notes and it comes out unique…
Then John Hammond doing Nadine, a great song (one of the highlights of the Stones Get Yer Ya-Yas album) Nadine, honey, it that you?
Next time you cross this magnificent bridge, check out the corbled designs of each cross-strut. There's a great book called The Gate by John van der Zee, which describes the true lead designer of the bridge mathematician and Greek scholar Charles Ellis, not Joseph Strauss, as it was formerly thought.
Heard a great new Bonnie Raitt song with a cooking band as I got into North Beach…

Advance Books Here!

Yesterday Erin from FedEx came in as scheduled at 4:30 with 2 advance copies of Tiny Homes, and 100 copies of the tiny Tiny book. Do they look good! Here are a few poor quality snapshots:

Below is a copy of the tiny (2 x 2½") Tiny book. 34 pages, sewn binding, a first for our printers. We''re going to include one free with each order for the real book, and use them for promo.
We're off tomorrow for the Green Festival…

Kevin Kelly's 11" MacBook Air

Kevin was way ahead of me with this tool. He's decorated it with "…Random stickers I had around the office." Here's his write-up:

"I am loving my 11-inch Mac Air.
Since I previously did not have a laptop, I carried a first generation iPad for my travel device. I spent several months on the road with only the iPad in the US, and a several long trips overseas with only the iPad for my connection. I had trouble doing a lot of writing on the iPad so I got the nifty blue took portable keyboard -- which is a very fine piece of technology. I considered duct-taping the keyboard to the iPad to prevent the frequent inadvertent key activations which drain the pad's power, but then these new Airs came along to solve my problem.
The smaller 11-inch Air is about the same weight as the iPad plus keyboard, and just as cool. Battery will last a cross country flight. Instant awake (from sleep), compact, enough speed and power for non-game needs, it has everything I wanted except a touch screen. It's more of a working stiff, but it can play too. It has a full sized keyboard, and sits easy on the lap or knees, or even in your arms. Compared to an old Mac Air it feels light as a breeze, and feels like a zero compared to a MacBook.…"
Yesterday he emailed me the below link, along with the comment: "It would be perfect if it had an optional 3G cell phone connection. Lots of cities in the world have almost no wi-fi."
More at: http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/03/nice_air_book.php

Come See Preview of Tiny Homes Book at SF Green Festival This Weekend

This is a great event and even more relevant now that the Real Goods' SolFest is no longer happening.  The San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center is a soulful building with timber posts and beams and a retractable roof, quite different from most convention centers.
Shameless Commerce Dept.: we'll have a booth and be selling Shelter, Home Work, and Builders of the Pacific Coast at a 25% discount, and the 3 books together for a 40% discount, heh-heh. Stop by and get a preview of Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, which was printed last week and being bound at the printers this very moment. (The sub-subtitle is Scaling Back in the 21st Century.) We'll have 2 advance copies on display -- it will be in bookstores in February 2012. Lew and my son Evan will be running the booth and I'll be there about half the time.
http://www.greenfestivals.org/sf/updates/ (This website doesn't do a very good job of conveying how good the festival really is.)

Back from Hong Kong

I left Hong Kong at 1:00 AM Monday and somehow got into San Francisco at 9PM Sunday night. My brain was slightly scrambled. Thanks to the individual screens in the 747 and 100 movies and 800 TV shows, the time went fairly fast. I never look at the time on a long flight. I've always loved movies. As a kid, my friends and I would take the streetcar down to (Market Street (San Francisco), get off at Van Ness, where the magnificent Fox Theater was, and walk 6 or 7 blocks down toward the Ferry Building, deciding which of the 20 or so theaters to go to. On the 2 flights I saw Goodfellas (had never seen, fabulous role by Joe Pesci), Killing Bono, a Clint Eastwood where he's a Texas Ranger, a runaway train movie with Denzel Washington, a lovely French movie about a bachelor dad and his daughter, and watched 2 episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which I'd never seen, piercingly funny, one episode with Rosie O'Donnell, another with Ricky Gervais; funny as all get-out.

The Green Festival is in San Francisco this weekend. A bright spot when I got back was these 15" x 22" blowups of pages from the tiny homes book for the festival, where we'll have a booth; Rick made these on our Epson Stylus Pro 4800. We're also putting up a 27" x 34" blowup of the cover.

Big news: Two advance copies of the book and 100 copies of the tiny tiny book are set to arrive by 4:30 today via FedEx. Our printers (Paramount in Hong Kong) are really on the ball. Am I excited!

Hong Kong Airport a Great One

Just noodling around here at the Hong Kong airport. I got here 5 hours early, can you believe it? The supposed (free) wi-fi connection isn't working, of course. Jeez, such a drag that wi-fi can be so sketchy. At the last hotel, it only worked in the lobby; in the previous hotel it was like $18 per day. So I'll send this off whenever. Having a pint of Murphy's Irish stout and an excellent corned beef sandwich. This airport is really nice. The building is nicely designed and beautifully put together and there are a ton of restaurants.

A Way Different Hong Kong

Took the bus to the airport and was it an eye-opener. My other trips to and fro have been on the train. The "Whapoa" district was so different from anything I've seen of HK. Sparkling, new, trendy. We pulled up to the Harbor Grand Hotel in Kowloon. Wow! I've never seen anything this posh. Looks like one of the $1600 per night jobs. Like another planet, so different from the somewhat grotty but characterful and of-the-people Mongkok area where I was staying. For the super rich. Two other reasons I recommend you come into HK on a bus from airport, not the train:
1. There is mile-after-mile of like 60-story newish apartment buildings, glittery and spiffy. The extent of these is awesome. Hard to believe.
2. The HK docks are awesome. Like 1000 times as big as any ports I've seen. 10s of 1000s of containers stacked 10-15 high Huge cranes. This must be where practically all of China's goods are shipped from. A number of bridges, one of them a beauty with spider-webby cables in diamond patterns supporting the 4 or so towers. Like yet another planet. The world is such a big place and it's changing so rapidly, I feel like a hick from a small town gawking.
There's a pretty good jazz trio playing here at the bar, they just did a great version of Five Foot Two...

Misc Notes From the Week in Hong Kong

…There's a juice stand in one of the busiest parts of the city that is 24 sq. ft. The rent? $30,000 per month…The night after I stayed at the printers' plant, I couldn't find a hotel room on the internet to save my soul, other than ones for $400, $600 a night. Trevor, a HK native, has a group of about 100 friends that are connected by an app called Whatsapp, so he put out a message. He got about 10 replies and I found a room…Sign on a bus: "No matter how far you go, remember where you are from." This could refer not only to geographical, but occupational…Hong Kong is vertical; they have just filled in a big section of the bay down by the convention center for more high-rises…The 3 most expensive cities in the world for real estate and rentals are London, Tokyo, and HK; a 1000 sq. ft. condo here is like $800,000…Food is actually cheap if you eat at local restaurants; just had excellent sushi meal for $15.00; dinner last night (slices of smoked duck in broth with rice noodles for breakfast, was $7…weather in summer here is hot and humid, but unlike Rome ("Dog Days"), the city stays as crowded as ever…Streets are actually pretty clean, although there are sewer smells; the city is growing too fast…There are tons of shoe stores; been wearing my Sanuk surfer shoes the entire trip…What they call "hot coffee," or HK coffee is strong dark coffee with canned milk, v. good…Yesterday I had soup with noodles and slices of abalone…I've got the subway figured out; you buy a card that you swipe upon entering -- when you exit, you swipe again and it knows how far you've gone and deducts appropriate amount; subway system is brilliant: clean, trains run frequently (every minute at rush hours), are clean, air conditioned. I got so I felt pretty clever making my way around…Had glass of iced coconut juice yesterday while roaming…

Hong Kong Last Night #2