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Circular studio at Louie's

Where I hang out when visiting Louie…

Country cabin bathtub

Motorcycles -- old Norton, 2 Harleys

These bikes are in the shop of Steve Main in Pt. Arena, Calif. The (black) Norton is a '68-'69 850 Commando that was found in a barn and restored. Steve says the owner has put on 20,000 miles in the last 4 years.

The two Harleys are for sale (the Norton isn't). The Pearl grey one (at left) is an 883 HD Sportster. $4500 or will trade for an ATV. The silver one (below) is a '99 Dyna Super Glide and is $7000.

I like these compared to the overloaded steroided-up chromed--out Harleys you see these days. (In college I had a Harley '45, it was like a farmer's motorcycle, cheap, simple, dependable.)

If interested call Steve at 707-882-2818.

Long post from the foggy coast

Visitors from France on Tuesday, before I left on trip. There will be 8 pages on their rustic commune in France in the small homes book. Check out the homemade bike. On their way from LA to Oregon. Kindred spirits seem to abound these days.

Whew! Where to start? I left home early Wednesday and drove up to the Sierras with my son Evan to meet with the star of our tiny homes book, a world champion snowboarder who has built a most incredible house in the wilderness. We had been struggling with the layout -- a huge number of great photos -- and lo and behold, our builder had done stunning layouts, 10 pages in all, of his creation and its spectacular mountain surroundings. Yes!

This book has its own life. It's like a living organism right now, changing and assembling itself. We're just there to help. No kidding. It started slowly, and now it's roaring along like a locomotive. Stuff is pouring in. We're already beyond our (224) page count, and it's obvious this is going to be a series (we've got tons of material for another book). It won't be out until February -- such is the reality of our slow production process and the logistics of printing and shipping from overseas.

Then back from the Sierras through the heat of the Sacramento Valley. In Auburn we stopped to shoot photos at a place that sold a variety of Teardrop trailers (popular in the 40s-50s, being rediscovered now). In Fairfield I dropped Evan off at his car, and proceeded westward to the coast. By the time I got to the Russian River, there was a cool freshness in the air, and I drove along the river out to its mouth at Jenner, then headed north in the night along the foggy coast.

Yesterday I went into Gualala with Louie for breakfast at Trinks, a triple threat cafe -- excellent lattes, breakfast, and speedy wi-fi. I downloaded a ton of email. Hoo-whee,things are popping right now, on all fronts. Sunday I spent 5 hours getting filmed and interviewed about skateboarding for AOL. It's for a series of 1-1/2 minute videos they run on their website, called: "You've got..." There seems to be a lot of interest suddenly in someone of my, um, age, skating.

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Tiny Housecar with its own lawn in the '30s

From Boing Boing, posted by Cory Doctorow:

"Back in 1930, Modern Mechanix reported on Charles Miller, of Portland, OR, who was rambling around the nation in a homemade mobile-home that included a plot of grass from his beloved hometown.

From Modern Mechanix: "WHEN Charles Miller, of Portland, Oregon, found the wanderlust too much for him in spite of his love for the old home, he decided to see the world and carry his home right with him, too. So he built a complete bungalow on the chassis of his car--not even forgetting to put in a nice bit of lawn. Then he started out and since starting he has traveled over 200,000 miles and isn't through yet. Mr. Miller claims to have the only motorized house and lot in the country. The "lot" consists of a narrow strip of earth and turf."
Carries Own Grass 200,000 Miles (Feb, 1930)

New House Built With Old Charm

"(Architect) Clay Chapman’s approach to design: 'The product of our efforts must withstand trend and fashion and be held with deep affection from generation to generation.'”


George Carlin - Modern Man

"I'm a modern man, digital and smoke-free; a man for the millennium. A diversified, multi-cultural, post-modern deconstructionist; politically, anatomically and ecologically incorrect. I've been uplinked and downloaded, I've been inputted and outsourced. I know the upside of downsizing, I know the downside of upgrading. I'm a high-tech low-life. A cutting-edge, state-of-the-art, bi-coastal multi-tasker, and I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond. I'm new-wave, but I'm old-school; and my inner child is outward-bound.…"

The words: www.freewebs.com/amodernmangeorgecarlin

Sent by Paul Wingate. This was on an HIBO special in 2005. 6 years ago!

Bruno Atkey's sailboat

Bruno, one of the 3 major builders in Builders of the Pacific Coast, is getting ready to launch his Ola Suerte, a junk-rigged steel sailboat he has been working on for 22 years. (He built it from scratch.) Our mutual friend Godfrey Stephens will be there at the launching, and we'll have photos of the occasion.

Paddleboards and outrigger canoes

Here's a Picasa slide show of the annual Shore-to-Shore paddle race put on by Live Water Surf Shop of Stinson Beach, Calif. a few weeks ago. These photos show a variety of boards and boats. I'm fascinated by the outriggers, they weigh like 21 pounds!


Jackrabbit Homesteading

I was just reading Lloyd's blog and watched a video of him talking about his work (and skateboarding). I wanted to share a audio project (and book) I put together on Jackrabbit Homesteading out in the Mojave a few years back. Thought it may be of interest. Anyhow, the website is: http://www.jackrabbithomestead.com/

Kim Stringfellow