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Danny MacAskill Rips San Francisco on His Bike

"Danny MacAskill hits the streets of San Francisco and while the title may suggest some sort of adversarial relationship, Danny glides through the hilly terrain with a familiarity and effortless grace that would lead you to believe he’s lived there all his life. Launching off sidewalks and balancing along rails, he moves with uncanny precision. Danny also talks a little bit about his methodology when it comes to identifying and perfecting new tricks. So sit back and let the maestro of urban trials do his thing."
Check out all the cool things at this website (where this originated): http://www.aetherapparel.com/blog/
Sent us by Gary Gunder

Música y Café de Brumoso Mañana

El Camino by Elizabeth Cook: http://grooveshark.com/#!/search?q=elizabeth+cook

Just unearthed this exquisite little cup with dragon motif, and this is my first cup of espresso in it. The cup would give Lovejoy a flutter. Got my crema working after all these years. Malabar Gold green beans (from: http://coffeeproject.com/), roasted weekly or so.

Camping, National Parks, Rangers, Drake's Bay Oyster Co.

It may have occurred to readers of my post on backpacking that I was on federal parkland, and I didn't say anything about getting camping permits. Here's my attitude and policy about the National Park Service, its regulations, its stewardship, and its rangers:
  I have never got a permit for camping in the national park and I have never camped in one of the designated park camping sites, which are scorched-earth and military looking. I and my natural-world-loving friends camp in places that are not visible to hikers or rangers, and we are immaculate about camp sites, leaving everything as originally found.
   A couple of years ago, scoping out the territory for this hike, I was talking to a ranger in the North Beach parking lot; he was in his SUV, I was in my Tacoma, and we were parked driver side-to-driver side, windows rolled down. He was the best type ranger—one who has the job because of a love of plants and animals and seashore and mountains. We were on the same page, so I told him about my forthcoming trip circumambulating the park, and then I said, “And I'm not getting any stinking permits.” He looked at me for a minute, then put his hand over the park service badge on his sleeve, and said, “You didn't hear this from me, but you'll be fine as long as you stay far from where a ranger can drive a vehicle."

Red Shouldered Hawk In Yard

He was so intent on the quail scurrying around in the underbrush (where he couldn't get at them), that he let me get pretty close.

Two Houses in San Francisco Mission District

I'm A Fool To Care

This came on the '50s Sirius radio station just now and I was sure it was Fats Domino. it's Joe Barry in 1961 doing a cover of the Les Paul and Mary Ford song from 1954. And sure enough, Fats recorded it in 1964.
Wikipedia describes Joe Barry: "Joe Barry (Joseph Barrios…Cut Off, Louisiana…1939-2004) was an American swamp pop singer active on the early rock and roll scene. Barry started recording locally in 1958, and…in 1961…released…"I'm a Fool to Care"…It hit #15 on the U.S. Black Singles chart and #24 on the Billboard Hot 100…and sold over one million records by 1968, earning a belated gold disc.…"
   I love the way Joe pronounces "care." What a fine bit of singing!
   Click below for the 3 songs:
-Joe Barry, 1961
-Fats Domino, 1964
-Les Paul and Mary Ford, 1954


Scary Steep Downhill San Francisco Street

Late August coming into San Francisco early in the morning. I sometimes take first-time visitors to the city on this route. It feel like you're dropping off the edge of a cliff. That's my truck hood in the foreground. (This is one of the streets parallel with Union.)

Apparently Lloyd has moved to BC

 My friend Michael McNamara, who lives on Hornby Island, sent me this and said that he and Sally didn't know I'd moved to Hornby and would I like to come over for dinner. Joking.
   I think the confusion might be that I covered my favorite builder, Lloyd House, in the Tiny Homes book. Lloyd lives in a converted van on Hornby.
   I mean, if I did move somewhere, Hornby would be at the top of the list, but I'm still here in NorCal, living in a house I built 40 years ago.

Article here.

Harmony Farm Supply and National Heirloom Expo

We had a great day yesterday. North into farmland, to Sebastapol and the Harmony Farm Supply, what a great place. Good tools, good additives, seeds, irrigation, etc. No foul chemical smells. Knowledgeable staff.
   Then to the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa. Unique event. Yesterday was the last of 3 days (Tues-Wed-Thurs). Tons of different heirloom fruits, vegetables, cheeses, on and on… goats, sheep, cows, turkeys and a huge display of bantam chickens. Food booths (and samples) up the kazoo. It's a very together farming, gardening, food preparation and preservation show. Real food and respect-for-earth concepts and practices have come a long way in the last 25 years -- progress. I'm going to this for sure next year, and we'll probably get a booth and sell building books. Our kinda people.
   Back through Petaluma and Heritage Salvage, huge amount of recycled lumber, including some stunning old barn timbers.
  Got a lot of good pics yesterday, no time to do anything other than this with 3 of them:
This was on back road between Petaluma and Sebastapol.

Real tomatoes

Bantam Silver Spangled Hamburg
raised by Janelle Thope

Publisher Heading Into Non-electronic World

I'm taking off next week on what I plan to be a 7-8 day backpacking trip in local territory. I haven't done seriously backpacking for decades, so not sure how it will turn out, but it's a trip I've been thinking about for years. Got a 2-1/2 lb tent, titanium pots, beautiful Western Mountaineering sleeping bag, freeze-dried food…equipment I couldn't have dreamed of back in the 60s with Kelty pack and lots of poundage in Tuolomne Meadows and Big Sur forays.
   I'll be away from electronics, not to mention electricity, for a week. Paul Wingate used to talk about going to a remote cabin in the woods and getting away from "the 60-cycle hum."
   I've put up posts so there should be one a day while I'm gone. A friend asked yesterday, will you be taking pictures. Ha!

Eagle Owl Coming In For Dinner

Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012

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Here is an Eagle Owl coming at you at 1000 per second http://www.dogwork.com/owfo8/

Lightnin' Hopkins

Song: Rock Me Baby

Album: "Lightnin' Hopkins"

Demise of a Barn Owl

Friends of mine on the coast have a large garden and goats. Two nights ago they found this little barn owl dead in the goat yard. They're pretty sure it was the work of a Great Horned Owl, a much larger (and territorial) owl. A raccoon got at it last night, and someone had taken the wings, and they were going to bury the remains. So I grabbed it. Look at those claws!
These are beautiful creatures, with a white face mask outlined with a heart-shaped ring of dark feathers (lower part of which you see here). I'm going to render the skull (boiling to remove flesh, immerse in ammonia for 10 days, clean some more, then in strong (35%) hydrogen peroxide to whiten).

Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Bricks

Just a few drops last week in our rain-challenged state. I was surprised when I checked my rain figures that we had 24" last year, but 41" the year before. I'm hoping we get more rain this year. The early drops of rain like this are heavenly…the smell…the most wonderful example of this is rain in the Baja California desert. When the rain comes, it's in big quantities. You can almost watch the desert bloom, and it's ambrosial.

Camera Reminiscences

On Mondays I get to be by myself in the office (studio) and when I get the biz part of the day over with, I get the caffeine and music going and see where it leads. This morning started out gloomy chilly foggy, but around 10 the sun broke through, and I started looking through my photos. I have one or more cameras with me at practically all times and I can't begin to comprehend the 10s of 1000s of images I have. One of these days…
   My first photo, taken with a Kodak Baby Brownie when I was 12, was of Puddles the hippo at the San Francisco Zoo. Next when I went on a 3-month motorscooter (Lambretta) trip through Europe in 1957 was a Rolleicord (cheap version of Rolliflex). I spent 2 years in the USAF in '58-'60 as editor of a base newspaper (Sembach AFB, near Kaiserslautern, Germany) and the secret service had a Leica they weren't using and let me borrow it. (There's just something unique about those black and whites.)
   Next in the early '60s I got a Nikon 35mm, then a Nikkor. I shot '60s culture, and always, buildings. Then along came the Olympus OM-1. It was 50% smaller than the Nikons, with equal lens quality, and I ended up with a full arsenal of OM-1s and lenses.

Wonderful Little Book of Shelter Drawings

This is an exquisite little book! The drawings are outstanding, and consistent. A primer on simple construction in a very small package. I just ordered 3 more copies. It's made me check out (and order) other books by Wooden Books, Ltd., a wonderful collection.

The National Heirloom Exposition, Santa Rosa, Calif., Sept. 11,12,13

"The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. Our first annual event held mid-September, 2011, in Santa Rosa, California, drew more than 10,000 people from around the country and beyond. With more than 70 speakers and 250 natural food vendors, the event was the largest gathering in pure food history! The Heirloom Expo has gained incredible interest among home growers, farmers, school groups and the general public–so much so that it is being called the “World’s Fair” of the heirloom industry!
We are happy to announce that the dates for next year’s event have already been set for September 11, 12, and 13th, 2012 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California.…" http://www.theheirloomexpo.com/
1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.
Drawing above shows 2 Golden Seabright bantams, the main birds of our current flock.

Jay-Z, Beyonce: Bonnie & Clyde

"…But today, I got my thoroughest girl wit me…"

Shelter-inspired Yurt in Colorado

"Lloyd- twenty years ago today, my wife gave me a copy of Shelter for my birthday... I'm sending the results back to you. It's not tiny, but man has it been fun.  - Tracy Lightsey"
There are a ton of photos here.

Surfing By The Light of the Silvery Moon

Well, not exactly. The skateboarders (see below) told me they'd been going mat-surfing by moonlight (like the Hook in Santa Cruz w. no one else out). They were going out last night, so I and suited up and got into the water at 8, about 15 minutes after sunset. The guys were out, two mats and a board. You could see OK for maybe 45 minutes, until you couldn't make out the horizon. Moon not up yet. Small waves, kind of sloppy rides, but it was kind of exquisite and unique, being in the ocean as light faded, paddling the quarter-mile back to the take-out point guided by the beach house lights. In all these years, I never thought of going out at sunset.
   It made me think of swimming one night in the cove at aquatic Park in San Francisco. In the '90s, I belonged to the the South End Rowing Club and would swim in the cove about once a week. I decided to try swimming one night. As soon as I got into the water, I felt this exhilaration, maybe it was a feeling of independence. This was unique. No one knew I was there; I was on my own and I was comfortable. The lights of Ghirardelli Square sparkled on the water. I could see the Buena Vista Café, all lit up. Yesss!
    Got back to the club, took a sauna, and was I wired! Natural high.

New Tiny Home On Wheels For Sale in Santa Cruz,California

"We have for sale a beautiful, tiny house. Built this year, all new construction. This tiny house is 8' 6" wide by 20' long by 13' 5" high. Including the porch and lofts it is approximately 260 square feet. It has has two sleeping lofts, one 8' by 6', and one 8' by 3'. The house is built on a new 12,000 lbs rated trailer, and can be towed anywhere. The house features a full kitchen, including three burner range and oven, and a full bathroom with shower and tub. A fold down 4' by 8' deck, on demand water heater, double paned windows, and full insulation round out the house. Vaulted knotty pine ceilings with ceiling fan and overhead light brightens the whole house. Tough Pergo floors complement the living space. The house has all the necessary conveniences of a much larger house, despite its small size. Other amenities like fold down "Murphy" style bed on the ground level with convertible fold up writing desk, and washer dryer hookups are available if desired. RV style utility hookups make this house a breeze to set up or move. Convenience of mobility with the comfort of a traditional home. Own a new home for the price of a car. Asking $48,000. Contact moleculehomes@gmail.com."

Skateboarding on Wood Scraps

Spotted this great driftwood skateboard today. Here is, l-r, Sean Hellfritsch, Ryan Hett (driftwood board). Later I shot pic of them skating down pretty steep hill with their buddy Nick Alves on a carved-up snowboard. Witty.

2 Songs by Roscoe Holcomb

Discovered this at Ratman's website: http://dontshaveyourtwat.blogspot.com/

Deer On Beach on Foggy Morning

This was at Drake's Beach early one foggy morning. I'd walked to the end of the beach and when I started back, I saw that these deer had come down an arroyo. From a pretty long distance away, they spotted me and turned to face me, ears splayed out like sonar detectors to pick up sounds. At this point I was maybe 200 yards away from them, and they scurried back up the arroyo.

Tiny Texas Houses: Monthly House Spotlight for August 2012

This is Brad Kittel, who shot the cover photo for Tiny Homes, displaying his latest creations -- all recycled materials.

Tiny Homes On Wheels Can Move

"…One of the most interesting parts about living in a tiny home on wheels is that you can move to a new location relatively easy. That’s what Carrie and Shane decided to do recently.…"
Click here.