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Hummingbird Moth at Mark Wagner' place in Independence, Calif. Friday night

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On way home from eastern California, stopped by at Travertine Hot Springs just south of Bridgeport. Scalding water flowing out at top, pool was just right. Note mountains.

Silver City, ghost town in Owens Valley

Giant Polyurethane Foam Lemon by roadside

On Highway 14 near Lone Pine, Calif. Reminiscent of the Giant Orange stands that were all over the Sacramento Valley in the '40s



Photo by Barry Shapiro from Handmade Houses, circa 1973 by Art Boericke and Barry Shapiro. A much beloved book, came out same year as Shelter

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats - I Need Never Get Old (Live)

On The Road to Santa Cruz

I had a radio interview to do yesterday, so hit the Cliff House in SF for an Irish Coffee and popovers to start the day, then got rolling on Hwy One, making the coastal SF/SC journey for maybe the 300th time. By the time I got through Half Moon Bay and it was just brussels sprouts, strawberries and arroyos leading down to beaches, I was sailing, getting that exhilaration that comes from moving smoothly through space.
Got into SC, took right on Swift Street, past Haut's shop, then to Steamer Lane, which was breaking and surprisingly uncrowded. I SO love Santa Cruz, having lived here on and off in the '50s. The water's warmer, the waves better, it's more tranquillo, like it's 15% LA (Santa Barbara is 70% LA). Like San Francisco, it's overcrowded and expensive, but its carefree and playful, with soul intact.
When I discoverd surfing at age 18, I rearranged my classes at Stanford so I had no classes on Friday. I took off at noon every Thursday (either on my Harley 45 or hitchhiking) and spent 3-1/2 days of the week in SC. 4 of us rented a cabin on Ocean Ave. for $20 a month.
I can hardly believe it now, but we surfed without wet suits. So stoked were we. SO cold.
There were maybe 20 surfers in town and for some reason they accepted me, didn't treat me like I was a college jerk. SC then had a population of 25,000 in winter and 75,000 in summer.
Right now am in v. cool new barista shop, Cat and Cloud, on Portola Ave., soon to head back up the coast for a meeting in our office this afternoon, where we'll be strategizing tour/marketing/blah blah for the new book.
Ike and Tina Turner, Shake a Tail Feather Baby playing right now. What an incredible band! Their CD "Proud Mary"is a great chronological record of this phenomenal band.

Display at Argonaut Hotel in old Cannery Building by Aquatic Park, San Francisco


Looks like a really nice hotel. In the same neighborhood: the Aquatic Park cove, where swimmers from the Dolphin Club and South End Rowing Club swim in the cold water; the Buena Vista Café, of Irish coffee fame; the Aquatic Park

Car Talk

I drove pickup trucks for over 35 years. I finally got tired of hauling a relatively large vehicle over the winding roads that are necessary for us to reach the more civilized world and bought a Honda Fit 3 years ago. Which was a dandy little car. $17K complete (new). 1/3 more storage than similar size cars, 35 mpg, nimble on the curves.
All that ended when a rolling rock that I hit knocked the motor off its mounts a few months ago. It was so expensive to fix that AAA declared it a total and gave me $12K, a fair deal. Which helped a lot because Shelter Pubs was running on empty and it allowed us to pay a printing bill and avoid borrowing to stay afloat. I know, small peanuts in this day and world, but we're a small peanut company.
I'm going to wait a while to get another car (meanwhile driving my 14-year-old Toyota 4-cylinder, stick shift 4x4, which gets about 20 mpg and is a magnificent vehicle and can go anywhere and pull other cars out of ditches).

A Phenomenal Bread Knife

All our bread is homemade, so we use a bread knife daily. We've had 3 of them, of different configurations. But we got this very unusual one a couple of months ago, and it's not only better then any bread knife I've ever seen, but a delight to use.

Irene says: "I like making bread knives. I tell folks when they buy 'em, 'If this doesn't cut the bread SMACK out of the oven better then anything else you've ever used, then I'll double your money back.' No one's ever returned a bread knife."

The wood is cherry or mahogany, they are made in the USA, and available for $30 plus $10 postage (mail check) to:
Irene Tukuafu
2639 N. Sycamore Haven Dr. 
Nauvoo, Illinois
62354

Check out also, Irene's musical instruments:

I'm Doing Slide Show on SMALL HOMES book tomorrow night at City Lights Books, SF

7 PM, Tuesday April 11th at City Lights, 261 Columbus at Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco

Details: http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100085830

Bodhi and Julian after scrambling to the top of the cliff

These 2 kids made these boards (with foot straps) and were sliding down a steep cliff of decomposed granite at the beach, then they made their way up to the top, where I caught up with them.


Green grows the grass on chicken coop.roof today

Heritage Salvage TV Show Pilot Airs Sunday April 9th, 2017, at 8PM PST

This is a pilot for a series of shows on DIY TV by Michael "Bug" Deakin and his crew of recyclers from Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, California.

Bug says: "All across America, century-old structures are falling down and forgotten -- but I believe these buildings deserve a second chance."

Here's a 40-second sneak preview of the pilot, which airs this Sunday:
https://youtu.be/49JBegQGUus

Also, if you're ever in Petaluma, stop by Heritage at 1473 Petaluma Blvd.. They have 300,000 board feet of used lumber, a ton of table-top slabs cut from large trees, some beautiful wide t&g flooring milled from windfall Maple trees, etc. Check their stock out at: https://heritagesalvage.com

Butterfly Art


On wall at Mount Tam Orthopedic Clinic in Marin County, California

Lloyd’s Bookstore Appearances April-May 2017

In the next 6 or so weeks, I'll be doing slide shows from the new book, talking about options for young people seeking shelter (and avoiding high rents or bank mortgages), and signing books. In Northern California, Canada, and NYC; then in August in Oregon.

April
April 7 - 7PM
Copperfields
138 North Main Street
Sebastapol, CA 95472

April 11 – 7PM
City Lights
261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco CA 94133

April 28 – 7 PM
Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz CA 95060

May 4- 7:30 PM
Builder’s Booksource
1817  4th Street
Berkeley CA 94710

Highway One Closure South of Stinson Beach


This is just north of Steep Ravine. Looks like it will be closed for a while. This is going to make for madness on Panoramic (the mountain road) for cars heading to Stinson from San Francisco this summer.

Recommendations of Cool Stuff

Usually when I see a list of quotes, there might be one or two that I like. Here they are all zingers:

• “I’ve always been very careful never to predict anything that has not already happened.” — Marshall McLuhan
• “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker
• “Decisions are made by those who show up.” — Jennifer Pahlka
• “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” — Albert Einstein
• “Not long ago what we have today was so implausible that nobody bothered to say it would never happen.“ — Marc Andreessen
• “The first 90% of a project is a lot easier than the second 90%.” — Tim Sweeney
• “If you don’t like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less.” — General Shinseki

 — Kevin Kelly

This is from Recomendo, a weekly newsletter from Kevin Kelly,  Mark Frauenfelder, and Claudia Dawson that "…gives you 6 brief personal recommendations of cool stuff": http://recomendo.com/

Also from Recomendo:
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Unlocking phone:
If you bought a phone that’s locked to a specific mobile carrier, you won’t be able to use it with another carrier until you get it unlocked. AT&T says they will unlock phones you’ve had for two years, but the process is so arduous that it’s never worked for me. They make it difficult on purpose, I suspect. But I’ve unlocked phones using an unlocking service on eBay and paying $6 per phone. I gave them the phone’s 15-digit IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) serial number and a day later they sent me an email to let me know it’s been unlocked. I have no idea how they do it, but it works. — MF

The Perfect Song and The Perfect Movie (From the Early '60s), All in One Day

Mr Postman, by the Marvelettes, 1961
I thought this was a Beatles song, but here is the original. The singing, the phrasing,
Way-yay-yay-yate Mr. Postman,
the enunciation, Dee-liver the let-ter, the sooner the bet-ter,
I'm just crazy about this song. It's on a 3-disc  collection: She's So Fine: The Rise of the Girl Groups, about 90 songs. The Chantelles, the Shirelles, the Bobettes, the Ikettes. I don't know of any singing like this nowadays.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=425GpjTSlS4








François Truffaut's Jules et Jim, 1962
Then, last night I watched this, with 5 friends in a small cabin in the woods, and was stunned. Just an absolutely perfect movie, a masterpiece. It's wonderful when a work of art can lift you into another realm.
I think I saw it about 50 (ulp!) years ago, but it didn't hit me then. (The Surf Theater was a small theater out by the beach in San Francisco's Sunset District that played foreign films in the '60s. For us California kids, it provided a sophisticated and different view of art and the world: Goddard, Ingmar Bergman, Truffaut, Kurosawa…)

Fsh with poissanality at Saigon Village restaurant in San Rafael yesterday



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#wildturkey last night in front yard of ranger's house near #muirwoods


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Baby Elephant Seal on Beach Saturday


Marine Mammal Center was on its way.
Relevant factoids:
1. Typical males are 16' long, weigh 3 tons.
2. They can hold their breath for 100 minutes and typically dive 1,000 to 2,000 feet.
3. They propel themselves up to 5 mph by using their tail fins.

Back home from #Mexico to vibrant #california spring in the garden. #fishpond


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Got our shipment of Small Homes yesterday!



Some say the world will end in fire…

In the last few months I've experienced extreme cold (Minnesota) and warm weather (80's here in Baja). It made me think of summers down here, which are just about unbearable, and the 2 extremes (as applied to being outside—I'm not talking about heaters in the cold or air conditioners in the heat). In the cold, you can bundle up to mitigate the extreme, but in the heat you're out of luck. One time in August down here, my landlord Yuca and I would go across the dusty road and lie down in the shallow river in T-shirts and shorts, then come back to my room and stand in front of the fan while soaking wet for a few precious moments of coolness.

Fire and Ice 
Some say the world will end in fire, 
Some say in ice. 
From what I’ve tasted of desire 
I hold with those who favor fire. 
But if it had to perish twice, 
I think I know enough of hate 
To say that for destruction ice 
Is also great 
And would suffice.
-Robert Frost

Devil's Claw



This plant will grab whatever part of you it touches.
From Wikipedia: "Proboscidea is a genus of flowering plant in the family Martyniaceae, some of whose species are known as devil's claw, devil's horn, ram's horn, or unicorn plant. The plants produce long, hooked seed pods. The hooks catch on the feet of animals, and as the animals walk, the pods are ground or crushed open, dispersing the seeds.

The fruits of all species are edible before they ripen and become woody, they can be steamed and eaten much like okra.…"

Dunebuggy




The Dude!



This is Paul Meredith, owner of Buzzard's Bar and Grill near San José del Cabo. It took me 3 days to figure out who he reminded me of. As of in The Great Lebowski…

Check out Photo-Collage of My Week in Baja

Boy am I havin fun! It's been a perfect week down here. In the water at 7:30 this morning, a shower and now latte and raisin roll and good wi-fi. I wish I had more time to do stuff like this. Idea! I'll make a little short-run book of the trip. Where's my clone, anyway?
It's so easy down here now, and it was so hard 20-30 years ago. My great little Baja bug was under water twice, I had a sketchy relationship with the cunning landlord of the palapa I rented (for $1,000 a year), the place was destroyed in a hurricane of Nov 4 cuatro de Noviembre in the '90s, and on…
Now there's a smoothly paved road 12 mi. out to Shipwrecks. Funny, there don't seem to be many people around at all. Part of that being wealthy people buying (or building) trophy houses that they rarely visit. Summer's the south-swell surfing season down here and Nov-Dec-Jan are prime times for people fleeing cold climes, but March seems perfect, it's really comfortable, cool at night and April winds haven't started. Surprisingly, I found nno mention of the surf online. There's nothing like checking out the surf in person.
 I still love San José del Cabo. Wandering around the quiet streets. Last night at dusk, Chilón and I walked down to the palm grove by the San José river; it was—the perfect Spanish word—tranquillo. Tortillas de nopales in a little roadside shack, with la cocinera patting out fresh tortillas…

My Instagram on the web this morning came out like a poster for the past few days:

https://www.instagram.com/lloyd.kahn/?hl=es

Gas-guzzler Boats of the Rich and Famous


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At the yacht harbor in Playita, just east of San José del Cabo. How about the hull design of the top one—I'll bet that baby moves. 

Ooo-wee what a tool! #layout #collage #maker #instagram


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