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Young Polar Bear

"There's this young polar bear….Goes up to its mother and asks, Mummy, am I a real polar bear?" Mummy replies, "Course you are. You've got white fur, you've got claws, you live in the Arctic and you eat fish. Why do you ask?" Young polar bear replies, "Because I'm fucking freezing."
-From the novel Black Widow by Christopher Brookmyre

Building on Presidio, #sanfrancisco last night. Bilateral #symmetry

# oldposter at SF Presidio Officers'Club tonite. #vintage #army #cavalry #horse

Surfing on the Wild Coast of Vancouver Island

From Bob Kahn
Same kind of guy as Bruno Atkey (see Builders of the Pacific Coast)

Hacking a Keyboard

For years I've had a persistent problem with hitting the "m" or "n" keys when hitting the space bar, so that words ran togethermlikenthis. I glued this piece of cutout bone to the space bar and voila! Problem solved.

Blam! Storm Totals My Honda Fit

A big rock tumbled down an embankment in front of my car (on Hwy. One just north of Stinson Beach) last week and pretty well demolished the motor. Knocked holes in oil pan and knocked engine off its mounts. (No injuries.) Total loss. Insurance covers it and AAA has been really good in processing the claim. So I'm looking at another Fit and also checking out the Subaru Crosstrek, and other small hatchbacks.

Lots of Good Tech Stuff on Latest Cool Tools

This is one of many interesting items. To get full info (and clickable links), go to: http://kk.org/cooltools.

Scamp Trailer

Saw this parked on a local street. 13' long, fiberglass, kind of in between an Airstream and a Teardrop trailer. About 10K$ used.

Music Score on Minneapolis Building

"…the music is from a piano piece written by French composer Maurice Ravel called “Gaspard de la Nuit.” The section depicted on the building comes from the third movement, called 'Scarbo.'”
Link from Rick Gordon

Fake News My Ass!

It's called journalism and I've been heartened the last few days by the media refusing to be cowered by this lying bully. There was a scathing, hard-hitting editorial in the NYTimes yesterday titled "The Missing Pieces in the Flynn Story." Right on! Then last night I watched Judy Woodruff on PBS go after the smarmy former Trump campaign manager Carter Page and his actions in Russia. He wouldn't answer her when she asked "Were you in any kind of contact with Russian officials?" but just kept using the phrase "fake news."
In my high school journalism class, Mr. Patterson taught us about "the five Ws and one H:" the Who, What, Why, When, Where and How questions that must be answered before any story is complete. AND about journalistic objectivity in reporting the news and saving your opinions for the editorial page. That was the ideal, anyway. The art of journalism.

I'm glad the journalists are not backing down, and the way Trump went after the NYTimes today means they're getting to him. Viva the power of the pen! (Drawing from an old Punch magazine)

I had the thought last night that it would be good to forget about labels like conservative or liberal and have the focus be on the truth (insofar as it can be determined). What really happened?
And what is honest, what is fair, what is compassionate?

Sorry, every once in a while, the political situation breaks through here. I know people don't read this blog for my political views, but the hideousness of what is happening right now causes me to erupt on occasion. To my amazement, there are Trump supporters that read this blog, and I just don't get it. Everything that I write about or photograph comes from a mind and soul that is deeply opposed to this mean-spirited prick.

California storms: Drought gone in 53 percent of state, most since 2013

San Jose Mercury News, Feb 9, 2017, article by Paul Rodgers:
"For the first time in four years, more than half of California is no longer classified as being in drought conditions by the federal government — the latest milestone signaling the end of the state’s historic drought.

Altogether, 53 percent of California has seen enough precipitation, and its reservoirs and groundwater levels have filled so much that it is not in drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly report issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Nebraska. A year ago, just 5 percent of the state was out of drought.…"

As of last Thursday, Lake Shasta was at 87% of capacity.

Cutting Down Huge Elm Tree in Seattle

From Lew Lewandowski
This climber—what a guy!


Laying out mini book for Small Homes, will be 2-1/2" by 3", Slightly larger than our other 2 mini books (of which we've now printed 35,000 copies). Small Homes should be in bookstores in April. Patronize an INDEPENDENT #bookstore!

Livin' On Tulsa Time - Jason Boland

Bikes are Good

From Jon Kalish

Fat Tire Snow Bikes

Mark Hansen, master builder from Grand Marais, Minnesota, trying out a fat tire snow bike. Amazing how these things can ride through #powdersnow.

Surfing During Paleolithic Times

"…Wanna see our pictures on the cover
Wanna buy five copies for our mothers
Wanna see my smilin face
On the cover of the Rollin Stone"

People of a certain, um, age will remember the song from the early '70s by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.

Well, I finally made it on a cover, 61 (ulp!) years later in the just-out copy of The Surfer's Journal. I was wearing a shorty wetsuit from the Dive 'N Surf shop in La Jolla (pre-O'Neill). You sent them your measurements and they sent you the cut-out pieces and a bottle of Black Magic glue and some tape. You'd glue together pieces, glue tape over seams. Early wetsuits didn't have nylon lining so you'd rub cornstarch on your body so as to be able to slip the suit on. Underneath it I was wearing on old-fashioned wool bathing suit. A 9' Velzy balsa wood board (this was just before foam.)

This was about a 6-8' drop to the water (at Steamer Lane), there was a ledge, and we did this when the tide was right in order to stay dry. We'd wait for a wave to hit the cliff, then jump as the backwash flowed outward.

Before wetsuits there wasn't much of a crowd problem. I remember a foggy morning, 6-8' at the Lane, 4 of us out. Ah, me.

1st Presentation on New Book Small Homes

40-50 people showed up for my talk/slide show Wednesday night at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. I'm amazed anyone came, it was so cold out. Kindred spirits fer shure.

Us born-and-bred coastal Caifornians are wimps when it comes to weather like this. It was minus 4 degrees F this morning. Sometimes it gets down to -20F, and if the wind is blowing, -40 wind chill factor. When you step outside, the cold attacks you, it's all you can think of.

Beautiful little #birchbark #canoe

One of the handcrafted #boats at the #northhousefolkschool

Photo of wave hitting Grand Marais #lighthouse in 2012 -- on wall at Java Moose coffee shop in GM

"Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. …"

Luckily, I get a 4-wheel drive truck; driving to #Duluth on icy highway not exactly in my skill zone. Getting passed by 18-wheelers going 65 mph. Am now in #grandmarais, doing presentation on new book Small Homes tonight, 7 pm at #northhousefolkschool in Grand Marais. This pic on way into town from Pincushion Trails Inn this am. 13 degrees. It gets down to -20 here, and that's not with wind chill...

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