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Three-Dot Wednesday Morning Fish Fry

Came across the ever-beautiful Golden Gate Bridge 6:30 this morning, in my 19-year-old incredibly luxurious Mercedes E320, latte at my favorite North Beach cafe, listening to my fave DJ, Michael de Barres on Sirius radio (forever indebted to Lew for Sirius), the Underground Garage station, Michael an English rocker (and musician) who plays bad-assed rocknroll…Bon Jovie: Runaway; Aerosmith: Walk This Way; Billy Idol: "Rebel Yell;" Dire Straits: Money For Nothing.…The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime) is really marvelous. The first 3 episodes are radiantly funny, Rachel Brosnahan is brilliant…it can't maintain that level, but the other 5 episodes are still worth watching…A few nights ago, we came across a White House event: "Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In performance at the White House." I looked at the Obamas and almost cried. This elegant, soft-spoken, soulful man, and his strong, beautiful, soulful wife.…On the drive in this morning, I thought about seeds. Years ago, in planting carrot seeds, I thought: I'm putting these seeds here, information packets that tell the natural world how to organize ands coordinate soil, water sunshine and air and  – voilá – carrots. Milagro!…Through our building books, we  have lots of fans. I try to think how big a group this is. Smaller, for sure, than the minimalist, sterile Dwell magazine crowd.…Probably, what we (our group) have in common is the desire to use hands in creating shelter, and (some) food. Maybe we're the Handmade Homemade group…I'm kind of excited to start a blog on the '60s. What didn't work as a book may work online. Think about it: you read a book right-to-left -- it's linear. Online you're going up and down; you can hop around at a click. This may be the way to convey my take on the '60s. Tossing things out there in not necessarily linear order. Feedback could be great. Hey, family of kindred spirits out there, send comments with your '60s experiences (blog should be up and running by early March)…Fun to practice 3-dot journalism. Non-linear…Now out to make the rounds in this vibrant and beautiful city…Leather store for copper rivets/plumbing/hardware search for 10MM tubing for blowgun/art store for pen to do hand lettering on our next short-run color book, Pop's Diner -- stay tuned; delivering 12 copies of our new Driftwood Shacks  book to Mollusc Surf Shop, to Trouble Coffee, check out Outerlands restaurant/go swimming in cove (Aquatic Park)/Irish coffee, watch surfers through windows at Cliff House…Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Great White now playing…

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Maybe we're the Handmade Homemade group"

Yep!

Are you still planning a print on demand mini book on homesteading? I'll be first in line if you do, even if it's on the short side. The first thing I ever read from you was re-fried domes, saved me a lot of time and frustration on my cabin (went traditional stick built instead), been reading your books and blog ever since. I've always admired your blogs about your homestead the most, one of the coolest places I've ever seen.

all the best,

Mike

Lloyd Kahn said...

Yes, will be starting on the homestead book soon, it won't be print-on-demand, rather a regular book. Should be out by early 2019.

Anonymous said...

Lloyd, I wouldn't be so sure your tribe is smaller than Dwell's... for a start, I'm pretty sure everyone on board at Dwell has read your books. More are probably following you. Your photos are abundant on Pinterest and Tumblr, and more have escaped into the wild, where they reproduce themselves in the form of strange little abodes in unlikely places.
And of course, all your photos have been seeds growing since the 60's, every structure planting itself into a little crevice of a baby-boomer/genX/milennial/postmilennial brain... it might sit dormant for awhile, years of "normal jobs" and "nice apartments" and "valuable real estate", until one day it sprouts through the rubble and we think, "Why not? Why not build it myself? Why not now?"

Please keep casting them far & wide... like most farmers,the principal reward for making the world a better place... is living in it.

-zolie

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