Mark Wagner's #pizza oven on wheels in Independence, Calif. On Saturday, temp was 800 degrees and pizzas were cooking in about 3 minutes.
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
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.
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