/*23 Breaths*/

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

messing with the thermostat?

Persimmons ripening by mid September...

Chilly this morning but

Close to 100 by the end of the week...

Have the kids been messing with the thermostat?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hoedown!

Finally my hoedown post

There were waves!


There were good friends


There were more good friends AND coffee and donut holes

There were pool toys


There were finely shaped surf craft

 There were core guys who cooked rice and spam on the beach


And ate it off their fins!

There were childhood friends I hadn't seen in 30 years!

Good Times!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

delirium

too hot

too hot to sleep

too hot to organize hoedown photos

too hot to think

I don't know what time it is

I don't know what day it is

the next two seasons

(the current season is obviously "hell")

but the next two seasons

will be called

"not so hot"

and

"maybe rain"

Monday, September 15, 2014

Should be a Hoedown post...


I should be writing a Handplane Hoedown post

but as I sit here sweltering in the heat at 5am

I can't seem to shift my focus to it...

Besides I need to filter thru the 200 plus photos

(there are some good ones!)

I should have done that on Saturday or Sunday

but both days it was too hot

the idea was replaced by a glass of ice water and a nap....

So let's talk about the heat!

Late Summer heat waves aren't uncommon here

the records we have been breaking the last few days are from 1984

but we are surpassing those records by a half a dozen degrees!

The Almanac tells me that today's temps will be 28 degrees above normal


I like to play a game

in the Winter and the Summer

I try an remember what it was like during the last season

how cold the air felt during the winter...

the feeling in my sinus' breathing in those first cold breaths after stepping outside in the morning

how cold my not yet numb toes felt as I pulled on my wet booties

(they never completely dry out in the Fall and Winter months)

The ice cream headache after duck diving the first set and coming up in the middle of the behind the wave rain shower of an offshore morning...

how you had to really focus to get your frozen fingers to work your car key in the lock

the feeling of warmth of that first post surf cup of coffee spreading out thru your chest and belly...

We will have a couple more hot days

then the cooling begins and by Friday things will be better...

Stay cool my friends!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Handplane Hoedown on Saturday


"The first thing you need when going body surfing is a fresh body"

Handplane hoedown tomorrow at the usual time / place

bring a fresh body


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

another new old guitar...


I could blame it on the extreme heat
or the fact that I post more on Facebook these days
(the horror!)
but it looks like I neglected to post pics of the new old guitar...

Alvarez AD65CE

They only made them for a year or two until they figured out that they was no market for them

"...the AD65CE includes arched spruce top with F-Holes and natural finish, maple sides and back, and Rosewood fretboard. Vintage features such as "Waverly" style tuners, Ivory/Black multi body binding, and nickel hardware help to capture a classic look and feel. On-board electronics include Alnico "Dog Ear" neck pickup, Piezo bridge pickup, and stereo output..."

nice guitar though

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

That's a record


As I sit here this morning
enjoying record temperatures
and equally high humidity levels

a mere shadow of my former self
having lost over half of my blood
to the roving swarms of West Nile
mosquitoes

The only thing that keeps me going
(well the only thing besides enormous
quantities of espresso)

Is that the Handplane Hoedown is this weekend!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Neither Fish nor Fowl



The mornings are chilly
the dawn overcast a perennial favorite

The evenings can be refreshing as well
as long as the cool sea breeze keeps up

The mid-day...as hot as the fourth of July...

The water's still warm

The waves are fun and the tourists have all gone home

I love the Fall!

Even though we aren't quite there yet...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Late Summer Early Fall

As I sit here taking in the morning on my front porch
I am earnestly trying to decide the season


The weather, such as it is in Southern California
has been warm especially at night
when a good walk around is perhaps a better call
then an attempt at bedding down for 40 winks

Definitely late Summer,

but then, out for a Sunday drive
I noticed the the usual conditions
sort of like making a right turn on to a busy
Nascar track during a race
were truly sparse.
"Sparse" and any reference to traffic being in the same sentence
when referring to the Southern California driving experience
being unusual indeed
and NEVER occurring during the summer season
Have the tourists gone home, gone back to school
or just disappeared like the colors of the night?

Definitely early Fall,

The giant surf gifted to us by our dear friend Maria
with sand and rock moved to new locations to mark the occasion
has subsided on these shores
with only the rides of a lifetime
and miles of film
to show for it...

Hurricane season, definately Summer,

then there is the light...
I'm sure painters have a word for it
the light that drove the local plein air movement is gone
those properties of light
that make each color come alive
each hue it's own public celebration of it's portion of the spectrum
are somehow absent
even midday landscapes have a feeling of late afternoon...

Yes definitely Fall

Welcome back

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today is the day

Global warming or perhaps some unique planetary alignment has given us a wealth of tropical hurricanes this year

The current storm (there are at least three active storms at the moment) Maria

has gifted us with a sizeable south swell which should peak today

The coastal temperatures are up as well.

A few days later would create the "perfect storm" of hot temps, large surf and a three day weekend.

Carnage...

Suddenly I'm thankful that it's only a Wednesday...

So charge it but be safe and keep an eye out for people in trouble