/*23 Breaths*/

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

All Neil All The Time....

Kendog passed this along last night

from the Rust Never Sleeps album

(does anyone but me still call them albums?)

Great stuff!

I didn't even know Neil surfed...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax Day

Here in the US it's tax filing day

I for one don't have a problem paying my taxes

It could be simpler, that's very true and corporations could pay their share ...
but that isn't going to happen any time soon

I would gladly pay more

if it meant that education and healthcare were free for everyone

Back in school we talked about the two things a government could provide for it's citizens

Guns or Butter

That is a strong defense or offense depending on how you view it

or social programs

one OR the other

but not both

Other than that it's a fine spring day

I hope you take some time and enjoy it

Monday, April 14, 2014

only a Monday

I find myself in a constant struggle

First to wake up in the morning

Then to go to sleep at night

While I battle with these two opposing forces

(shouldn't they just balance each other out?)

One would expect that Nature doesn't have these problems

Spring follows Winter follows Fall follows Summer

with perhaps the odd blip here and there

like an 80 degree offshore day (fall weather)  in the middle of

a relatively normal springtime slide into June gloom

oh my

and it's only a Monday...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

More Hoedown!

Who is that guy? No not that one the other one, Curren?
I'd like to show you the other side of these but they are top secret
JJ getting and giving the lowdown
gobs of goodness!

The official snack food for the Hoedown 'cause they be great for parrrrrties....

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

More Handplane Hoedown

The mastermind

some new sleds


those aren't handplanes

the crew

nice one

the goods...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Handplane Hoedown Pics

Good Times -

More Pics tomorrow

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wildfires and mudslides

As we bid farewell to what was supposed to be winter and hello to the spring/summer
A very important season to the sportswear/tourism complex here in SoCal

It occurs to me that there are really only two seasons in Southern California Wildfire season and mudslide season

The yin and yang of the local weather patterns if you will.

The native plants, all of whom are intimately acquainted with the semiregular Californian drought conditions bide their time in the sunshine. When the occasionally heavy rains of an El Nino year occur the plants to grow thick and tall in the steep canyons and arroyos.

But come summer time, months after the last measurable rainfall the stuff makes great kindling…
Add a touch or a torrent of dry offshore wind and wildfires burn to the sea.

No stopping them really.

Months later, during a rainy year, rains run off the hills in sudden streams.
Removing the unguarded topsoil and occasionally the whole hillside.

Don't even get me started on June Gloom

(more Handplane Hoe Down pics tomorrow)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sailor Song

I had just finished my last book when I came across this copy of Ken Kesey's Sailor Song at the thrift shop the other day.

I am a big fan of the lending library but for 50 cents I don't have to worry about the due date.

I just started in but so far I like it. I'll read his other works as they present themselves

My nighttime reading fills that sliver of time after dinner and guitar playing but before sleep.

The cat doesn't mind the guitar playing so much (I think he's deaf) but requires a bit of snuggling before he retires for the evening so the guitar gets put away and I provide my services as a heat source for his highness.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This Saturday

April 5th
Always a good time
Good friends, good strangers all intent on riding some waves and sharing a good time

Low tide at 8:48 am (watch out for the rock!)
some leftover NW and SW swell

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

taken between sets

Over last weekend we had a mat meet
There were several of these earthquake fish on the beach left over from last Fridays earthquake

They were in the line up and swimming with the sharks way out the back over by the three masked schooner anchored off the pier

The picture was taken between sets