/*23 Breaths*/

Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Report

I haven't done a book post in a while and since the nice man in the big brown truck brought a package from Amazon (killer of good local bookstores everywhere) I thought it was time.

It hard for me to classify Liza's book so let me tell you about my experience with it. I found it in the local lending library and took it home for a read.  Although it was only 284 pages (I can polish off that in an evening with a decent cup of tea) I was only just started when my loan was up. The reason being that this isn't your usual story book. Part almanac, part history and language primer and part garden diary. This is something that deserves to be enjoyed over time. So I bought a copy and plan to give it the year or more it deserves.

OK I have weird tastes in reading material. Japanese and Chinese poets that have turned to dust between 2 and 5 thousand years ago are my favorites. The trouble is I have no gift for languages or translation from the original texts. Red Pine has such a gift and fortunately for me is spending his time working with all the greats just so I have something to read in the evenings after dinner. What a guy! I can't overstate the importance of the translator for this type of work. I suppose you could get a piece of software to do the literal translation. But a good translator and Red Pine is much more than good  brings more to the work than just translation. Let's say you find an old and forgotten cook book from several thousand years ago and coincidentally you are hungry. You could run the book thru a translator and get ingredients and some old world instructions like "Ye needs to travel on the kings highway to the miller...".  This isn't helpful and you are still hungry. What a translator like Red Pine does is to live with the work long enough to translate the feelings and meanings behind the words. To return to the cooking analogy, you drop off the text to Red Pine pop down to the pub for a pint and when you come back he has translated the book but more importantly he has used it to cook dinner!

Good Stuff

I've read this one before and it is definitely good enough to read over. The stories (or story's if you like to torment the English majors)  are simple enough. A bunch of college kids wander in a semi orderly fashion thru the GNW looking to find, climb and study the big trees. That the colleges, Reed college and Humboldt state university tend to attract (or do they turn them out ?) some interesting characters, should give you a feel for the character of the book. Interesting, quirky and easy to read again and again.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth day - 2015

Nice earth shot above

Looks like a hurricane in the US gulf coast and there's a good size low in the North Pacific.

I like shots like this because you can see the earth as a whole without the artificial country boundaries we arbitrarily establish and then change.

It's a view somewhat above the normal human concerns.

That storm in the Gulf coast doesn't care that it's going to hit the US.

If conditions were right it might be heading more to the west and into Mexico.

That's just how it is.

No problem.

Of course I mean no problem for the storm, thousands of lives depend on the landfall of the storm.

The point being that it is a big interrelated organizational structure that earthlings can barely grasp. 

But since it's Earth Day, 

take a breath 

and let it out

and try to feel the planet

No luck,

that's ok

Belated Happy Birthday to John Muir.

If you haven't read his work yet then take a stroll on down to the library and pick up a copy of any of his books.  

Good stuff 

Enjoy the day

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

a brown lawn is a good lawn..

After last night's "rainstorm"
I think we may be putting the
umbrellas away
for an indefinite period...

With another year of extreme drought
the state is getting into the picture
with laws and codes
and what have you

Rest assured that industries
with big money
will simply pay
a fee for a variance
just a cost of doing business

So what about the rest of us?
Some mindful attention
to watering and landscaping
will go a long way

Native plants do very well here
with minimal water
and as always
a brown lawn is
a good lawn...

That said I got the backyard garden planted!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

23 Breaths Custom Surfmats

Some of you may know that I have been working on my own customized mat.

I am happy to report that many years of painsteaking R&D is over and I am happy to offer my mat to the charming, gullible and mattifferous public.

This particular model comes in any color you like
as long as it's black
so I have decide to call the this first of many models the


Pricing is flexible at this time but will run in the 1 to 2 thousand dollar range.
(hey these puppies are petroleum products bub!)

Please send your checks and money orders to 23breaths@gmail.com


23 Breaths said...
the first run of 250 mats has completely sold out! A new run will be available as soon as I get back
from the grocery store. Thank you 23Breaths
APRIL 1, 2008 9:29 AM 

Anonymous said...
I got my new mat in the mail today. Thanks for the quick turn around! I really like the mat everything about it seems fun. It even has the words GLAD embosed all over it. I do keep losing air as the twist tie on the back keep coming un done. Can you help me?

23 Breaths said...
Anon, I was great to get your check, I mean to meet you. The losing air is all part of the low inflation deal. The mat will ride better trust me! Once you find optimum inflation levels you may want to tie a knot in the bag, I mean mat to keep the inflation just right!

23 Breaths said...
Well I'm back from the store and the next version of mats will be white in color and be in a new model I call "tall kitchen" model. This will be both a big wave and small wave version. As always the mats have the patented "conventional inner/mid chamber" and the whole mat is contructed of .001 mil polyproleane. There will be a slight increase in price as my cost of manufature has risen dramatically!

MR said...
I'll take two!

23 Breaths said...
MR – as soon as your certified check passes thru my labyrinth of Swiss bank accounts and is converted to gold bullion your mat(s) will be in the post!

twinfin said...
Do you take certified monopoly money? I hear it spends the same as cash depending on where you are at.. what other uses would you recommend for this seemingly, too good to be true wonder product? Will it make my teeth whiter?

23 Breaths said...
twinfin - as long as it is CERTIFIED monopoly money. I had I guy try to buy a mat with phoney monopoly money! The nerve! The mat will indeed make your teeth whiter and make both your FICO and SAT scores go up.

twinfin said...
Thanks for getting mine out so quickly.. Im a bit embarassed to say this but I took it down to the beach this morning and I left it next to the showers for a second...by the time I turned around, a large dirty man resembling Santa Claus had taken it and draped it over his body and run away..what a bummer...he did kida look stylish tho.. Do you think hes on to something?

23 Breaths said...
The new and improved mats are in very high demand! This sort of mat theft should be reported to the authorities! Did you happen to buy the optional replacement insurance with your mat?

Bob said...
My sincere apologies, but I am going to have to cancel my order. Turns out I have an ample supply of your same model mats in my basement. I'll just have to re purpose the existing contents. On another note, do you know where someone might be able to dispose of 3 cubic yards of hobo pieces?

tres_arboles said...
Screw it, I'm getting my matt at Costco! David, Seattle

23 Breaths said...
Bob - haven't we talked about this before? Put the hobo down! 3 trees - All the cutting edge surf gear comes from costco! the only draw back being that you have to buy 500,000 at a time...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Philaes' Travels

Met up with matters,

Matt (born to it he is), Mattitude, and David Song on Saturday

"Meet you at Hotels..."

I knew I was getting close...

The problem being Huntington's "master plan"
allows for hotels from one end of town to the other
besides I'm looking toward the surf and have never
quite got the hotels figured out...

Which one is the Hilton? The little one? ok...

Fire rings are square in HB...

I eventually squinted thru my astigmatismatic haze and found them

and a decent south swell waiting for me

I took a few turns with Philaes, (nice mat G!)

and discussed the finer points of mat design with Matt and Mattitude.

The swell and side current has spread the group out so

I didn't see David until he showed up with camera to record the event.
(check Facebook for pics)

Still one of the great things about mat riding is that we actually like to see someone else riding the same surfcraft...

I mean how often do you hear board surfers say "Oh look other surfers...yippy!"

We are still living in the golden age of mat riding...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Travels of Phileas

Graeme is as generous as he is a talented surfmat designer / creator.

He made a new mat and sent it out to the surfmat community to have a go...

Such a beautiful gift

Have a read about the project here

at the his custom surfmats page

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Funny Story

So I have this thing I do

when I go surf

mostly like everyone does

coffee, drive, park, check it, suit up and go

my personal twist

is between the check it

and suit up phase

I pretend that it's the 1950's and there is no one else there

the beach in totally deserted

I have to admit that after removing my glasses

and inserting the earplugs

it's not a huge stretch ...

So there I am

"in the 50's"

when back in the present

someone is calling my name...

Either I'm getting good at this

or I really am deaf and blind

as I totally missed the fact

that one old friend and one new friend

were also suiting up two cars away!

I'm just not blending into this future as well as I'd like...

Monday, March 23, 2015


You have seen the shell

You read the book where Captain Nemo roams the depths in his wondrous submarine

You have bought the pass

(You mean you haven't bought your Nautilus Pass for this year's

San Diego Surf Film Festival yet?

Great movies, Great people, Great Food

and you are in San Diego...Good Times

Get a room and make a long weekend of it

Perfect start to the Summer)

But have you ever seen one eating cheese crackers?

The nautilus is a pelagic marine mollusc of the cephalopod family nautilidae, the sole extant family of the superfamily nautilaceae and of its smaller but near equal suborder, nautilina

Saturday, March 21, 2015

as the sunrises

a bit of south wind this morning
it must be the weekend

thousands of surfers will
trade dreams of
glassy tubes
for a plate of eggs
and coffee

I'm sitting on my porch
keeping and eye
on the cat
or is it the other way around?

Watching another Spring morning
as the sunrises

Friday, March 20, 2015

It's Spring

As I sit and watch the sun rise

It's a little chilly

this being the week after

and the week before

another spring heat wave

(yes temps in the 90's next week)

and I have to admit that I am

a touch confused with this

meteorological ripsaw

this spring.

normally we are given

to endless fog

with a touch of morning

south wind

but the plants seem to enjoy the heat

Who am I to question the weather?