or as we like to refer to it here at 23B
I can't think of anything to post ...
I don't mean I personally own one
but they are part of the wild life
in my local urban setting
I also have a cat
although I don't really think of our relationship
as an owner and property
a uber rich alien life form
vacationing on this planet
and the staff
who's job it is to wait on the
hand and foot
hoping to make their stay
(I will let you figure out who is the alien and who is the staff,
other then to tell you I have never been so over worked for so little pay in my life)
But I mention all of this to explain why I get up every morning and accompany my client, er I mean cat on this morning walk around the estate.
To sniff here and there, perchance to mark the territory with that crazy little backwards dance cats do when they spray.
As I enjoy the predawn and my double double espresso that brings me back to life every morning
whether I want to or not
I have been witness to the morning symphony of the birds
I think the whole thing is keyed to the morning increase in temperature
as the insects start to stir the early birds in search of the elusive worm
the birds get their cow bell on
it starts slowly and grows
the bees add there bass hum
the humming birds come in on the down beat
and the whole place goes nuts
Every New Years concert you have ever been to
just for me and the cat
who couldn't care less
So where am I going with this?
but to say
it's warm in the morning now
high pressure is building for the rest of the week
it's going to warm up
from all reports the water is as warm as it gets
and it's only May
The high should make the morning winds a little more manageable
go get in the water
I'm sitting chest deep in the shore break washing machine waiting for another wave.
The new sandbar created by runoff from the recent rains was getting along nicely with the dropping tide and with the addition of a new SW swell to the fading yet still potent NW.
Of course most people were sitting to far outside to pick up these inside gems and that was fine by me. The truly great ones were far and few between. Everything had to come together just right. Too much NW and the wave just closed out.Too much SW and the wave raced along, just too fast to catch.The match I was looking for were combos of both swells and roped along the new inside bar.
I had caught two already and I was hoping for one more before I called it a day.
I had almost given up when a peak popped up just to my left.I have always liked a good no paddle take off when I rode standup boards and I enjoy it just as much on the mat. The take offs weren’t totally no paddle, but more a little positioning adjustment to get up under the lip before it pitched and a little flutter of the fins to change direction from being sucked up the wave to hurdling down the face.
The bottom turn on a mat is a composite movement and done properly, a thing of beauty. You take the speed you gained racing down the face, then squeeze the mat allowing it to morph into the shape you need along the inside rail and then add a twist of body English and a dash of fin tip. The result squirts you out and along the face of the wave going faster than you were going before and that was pretty fast. Out toward whatever comes. In this case what was coming was the nice thick pitching section I was hoping for.
Since I was now a little low on the wave face I lessened my grip on my outside rail, which flattens the mat making it slow its’ forward trajectory and the water rushing up the the wave face elevated me on the swell.Once I was higher on the wave face I just need to re-squeeze the outside rail, moving the air in the mat to plump my inside rail, just like a ballpark frank. Then you just lean forward, twist slightly and enjoy the view.
The view, in this case, was pinching down at the end.I had no complaints but I was now fairly close to shore and but it looked like this wave was going to end with a slap down.
There are several ways to end your participation in waves like this.Pushing off the mat and free falling to the tube floor is always a good one.Easy to do and generally resulting in only a minor beating while your mat washing up on shore without you.While I mulled over some possible exit strategies the decision was made for me by a slight warble of water coming up the wave face.This particular bit of water slowed my forward progress enough to embed me in the lip.The lip, now really the roof at this point, paid me no never mind and proceeded to invert my mat and I and slamed both of us on the sand.
Fortunately the mat was fine.My body had broken its fall.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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?
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!
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!
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?
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.
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?
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?