/*23 Breaths*/

Thursday, May 3, 2018

peeing in the tulies

My dad is from Ohio. He moved with his whole family out to California after the war.
He met my mom at the roller rink and soon became integrated into her local extended family.
There were trips.
To the desert to race (anything with wheels).
To the mountains to ski (water in summer and snow in winter)
The water skiing had a slight edge as ski boats have motors.
Engines? Something else to race!
Pass me a beer.
So on one of these trips
the exact location of the latrine
came up during a long drive
No problem just "pee in the tulies"
The term comes from the tulie rush,
a country plant that is
(or used to be)
common in moist areas of US west coast states
but does not thrive in or near cities.
I'm sure there is a comparable phrase in Ohio
but my dad was intrigued, perhaps even excited
to be peeing
in these tulies...
When the time came
and the bell always tolls for thee
The car stopped
the inlaws pointed
"just walk until you are comfortable and aim for one of those bushes"
peeing in the tulies

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

waiting for the rain

like a grand orchestra
warming up

a few plinks
from the string section

the ripple of valve tests
from the horns

a hot blast of sonic air
from the woodwinds

the percussionist
hammering away with mallets

rolling thunder ensues

the cacophonic dissonance roars
then stops for a moment

then with a few honest drops
it begins

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


So it's my Facbook Faceaversary 
Nine years
of providing my personal

Facebook Inc
to be collated
and sold

I thought it was
that everytime
I reviewed my data
my dob (date of birth)
was added back
in my personal file

dob is a major
in the data

I wonder what would
if everyone
changed ...
Facebook dob
from their real


give or take 20 years

If you spike your data

it's worthless

hilarity ensues

Saturday, January 6, 2018

this is all just ones and zeros

in some computers somewhere but it looks like socal will get rain starting monday night, off and on tuesday and finishing wednesday. looks like maybe around an inch and more in the mountains some rain in the deserts. since this is our first rain of the season expect some flooding in the burn areas and there will be some nasty run off at the river mouths, as usual.

Looking at the forecast map modeling this next storm will be a "cut off" low, that is a swirling bit of energy that spins off another storm. There was a local socal weatherman, George Fischbeck, who would say "Cut off low, weatherman's woe". The woe being that you couldn't predict the storms movement with the tools available at the time. I'm not all that impressed with the tools we have now, as of late, so we'll see what we see.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Wobble

We celebrate
the wobble

as this rock
we all cling to
hurls through
the final frontier

a few small stones
gracefully swirling
around a decidedly
minor star
in a quiet
corner of the galaxy

the movement about
our planetary axis
gives us
the seasons

which make all the difference

Happy Winter Solstice

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

All Hallows' Eve

Back to seasonal weather
some clouds
a little drizzle
I wasn't looking forward
to a Halloween
in shorts and flip flops
but I could have gone
as a summer tourist...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Does any of this seem odd to you?

Enough of this! I'm going to Murrieta where its cooler...

 So I wanted a gallon of ice cream for dinner but my wife said NO! My son pointed out that the heat would kill us before the diabetes would. So we compromised on pizza. I took a couple out of the freezer and left them on the counter until the cheese had melted...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

another log on the fire

"you found it! we haven't seen the sun all day"

I haven't seen it yet but I know where the wind is

usually just the Santa Anas
but today
89 degrees before sun up
these are the devil winds
the sun comes up
but I can't see it
just the dust
from another fire
burning somewhere
more carbon in the air
another log on the fire
just what we need...

Friday, October 20, 2017

eggs and coffee

Wind from the get go this morning
it must be the weekend

How many times
have I looked at the trees
then driven down
my local geography
to have changed
so the winds don't
blow it to shit

it never changed things

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

Watching another Fall  morning
as the sunrises

Monday, October 16, 2017

give a sprinkle to anything living in a pot

today it's going to be hot
summer is revisiting us today
for the third or fourth time this year
it should be in the ninetys...

I celebrated summers past last week
by cutting out chunks of my epidermis and a bit of dermis
that retained the summer memories
a little too well...

Mo-vember shot from a few years ago
channelling my inner Vincent Price / Bob Dylan
without the talent or the je ne sais quoi,
but with the cheesy mustache....

so make sure the kids and pets have enough water
and give a sprinkle to anything living in a pot