/*23 Breaths: May 2011*/

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Is it Monday, or Tuesday

A busy weekend

which is to say I did nothing

and was up most of the night with my dog

she must have another bladder infection

A sad morning when the cat is the good one out of the group

I had a post planned out, at three in the morning, but I have totally forgotten it now

How about some


Monday, May 30, 2011

Beautiful weather today

 and the Memorial day beaches will be packed!

I will stay at home and watch war movies

Watching Harry Potter right now

Tron's up next!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

More Wind and some rain

Yesterday we had a fair amount of wind

Today we have more wind

and a little rain (no not tons of rain but everything was wet when I got up)

Really glad I got the gardening out of the way yesterday.

Today maybe a movie

Here is a trailer for Manufacturing Stoke

MANUFACTURING STOKE from misfit pictures on Vimeo.

Read more about the movie here Manufacturing Stoke

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Not a Memorial Day weekend post

Maybe on Monday

This is what the wind was like at 6:30 am

Darn wind! There was swell too.

So there will be none of this

An old shot from Jason at Daily Bread 
this one has made the rounds on the internet
 and has more of a grainy photo 'patina' that I kinda like 

Maybe tomorrow

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Fantastic Baggies

I took a day off work yesterday
back to work today for the standard 8 to 5
then three days off
(with swell!)
I could get used to this schedule!

My older brother actually had this album when I was a kid.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happy Graduation

Two new graduates in the house this morning.

As they have said in commencement speeches through out history.

Not the end of anything just the beginning

Just a token of all the hard work you have done so far

Now go out and get a job.

In the meantime, your rooms are still there and dinner is at the usual time.

Breath deep, have fun, don't worry

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Official start of Summer

A couple of things,

Summer officially starts June 21 or whenever the Summer Solstice is in your neck of the woods.

 This "Official Start of Summer" is just more marketing nonsense designed to sell more beer, gas, and swim suits. (listed in in order of importance)

 That said, it looks like a nice weekend in the general vicinity of the 23 Breaths bungalow and the surf forecast calls for some swell. My family will be celebrating two graduations and I'll be taking a few days off.

(I'm not a huge Beach Boys fan, there are a few good songs however and they simply reek of the Southern California Beach sound or at least define it for some people.  This piece is however just amazing, there are longer pieces on YouTube but they block embedding.  If you like it have a look there for the long version)

So if Belushi and Aykroyd come to drag you out of bed for a surf,

do what Brian does,

go with the flow

Sometime later in the day...

Mel Thoman posted this today on FB.

A Beach Boys tune I like.  It goes nice with today's "summer like" conditions

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Walt Phillips - Classic Surf Films

I took advantage of a 50% off sale at Border to pick up the four pack "Classic Surf Films of the 50's and 60's by Walt Phillips.

If you love the 50' and 60's surfing and need to finish out your collection, or just like to see the land and seascapes before everything got insanely crowded check it out.

Monday, May 23, 2011

More Malibu

Lots of hits on the Sunday's Malibu clip so I'm declaring it Mickey Dora Monday!

Here are some more clips

Malibu looking a little more normal. By that I mean knee high and peel off forever. Average commentary, decent sound track and unnecessarily speeded up Micky Dora.

More Dora from SURFERS the Movie 

Nobody rants like Dora

On a personal note I have surfed Malibu a few times and there is no doubt it's a magical place.  Taking into consideration the houses, the crowding and the beach scene that it still has any soul at all is very impressive.   I can only imaging what it would be like back in the pre Gidget days.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

south swell

I've surfed in HB and Newport all my life and when the south swells came that were "too south"  an perhaps a little walled up I just went out anyways.

Apparently there is a secret spot up the coast called Malibu that handles these swells quite well

Who knew?!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Congrats to Chris, Levi and the whole Shack Team

Awesome race up Mt. Baldy!

Looking forward to the Tour de France

Check the details here 

Friday, May 20, 2011

What ya doing?

As I read PG's bit about his run ins with the local element of social and commercial control this morning I knew what had to be done.

They confiscated the board because they knew what he was doing with it.

Since no one seems to know, care or even believe that you can have such a blast riding a surf mat it's best to have a story before hand.

I have been caught unprepared in the past when asked if I was surfing on an inflatable dog bed.

The funniest part of the story is, when I replied, "yes I am surfing on an inflatable dog bed" the surfer merely nodded and paddled off.

So obvious the trick here is to think up a whale of a tail to be delivered when the moment strikes.

The important thing is deliver the story with a straight face and no hint of sarcasm.

I won't be upset if you want to use the "dog bed" story. Heck if you want we could do up some t-shirts that say

"Riding inflatable dog beds since 62"

But you know we are always up for a new story here so I am asking you, dear reader, to come up with some BS story about what you are REALLY DOING with that mat! 

(Because WE know you are up to something!)

Here are a couple of pieces to get you started.

As a true American doing their share to protect our shores
No I don't surf on this thing.  I am going to paddle out, just past the surf line and check for underwater mines I put in last week to repel any foreign invaders.

Surf Trendy
Well actually this is half of an inflatable SUP. The rest of it is in the car. (A cheap shot at SUPpers I agree)

As new form of exercise
"No I'm not surfing, but if I swim around with this apparatus they say I'll lose twenty pounds and get that "mat butt" everyone is talking about. "Mat butt" is like "yoga butt" but is even more trendy. You need to follow this up by turning around and asking if they think it's working yet.

Mat as medical device
No I don't surf but I have a bad case of narcolepsy and so I keep this around for my frequent naps

We are shooting a movie up the beach and not to give any of the plot away but this (pointing to the mat) plays a starring role. (If you use this one they will be too afraid to even ask about the fins and wetsuit.)

So there you are.  

Either enter your stories of what you are really doing with that mat in the comments section or send them to me at 23breaths at hotmail dot com.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

An ode to Thursday - another in the Prisoner of Lake Forrest series

Thursday comes in, not on little cats paws like the fog

but comes clomping in wearing an old pair of doc martins

with broken laces, spattered with mud, one heal hanging akimbo

Because Thursday has seen the hopes for the new week dashed

Ground down under the cold efficient heel of another regularly scheduled meeting about warmth, artistry and meeting our new goals for the quarter. Keep up with your TPS reports  kids!

So dawn comes on a Thursday,

the early opening bud of the weekend

no rain,

some swell but wind too.

Thursday's motto is,

"Close enough to smell the coming weekend"

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What was your first surfboard?

Glenn poised the question the other day on FB.

What was your first surfboard?

I have to admit I had to stop and think about it.

I started surfing during a time of extreme change in surfboard design

Literally overnight the standard 9 foot 6 inch noserider was out and 6 foot 9 inch plastic fantastic machines were the rage.

I grew up in Huntington Beach California with an older brother that was already well into the surf scene, and although I had already started surfing I had to go through that first winter riding borrowed boards without the benefit of a wetsuit to convince my parents that I was serious about, what was to them, just another passing teenage fad.

I had apparently passed that first test and got the go ahead to get a board.  I did what everyone else was doing.  I bought a long board,  rendered suddenly passe,  stripped the glass off it and shaped a new one out of the blank

What a mess!

Somewhere in the shaping process I bought a used short board (which I promptly cut the tail off of but that's another story).  That delayed the shaping long enough for the blank to be repurposed into two belly boards. My brother (always the leading edge one of the family) took the nose section,  removed the foam from most of the middle section and glassed twin fins on it. A spoon bellyboard with a square tail and twin fins. I really wished I had that today.  I think it would still be a fun ride. As for me I shaped (and I use the term very loosely) a tear drop with a single fin.    Not only did the board surf poorly but I made such a mess in the garage my Mom forbid any further such work. My resin and glass work was limited to ding repair from then on out.

Two things to take away from my story.

First off never back away from taking a perfectly good object and ruin it in the name of progress. The worst that could happen is the initial object is gone forever, you have made an incredible mess, and you may very well burn the house down with the toxic and oh so flammable ingredients.

Second, never underestimate the value of a friend with a shed.

As a post script to the story I did go on the shape several more boards, complete with glass semi-decent glass jobs.  I even went into the multi colored glass work so popular during the time.  I was know for producing color combinations that had heretofore never been scene outside of a diaper.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Picked up Vineland at the local library's "buck a bag" book sale a few weeks ago.

Along with six bags of other titles

So let it rain a bit

I don't care

The cat, however, is uber pissed 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hawaii 5 Oh lyrics



I had no idea!

If you get in trouble, bring it home to me
Whether I am near you, or across the sea
I will think of something to do
I'll be on the lookout for you
And I'll find you
You can count on me (You can count on me)

And don't you let 'em get you up against the wall
'Cause I'll be there to catch you, and I won't let you fall
Call me if they hit you below
Call me when there's no where to go
And I'll be there
You can count on me (You can count on me)

And if they all desert you, and you start to bend
You know I won't let them hurt you, and I don't pretend
Don't call if you've got nothing to say
Don't call me if you just want to play
But call me on Devil's Day
You can count on me

You can count on
You can count on
You can count on
You can count on
Count! On! Me! 

So now you know!
My planned bike ride was scrubbed in solidarity with the Tour de California stage one riders.
Actually the Tour officials cancelled the stage because of snow on the course, I cancelled due to sprinkles. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tour de California - Snacks

We needed snacks for the Tour de California

My wife whipped this up corn, black beans, green onions, tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, peppers

It was delicious but no Tour de California!

23 Bites

Time to make dinner! Its been a little windy today so spaghetti was the call

Every good meal starts with a murder so I started by chopping up some mushrooms 

while the real murder, the turkey sausage browned it a skillet.  I am getting too old to continue to eat meat but my little animal friends taste so good! (especially bar-be-qued)

Sausage browned and the fungus is thrown in

You gonna have bread with that? Of course!  A baguette sliced and artfully daubed with butter and garlic. If I am going whole hog (so to speak) I'll grate some Parmesan cheese on the top.    * Just a note the holes in the bread reminds me of the story of "a bakers dozen"

Pasta on the boil!
The sauce came from a glass jar but I am hoping for a bumper crop of tomatoes so I can make my own.

Parmesan cheese from Australia, great stuff thanks! Got to have a micro plane grater! The old one goes to the shaping room to shave the fish tail on your blank.

We have had this colander for 25 + years! The holes still work!

Done! Cheese, bread and a glass of red wine.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I had been thinking about starting a tumblr site as someplace to dump images

during yesterdays downtime I created an account and started with a few image effect takes on the bottom turn

keep an eye out

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

daily yoga - my other mat

Getting back to a daily yoga practice has been great,

My yoga mat, I call this one "bluey", I don't know why

I am up to the point where I can be good corporate drone that can sit for 8 hours and still be pain free! (more or less)


I am finding miscellaneous aches and pains that I didn't even know I had but I am working thru those and should be in good shape for the summer.

I use a yoga DVD that offers several different classes. Each class has a different emphasis and length of practice. (so when I am pressed for time in the morning, like today, I can still get some yoga in)

It is never too late to start a new practice!

So I am trying to eat well, get out of the car and walk some, and just try to enjoy the season.

Close up of the super secret spoon at the end of my mat.  Keeps me from sliding off during sudden Savasana!

A magic towel indeed!

(hmmm, I wonder if that's what Greenough meant?)

Last night's dreamscape...

First there was an alien invasion

then someone was singing Georgey Girl

Which I will be singing for the rest of the day thank-you-very-much (and what's with those flowers?)

Why can't I dream of a fun day at Sandy's Beach on Oahu, where I reunited with my missing fin "Southy"?

Just sayin'

More of the Last Waltz just because

The Staples helping out on The Weight

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Last Waltz

I was flipping thru the channells the other day and came across the end of "The Last Waltz"

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian rock group, The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as the end of The Band's touring career.

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Robbie Robertson
Rick Danko
Richard Manuel
Levon Helm
Garth Hudson

Special guests
Eric Clapton
Neil Diamond
Bob Dylan
Joni Mitchel
Emmylou Harris
Neil Young.
Ringo Starr
Paul Butterfield
Dr. John
Van Morrison
Ronnie Hawkins
The Staples
Muddy Waters
Ronnie Wood

Makes for a great road trip doubt CD. Each song in great and the bands style changes depending on who they are backing.
If surf craft were musical groups, The Band would be a surfmat. Instantly able to move from one situation to the next without looking like much in between.
In this next clip, Eric Clapton puts his guitar strap on upside down and it slips about 8 bars into the solo, Robbie jumps right in, covers for Eric and then hands the lead back. The band never misses a beat!   

They got it now Robbie

Monday, May 9, 2011

The word for today is Tomatoes!

Chanced upon the SunGold cherry tomato last year and we liked it so much we planted three bushes this year.

The pots hold the blueberries still so the birds can have a good go at them. I do my best bear imitation but the mocking bird is gets more than I do.

Honey suckle, the orange tree and a nasturtium carpet

Swiss chard going to seed, back left, oh that's why they call them mustard greens, bolting back left.
SunGold cherry tomatoes just clearing the cage in front. The first tomatoes look like green peas at present.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day!

My Mom and I at Zuma Beach 1960

Soaking rays and wishing I had a mat to ride!
(totally blind in full sunlight and an enormous head, nothing has really changed)

Thanks Mom and Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Get The Long Boards Ready!

Watching the Bruce Brown movie yesterday got me in the mood to do a little gliding.

(The entire BB collection should come with a warning label.
"Caution - May contain scenes of graphic fun, if you are an old kook consult your physician before running out and attempting and "El Rollo")

Something like that.

No new photos at hand so here is a rerun of a day I deemed too small for the mat and took out a long board.

By long board I mean the Jim Phillips 8'0"

(Insert harp music for dream sequence here)

During the last flat spell...

The surf was limping in then hitting a sandbar just off shore. But conditions were great!

I was so desperate I took a board!
If it was your turn, the uneventful take preceded a dribbey little inside section.
This is the “outside” part of the wave about, 15 feet off the beach.

The wave slowly got bigger as you went.

Mind surfing when you are really surfing...
If you were 7 inches tall and had a fish this was the first interesting section.

A little bit farther down the line trying to achieve perfect trim and maximize speed

Hit by a lazer blast from the beach, I was frozen in this position for the rest of the day
Kids beware this is what happens when you get old and if you don't do your yoga!

Coming into “Outside-in-the-Middles”, my favorite part of the wave!

The 7 inch guy could be doing a nice roll-a-coaster right here.
Pretty water here since it's so shallow.
On some of these waves I would get distracted watching shadows fly by on the bottom.

So close to shore that backwash hits the wave and ruins it for a while.

This part was the “Dangerous Part”.
Hands coming up into a defensive position to deflect oranges thrown by the point troll (standing on the beach 10 feet away) on the beach and taking pictures.

Inside In-the-Middles and heading for the next section inside. Pretty sure that's Dano paddling back out

Made it to safety and celebrating the end of aerial attacks by bending my knees

Inside and close to the end. A fun, interesting, and challenging wave in some ways. Using no turns to generate speed, only glide and body English to maximize your trim (o'school) and tread your way through the flatter sections.

It looks like I am carrying a food tray.

All photos courtesy of Jason at  Daily Bread

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo - Bruce Brown

Surfing Hollow Days

Another gem found on youTube. After a short commercial Bruce Brown introduces his movie Hollow Days.

You may be at work today but you can take a youTube holiday.

I always love the crossing the highway to get to Trestles bit.

Foggy this morning and when water hits the local sages you can smell it for miles!

That same scent has always been a major component of the Trestles walk in.

Enjoy the show.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yah Yah Yah Yah

The 80's version


mid sixties?

Either way the heat has about run its course with the high pressure ridge beginning to breaking down and cooling expected by the weekend.  It was supposed to have cooled off by Wednesday (that's today!).  Right now the forecast is for the warm weather to be replaced by general funkiness by the weekend.

Don't forget Mothers day is Sunday. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Thomas Pynchon

"Offshore winds had been too strong to be doing the surf much good, but surfers found themselves getting up early anyway to watch the dawn weirdness, which seemed like a visible counterpart to the feeling in everybody's skin of desert winds and heat and relentlessness, with the exhaust from millions of motor vehicles mixing with microfine Mojave sand to refract the light toward the bloody end of the spectrum, everything dim, lurid and biblical, sailor-take-warning skies. The state liquor stamps over the tops of tequila bottles in the stores were coming unstuck, is how dry the air was"
Thomas Pynchon - Inherent Vice

I awoke to a morning not too unlike what Mr. Pynchon describes.
Not  a good thing, when wearing any clothes was too hot and wearing nothing at all was simultaneously too cold and bound to stretch the limits of a very flexible HR policy on what constitutes business casual.

I mean how many times can you show up to work totally starkers before people begin to notice.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Spring is the new Fall

Photo swiped from Jason @ Daily Bread

From the National Weather Service forecast from this morning,


If the swell was picking up instead of winding down I would have to come down with the two day sleeping sickness.

Still very odd to have strong offshore winds this time of year. I was scrambling to shift seasonal gears this weekend.  Where are my flip flops?  Do I have any sun block? Have you seen my Barbecue tongs?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Still good

Not quite as big as yesterday

the water is a bit colder due to the upwelling

but still offshore

and still enough swell from different directions

to make the good sets


Had a good chat with some new friends about the joy of bodysurfing on take out trays and the advantages of the modern surfmat