/*23 Breaths: April 2014*/

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ho Daddy - SDSFF

We had a great time last night at the 5 Summer Stories screening last night.

Basically the same crowd that saw the movie 50 years ago

It got me thinking about surf movies in general

I'm a big fan of Bob Denver's work in both The many Loves of Dobie Gillis TV show and his work in the Beach movies of the 60's

If only there was someone else who could step up and add to the Cinematic legacy of the upside down mouth singing the Ho Daddy verse

someone who could not only do the rap but who would look awesome with eyes painted on their chin

"once you cast the right players a good director can just sit back and follow the script....and worry about lighting..."

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Five Summer Stories - Tonight

Five Summer Stories came out just a couple of years (1972) after Pacific Vibrations (1970) and although some of the footage was shot during the same Hawaiian winters you can see advancements being made in rail and rocker designs. While the pin tails are still a little sticky off the top they were riding in the tube just fine.  (I think they were thinning out the tails a little more).  One of my favorite parts, NO LEASHES! Somewhere in this clip is a guy doing a nice leave-the-board-behind jump and body surfs the rest of the wave.  Try that with your ankle rope. You can also see a surf mat about 50 seconds in during the babies, dogs and bikini shots.

The Five Summer Stories used local band HONK do the sound track, which did well commercially and you can still see the band play live.

Rick Griffin did great posters for both.

I'm going to a screening tonight.

It's part of the Newport Beach Film Festival which of course is not as nice as the San Diego Surf Film Festival but MacGillivray will be there along with Lopez and Pezman so that should be interesting.

I saw the movie in Seal Beach, I must have went to the early show. I came out super stoked, saw some friends in line and went back into the theatre and watched the whole thing again.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Get ready

Water your plants

It might be a good time to start some things too

At the garden show over the weekend and picked up some plant friends

Apparently  a bit of swell over the weekend

If my mom calls from the desert to tell me that she saw on the news that Huntington is big,

then you know there's swell

Friday, April 25, 2014

Random Friday

A first bloom from one of the epi cuttings

The heavy smell of sage hangs in the morning air

A light south wind moves more marine moisture onto the coast

and a sliver of a crescent moon hangs in the sky 

Spring is here

Don't mind the rain tomorrow

The Climate has changed

and it's interesting to watch

if nothing else

Time and Tide wait for no man

Hang tightly onto this rock as it spins thru space

Mind the water the surf is up a bit 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Every Day is Earth Day

The sea lavender always has flowers

The butterflies like this one

Today folks we have, for your listening and olfactory pleasure, The Purple Sage!

Some garden still life

Nasturtiums love the rain, are know to jump up over night and the leaves taste peppery in a salad

  I get lost in the geometry

The first tomato of the season!

Another Epi getting ready to bloom for the first time!

I hope you enjoyed the pics

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday walk around the garden

Steve and Cher gave us this cutting a few years ago, it hasn't stopped blooming since. I have it sitting with the Plumeria.

 A California native,this one ebbs and flows, at it's best it turns bright red. It's called campfire...

 Such a warm winter the plumeria never lost all it's leafs and always had a flower or two. One of the few flowers that I can say is truly intoxicating with it's fragrance. Lots of Aloha every surfer should have one

Every garden has to have guardians. This is only the porch but Fluffy rules with an iron fist!

A bloom from one of the sages. I like this photo because the lawn looks green.  It's not. Like a surf photo where it looks like the rider might make it.....photos lie!

This one is from a front yard experiment that has turned into a huge shrub that would like to take over the house.  Part of the year it has these exotic looking flowers.  The bees love them and we can't do enough for the local bees.

Here a couple of classic geraniums are climbing a climbing rose bush.

The cecile brunner climbing rose is one of my favorites. Very fragrant and perfect little buds.

Well that's a good place to stop.

More tomorrow.

I hope you enjoyed the pics.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday post

Tomorrow I'll post up some pics

in my ongoing series of

"a walk around the garden"

lots of blooms this time of year

good stuff

one fuzzie one to tide you over till the morrow...

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