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Surfer/Photographer Going From Alaska to Chile

In today's email:
Danjit has left a new comment on your post "Bike/surf adventurers on the road":
Looks like an amazing trip!
Have you seen http://kepaacero.com/? One man, his surfboards, and his cameras documenting his trip from Alaska to Chile trying to surf as many unsurfed waves as he can.
Posted by Danjit to Lloyd’s Blog at November 25, 2011 12:59 AM
Video from Kepq Acero, surfer/blogger on the road:

Amazing Video: ‘Jet Man’ stunts alongside fighter jets over Alps

"Amazing pictures from Switzerland show where “jetman” Yves Rossy gave this incredible flying display, using a tailor-made jet pack. The aviation enthusiast leapt from a helicopter and performed a series of aerial acrobatics above the Alps. He then joined two jet planes in a synchronized flight. To synchronise their flight paths the jets reduced their speed to 220 kilometres per hour (137 miles per hour), which put their engines at a point close to stalling. Rossy’s previous aerial feats include flying the English Channel and looping the loop around a hot-air balloon.…"

Dog on the Beach Tonight

I was walking on the beach tonight, a -1.7 low tide, and a dog came racing at me. She was like a slimmed-down wolf, slightly reddish/buff color with white on her belly and backs of legs. She was strikingly beautiful, the essence of canine grace and integrity -- wolf. coyote, fox -- same idea. She came barreling at me, then swerved and went beyond, down the beach. I turned. She came back, same thing on the other side. I was transfixed. As she turned to come back, her owner ran up and said Oh I hope she hasn't scar4d you, she's really just playful…
I said no, she's beautiful, and the owners knew what I meant, we were on the same wave length…

More Etta

I just ran across Baby, What You Want Me To Do? when I was looking for.Etta doing a remarkable version of Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" I heard on the radio last week. Both Etta and Dylan fans, check this out. Graphics could be better, but its great to read the lyrics. What a poet! What a singer!

Etta Power -- Baby What You Want Me To Do/John Mayall/Mick Taylor/1982

Lawyer Joke

The United Way realized that it had never received a donation from the city's most successful lawyer. So a United Way volunteer paid the lawyer a visit in his lavish office.
   The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, "Our research shows that even though your annual income is over two million dollars, you don't give a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give something back to your community through the United Way?"
   The lawyer thinks for a minute and says, "First, did your research also show you that my mother is dying after a long, painful illness and she has huge medical bills that are far beyond her ability to pay?"
   Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbles, "Uh . . . no, I didn't know that."
   "Secondly," says the lawyer, "did it show that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair and is unable to support his wife and six children?"
   The stricken United Way rep begins to stammer an apology, but is cut off again.
   "Thirdly, did your research also show you that my sister's husband died in a dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage and three children, one of whom is disabled and another who has learning disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?"
   The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, says, "I'm so sorry, I had no idea."
   The lawyer concludes, "So... if I didn't give any money to them, what makes you think I'd give any to you?"
From Lew Lewandowski
We published a little book (edited by Michael Rafferty) called Skid Marks: Common Jokes About Lawyers, in 1988. Maybe we'll get it into eBook form one of these days. It's wicked.

San Francisco's Oldest Skateboarder


Derek "Deek" Diedricksen: Micro-Architect & Tiny House "Mad Scientist"

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen: Micro-Architect & Tiny House "Mad Scientist" from TINY on Vimeo.
"Derek “Deek” Diedriksen is a tough guy to pin down.
His love of tiny architecture is first on a long list of creative pursuits—including radio DJ, comic book artist, musician (currently heading a Rage Against the Machine tribute band), blogger, author and full-time dad.
His blog, Relaxshacks.com, and his book, “Simple Shacks, Humble Homes” is devoted to micro-architecture and living in small spaces, but the structures he builds aren’t necessarily meant for living in full time. Closer to forts or pods, his “Hundred-dollar-homeless huts” and greenhouse-office-shelters are inspired by the salvaged materials that Deek finds in local dumps, thrift stores and second-hand building lots. A sort of D.I.Y. mad scientist, he’s been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Readymade and Make Magazine.…"

House Made of Junk in New York State

"Jim Juczak hates mortgages. When he started building his home in rural Jefferson County, he resolved to stay out of debt. The house he finished five years later is an 18-sided structure with 3,000 square feet of space. It is mortgage-free. And much of it is made from junk.
   The support beams are salvaged from a bowling alley that was being demolished. A two-story concrete column that supports the center of the house is made from scrapped manholes.
   Windows, interior doors, sinks, tubs and other materials were bought cheap or salvaged for free after being removed from renovated buildings.
   And the mortar for the outer wall was made from paper sludge, a waste material from a nearby mill. Juczak had to get a special permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to divert the sludge from a landfill.
   'Everyone gave it (the permit) with much humor, because this is basically garbage,' Juczak said. 'You know -- 'Oh, my gosh! He's living in a house made of trash!…'"
Full article: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2008/10/king_of_scrounge_north_country.html
From Lew Lewandowski, at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shelter-Publications-Inc/91849471589

Sculpture in Berkeley Window Last Friday

Placard says:
"Alana Chlarson -- 'Cry Baby' feels the effect of the economy.
Ceramic, underglaze, acrylic paint."

CatMan Roams Mill Valley Side Street

This afternoon. New to me.The artist is ZZ.

Early American Homestead Shacks (1907-1920)

"Personalized postcards became a fad in the early 20th century; you could get any photo printed on photo paper stock and send it in the mail. The following are postcards of homesteaders in front of their new residences in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana, taken between 1907 to 1920. The subjects are dressed in their finest garments; they sent the cards to family members in other parts of the country to show off their new lives.
Credit: Collection of Michael Williams/courtesy Michael Williams."

My Skateboard Appearance on Tomorrow's Tuesday Night News

Mike Shumann, sports anchor (among other things) on local ABC News, did a story on me skateboarding a few months ago and it's appearing tomorrow night at 6:45 on Channel 7, ABC News in San Francisco. Also at 9:50 0n Channel 13.
I spent a great few hours in Golden Gate Park with photographer Abe Mendoza on a Sunday morning, and then Mike came out and we sat in the sun and talked. He did his own filming, a Renaissance kind of newsman. Mike was a wide receiver with the 49ers in the Joe Montana days; he's the real deal.
   I get all this media attention as a skater but in reality my skills are quite minimal.  It's just that I'm so old. I'm in awe of real skateboarders, they are unbelievable (and muchly under-acknowledged) athletes --coordination, grace, guts.

Berkeley Cops Bash Poet

Excerpt from op-ed NY Times piece by Robert Haas, 11/19/2011. (Robert Hass is a professor of poetry and poetics at the University of California, Berkeley, and former poet laureate of the United States.)
"…the deputies in the cordon surged forward and, using their clubs as battering rams, began to hammer at the bodies of the line of students. It was stunning to see. They swung hard into their chests and bellies. Particularly shocking to me — it must be a generational reaction — was that they assaulted both the young men and the young women with the same indiscriminate force. If the students turned away, they pounded their ribs. If they turned further away to escape, they hit them on their spines.
   NONE of the police officers invited us to disperse or gave any warning. We couldn’t have dispersed if we’d wanted to because the crowd behind us was pushing forward to see what was going on. The descriptor for what I tried to do is “remonstrate.” I screamed at the deputy who had knocked down my wife, “You just knocked down my wife, for Christ’s sake!” A couple of students had pushed forward in the excitement and the deputies grabbed them, pulled them to the ground and cudgeled them, raising the clubs above their heads and swinging. The line surged. I got whacked hard in the ribs twice and once across the forearm. Some of the deputies used their truncheons as bars and seemed to be trying to use minimum force to get people to move.…"
Photo by Ben Margot, Asociated Press

A New Day Here for Me and Shelter

I slept most of the weekend. Getting back from the Green Festival marked a turning point por moi. I was exhausted. The end of 2-year's work on the tiny homes book. The last 4-5 months pedal-to-metal to get it done. I've been neglecting the physical for the mental (if you call it that). I haven't been doing my homesteading chores and worse, have neglected what Plato termed the "gymnastic." I haven't balanced out Mac work with physical exertion.
The three trips I made this month all had to do with the book. Selling foreign rights in Frankfurt, overseeing printing in Hong Kong, and early display at the San Francisco Green Festival. Whew! I have the image of bulldogging a steer, staying with it until it's grounded. A bit hard to realize it's done. Still a big promo campaign to wage, but the stress is gone, thank the lord. Jim Morrison said something like, when you finish making a record, you're released to work on the next one. True that.
I've got a lot of the local world to explore now -- beaches, woods, trails, roads, lakes. I went down to the beach last week and was stunned by the beauty. It was so deep and meaningful. We are told how fucked up the world is every day, yet my heart was bursting with joy. I felt so privileged, and all it took was a mile or so walk. ( I realize that I repeat the same thing more or less frequently, but goshdarnit, the wild world just reaches out and grabs me again and again.)

Plato's "music:" Boz Scaggs on radio doing Lend me A Dime hits just the right note this sunny/cloudy cool coastal day. A new week, a new year.

Tiny Home on Wheels

From http://tinyhouseblog.com/

Stacy Buys A Tiny House

Stacy "…felt like it was time to draw a line in the sand and make some important decisions about her future and her security. She went on Craigslist, found a room available in an apartment close to her work where she could walk, and split living expenses with her roommates. She sold her car, bought a bicycle and cut her expenses down as much as possible. She paid down her remaining student loans and credit card bills. Once those were paid off she began looking at her long-term housing options that would allow her to live life without being married to a job. A friend told her about a really cool website called Tiny House Blog that features lots of cool, inexpensive homes and ideas about living simple. She decided this was the approach she wanted to take. Now that her debt was eliminated from cutting her lifestyle back, she could throw more money at her savings to purchase a tiny house. Sure enough, faster forward a couple years and she was fired from her job. Her company was feeling the cutbacks from the recession and was forced to let her go. Stacy felt she had saved enough money to look for a tiny house to purchase. She went online and found one exactly right for her. She purchased it, parked it in a friend’s back yard, found a part-time job at a local market and was good to go. Even though her job was only part-time, she still managed to set money aside each month because of her extremely low monthly expenses. Now she worked less and saved more. She did this by realizing that her housing was her biggest expense, creating a plan, taking action and sticking with it.…

Downhill Skateboarding at 70 MPH

Dalua Downhill - Episode 4 Teutonia (English Version) from Zeppelin Filmes on Vimeo.

From Kevin Kelly