Friday, December 30, 2011

Earls Gone Fishing

My Great Grandfather Earl's fishing poles, from somewhere around the 1920's. Story goes, grandpa Earl like to fish the San Diego area, Lake Cuyamaca, Julian, etc. Very long poles, now residing at TN/HQ.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Holiday Roundup

Not exactly a winter wonderland...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ojai Daze

Wandering the Ojai Valley, enjoying the views from meditation mount, shelf road, Bart's Books, our Stoney cabin, and the most epic stag horn fern ever seen....

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cesaria Evora 1941-2011

"The Barefoot Diva", more HERE

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This Shimpo's not for Shrimpo's

Seriously nerding out on the new hardcore Shimpo Slab Roller recently added to the studio. Double roller, dual height adjustment, dual clamped table tops and wagon wheel. Made in the USA.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"Once Upon a Time a Man Named Peter Voulkos"

From the Clayton Bailey Papers, 1962. From the online Smithsonian Archive (click for larger image)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Meet Your Maker

A veritable plethora of working types at the Meet Your Maker party at Gravel and Gold this friday 12/16 7pm.

Damn Good

Recent entry into the " do we need to have a talk ?" category. Looking damn good gentleman...

Altadena Works HERE

Monday, December 12, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bouquet Garni

From the garden: sage, thyme, oregano, and lovage. Tie it with a string, and transform your soup.
Bouquet Garni.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Better Choice

Better than Herman Cain or Newt.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

LB Rigs

Tex's red LB/Mex rig described below, bringing a tear to the eye with the memories of mine.

From TEX:
Still going . . . 1980 to 2010 I bought this Honda XL80 new in 1980 from a shop in Newport on 17th. I liked it because it was a 4 stroke, quiet, ran on regular gas, and had 4 speeds, and it couldn’t go much faster than I could handle if I had to jump off. Heck, bicycles in a peloton go at least 50 mph right? I mounted a box on the back for my dog Mac, added a skimboard cradle on the side, and foot pegs for an extra rider and voila, the urban transportation insurgency was ready to roll. Great gas savings, and heavenly lane splitting capability in those standstill canyon traffic jams are the rewards. These days, I live up on Arch Beach Heights and it really makes me feel better about a quick run into town for grinds or visiting my mom. The risks are there! Let me tell you. My dad, the doctor, darkly refered to them as Honda donors, as all the organs were in great shape after an accident, only the head was really damaged. I drive very carefully, and not very often. It fits in my van easily, and has made a trip to the tip of Baja and back, as my back up vehicle. And it is so entertaining. People I pass break out in big smiles as they see the big guy on the circus sized bike. Some day I will buy a big red nose to wear when I ride it. Laugh all you want, life is good and still going greener.

From The Arm: 
Remembering my late High School through University ride today. Purchased for $200, permanently hot-wired under the seat, barely street legal, and just under 300 lbs. I rode my "Chachi" all over California, from Laguna to Humboldt and spots in between. After the kick start completely stripped, and without a key start, parking on a hill was a must, or holding onto a car for a jump.  The worst was the flat run start. 1972 Honda Dual Sport.

Former post HERE

Sunday, December 4, 2011


DK's ring inset with her daughters tooth (now 48). Only worn on Sundays.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Beyond Lady Cool

The Seriously awesome Jane Birkin last night at the Regency Ballroom in support of her album, Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Via Japan, one of the best shows I have seen in a long time with the great Shuichiro of Double Famous on the horns! Coming to LA tomorrow Angeleno's. Thanks Shu!