Fire Arts Festival by The Crucible

June 4, 2009

The Crucible is an industrial arts learning and production facility in West Oakland, California. The Crucible provides classes in glass blowing, welding and fabricating, jewelry, bicycle repair and many aspects of the industrial arts. The Crucible provides wonderful community support for the youth residing in the surrounding community.

Every summer, The Crucible produces an event called the Fire Arts Festival near its facility. The Flamethrower Shooting Gallery, of which I am a Safety Range Officer, will participate once again.

Earth Day 2009

April 21, 2009

Our friend Howard Rheingold hosts the Church of Mt. Tam. Howard sends an email to his list a month in advance to assemble in his garden to prepare for a walk on the Church of Mt. Tam in Marin County, California. Howard has an eclectic group of friends who are fascinating to walk with for an hour or two. The exercise is genuine, the conversation is stimulating and the vistas are breathtaking!

California Green

March 23, 2009

West Marin County is at the edge of Point Reyes. It is a rural area with horse farms, cattle pastures, open space and redwood groves. California is called the Golden State because it stops raining around the beginning of April. By the end of June and the beginning of July, California turns a golden brown when the grasses dry out. The rainy season produces a plethora of green produced from chlorophyll found in all plants. This is what the Halleck Valley in West Marin looked like in the middle of March, at the end of the rainy season.

Fire in the Valley

March 14, 2009

Drennon Ranch is home to our Celtic Forest friends Jeff and Laura who invited a horde of artist friends to spend an evening celebrating their pyrotechnical skills. The mutant vehicle Huracan was awoken from its winter hibernation for the occasion which was a mini Burn of memorable proportions. 

The evening was called Fire in the Valley.


Sunset over Mavericks

March 3, 2009

Helvetica and I took a road trip to the Del Monte Forest and Carmel Valley stopping along the way to replenish our stock of artichokes. Pezzini Farms in Castroville in the Salinas River Delta on the lip of Monterey Bay grows the yummiest artichokes. We find the smaller ones are among the best. The heavy rain storms that lasted a week on the California coast subsided briefly on our ride north, home to San Francisco, so we opted for the ride on Highway One through Santa Cruz up the San Mateo County coastline to Half Moon Bay.

We often stop at the Princeton Seafood store at Pillar Point Harbor which always has fresh fish and dungeness crab when in season. This trip, we bought some ocean caught Alaskan Salmon then drove out to the Pillar Point radar station where we walked to the beach to view Mavericks.

Watch what it was like…

Pillar Point is north of Half Moon Bay, California and has several anthropological interests. One is the Princeton Seafood Company that sells the freshest of fish from the fleet in the adjacent harbor. A mile or so west of the seafood shop is a unique aspect of the continental shelf now known as Mavericks where some of the world’s largest surf occurs under the right conditions from swells commencing in the eastern Pacific between January and April.

Learn to Talk Hip and The Riff

February 6, 2009

You dig… our pals at LaughingSquid including the ineffable Chicken John have been discussing what it is that makes someone a hipster.

Without further ado… here is Del Close talking about How To Speak Hip.

Then… there is The Riff by Geetz Romo.

2009 will be just fine ;)

January 2, 2009

Torchstar says 2009 will be just fine 😉