Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I feel that my most unique contribution to the web is my photography, so I'm going to keep my purely photo related blog, Gazelle Portfolio (http://gazelle-portfolio.blogspot.com/), up and running. I'm in the process of transferring most of my images already posted on Leaping Beauty over to the other site, and will continue to add new images over time.
Maybe next year I'll start a new blog on my upcoming homesteading adventure, but I'm going to be very busy doing a lot of things I've never done before. Plus, I might not have enough electricity to run a computer at night. What a shame that would be...
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
"Those who work on the base — or are married to someone who does — seemed as reliably Republican as the state of Nebraska itself. “Obama is the anti-Christ,” said Jessie Puglisi, 22, whose husband is an airman. “I don’t really agree with any of his policies. My husband feels the same way. He won’t even buy a magazine if Obama’s face is on it. We hang out with a lot of military people, and they all feel the same way.”"
The question is: does she actually know or understand any of Obama's policies? More likely she doesn't like that middle name.
Read article here.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
My family moved to the OC in 1971. Back then it was still touched by an earlier surf, beach, art, and hippie culture. Although we lived in what has now become an "exclusive" beach town, our neighbors then ran the gamut from flamboyant homosexuals to doctors to plumbers to beach bums (and pretty much everything in between). We had trailer parks for retirees and we had a few mansions. It was colorful and fun and safe. The beach ruled and I grew up doing just about everything you can do by the sea: bodysurfing, bodyboarding, skimboarding, spearfishing, ab diving, tidepooling, sailing, fishing, and by 1977, stand up surfing. It was fucking great.
The sad thing about all this is that the experience I had there is no more. Laguna in particular has become Beverly Hills by the sea and has been for some time. Now when I visit, the plastic surgery and very expensive cars and silly posturing and crowds are everywhere. It's sick and it's absurd and it's just the way it goes, I guess.
Rest In Peace, funky, sleepy, beautiful OC of the past:
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
"The good life is never stable, never secure, never easy and never ended. It is a series of steps or stages, one leading into the other and all, in their outcome, adding, not subtracting; augmenting, not diminishing; building, not destroying; creating, not annihilating."
-- Scott Nearing, 1965
Helen and Scott Nearing
The Good Life Center
The Thoreau Institute
P.S. My wife gets credit for exposing me to the Nearings and The Good Life.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
From a NY Times Op-Ed piece, Sept. 17, 2008:
I talked to a Wal-Mart mom, Betty Necas, 39, wearing sweatpants and tattoos on her wrists.
She said she’s never voted, and was a teenage mom “like Bristol [Palin].” She likes Sarah because she’s “down home” but said Obama “gives me the creeps. Nothing to do with the fact that he’s black. He just seems snotty, and he looks weaselly.”
Good thing she's never voted. Unfortunately, though, lots of people who make decisions based on similar reasoning do vote.
On a related note, Republican leaders point to Palin's ability to field dress a moose as a qualification for office.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I can't do anything concrete about it yet, but I am scheming how to drop out. Get off the grid, grow my own food, live in an intentional community with family and perhaps a few like-minded individuals. I've become a bit of a curmudgeon, but with good reason, I think. This is because most people are two-faced idiots that I've had enough of. It's because I no longer want any part of our present socio-economic system. It's because our electoral system and politics are crooked and distasteful. And I don't want to spend this life fighting it and struggling among the masses. I just want to live out my days doing things that truly matter. Like growing food and building tangible things, whether they be practical or creative or relational (or all in one). Oh yeah, and rewilding, too. What a great word and concept.
P.S. Belatedly, my wife gets credit for exposing me to anarcho-primitivism
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
What does it mean when somebody says, "Be a man!". What should it mean? Should it even be said at all? How about "Be a human!" instead?
This book is painful to read. Not because it's poorly written - it is extremely accessible, especially considering it was researched and written by an academic. What's painful is reflecting on what "masculinity" means in this society and what modern, mainstream porn adds to the mix. Powerful stuff that should be reflected upon by all of us, male and female - it represents a dialogue that should be (but isn't) taking place everywhere in this country.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Frank Conroy, Stop-Time
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Apparently when Oregon's forestry laws were passed in the early 70's they were somewhat ahead of their time. Now they are lagging sadly behind the times and are considered by many to be the weakest protections for the forest in the Western US.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Surf around Breno's website - he tells me the boards should be priced comparably to US made boards. These boards are different than what we are commonly seeing up here in the northern hemisphere - check their lineup of standard shapes here. Check out the Popozuda, or Big Butt, below -
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Those of you not living in Oregon will probably not recognize the significance of this July 4th weekend photograph. It's of two dory boaters seconds after running over a 14 year old surfer and completely severing his arm at one of the coast's most popular surf breaks. I hope they are ashamed. I also hope that the local prosecutor charges them and the kid's family files a civil suit. They deserve to suffer a little for this unnecessary accident, and the callous attitude. And no, I don't feel sorry for struggling working (or recreational) fishermen irritated by surfers in the way - deal with it, kooks. All activity comes with responsibility, so own up and act appropriately.
photographer describes scene
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
"Where's our regular carrier?"
"Hello, Uncle Sam!"
"Mailman! Mailman! This doesn't go here!"
- excerpt from Post Office by Charles Bukowski
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Dead tree trunk, Black Butte, Oregon
On a totally unrelated note, I've added some new you tube links in my "Watch & Groove" section to the right. Sadly, some links had to be deleted since the videos had been removed (I'm gonna miss Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up"). But for those of you that are interested, I found a nice fresh crop - a great live version of "Autonomy" by the Buzzcocks from around 1990, some essential Clash, namely "Tommy Gun," "Train In Vain," and "Ghetto Defendant." Also, check out the two amazing Black Sabbath concert clips from 1970 - "Fairies Wear Boots" and "War Pigs." Maybe all this old music is related to my post - it clearly demonstrates what an old (though not yet grey) fart I've become.
P.S. "Pump It Up" is back, but probably won't last long - check that footwork!