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Photo by Barry Shapiro from Handmade Houses, circa 1973 by Art Boericke and Barry Shapiro. A much beloved book, came out same year as Shelter

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats - I Need Never Get Old (Live)

On The Road to Santa Cruz

I had a radio interview to do yesterday, so hit the Cliff House in SF for an Irish Coffee and popovers to start the day, then got rolling on Hwy One, making the coastal SF/SC journey for maybe the 300th time. By the time I got through Half Moon Bay and it was just brussels sprouts, strawberries and arroyos leading down to beaches, I was sailing, getting that exhilaration that comes from moving smoothly through space.
Got into SC, took right on Swift Street, past Haut's shop, then to Steamer Lane, which was breaking and surprisingly uncrowded. I SO love Santa Cruz, having lived here on and off in the '50s. The water's warmer, the waves better, it's more tranquillo, like it's 15% LA (Santa Barbara is 70% LA). Like San Francisco, it's overcrowded and expensive, but its carefree and playful, with soul intact.
When I discoverd surfing at age 18, I rearranged my classes at Stanford so I had no classes on Friday. I took off at noon every Thursday (either on my Harley 45 or hitchhiking) and spent 3-1/2 days of the week in SC. 4 of us rented a cabin on Ocean Ave. for $20 a month.
I can hardly believe it now, but we surfed without wet suits. So stoked were we. SO cold.
There were maybe 20 surfers in town and for some reason they accepted me, didn't treat me like I was a college jerk. SC then had a population of 25,000 in winter and 75,000 in summer.
Right now am in v. cool new barista shop, Cat and Cloud, on Portola Ave., soon to head back up the coast for a meeting in our office this afternoon, where we'll be strategizing tour/marketing/blah blah for the new book.
Ike and Tina Turner, Shake a Tail Feather Baby playing right now. What an incredible band! Their CD "Proud Mary"is a great chronological record of this phenomenal band.

Display at Argonaut Hotel in old Cannery Building by Aquatic Park, San Francisco


Looks like a really nice hotel. In the same neighborhood: the Aquatic Park cove, where swimmers from the Dolphin Club and South End Rowing Club swim in the cold water; the Buena Vista Café, of Irish coffee fame; the Aquatic Park

Car Talk

I drove pickup trucks for over 35 years. I finally got tired of hauling a relatively large vehicle over the winding roads that are necessary for us to reach the more civilized world and bought a Honda Fit 3 years ago. Which was a dandy little car. $17K complete (new). 1/3 more storage than similar size cars, 35 mpg, nimble on the curves.
All that ended when a rolling rock that I hit knocked the motor off its mounts a few months ago. It was so expensive to fix that AAA declared it a total and gave me $12K, a fair deal. Which helped a lot because Shelter Pubs was running on empty and it allowed us to pay a printing bill and avoid borrowing to stay afloat. I know, small peanuts in this day and world, but we're a small peanut company.
I'm going to wait a while to get another car (meanwhile driving my 14-year-old Toyota 4-cylinder, stick shift 4x4, which gets about 20 mpg and is a magnificent vehicle and can go anywhere and pull other cars out of ditches).

A Phenomenal Bread Knife

All our bread is homemade, so we use a bread knife daily. We've had 3 of them, of different configurations. But we got this very unusual one a couple of months ago, and it's not only better then any bread knife I've ever seen, but a delight to use.

Irene says: "I like making bread knives. I tell folks when they buy 'em, 'If this doesn't cut the bread SMACK out of the oven better then anything else you've ever used, then I'll double your money back.' No one's ever returned a bread knife."

The wood is cherry or mahogany, they are made in the USA, and available for $30 plus $10 postage (mail check) to:
Irene Tukuafu
2639 N. Sycamore Haven Dr. 
Nauvoo, Illinois
62354

Check out also, Irene's musical instruments:

I'm Doing Slide Show on SMALL HOMES book tomorrow night at City Lights Books, SF

7 PM, Tuesday April 11th at City Lights, 261 Columbus at Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco

Details: http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100085830

Bodhi and Julian after scrambling to the top of the cliff

These 2 kids made these boards (with foot straps) and were sliding down a steep cliff of decomposed granite at the beach, then they made their way up to the top, where I caught up with them.