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Vintage 1955 Cadillac Hearse Motorhome for sale

Location: North Carolina, Charlotte
Posted May 09, 2011; Expires:  May 29, 2011; Price: $8400

1955 Cadillac Hearse converted into motorhome. Conversion done late '50's or early'60's? PA titled as motorhome. 6,000 GVW

Nicknamed Caddyshack! Sleeps 4, 2 overhead and 2 on drop down dining table. Storage cabinets, refrigerator, sink, water tank, 110 electric, gas lighting, gas stove and furnace. Toilet closet with plumbing, toilet was removed.

CountryPlans.com -- plans for building your own small house

Sneak preview from tiny homes book: John Raabe has a website that sells sensible and well worked-out plans for small buildings. I've been talking to him lately about covering his operation in our book. He has a very active and fact-filled forum, with tons of builders/readers sharing info on owner-built housing. Link to above photo (small barn by Jimmy Cason):

Link to website: http://countryplans.com/

The Overland Journal

This looks like a beautiful magazine on road trips, exploring the world:

"Overland Journal was conceived in 2006 by two friends, Scott Brady and Jonathan Hanson, who were passionate about vehicle-supported expedition travel but dissatisfied with the then-current paradigm of 4WD and adventure motorcycle magazines, which stressed conquering trails rather than exploring the world. The two dreamed of producing a high-quality magazine devoted as much to the journey as to the vehicle and the equipment, a magazine that would inspire readers to explore their own world, whether on a weekend trip 100 miles from home or a cross-continental expedition in another hemisphere. And they dreamed of a magazine that would recognize there are places where motorized vehicles simply don't belong, that would encourage further exploration by bicycle, kayak, canoe, and backpack."

Talk in Oakland by Lloyd on Whole Earth Catalog and contemporary back-to-land movement

I'm giving a short talk at the Oakland Museum this week on the current back-to-the-land movement and the influence of the Whole Earth Catalog and other west coast publications on same in the '60s and '70s.

"Hay Fever
The Oakland Standard presents an evening of workshops and talks about the contemporary back-to-the-land movement, and the efforts of young pioneers to homestead rural California. Learn (almost) everything you need to know to escape civilization. Neo-pioneers from the Sierra Nevada foothills and beyond will teach quick lessons in wildcrafting, DIY architecture, rope making, homebrew spirits, and other essential skills.
   Live music by Oakland-based Ethiopian jazz fusion band Sun Hop Fat."

The Whole Earth Catalog and Alternative Structures
Discuss the cultural tide epitomized in the popularity of the Whole Earth Catalog, first released in 1968, and contemporary interest in DIY architecture.
Teacher: Lloyd Kahn

Friday, May 13, 7:30 - 8:00pm
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607-4892

Is there life after running?

After my second knee operation (removing fragments of meniscus, scraping some mildly arthritic deposits) via arthroscopy, the doc showed me the MRI scan and said I didn't have a whole lot of cartilage left in my knee. "On a scale of 1 to 10, you're at a 7…" — "10" meaning no cartilage left, or bone-on-bone. A light bulb went on. Quit racing, you dumb fuck! Especially since my racing entailed running real fast down hlll to make up for slow uphills.

I ran the half mile and cross-country in high school. I wasn't good enough for the Stanford track team, but once out of college and the Air Force, and when I was working as an insurance broker, I started running (in San Francisco) on my lunch hour. I wore a sweat suit and tennis shoes. Before the fitness boom. Often I'd run on the beach, then go body surfing.

It wasn't until the mid-80s that I found out about RUNNING, Stretching guru Bob Anderson got me started, and then I worked for about a year with Olympic runner Jeff Galloway on his book, Galloway's Book on Running. In the course of hanging out with Jeff for about a year, I started running seriously, and racing in mostly 10Ks and some triathlons. At that age (early 50s), I did better in my age group each year. And on it's gone for 25 or so years.

In recent years I've been running the Dipsea Race, a 7.2 mile race over hill and dale from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach (north of San Francisco). The oldest cross-country race in America, it's wild and romantic and difficult and beautiful, and it's easy to get obsessed (and injured repeatedly).

Well, I've hung up my Dipsea shoes. I realized that probably the most important aspect of fitness is being able to move, to have mobility. I want to be walking for the next 25 years, so I need all the cartilage I can preserve. If you're a runner and 60 or over, I suggest getting MRIs of both knees. Check that cartilage! it's  your shock absorber in this remarkable joint.

Once I made the decision to quit (competition, that is), a new world opened up. I don't have to train! I don't have to stress about running 2-3 times a week. I don't need to run at maximum speed. So I've been hiking along beaches, riding my mountain bike — exploring new parts of my world — and it's fabulous. With each excursion I go into new territory. I'm doing some fishing, more skateboarding.

Oh yeah, I still run a little, but just for fun…

Pigeon taking off

Here I am, it's early in the morning and I'm supposed to be getting more pages of the tiny house book laid out BUT I started looking at the pigeon photo more carefully and zoomed in on this beautiful display of flight power. (It's blurry since it was a quick shot, but you get the idea.)

This is a solar-powered helicopter! Check out  that posture.

Grace, strength, and beauty.

Now back to work.

Band-tailed pigeons in garden

This flock has come back this Spring, after a many months' absence. About 50 of them swooped down into the garden yesterday afternoon. Here something had startled them and they were taking off.

They, along with the crows, are the most wary of birds. The slightest noise or sighting, and whoosh! Wings flapping, they climb vertically. They got muskles.

BTW, if I were to own just one bird book, it would be the Audubon Society's The Sibley Guide to Birds. Magnificent book. David Sibley started drawing birds at age 7, but even so, it's hard to believe a single person could do these 1000s of drawings in a lifetime.

Wild food forager in UK

"Before we do anything else," says Fergus Drennan, "guess what this is made of." He reaches into a wicker basket and pulls out what looks like a fruit tart. I bite into it.
"Rhubarb?" I say, suspecting correctly that this would be far too obvious.
"I knew you'd say that," he says. "It's not rhubarb. Have another guess.'
"Wild rhubarb?" I say.

"Nope," says Fergus. "I'll put you out of your misery. It's Japanese knotweed."
"Isn't that a horrible, invasive weed?" I say, looking at my tart suspiciously.
"Depends what you mean by weed," says Fergus. "Eat up."

Fergus is a professional forager. Take him to a beach, a wood or a bit of waste ground, and the chances are he could rustle up several square meals from it. It's a remarkable skill and, today, Fergus has promised to initiate me.
I couldn't wish for a better guide. Fergus has been foraging since he was a child. Now, he runs his own business, Wildman Wild Food, which sells his foraged produce at farmers' markets and to an increasing number of restaurants. Wild food, it seems, is an idea whose time may have come.
As we drive through the Kentish countryside to our first destination, Fergus explains his passion to me. "We're so cut off now," he says. "Very few people understand the land. But once you do, you start to appreciate the place you live in, and feel part of it.…


Sent in by Lew Lewandowski