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Saturday Morning in Mendocino

Forgot to mention: last night at the slide show, a tall young man came up and said "I'm Caleb." Turns out his photo is in our book Home Work, at about age 6, living with his folks and sister on a beach in NorCal, in a driftwood house. His mom, Karen Knoebber was there also; I'd corresponded with her when we did their story, but had never met her. Caleb's become a builder.
  Right now am in Moody's excellent coffee bar in Mendocino, good wi-fi, checking mail and getting ready to drive 3 hours north to Arcata for tonight's event. I treasure 2 ingredients while traveling: barista-level espresso, and good wi-fi. On the road again…
  These spectacular towns like Mendocino or Sausalito, which have succumbed and largely capitulated to the Mighty Tourist Trade, still have some of the old soul in their hearts. Like here this morning. Mostly locals. Semi-sunny, colors bright, surf pounding in the cove. The beauty of a place is often reflected in its residents. Like there's a feeling in the oasis town of San Ignacio in Baja California, a peacefulness, a vibe in the town square, people are smiling. Now, where was I? Oh yes, it's a good morning, and Lew Lewandowski just sent me this photo (from Byron Bay, Australia), with the title "Old Soul:" http://mitchrevs.tumblr.com/post/7528547437/heaven

Now I'm off northward, shined upon by Morning Sun, cameras at the ready; goin huntin.

On the Road Days Two and Three

Yesterday around 4, Louie and I rode the cable over the river (http://bit.ly/A9mmMd) to his cabin to have dinner. We opened the medium size Hog Island oysters and had them raw with a lime juice sauce. We split a wild duck (Sprig), had it with salad greens and red wine, listened to '40s big band music, and I rode back before it got dark. Every time I go on this journey I can't believe I'm doing it -- or that Louie is doing it at age 84. Good on ya mate!
   Drove up the coast to Mendocino in the rain this morning -- glorious-- no one on the roads. Mendo pretty deserted, storm blowing in.
(No one knew about this lovely town in the '60s, when I first came here.)
   Used my recently-developed Feng Shui/intuitive/divvy (a la Lovejoy) sense to find great coffee/wi-fi at Moody's Organic Coffee Bar, then a nice room in an old house for $100 (off season) at the Sweetwater Spa, which has a great hot sauna and a robust wooden hot tub, all free with the room.
   Geared up with parka, rain pants, Muck Boots, and walked on the beach with wind howling and rain pelting. Good to be alive.

The slide show, at the Gallery Bookshop, one of those great and brave independent bookstores that is surviving the Amazon onslaught, went well. Everybody was with me, great to see people nodding and smiling. Rapport. My people. Signed a lot of books. One guy brought a tattered 30-year-old copy of Shelter for me to sign.
   Nice dinner at The Moose Cafe. Tomorrow heading for Arcata to do a signing at Northtown Books. Maybe some music somewhere in this cool little town afterwards and back home Sunday.

Folk Art Motorcycle Model, Anchovy Pizza

In the motorcycle shop in Pt. Arena was this little motorcycle made out of what looksd like wood, bamboo and raffia.

Anchovy pizza a la Pt. Arena Cove: first brush with olive oil, then slices of ROMA tomatoes*, small balls of mozarella cut in half (water squeezed out), anchovies. * Roma have v. little water, other tomatoes make pizza too wet. Next time I'm gonna use these tomatoes.

Great Book For Back Problems and Posture

This is the best fitness book I've run across in decades. Esther Gokhale has a unique approach in teaching you how to have better posture and how to cure back pain. The routine you go through whenever you think about it is to pull your shoulder blade up, then back, then down -- one shoulder at a time. How to sit and walk with healthy posture. A really helpful guide to checking the gradual stooped-over posture of aging. Check it out:

8 Steps to a Pain-free Back
Esther Gokhale/Pendo Press


On the Road Again

A series of storm fronts is making its way to our coast. There was 2-1/2" rain a few days ago, the high pressure buffer in disarray right now. Gimme more of that low pressure thing, inviting the storms in off the ocean. I took off yesterday morning, got excellent latte and superb ginger scone at Toby's, headed up the coast for 2 book signings. I get almost giddy when I take off in my truck for parts not unknown, but not recently visited. Sirius radio a huge boon. Water on the roads — a couple of times I didn't slow down enough when hitting standing water and water sheeted over the truck, blinding me for a second. Magic Slim singing"I'm a Bluesman," Willy Nelson's "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys," Ralph Stanley "Man of Constant Sorrow." A pissed-off-looking turkey buzzard, soaked, sitting on a fence post. The Confederate Railroad doing "I Like Women a Little Bit On the Trashy Side."
Bought a dozen oysters at Hog Isand Oyster Company, rolled through the green hills, water cascading everywhere. Seeing the earth get this much-needed moisture is exhilarating, like taking a deep breath. Acquifers getting recharged, creeks roiling, rivers at power stage. 
A couple of buildings I spotted for the first time yesterday:

I got up to Louie's around 4. We had shots of tequila and olives in his workshop, where he's now building a concrete Rumford-type fireplace he'll use for cooking as well as heat.
   Louie's older than me — unique for me, since everyone else I hang out with is younger. We grew up in the days of radio. As kids: Superman, The Green Hornet, The Whistler, I Love a Mystery. As adults: Jack Benny, Red Skelton, the Great Gildersleeve. We both know 1000s of songs. I just have to sing "Everybody's hand in hand..." and he'll sing, "...swinging down the lane."  We do this over and over. We both speak this rather rare language.


Tue, 6 Mar 2012  Hi Lloyd, hope all is well,
Came across Alistair Humphreys today, who has spent the year trying to get folk out on mini adventures. Local overnights and expeditions close to home.
   I like getting out canoeing in the backwaters. The little rivers streams and storm drains that take us to hidden England. The places that no one ever gets to see.
   We get out and bivvy occasionally, or swim in the rivers: any little adventure that helps us feel ALIVE!
   Anyway check his site out if you get a chance.
(Richard Ieian Jones)
Here's an overnight adventure:

Also to consider: mini microadventures. Like yesterday around 6 PM I took off with my skate board and my Big Kahuna paddle (like a canoe paddle, except with a rubber stopper at one end instead of a paddle) and skated around for about 15 minutes before dinner. Sometimes just a 5-10-15 minute bit of activity, and you always feel better. Ya

24 Pics of Tiny Homes & Boats by Michele

"Watershed House 70 square feet FLOAT Architectural Research and Design Wren, Oregon Built for a writer who wanted to channel his own inner Thoreau, the tiny Watershed House has got to offer some of the most stylish living available in 70 square feet. Reducing a cramped feeling, the cabin has lots of openings to let the light and the scenery in."

Making Stools!

Brad has left a new comment on your post "Attention Deficit Not Necessarily a Disorder":
Lloyd - this link is very appropos although you won't see why until you watch the vid. This craftsman is incredible and he talks about the focus it takes to do his work. I think often we have to condition ourselves to allow that focus/single mindedness to take place. It used to be the norm, but these days it's easy to mentally flit between things every few seconds. Love this guy! http://pacingthepanicroom.blogspot.com/2012/03/foot-stools.html

NorCal Coastal Beach in Moonlight Last Week

Photos of Birds' Nests

From David Pescovitz on Boing Boing an hour ago:
"San Francisco photographer Sharon Beals photographed hundreds of birds' nests in the collection of the California Academy of Sciences and other science museums. She's posted the stunning images on Flickr and they are also compiled in her recent book, "Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them." (Thanks, Jennifer Lum!)"

Will The Owner of This Bus Step Forward?

Someone sent us a bunch of pictures of this bus converted into living quarters for our next book, Wheels and Water: Tiny Homes on the Move. Somehow the e-mail got separated from the photos. If this is yours, please contact us.

World Globe

We just got this globe last week and I find myself looking at it all the time. I should have had one of these decades ago. With all that's going on in the world, in unfamiliar places, it's great to see just where various countries are.

This one is called the Explorer Globe. It's about $45. The stand is plastic and a bit lightweight. The map itself is bright, clearly delineated, and has slightly raised areas indicating mountain ranges. The manufacturer,Replogle Globes, has over 70 different globes.

Three slide show/book signings in the next week

This Friday I'm doing a slide show/book signing at Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino, Calif
— Friday March 16, 6:30 p.m. Next night, Saturday, same at North Town Books in Arcata, Calif. at 7 PM.
Then next week I'll be at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Wednesday March 21st at 7:30 PM.
We have sold out of the first printing of 15,000 copies; the 2nd printing of 12,500 is due to arrive at the PGW warehouse in early April. We are currently backordered some 5000 copies. Yahoo!

Clothesline Tiny Homes

"Hello! My name is Carrie and I’m an architectural Designer.  My husband is Shane and he is a Builder. We’ve started designing and building our own home (a Tiny House) and our blog will document the adventure.
   Our hopes are to turn this into a career where we can design and build Tiny Houses for others.  We both have years of experience designing and building, but we thought the best way to learn about the intricacies of a Tiny House would be to design and build one for ourselves that we will live in.
   We started designing it in February of 2012, bought the trailer platform February 25th, and started building February 27th.
   How we came up with the name: “Clothesline Tiny Homes”. I thought of about…. 123 different names and then Shane walked outside the next day, looked at the clothesline, and said “Clothesline Tiny Homes!”  Perfect.…
   Why Tiny? Clothesline Tiny Homes will strive to have a small footprint on our natural environment, will allow us to live wherever we want paying much less money for rent / mortgage and utilities, and will be a fun adventure where we can grow and learn to live with less stuff and enjoy our beautiful world much more!"

Wilson Pickett - "99-1/2 Won't Do"


"Life ain’t perfect, neither is my cabin…"

This is such a nice video. T hanks to Annonymuss.

"There's no place like home. It's where we live, work and dream. It's our sanctuary and our refuge. We can love them or hate them. It can be just for the night or for the rest of our lives. But whoever we may be, we all have a place we call home.
   THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is a series of short films that explore the idea of home; what makes them, how they represent us, why we need them.
   We're always on the lookout for dwellings of all sorts. If you've come across any curious or eccentric homes, feel free to send them along. thismustbetheplace.tv" - Ben Wu and David Usui

Insane Downhill Bike Race In Chile

From Mark Frauenfelder on Boing Boing

Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson - Ooo Baby Baby (soul train live)

Boy does Aretha look beautiful here!

Anna Builds Herself a Tiny Home in British Columbia

"Anna Minten has built herself a tiny house – 160 square feet small. She’s part of a growing movement of minimal, sustainable living and getting rid of excess.
'This is my paradise.' That’s what Anna Minten told me as we pull up at the site of her house-in-progress on Airport Way south of Revelstoke.
As we got out of her car and approach the house, I was struck by something – it’s even smaller than I imagined.
Minten’s house is 2.4 metres wide, 6 metres long. and 4.5 metres tall. That’s 160 square feet of floor space, plus a small loft, for the metrically disinclined.
Her house is part of a growing trend of tiny houses – essentially mobile homes that look like houses, but miniaturized.…"