Archive for the ‘SoCal’ Category


There were many fisherman on the Oceanside Pier yesterday including a group that caught this little shark. The guy below was happy to smile for the camera when I asked, in Spanish, if I could take his photo.

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New laws

I abandon myself to the fever of dreams, in search for new laws. ~Antonin Artaud

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Phantom fingers

When Forest pointed a finger at someone, he had two phantom digits pointing back to himself.

In other news, I said goodbye to Marly last night and am in San Diego, working from my mom’s place. She’s fixing me salad, borscht, and all kinds of fruits and veggies that go through her Vitamix and get passed to me in tall glass packed with nutrition. This is the life!

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Ned’s Quest

Ned spent every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in front of Soda P conducting spiritual warfare. He was especially skilled at casting out demons from the girls with orange skin and impossibly short-shorts. He recognized the battle storming within the shaggies and the hipsters and the gays who had no idea that they too were possessed by controlling and malevolent spirits. Los Angeles was Satan’s playground and Venice Beach, the epicenter. The rapture was right around the corner and he had so many souls to save.

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Zoltar channels Mary Oliver when he asks:

Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it life?

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Venice Beach Boardwalk

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Fly by weekend

The weekend flew by! Marly lined up tons of things to do and it’s been a lot of fun. Yesterday afternoon, for instance, we went Griffith Park to watch Shakespeare in the Park. We bundled up and sipped wine while eating leftover Thai with coffee straws.

Afterwards, we headed to the Griffith Observatory and stood in line for the telescope. Alas, we didn’t make it inside as they were closing.  Next time!  The view from the roof  was incredible. The kids inside were crazy about Einstein.

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Waiting for thai at Poom. Poomtastic!

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Venice Art Crawl

Last night marked the 1st Year Anniversary of the Venice Art Crawl. These photos were taken at 811 Ocean Front Walk where the Dogtown Artist’s United set up. There was visual arts, live performances, and music. There was body painting, dancing, and a lot of inebriated hipsters.

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NASA busby

I told Keelin before she leaves San Diego County, she must go back to the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park and buy herself this NASA busby. It would be perfect for those Missouri winters… walking to school, sitting in class, and going back home. For washing dishes too.

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Happy Birthday, Marly!

Today is Marly’s birthday! I wish I was in L.A. (her new home) to spend it with her. She recently moved from Burlington, Vermont, to the Venice Beach area and is adjusting to life in Southern Cali (shouldn’t be too hard). See you in 15 days, Marly!

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Stuck in oblivion

Lorna’s mother always told her that if she kept sticking her head in the sand, one day it would stay that way.

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Suit of Armour

Encinitas, CA

This unworn armor has a silent speech ;
To more than steel the steel is riveted,
And, empty and forlorn, appears to teach
The patient hope that oft is felt and said,
That soon all armor to disuse shall pass,
With visored helmet, hauberk, and cuirass.

Excerpt from Suit of Armour by Henry Abbey.

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Swamis Surfing Memorial


Dedicated with appreciation to Gary Taylor and the others whose efforts of the past and future make Encinitas a better place to live and surf.

Swamis Surfing Memorial.  Established 02 September 2005.

Encinitas, California.

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Massage in progress

Bergamot Spa in Encinitas

The sign next to the door reads massage in progress.

Bergamot Spa, a sweet oasis in Encinitas, California.

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Independent Music Store

Lou’s orange chairs

Lou’s Records. Encinitas, California.

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There’s no place like home.

Swamis, Encinitas

NOTE: This photo was taken by my cell phone; hence, the purple tone.  My digital camera died on me, and then revived itself.  I’m not sure what’s going on there.

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