Archive for October, 2007

Hard Coffee

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

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There is a coffee shop called Royal Coffee on College, near the Berkeley/Oakland border. I call it, “The Red Chairs”, because it has these big red chairs that are uncomfortable, but fun to sit in anyway. They make good fresh coffee. By fresh, I mean they make each cup fresh. The grounds are above your cup, they add hot water, and when it finishes draining, you grab a cup of coffee that is truly fresh.

There is always someone interesting to talk to in there.

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You just never know who might drop by.

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Der Blaue Engel

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007


When I was in film school, the famous director Josef von Sternberg came to our class and showed us his personal print of his film, “The Blue Angel” (Der Blaue Engel). He was very elegantly dressed. Just before the lights went down, to start the picture, Mr. Sternberg half rose and looked back at us. “This print is in German”, he said, “But I will shout out anything you need to know.”

He didn’t need to do much shouting. The film stars Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings. I remember a stage number with Marlene starting out in a full-body gorilla suit. When she takes the head off, revealing her head atop the giant ape suit…

Well, you had to be there. However, I highly recommend you order it on Netflicks.


I am showing these pictures of a different kind of Blue Angel to remind myself to get a new camera.


Hot Adventure

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007


It turns out that the launch pad for Boonloon is not on the Mendocino Coast, but rather at the Floodgate Store in Navarro. Or at least is was yesterday. Looking at this advertising sign I mentioned to someone that I hoped the guy who did the sign was not the same guy that designed the Boonloon.

In any case, here he is firing it up.


It is amazing what a little hot air can do.


When I inquired as to how the craft was steered, the answer sounded a lot like dumb luck.


High above Navarro now, he goes where the wind takes him.


Saturday, October 27th, 2007


I finally caught a shot of the hot air balloon that has been sailing over the Valley every evening for the past week or so.


People were complaining about this sky pilot in the Philo market. Myself, I’m glad to see him glide by.

The Bridge To Somewhere

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

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This is the Navarro River from the air. That’s the “bridge to somewhere” at the bottom right. The bridge is private and is reached from Ray’s Road out of Philo. If you went across it you might just run into Jeff Skoll, the Ebay co-founder, counting his money. But you can’t go across it. I went across it this past summer, but it wasn’t easy.

Farther down river is the Wellspring property, which is for sale at just short of $4 million dollars.

I hadn’t seen this view before. One can barely see the “swinging bridge”, which is to the right of the “bridge to somewhere”. This little foot bridge still survives. It’s closed, you can’t walk on it, but I’m glad it still exists.

Rain Gauge

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

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According to my rain gauge this first decent rain was a little over one inch.


Monday, October 8th, 2007

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Ok, stumpless is not a word but it best describes my situation. After searching all over Mendocino county I finally found someone who could make stumps go away. Eight stumps $240.

If you need to make a stump disappear, I’ve got the guy.

Night Light

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

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I have been playing around with lighting the landscape. It’s my movie background I guess. I like what I see, so far.

One night, I went out at about 11pm and four deer walked across this scene as if on a set. When they hit center stage, they stopped to graze.

At first, I wondered what they made of the light. I have huge lights behind my studio, which is in the foreground. They didn’t seem to notice. To them it was merely early daylight, I suppose.


Stump Grinder

Sunday, October 7th, 2007


I have struggled with this long enough. As you can see , I have chipped away at this stump, but never was able to clear it completely. Well, tomorrow the stump grinder comes.

There is a metal sign behind the counter at Rossi’s Hardware that advertises “blasting powder”. I asked for 100 pounds. Wrong century, they said. So a stump grinder it is.