30 April 2009


Judey face, how I miss him...

27 April 2009

Week Four



San Francisco

Fire dancing show in Union Square.

20 April 2009

Week Three

Around the Station

This is Trey. I think he's my favorite out the numerous dogs that come and go around the station. He's a loner. More dogs photos to come, I'm sure of it.

Friday Night
We had a gathering at the station this Friday night. BBQ and birthday. I made a caramelized apple cheesecake. We drank good beer, and sat around a fire. I guess both sides of the country think beer and fires go well together. It was similar to what I've experienced before, but not at all the same.

Third Sunday
I went to Arcata again to sit in a coffee shop. Later in the day, I drove to Mad River Beach to see the sunset.

Third Sunday

It’s beautiful sunny day today because of me, a wild beard dull-colored old man declares as I walk towards the booming adobe-style building. He’s sitting outside on the friendly California grass playing a 5 minus 1 string guitar. My phone rings. I walk away without acknowledging him. I wonder if my response is the norm, or a minority.

I sit in the backseat of my slowly cooking silver Honda with my feet resting on the shoulders of the front seat chairs. A moon-shaped sweat stain forms under each breast as words from an old friend flow into my ear. I walk back to the abode-style building with a sense of place, with a gentle smile growing on my face.

A flash of the two-finger peace sign accompanied by a side-lipped smile leaves room for personal space but still hints at that cliché connection we SHOULD all have. I’m not sure if I do.

People momentarily dance to the ultra hip-hop Girl Talk as they walk about the coffee shop; I’m sitting in the corner drinking Mate, with a comprehensive view of all the twittering human bodies. I have a sliver of the outside porch in my view, where violently waving hands lead lips through conversations.

A young man walks in without shoes or a shirt. There are no signs plastered to the wall informing of mandatory clothing. Not here, not anywhere in Arcata, I’m sure. His small white shorts parallel his crew-cut beaming blond hair. No one looks up. He isn’t an oddity; he is normality. Everyone is comfortable.

Dreadlocks spring from the head of one of the employees. A girl walks over, eye contact, “It’s fucking hot today,” she says as she opens the door. It’s probably 72 degrees outside. I make a futile attempt to connect by offering to open the windows close to my reclusive corner. Another employee calls out prepared drinks as questions, "Chai MooooKA Laaattee?"

White shorts walks back in. He's wearing shoes now, but still no shirt. Now I think he might be gay. His toe-concentrated, hip-swaying saunter exudes his sexuality.

A little girl walks in dancing. Her mother is wearing a fluid black dress, with ideal exposure of the earth tattoo on her back. “We are all one” is tattooed underneath the back dominating earth. A baby does a little finger-pointing dance move in the woman’s arms.

An impoverished man taps a woman on the shoulder. She dropped a dollar and he's telling her with his hoarse, mucus-laden voice. He walks outside and spits. He sits down outside at a quaint picnic table, next to his pile of random items. Jam and bread are sprawled over the table. I peak out the window to get a better look. His sun-spotted jaws are moving. His indented chest is exposed. Another shirtless human. He’s eating out of a metal saucepan, with his brittle elbows hovering vertically over the pot as a spoon shovels food into his dehydrated mouth.

All the while, a comparatively plain woman tutors a comparatively plain man general chemistry. She’s getting progressively more frustrated. He’s getting progressively less educated.

I smell garage. It reminds me of Paris. I feel all nostalgic. The impoverished man is moving around outside.

A woman with an asymmetrical haircut clicks her pointy purple boots on the scratched wooded floor.

I look out the window and sigh, reflectively not sadly. The Douglas Fir trees are peaking over the tattered shops that are lined up across the street.

The music changes. “Sugar magnolia, blossoms blooming, heads all empty and I don’t care…”

15 April 2009

Week Two

We went to the coast to go whale watching this past weekend. From April to mid-May sperm and humpback whales are migrating along the California coast. We didn't see any, but the California coast never fails to amaze me. I found a nice smooth rock on one of the highest points you could climb and watched the turbulent pacific waves violently crash against the rocks. It was mesmerizing.

Arcata, CA

14 April 2009

Week One

I've spend my weekdays reading, writing and thinking and my weekends observing so far. I'm trying to find a balance here in the middle of nowhere, in the middle Narnia, as I've been known to call it, where it is quite easy to live in your head.

Path to the river behind the Station.

Sign in front of Ray's Grocery in the Willow Creek, CA

Sustainability fair in Arcata, CA. Among the pedal-powered blenders, electric vehicles, solar panels, organic produce, and dreadlocks down to the knees, I found this wonderfully amusing sign.

Human powered dragon quadracycle

Azalea State Reserve, Arcata, CA. Plant identification walk in the redwoods.

12 April 2009

San Francisco, CA

California Coast