Freeway Art in Oakland, Skateboarding Mill Valley 1 AM, Watching the Sunrise From the Bottom of the Sea…

I just discovered this wonderful art today. It’s under an on-ramp to Hwy. 80 in Berkeley. There’s so much lame art around (like that dumb giant bow and arrow on the Embarcadero in San Francisco), it’s great to happen upon something as witty as these sculptures. Look at how they’re painted!

The main street in Mill Valley is great for skating when there’s no traffic. I came through there at 1 Am this morning and skated several times from the library down to town. My wheels hit a crack when I was skating up hill and whamo I was on my hands. Lucky to have gloves with palm pads. Cliff Coleman, the legendary downhill skater told me there are 4 words to remember when you fall: Get On Your Hands! This assumes you’re wearing the special sliding gloves. The idea is to skid along on the pads of the gloves and not your flesh. One other thing about skating. I have to drive a lot these days. A couple of times a day I’ll take my skateboard out of the back and just cruise the parking lot, to get my body tuned up a bit.

I went into a record store in San Anselmo tonight and picked up a copy of Jimi Hendrix’ first album, Are You Experienced. Filling in a few gaps in my music collection these days. I didn’t realize the phrase (and name of a pure sativa strain of mota) Purple Haze was the first song on the album. ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun in your hand…

You know you’re a cute little heart breaker

And you know you’re a sweet little love maker…

It was just Jimi Hendrix and two skinny English boys, what an album!

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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