Full Moon Thursday, “A Banjo Friday,” & the Golden Gate Bridge

Last night the moon rose over the ridge. It’s a miracle, what with all the harm humans are doing to the planet, that the full moon still rises, is still in orbit. I went down to the beach and got in the ocean a few days after getting back. Got under water long enough to feel the chill get to my bones, and voila! I was tuned back into home turf (surf).

Rain clouds this morning, it was blue grass music driving in along the ocean, program called “A Banjo Friday,” Flat & Scruggs: Your Love is Like a Flower / Ned Lubernick: Owed to Earl, great banjo…

the waves are slow and full coming into the beaches, sort of luscious, a hearty n/w swell…

Doyle Lawson, white gospel, I’m finding Joy in My Saviour, beautiful singing / Ralph Stanley, The Girl From Greenbriar Shore — I don’t know what it is he has, but he has it. On one level it’s a pretty thin voice, but he does something with the notes and it comes out unique…

Then John Hammond doing Nadine, a great song (one of the highlights of the Stones Get Yer Ya-Yas album) Nadine, honey, it that you?

Next time you cross this magnificent bridge, check out the corbled designs of each cross-strut. There’s a great book called The Gate by John van der Zee, which describes the true lead designer of the bridge mathematician and Greek scholar Charles Ellis, not Joseph Strauss, as it was formerly thought.

Heard a great new Bonnie Raitt song with a cooking band as I got into North Beach…

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:

3 Responses to Full Moon Thursday, “A Banjo Friday,” & the Golden Gate Bridge

  1. Awesome detailing that we don't see anymore, built in the mid 1930's too! How has that bridge stood up during the big earth quakes? It's must have seen some doozy's since then.


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