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Saturday Morning Fish Fry: Salmon/Ribs/Portland/Timi Yuro

Left: salad with cucumbers, parsley from garden, cattail shoots

Salmon are biting. My friend Louie said there were 100s of boats out near Pt. Arena last week. Salmon and halibut are around these waters too. I keep being impressed by our local fishermen, who have to make it out a channel through breaking waves to reach the ocean. Not for the faint hearted; every few years a boat gets dumped. Certainly not like motoring out of a wave-free port. Now that I’m back on the beach a lot, I’m admiring the shore fishermen, especially those going after striped bass. Their gear and techniques, a zen-like skill. Hey with all the rotten news all over the world right now, the ocean right here is healthy; glass half-full…I’m pretty miserable (can I whine?); a bike fall didn’t feel so bad until a few days later, I cranked down with a plumbing wrench on a 1-1/4″ pipe union, pain like a hot knife in ribs. Shit! Turns out not to be broken rib, but tear in intercostal muscle. Like my friend Paul says about rib injuries, “Please God don’t let me sneeze.” Puts big dent in my plans to take a skateboard with me to Portland next week…Hey you people who know Portland: I’ve got an extra day or so, want to shoot photos of barns and farm buildings (my favorite architecture) within a few hours of the city; any tips?…I can’t figure out how I never heard of Timi Yuro, the diminutive singer in the ’60s with the huge voice; I gotta admit, I’m in love. She was constrained by Liberty Records but even with Nelson-Riddle type strings backing, she was a powerhouse. One only can wish that she’d had Jerry Wexler or Phil Spector arranging for her. The following song is with Phil:

What's a Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)(12-'62N)stereo by Yuro, Timi on Grooveshark

She sings a little flat, which has a sweetness. On some songs, a lot of similar phrasing to Etta James.”

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Hitting the Road

I went on a short bike ride last night and stopped for a few minutes. When I went to get back on the bike, I put my weight on the left pedal with my left foot, gave a push to get rolling, and swung my right foot over the frame to get to the other pedal. As I did so, my baggy shorts caught on the seat, and I couldn’t get my foot across. Momentum carried me and the bike over to the right and I hit the pavement, taking most of the blow with my forearm. Man, did it hurt! (Now I know why cyclists wear tight shorts.)

   You know the first thing I do when I fall (usually it’s when skating)? I look around to see if anybody saw me. No one was there, no cars on the road, so I just lay there for a while. Next in my sequence is to assess the damage; how bad am I hurt? I felt a real strong pain in my right lower ribs, and groaned really loudly. It seemed to help. I started taking deep breaths, still lying there, and the pain got better. Voila, I was off again, and lucky to just be a little bit sore today. Let’s hear it for Ibuprofin (+ hot baths and Tiger Balm)!

Go Right Ahead by The Hives on Grooveshark

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5-day Bike Adventure On Maui

Ryan Worcester is a local adventurer. There are 2 pages on his travels in Tiny Homes on the Move, using a motorcycle with a mountain bike mounted on the back so he could take the bike off and explore off-pavement. Here’s a more recent adventure of his, a 5-day bike trip around Maui. Look closely to see him mid-air in this photo.

“Day Two
We took a quick cruise to Wainapanapa state park and I went for an early morning ocean swim out to a sea stack, which I could climb up the chossy volcanic rock to reach the top before jumping into the ocean below. A great way to start the day, and even better after we went for another swim in the freshwater caves close by.…”

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Cargo Bikes

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “Bikesailing“:

And, how about this…

Don’t know anything about these, but seems like an idea which might become popular

https://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324328204578572011343756542.html?mod=trending_now_3

Some cool models: https://rollingorangebikes.com/

https://yubabikes.com/ 

A quick look at Google images is pretty impressive: https://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1600&bih=805&q=cargo+bikes&oq=cargo+bikes&gs_l=img.3..0l7j0i5l3.1330.3718.0.3850.11.10.0.1.1.0.111.958.7j3.10.0….0…1ac.1.19.img.lFjMkGezT-Y

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Photos NYC #1

The city has just enacted a huge bike system. You pay $95 a year (or $25 for a week) and pick up and drop off these bikes all over the city.

“NYC Launches Largest Bike Share Program in the Nation — The privately funded Citi Bike bike-share program is launching with 6,000 bikes at 330 docking stations in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn” Click here.

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Shelter at The Maker Faire

The Maker Faire was just great. I’d never think that something so nerd-oriented would appeal to me, but  there was soul in addition to all the robots and tech wizardry. We had a booth in the “Homegrown Village” section and sold more books than we have at any event ever. The booth, designed by Lew Lewandowski and manned by Lew and my son Evan, was mobbed the entire 2 days, most of the interest being in our Tiny Homes book.

 


My talks on “The Half-Acre Homestead” went well; maybe 125 kindred spirits in the audience each day.

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