Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SKY TRAIN....... Edgar Winter instrumental 1975

Edgar Winter was firing on all cylinders creatively back in his youth in the 70s. This piece is lifted off his jazz-rock, 3 song trilogy off the album Jasmine Nightdreams. To me.... one of the most emotional, ethereal pieces of music in history. Each to his own...............

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Some of Ts Art Pieces and Vision

T has a passion for her art and just gets better and better all the time.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

7-2 FunBoard Build Prelims & Porque, Gringo?

This is the one I have been threatening to build for a few years now. A bow of mild surrender to encroaching geezerdom.... lots of flotation, capable of the graceful smooth arcs geezoids can still pull off, and tough as nails.

Yes, unlike most wood art wall dwelling planks this one will bask in the full glory of "quick-n-dirty". Like my wood boat builds full-on work boat aura and no sandpaper finer than 100 grit. To me the scratches amplified by the epoxy final coat denote luscious beauty, like a woman who proudly wears her hair grey and long.

Skeleton together after cutting slots in router jig.  Oversized 3/8ths ply...... oh well......

This is Jack Youngs design and lines. The deck will have no doming and will be flat..... they work better actually. The scantlings are beefier too. Hopefully the added brute strength won't suffer from too much added weight.

We'll see. As usual the inherent delight in crafting a organic device to cleave mother ocean.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Little Country House for Rent in Highlands Oaxaca Region Oct 2017 4000 pesos/$225 US

Doing this a favor for our landlord. Semi-furnished. Low power bill. Altiplano living at 5100 feet up so no heating or cooling bills. Solar rooftop water heater. Well water. I'd imagine first-last on rent or a small security deposit. No contract but he would do one if you wish. Victor has been honorable to us, your fellow potential neighbors, to date, and a local citizen in good standing of our little town here, La Chigolo. Takes about 15 minutes to drive into the city but quiet out here. Good Oaxaca state primer is Moon guidebooks Oaxaca. A exotic place overall with good regional food. Drawbacks are occasional protests and road blockades in the city.... and no paved streets in our part of La Chigolo. Not a problem in dry season (Nov-April) but muddy sometimes in the wet season.

You can e-mail me at   but please not a lot of tire kickers. Better to call Victor, the landlord, who speaks good english, directly at 52-664-274-8312. Easy to fly into Oaxaca city and the airport is about a 45 minute drive from here in La Chigolo.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Flat Bottomed Sailboat Homes: the JOY in a few pix.

Yup, dried out in a wild & remote Alaskan cove in a spot other sailboaters could only dream of getting to.

A paid-off, energy independent, wood stove heated, chinese lugsail powered, finger-in-the-wind to the grid and gridlocking power mongers and sub-cretinoids in general. Able to move around at will: SEA GYPSY STYLE, baby!!!!!!!!!

What? Me worry? I don't THINK so, melon Farmer.

A easy to build home. This one was built by another guy and his wife and is 31 feet. I did build a 37 footer though, and now 9 other wooden boats too. I taught myself carpentry and didn't know jacksquat about it until about age 45 when I realized how fine boat homes could be.

Flat bottomed craft are the easiest to build and, coincidentally. the b-e-s-t, IMHO. And chinese junk lugsails are the best rig and also the cheapest to build.

A great 30 footer designed by veteran blue water, flat bottomed sailboat cruiser-liveaboarder Chris Morejohn. Six months hard work and a paid off home ready to go anywhere on the planet. From back canals in London to the out islands of Fiji to.......... wherever ones heart desires as conditions change.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Magic Mushroom Experience In Huatla de Jimenez

6000 feet up in the remote sierra Mazateca and 40K population

Made the 6 hour drive north, with two like minded explorers, to the land of the Mazatecs, to find a curandera to guide us through a psylocybin mushroom experience. On often steep and winding 2 lane highways. We each had our reasons and visions were had.

Web research ferreted out two prime local curanderas, both elder mazatec women. I went with Ines Cortez Rodriguez. You can find her above (and north) of the market. Standing on the markets north side street one could throw a stone up to her house. She is on the street parallel to the market street and just north of the casa de cultura.

Senora Ines Cortez Rodriguez

Avenida Francisco I. Madero #8

Huatla de Jimenez


Her fee is 1000 pesos and I gave her a big tip because she is a fine lady in a noble profession and does a super job in her guiding. My friends went with Julia Juliana and also had a fine experience but a bit different ceremony and trappings.

I stayed on the main square in the Hotel Santa Julia. Super clean, hot water, nice staff, and 280p a night (about $15.50 US at the current exchange rate). A five minute walk from Ines house.

Nice view from my room down the city slope. Soaring birds thermalled out over the canyon.

City awakes at dawn. Left side view out my hotel room.

Up-slope side of a typical city street, next street up and parallel is a good 10-15 feet higher as the city goes up the mountainside.

Lots of pedestrian walkways going up and down the city mountainside.

Pedestrian walkway parallel to mountainside in near city center. Morning was often chilly and maybe in the lower 60s. Altiplano life is fine stuff climate wise.

Looking to right out my hotel rooms back window. Balcony out front of that structure with the red patio top is a fine little family restaurant and very affordable. Rositas restaurant. Fine view eating out on that balcony.

50 peso breakfast at Rositas. Eggs scrambled with fried potatoes and sausage. Beans on the side and tortillas. Pitcher of cafe con leche. About 3 bucks US with tip.

View from city hall. Basketball court to left. Looking into same valley my hotel room does. Lots of night activity here and weekend vendors set up on the stone steps, spilling out and beyond the central market.

Same vantage point but panned left, basketball court just off frame below this shot. City bell tower with clock chimes on the hour.

Huatla de Jimenez by night. City panorama and looking north.

Van pause on trip home in desertic high Cuicatec indian lands. Van cost 180p to get back to Oaxaca city, about 10 bucks US and a 5.5 hour trip. Much lower here than Huatla and maybe in the low 90s at 11 am or so. Cactus land. The cuicatecs and mazatecs cannot speak each others languages. Oaxaca state has 16 different recognized languages. Some indigenous folks do not even speak spanish. Shrooms trailing off in my head about 30 hours post experience: a nice glow that lasted 2-3 days afterwards. The cats looked at me strangely when I got home..... maybe they knew I had spent some time in the hall of the giants and touched something true they have known about instinctively from day one of their planetary tour.

More street art, this mural on the side of city hall.

Same mural but farther to the right.

Pleasant city. Small, exotic, way off the touristed runs. Famous for the local curanderos and curanderas and mushrooms. John Lennon made his way here in the late 60s. Back then only a dirt road led here. We thought of him being here, years ago, when it was much tougher to get here. Some of the Rolling  Stones too. Lots of mexicans still exploring their heritage by coming here even now to take the "little saints" and see visions. And us hapless extraneros (foreigners) in search of visions and raw experiences.

Lots of web material on the actual experience here. Mine was simply excellent with many visions and realizations in a safe and comfortable setting. Just Ines and I. All through the lens of a catholic-mazatec indian curandera with years of experience. She sang to me, off and on, and "held the space" for me when I went a bit too deep. Only one evil presence came to me but she centered me with her sudden singing again. What a beautiful thing and I marveled at her singing and prayers, often in mazatec (like a prettier version of kling-on), all the 5 hours I was zooming. The first hour or more so was intense visions.

Once is enough though. I'll do it alone next time. Same dose. Or with a good western-centric guide and outside, in nature, and during the day rather than 10 am to 3 am. I feel it is a super valuable experience.

Worth the trip to see Ines or Julia Juliana. A peak life experience and highly recommended to anyone who is interested.