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neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 24, 2013 - 01:37am PT
hey there say, zBrown... neat extra info you added, thanks for sharing...

and--thanks for caring... :)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 24, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
It feels like coming into work on Monday, in some ways.

I got worked at the Thumb, as THocking a-saith.

At least I did not die.

Nor die did he in my place, as a true partner would, for the follower must not fall if he is not to fall into total whatever-soever-however it may forthcome.

California is its own reward, for the East Coasters who listen to us West Coast-costers, us shucky-juvy wannabe surf-club types, and wonder from what side of which moon we come.

Be here now, then, or sometime other, the cities are sucky, and one is lucky, when one has been born to country ways. The real California resides in the mind, as it always must.

Yes, Ah'm back, Mona. I'm coming out on the front.

Bumpity-bump.

Dino Valente sort of took a good thing and made it different.

I won'st bother you with the upcoming Courthouse Museum exploration of Merced's rich musical past any longer.

It begins as an exhibit this Thursday with live music which begins at 6 pm.

"Michael Kennedy, the founder of the blog Merced Music (and former member of a suspiciously Flame-infeckted group called Snooze You Loose which included Bullfrog) has created a virtual shrine to a generation of music in Merced that would leave a mark across the country...
That era really started in 1956 when Roddy Jackson put together one of the first interracial rock bands in the country....It was a really important first.
He credits Roddy Jackson and the Blue Notes with getting the entire community plugged into the music scene and learning how to play guitar.
Then the Brogues broke as an early 60s group with a serious attitude problem and then a straight line into psychedelic music...
The popularity of this emerging brand of music led to many famous acts stopping in Merced, including Janis Joplin and the Doors [though I must cite this error: it was the Holding Co.; the Coodrs did play here. Twice. Once with a local sub drummer.

Yes, you can Google www.mercedmusic.wordpress.com

I am logged kin to Wired Cafe, the internet cafe in town.

George Fenneman, what is today's magic word?

"Bowels, Groucho."

It may be worth noting, musically, that on the same Saturday night that Mel's rocked to the blues, the Merced Theater presented ballet. It may also be worth nothing, musically or otherwise.

On arriving back in town from THocking's and Maureen's, I found:

1. The elevator still not working right: it hit each floor before stopping at the lobby, and it hit each floor going to the floor that called it.
2. I was jonesing for another steak like the ones we grilled on Solstice eve at Tom's Thumb.

So I called the Rev, invited myself up, and bought some "fully-aged" beef (reduced price) and one-pound potatoes and hit the road to Greeley Hill.

We traded tales, laughed, and discussed the possible consequences of Taj Mahal's death*, the outcome of the current episode of "Snapped" which Denice was watching, the fact that Rod Whittaker is a surprisingly talented individual (musically!), what it's like to not have millions of dollars cluttering our lives, and the Foresta fire of yore.

I have hundreds of photos, as THocking hath a-saith. I am busying myxelf reading Charis Wilson West's tales of her and Edward's trips involving photographing California in the thirties. And the James Branch Cabell novel I recently purchased down in Idyllwild, The Way of Ecben.

It's going to be a few days, maybe tomorrow, before my computer's back home and healthy again.

A-raining now, but it's not a hard rain, thank ya, Jah.

Till the again, play fair, kiddies.

*Barbara Jones, an old friend whom I visited the other day in the Bay Area, had heard rumblings about Taj's demise, which has NOT come to pass, thank ya, Jah.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jun 24, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
"Some folks shoot the breeze
Some shoot the sheeit
Some shoot to kill
I like to shoot the curl"

Dave "Baby" Cortez




Here comes Dave now, keeping his organ happy as always.



I do not know what Car Club rode with.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 03:50am PT
And here's the big ultimate.

Just tonight, after having posted that last reply, I received an email from Barbara's husband, my old Flames partner Larry, that she has passed away in her sleep!

What a blessing that I was able to visit her for that one part of the day last week. Thank you for that, and grant her rest, Lord of All.
Larry holding one of his ceramic creations.  Alas, I knew her well.
Larry holding one of his ceramic creations. Alas, I knew her well.
Credit: mouse from merced
I have been stranged-out before, but this is just freaky.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 03:56am PT
I need my ponies.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Yep, they look to be twins, but close inspection is revelatory...

Roy and Roger?

Dale and Evan?

Pal and Meano?

Nee and Bee?

Neigh-bors of the Rev in Greeley Hill.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 04:03am PT
Maripoosa's own Patty and Malcolm McGregor at their home on Agua Fria ...
Maripoosa's own Patty and Malcolm McGregor at their home on Agua Fria Creek, 6-23-13.
Credit: mouse from merced

Gypsy!

Looky!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 04:58am PT
Some of what Barbara and I were grooving to last week.

She had a fantastic collection of rare blues CDs.

Memphis Slim/Panic Street
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_-QtaVltck

Keith Emerson/Honky tonk Train Blurs, er, Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvAPi6lHN5w
(We listened to versions of HTTB by Red Saunders and by the Adrian Rollins Trio.)

Art Tatum/Tatum Pole Boogie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApBYQ8qJTcA

Freddie Slack/Down the Road Apiece
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX8TPanPKzU

Get goin', Barbara. I'm right behind. Don't knock into that cow.

Look out where you're steppin'. That ain't second base.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 05:06am PT
THocking finger-talking.
THocking finger-talking.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Celebrated THocking Walking Blues.

It lives to climb another day.

Taj Mahal's Celebrated Walking Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K3qCtxfIDQ

Ain't gonna change no low-down ways,
Just gonna give some device belays.

Got to go to Susanville, baby,
Git my Bermingham-bone boiled.

I had to look round for my shoes.
Then I had no socks.

(What was I to do? I sacrificed my Trojans! 5.10. Let's WALK to the coffee shop.)

Credit: mouse from merced

"I had my business fixed by using Acco fasteners exclusively."--U.R. Dunn.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 05:30am PT
Solstice Eve, the supertopo faux full moon creates awe in the minds of...
Solstice Eve, the supertopo faux full moon creates awe in the minds of its devotees.
Credit: mouse from merced
Moon this!
Moon this!
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 05:42am PT
Toilet rock.  Smells OK to his neighbor.  Fits my butt fine, too.
Toilet rock. Smells OK to his neighbor. Fits my butt fine, too.
Credit: mouse from merced
Giant egg balanced in DG at the head of a chute.
Giant egg balanced in DG at the head of a chute.
Credit: mouse from merced
Just below the egg in the chute.
Just below the egg in the chute.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Thumb is at the southern margin of and slightly lower than a field...
The Thumb is at the southern margin of and slightly lower than a field of volcanic rock on the south flank of Thompson Peak.
Credit: mouse from merced
The path of a trundled egg like that would put it right on the road home.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 06:01am PT
Locals whom we jawed with on the way out of the beach.
Locals whom we jawed with on the way out of the beach.
Credit: mouse from merced
Yeah.  Life's got beaches in it.  Even in the mountains.
Yeah. Life's got beaches in it. Even in the mountains.
Credit: mouse from merced
And then there's birches, and white pine, and ponderosa.
And then there's birches, and white pine, and ponderosa.
Credit: mouse from merced
There will be a TR in the works tote de sweat.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 06:57am PT
"I wonder how many people are in this photograph?"--quoted on forum below

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/Sierra_Nevada_aerial.jpg

Again, I too wish they'd be more specific. In the valleys? On the crests?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 08:56am PT
Looking east to the Sierra Nevada this morning about 5:45.
Looking east to the Sierra Nevada this morning about 5:45.
Credit: mouse from merced
South.
South.
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South of west.
South of west.
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North and west.
North and west.
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North.
North.
Credit: mouse from merced
I've seen good days start out this ugly...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 25, 2013 - 09:23am PT
These are from yesterday afternoon.
Finishing the last row.  North of El Capitan HS on G heading to Snelli...
Finishing the last row. North of El Capitan HS on G heading to Snelling.
Credit: mouse from merced
The original ElCapitan HS, constructed to open in 1958, lasted three years only before it became Merced HS North Campus. It was surrounded by tomato fields and cow pasture.

As the new era dawns, the old just keeps jealously standing firm. New campus, same old tomatoes. But not for long.
Behemother, Model FCKR, tearing up the last of Bellevue Ranch, Merced,...
Behemother, Model FCKR, tearing up the last of Bellevue Ranch, Merced, in the name of completing the rape.
Credit: mouse from merced
The last harvest at Bellevue Ranch, Merced, June 2013.  The brand new ...
The last harvest at Bellevue Ranch, Merced, June 2013. The brand new model of El Capitan HS is in the distance. On beyond that is the Sierra Nevada, the range of enlightenment. Go UC...
Credit: mouse from merced
The newest crop, homes few seem to be able to afford.
The newest crop, homes few seem to be able to afford.
Credit: mouse from merced
El Capitan High School and irrigation ditch.
El Capitan High School and irrigation ditch.
Credit: mouse from merced
It was threatening to rain and did for just a while earlier out in the county.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jun 25, 2013 - 10:48am PT
Mouse's computer woes must be ironed out,
ROCK ON, FLAME ON, MOUSE MY FRIEND!!!
Tad
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jun 25, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
Anyone remember the word kype? As in:

The boy glommed onto the toy and then kyped it from his friend.

It was used amongst the pretty rowdy element I was known to associate with in Chula Vista in the 1950's (sure glad I didn't fall in with them).

Then there was the five-finger discount and the midnight auto supply.

Apparently, from my research on crime stats in this area, they're still popular.

Feel to free to have a go at it for your respective/respected areas.

http://www.crimemapping.com/map.aspx?sid=ef61f71a-96a6-480e-bd12-d9571632bb14

Finally, Does love stink? Does crime pay? Who put the ... nevermind

T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jun 25, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
I remember using the word kype, didn't know thats how it was spelled.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 26, 2013 - 12:31am PT
Kyping Marlboro reds from the grocery in Sacto got me and my buddy a session in front of the parents and siblings smoking Camels, ten each.

God help us if we inhaled!

We were not living up to the Boy Scout ideals of honesty, but we were pretty damn brave...

Scouting and Catholic school round a boy out and warp him at the same time.

The Padilla Three, Joe, Mickey, and Pete, were the sons of our Explorer leader, Manuel, USMC. The Padilla Cabin still stands in Foresta after the fires of yore because THEY WERE PREPARED!

We scouts had helped dig the well and cistern, check.
The Pads' place was directly across the way from the Foresta Fire STation, check and mate!
The cistern is just under the plate in the foreyard.
The cistern is just under the plate in the foreyard.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Pad's cabin is likely the one whose roof shows in the left side of the...
Pad's cabin is likely the one whose roof shows in the left side of the picture among the trees.
Credit: mouse from merced
No. 14 is in El Portal, near the YVRR turntable, just downhill.  The E...
No. 14 is in El Portal, near the YVRR turntable, just downhill. The El Portal Fire Unit is only a block away, too. Get prepared for another bad-ass fire season, kids.
Credit: mouse from merced
The last two photos here show what the hills in the Park would look like with no fire prevention. Real glamorous, huh? It's been about fifteen years now since that fire.
On the road into Foresta.
On the road into Foresta.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 26, 2013 - 10:37am PT
Elvin Bishop/Juke Joint Jump
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sfQRKCbohU

Jump, jump, jump, cow!

Credit: mouse from merced
Over that moon, girl, you can do it!

Paul Bunyan in Planada plays a plastic axe.

Elvin Bishop in Bishop plays a blues axe.
Where'd I lay that thing down?
Where'd I lay that thing down?
Credit: mouse from merced



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 26, 2013 - 11:37am PT
I was wrong in my weather prognostication, but took off for the hills regardless of the potential. I cruised out into the Mariposa foothills, Agua Fria Road, Hornitos Road, Old School Road, Old Highway, Indian Gulch Road, to name the major ones.

The clouds were all over, so it made for some good stuff and then the clouds left for the most part, leaving vistas bathed in the gold of the hills.

Then I came down to the plains and opted to check out the Ag Museum on Highway 140, next to the Fruit Barn. It's closer to Merced, really, than Planada. And it's loaded with stuff, not nearly all of which is related to agriculture.
The rat car, showing the turn signal for a left turn.  "Rat" means not...
The rat car, showing the turn signal for a left turn. "Rat" means nothing but "as is" replacement parts, no fixing up, leave the thing in as close to "real" as you can.
Credit: mouse from merced
For instance, how does a rat car like the one Charlie built impress anyone as being a farm implement? The same wsy Elvin Bishop casts himself as a hayseed. It's associated.

People have much different lives now than in our grandad's day, but gadgets that purport to make life more enjoyable are part of the culture, no matter if you are living on a farm or in an apartment in the City. The Sears catalog is now replaced by Craigslist and eBay for us, but the civilizing instinct is inbred to our nature.

We need toys, in other words.

I don't know how many of us got to visit the old Sutro Baths in SF before it was torn down, but there was an exhibition of wild stuff there in their old museum, spread out among the rooms of the Sutro Baths (Cliff House area). The vibe in the Ag Museum is nearly the same.

Charlie doesn't open up regurlarly as his visitorship there was never "overwhelming." A visit here would likely take hours away from a trip to Yosemite, which is why he never had much luck attracting visitation. It's bothersome to him, but the guy's an alky, sucking down brews, walking around in his socks, but he's a kind old man, 76, and the thought occurred to me when I left, "Who's gonna get to deal with all of this when he passes?"

There is a note somewhere on one of the doors, Charlie told me, with his phone number, in case anyone wants to see this stuff. It's not the Smithsonian, just the Bizarro World/Merced County version of that venerable repository of the past.

We have a total of nine museums in Merced County, in Atwater, Merced, Los Banos, and Gustine, representing municipalities and the county itself, plus the Ag Museum, Castle AFB's flight museum, and a few more which escape me. You all know me as an enthusiast for Old School anything. This was like a waking dream, walking around that place.

Charlie left me alone in the yard, told me how to get out on my own, as he was leaving for the day. A trusting guy, he knows my older bro Mike, has for a long time, so that was no issue for him, but I had to climb a fence--weird story, too long and irrelevant, but that illustrates old Charlie's attitude, the loveable old tinkerer.

He has a working blacksmith shop out in the back acres, and a separate building where he stores more of his restoration projects like the rat car and the Starfire, for example. the museum itself is just one room full of cars, motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles, birthing chair, collections of old kitchen gadgets, and a plethora of antiques not restored, just collected and plonked down. It's dusty, too.
Olds Starfire, one restoration project Charlie's currently into.
Olds Starfire, one restoration project Charlie's currently into.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
At the door to the restoration garage. He also has a room with a bar, which he rents out for parties and is full of old stuff, like his BB-gun collection.
Air rifles.
Air rifles.
Credit: mouse from merced

Throwpie, you got to see this place. zBrown, a motorcycle bum like you would cream his jeans.

He likely has a surfboard in there someplace, too.




Edit: Before TT catches me up again, there is no Old School Road in Mariposa. It is Skoal House Rood and it crosses Old Highway. Take a map, for gauze shakes.
Credit: mouse from merced
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