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mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - 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.
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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.
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I've seen good days start out this ugly...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - 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.
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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.
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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...
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The newest crop, homes few seem to be able to afford.
The newest crop, homes few seem to be able to afford.
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El Capitan High School and irrigation ditch.
El Capitan High School and irrigation ditch.
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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.
Topic Author's Reply - 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

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

Jump, jump, jump, cow!

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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?
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jun 26, 2013 - 11:55am PT
Mouse. The last Foresta fire was two years ago. The standing dead pines in your photos are from that fire. It started when a control burn got out of control and re burnt the same general area from the one twenty something years ago.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
Thanks, Andy. I thought something looked odd. Now I think on it, this is the fire the Rev was telling me about on the way over to see Tom Crow at Mono.

He said that "meatheads" were responsible for this "controlled burn" getting out of hand: they must've been thinking about a barbecue and the Fire Lord obliged them. Such a damn shame, because it burned up into the Tioga Road higher up in the red fir forest. UGLY!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
Rat style.
Rat style.
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A toy car, child-sized, from about 1940.
A toy car, child-sized, from about 1940.
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These are all shots taken in what I call a "restoration garage."

And these coming up are from the "party room" next door but in the same building. There are two buildings facing Hwy 140. This is the one on the right side, next to the Fruit Barn. When Charlie first opened the museum, he tried to sell fruit but he had to compete with the Barn and they won because they have buses stopping in for lunches, while he could not attract the drivers' custom, because the bastards would just offer the drivers more of a tip for bringing the bus in to them, not Charlie. His side of the story, anyway. So he opened up a party room to rent out.
Charlie's party rental room, with bar.
Charlie's party rental room, with bar.
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Credit: mouse from merced
The cannon fires a three-inch ball of whatever, potatoes included.
The cannon fires a three-inch ball of whatever, potatoes included.
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The ceiling of the room next door with the restrooms is all LPs, while...
The ceiling of the room next door with the restrooms is all LPs, while he has just left the ceiling alone and hung stuff all over in the party room itself.
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Credit: mouse from merced
Door leading in from the parking lot.  When partying, the guests are l...
Door leading in from the parking lot. When partying, the guests are locked out of the garage, as well as the museum.
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Rosebud's old buddy.  I Kane dig it!
Rosebud's old buddy. I Kane dig it!
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
Into the museum itself, free of charge, and with a kindly old docent who happens to have disposable income too high for his own good, I think. But he's havin' FUN!
This was in the block on Main St. just down from the Tioga, also known...
This was in the block on Main St. just down from the Tioga, also known as "the Mission" and was a hof brau type of place with a card room in the rear. A.K.A. "the Dutch."
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
An original Filice and Perelli packing box.  Charlie's pride and joy, ...
An original Filice and Perelli packing box. Charlie's pride and joy, because the F & P brand was first produced here locally and bouught out by Cal. Canners & Growers, packers of Dole brand. These are rare.
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Philco TV.  About my age.
Philco TV. About my age.
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More toys.
More toys.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 04:31pm PT
Hand-cranked corn dealie-bob for removing kernels.  There are motor-dr...
Hand-cranked corn dealie-bob for removing kernels. There are motor-driven ones, you know...
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A South American missionary nun came to visit once.  The huller impres...
A South American missionary nun came to visit once. The huller impressed her and she offered to buy it for their village. Charlie sent them this one in the picture instead. Wonderful story.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 04:31pm PT
Tools from the ranch and farm.
Tools from the ranch and farm.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
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A 1904 What's It.
A 1904 What's It.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
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A table common to kitchens kept flour, etc., for biscuits and the like...
A table common to kitchens kept flour, etc., for biscuits and the like. Here is a sample of faucet handles, too. And ancient desk model dial phone. And a box of assorted pens.
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Won't you smile for the camera...I know they're gonna love it! <br/>
I lik...
Won't you smile for the camera...I know they're gonna love it!
I like your PIN shot, too.
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
As I mentioned, many days begin looking black.  Keep pushin' and smile...
As I mentioned, many days begin looking black. Keep pushin' and smile for the camera, you'll be glad.
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Others may call, but home is home, in the end.
Others may call, but home is home, in the end.
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The original Mariposa County included all ov Merced County, and in 1855 the farmers voted themselves out of Mariposa and the affairs of the miners, whose constant needs for roads and such they were not willing or able to pay for.

My family's history is bound up in the Merced River and all three brothers are 'familiar' with the lower reaches and the upper.

Mike has lived on the river in Merced Falls for years and years and has hunted and poached all through Briceburg and North Fork and the South Fork.

Brother Tim is a fishing guide on the local rivers. He was a ski racer and cut his teeth at both Bagger Ass and Dodger Itch.

I have fished the river all up and down its length, but never caught anything at all in or above Yosemite Valley. I have climbed to the top of Lyell and watched the snow melt into the Merced drainage. I have climbed to the top of El Cap and been raided by weather destined to fill the river and water your crops. I have peed into Nevada Fall. I have peed off the lip of Yosemite Fall, upper and lower. I love my river. I love those who respect that river and its drainage.

I love what the river of ice accomplished and destroyed and created again.

I love the lessons this place has taught me.

I cherish each moment I think of cherishing each moment of being in this dendron of Gaia.

I hope you all do the same and I hope we all live a good long time with A LOT MORE FUN!


//The curse of sorrow is comparison!
As the sun casteth shade, night showeth star,
We, measuring what we were by what we are,
Behold the depth to which we are undone.//
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