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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 29, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
June 27, 2013, Courthouse Museum reception.
June 27, 2013, Courthouse Museum reception.
Credit: SunStar
The happening at the Courthouse on Thursday, attended by so many of my old friends who were connected BITSOL and before, was a real kick-butt event.
Credit: SunStar
For about an hour people crowded the exhibit on Merced's music past, and then we adjourned [courthouse joke] to the streets, and heard Roddy Jackson tell how it was in the fifties forming the Merced Blue Notes and more anecdotes and observations.

Then the ladies of the Gateway Harmony Chorus sang "On the Banks of the Old Merced" for us.

And that was followed by the Crystal Syphon playing their songs from their record they made forty-something years back.

The woman in the second photograph is Pat Hunter, also Dahlstrom, and a fine act on her own or with friends like Julio Guerra, but I knew her when she was a competitive swimmer, with her sister, here in High School. She once married a climber named Jim Dahlstrom. A photo of Jim, who had some success in FAs in Colorado much earlier than yesterday, for sure, shows him with a young lady whom I do not know, but is a pro climber now.
Paige Claassen and Jim Dahlstrom, her coach in early competitions.
Paige Claassen and Jim Dahlstrom, her coach in early competitions.
Credit: mouse from merced

Some random shots from the other night...my lithium camera battery needed to be charged, or there would be more, certainly.
State Senator Hatfield wrote the song of lust and devotion on the bank...
State Senator Hatfield wrote the song of lust and devotion on the banks of the Merced.
Credit: mouse from merced
Kenny Craig, original Merced Blue Note, who played the baddest blues g...
Kenny Craig, original Merced Blue Note, who played the baddest blues guitar that Roddy Jackson ever heard and who played the sax and sang at Mel's Fish Fry in Planada this month.
Credit: mouse from merced
Mr. Michaels from Atwater, with Frosty the Drummer.
Mr. Michaels from Atwater, with Frosty the Drummer.
Credit: mouse from merced
1957.  Roddy Jackson and his group claim to be the first mixed-race ba...
1957. Roddy Jackson and his group claim to be the first mixed-race band around the country. It's his proudest achievement in a long, eventful career. Rod's a piano genius.
Credit: mouse from merced
Gary Cole was Gary Grubb from Modesto, eventually becoming Gary Duncan...
Gary Cole was Gary Grubb from Modesto, eventually becoming Gary Duncan of the QSM, following his time with the Brogues.
Credit: mouse from merced
Legalize Mary Jane.  And stop calling it Mary Jane.
Legalize Mary Jane. And stop calling it Mary Jane.
Credit: mouse from merced
Bobby Cole and Bobby Cole BITD.
Bobby Cole and Bobby Cole BITD.
Credit: mouse from merced
This was a real pleasant night and it's a shame we can't do this more often was heard from most people.


Note: There were no groups called the Smealettes that I can find, zBrown.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 29, 2013 - 08:47pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
The sound check just failed, half-hour wait till they got it weird eno...
The sound check just failed, half-hour wait till they got it weird enough to work.
Credit: mouse from merced
Evening clouds watching music playing in the park.
Evening clouds watching music playing in the park.
Credit: mouse from merced
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jun 29, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
I must admit that I'm impressed with all the historical photography de Merced that I'm seeing.

“But it's the truth even if it didn't happen.”

-K. Kesey

Casting a wide net back into the fifties I do not recall any mixed up black and white groups in Chula Vista, National City or San Diego.

Can't remember any on the pickup games basketball courts either.



My favorite name amongst some of those I played with is Vernus Ragsdale. He was actually a better sprinter than baller tying for third statewide in 1962.

1 Forrest Beaty Glendale Hoover S # 09.5 100Y 1962
2 Richard Stebbins Fremont LA 09.6 100Y 1962
3 Manuel Diaz Keppel S 09.7 100Y 1962
4 Herman Harville Jefferson LA 09.7 100Y 1962
5 Vernus Ragsdale Lincoln SD 09.7 100Y 1962


And yes he could do 3/5 of a mile in 10 seconds if you asked him nicely.


Muni Gym, San Diego

Some famous players played here, me not one of them. Teams seems to sort out on color line.




Sticking with Ken and a pseudo-literary vein. (Got any rhmes for pseudo handy?)

“Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.”
Sure glad I didn't lose my laugh.

OK, one more.

“He Who Marches Out Of Step Hears Another Drum”

goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jun 29, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
Can you guys ship me whatever your smoking so I can follow along with this thread?
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jun 30, 2013 - 01:18am PT
Smoking...maybe. If you really want to follow this thread, this might help.
http://www.erowid.org/animals/toads/
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 30, 2013 - 03:02am PT
Ratz, Toad. We've been busted!



Time for some climbing content. The natives are not restful.
Craig Anderson on K-2.  Doing up some Toad at the 22,500' level, possi...
Craig Anderson on K-2. Doing up some Toad at the 22,500' level, possibly? Is he peaking?
Credit: mouse from merced
Haven't been back to K-2 myself since the dogs learned to bow to the wows across the river, I mean the cows across the canal.



zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jun 30, 2013 - 10:01am PT
judo
kudo



Mark Twain said that.


Has anyone searched on "moist Smealette"? - just a thought
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 30, 2013 - 11:16am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Follow me on Twitter!
Credit: mouse from merced
Swallow me!
Credit: mouse from merced
Allow me, sir, to welcome you to our little ranch on the hill.
Credit: mouse from merced
These, too, will one day be chipotle-flavored Corn Nuts.
Credit: mouse from merced
And the critters and the tractors are all bedded down for the night.
It's a re-run, dear.
It's a re-run, dear.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 30, 2013 - 11:39am PT
Heinz, you won't believe what I saw down on the street today.
Schwing!  A bitchen dream about Bel Air, CA., ca. 1957.  McKee and Yos...
Schwing! A bitchen dream about Bel Air, CA., ca. 1957. McKee and Yosemite, late yesterday.
Credit: mouse from merced
Maelstrom.
Maelstrom.
Credit: Tom O'Bridget
A tiny storm on der Schnozz yesterday.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jun 30, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
I used to drive thru Elysian Park a lot



That's Susan and The Surftones backing up the parade.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 30, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
What kinda flames are we talking about?

zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jun 30, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
Everybuddy knows Chevies beat Fords, but Fords look so much better.




Carry on in my absence.

-Tennessee Ernie Ford




throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jun 30, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
Hellmouse
Hellmouse
Credit: throwpie
Had the airbrush out...here's some mouseart
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 1, 2013 - 02:43am PT
They say that there is nothing in Plainsburg any longer, and they are right about that. It was a center of farming activity nearly as busy as Merced, in pioneer days.

It looks this way now.
Park 'n' Shoot got all new signs this week!
Park 'n' Shoot got all new signs this week!
Credit: mouse from merced
This is because of the railroads: they got a railroad in Le Grand, the Santa Fe, so Le Grand is the central town in that part of the county.
Credit: mouse from merced
But south of the intersection lies this fenced-off domain of steel and rubber, belonging to Bright's Nursery.

Jimbo's dad saw me parked taking photos over the fence from across the road. The place is secure, believe me. But Mr. B sent Jimbo down with the invitation to come inside the fence and look around the museum.

Deja vu! Of course they know Charlie Parrish, the man who owns the Ag Museum over between Planada and Merced, where I visited earlier this week.

"Ours is a lot bigger! And we have a full machine shop taken from the old B & L location in Merced. It's set up like the original and runs off overhead belts."

I spent about as long as I could take inside the museum photographing. It was like the punishment hut in Bridge on the River Kwai. I came out and downed two bottles of water and went to the machine shop, looked around quickly, then hit the back lot and the huge storage park in front.

There are one or two items I'm going to post next and then I'm hitting the bed!


The famous Chowchilla School Bus!
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced


The famous Minneapolis-Moline line of mud-movers!
Credit: mouse from merced
Minneapolis-Moline was a large tractor and machinery producer based in Minnesota. It was the product of a merger between three companies in 1929: Minneapolis Steel & Machinery (MSM), Minneapolis Threshing Machine, and Moline Plow. It was headquartered in Hopkins, MN and had plants on Lake Street at Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, in Hopkins, and Moline, IL.
Plainsburg Road, heading south from Le Grand Road.
Plainsburg Road, heading south from Le Grand Road.
Credit: mouse from merced
This is what the place looks like on the approach from Planada, MN.
Main St., Hopkins, MN.
Main St., Hopkins, MN.
Credit: mouse from merced
I like to be thorough. Everyone probably has seen pix of Minneapolis, though some may have not; and since Moline's not in MN, who cares?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 1, 2013 - 07:31am PT
GOSPEL PLOW

"Gospel Plow"


Mary wore three links of chain
Every link was Jesus name
Keep your hand on that plow, hold on
Oh Lord, Oh Lord, keep your hand on that plow, hold on.

Mary, Mark, Luke and John
All these prophets so good and gone
Keep your hand on that plow, hold on
Oh Lord, Oh Lord, keep your hand on that plow, hold on.v
Well, I never been to heaven
But I've been told streets up there
Are lined with gold
Keep your hand on that plow, hold on
Oh Lord, Oh Lord, keep your hand on that plow, hold on.
Oh Lord, Oh Lord, keep your hand on that plow, hold on.
Oh Lord, Oh Lord, keep your hand on that plow, hold on.



Keep your hand on that belay rope, hold on!
Keep your eyes on that leader, hold on!


Gene

climber
Jul 1, 2013 - 07:33am PT
You're up early today, Mr. Mouse.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 1, 2013 - 07:49am PT


Fred Eaglesmith/Freight Train
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJdL7JvhWfM
Credit: mouse from merced

Joe Diffie/John Deere Green
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gSJtYae8bQ
Let's get down to Cases, boy!  Nothing runs like a Deere.
Let's get down to Cases, boy! Nothing runs like a Deere.
Credit: mouse from merced

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 1, 2013 - 08:11am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Not quite up to 316.8'/sec.

These glamorous fellows were livin' in the fast lane in the last century. Love the quaint clothes, flashy performing.
Stars in the little tiny Playboy universe for a time.
How I wonder what you are.
How I wonder what you are.
Credit: mouse from merced

"Well, Buck, lemme tellya how I come to develop my strain of purple hays. Y'see, there's a toad lives over to Mariposa Crick, way out by the river...Hey, don't go a-chewin' on that straw, Buck. Well, enjoy the ride."
Credit: mouse from merced
Now we're getting up to speed.





mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 1, 2013 - 08:34am PT
Farm Reports, Gene.

And time to go out and shoot Clark, Gray, Red, Merced, and Triple Divide.

Stay tuned.

I believe I'll ride, today.
Gene

climber
Jul 1, 2013 - 08:44am PT
KMJ?
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