[img] At Malibu’s 57°F water temperature…

At Malibu’s 57°F water temperature, you begin to lose dexterity in 10 to 15 minutes without a (or with a faulty) wetsuit. A dawn patrol zipper check by a surfing partner goes way beyond simply ensuring your modesty if you wipe out and get rag dolled.
March 12, 2018 at 06:35PM
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[img] What if we could ride all the waves?

What if we could ride all the waves?
What if the world was safe
for everything we are?
What if we could exchange
every turn we’ll ever take
for one North Star?
March 11, 2018 at 08:11PM
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[img] egrets, i’ve never known

egrets, i’ve never known
March 11, 2018 at 01:18PM
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[track] Counting (20180310.3)

What if we could ride all the waves
What if the world was safe
for everything we are
What if we could exchange
Every turn we’ll ever take
For one true North Star

Counting on lightning
Counting on dreaming
Counting on sleeping sometime soon
Counting on one plan
Counting on another hand
(and I’m still) Counting on counting on you

What if we could live on a cloud
above the rain
where stars are the only lights
But you need stable ground
your wings need a break
You carry me through the sky

Sometimes the faster you hold on
To each other
The faster you drift apart

[track] Riding the D with Casey and Bob (20180310)

RIP Bob Jacks

[img] Canyon topography dictates, never submits.

Canyon topography dictates, never submits. Roads narrow as you elevate, and many end w/out warning around blind curves. But where asphalt ends, paths often snake off into the brush under Right-of-Access signs, leading to semi-secret spots that always seem to be expecting you.
March 09, 2018 at 05:46PM
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[img] certified creature

“There’s this store where the creatures meet / I wonder what they do in there…” wrote Jim Morrison in Love Street. The “store” is the Canyon Country Store, and Mr Mojo lived w/ his gf Pam just behind on Rothdell Trail. I’m a 10 min walk, and now a certified creature.
March 08, 2018 at 06:06PM
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Into Endless Blue [20180308.8a]

1/2 way up the hill
is a long way down
to extend your horizon
to wave away clouds

Into the great unknown
Into endless blue
1/2 way up the hill
was the best we could do

where calm clear sky
is the everyday
no wonder the sun
yearns to steal away

into the great unknown
into endless blue
1/2 way up the hill
was the best we could do

echoes of times
when we were strong
swirled into good bye
after so longs

what keeps you alive
is not the same
as what makes you live
or what flies away

[img] volcanic splendor over Mount Olympus

The east side of Laurel Canyon slopes up to a neighborhood named Mount Olympus, where you can find yourself at the corner of Electra and Jupiter after a left on Apollo off Oceanus. The sun often rises in volcanic splendor over Mount Olympus in LA. Who would’ve thought?
March 07, 2018 at 05:04PM
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Need To Be (20180307.3b)

Picture a house with no mirrors,
where you never need to see
your self as a reflection,
you just need to be.

There’s no such thing as slowing down
speed is only how far
you feel you are in time

There’s no such thing is getting old
age is only how long
you think you are in time

There’s no such thing as living alone
bonds are just as strong
you know we are in time

some pain is not a window, but a wall
you build so no one can see you
and you can’t see out at all

There’s no such thing as giving up
life is just as long as
you don’t think in time

[track] this canyon drive (20180307.3a)

well I’m climbing up this Canyon drive
high enough to see across time
to the days where you and I
had nothing to leave behind
up here, on this Canyon drive

a thousand feet up in the sky
on a one-lane two-way graded switchback ride
we opened up and saw ourselves from outside
and knew we wanted no other life
up here, on this Canyon drive

down in the Valley a relentless pursuit of dreams
in every shadow a sorrow and a scheme
a world designed to keep us from coming alive
far away from all the light that shines
up here, on this Canyon drive

what price wouldn’t you pay
to let nothing get in your soul’s way
to quiet dark echoes of unlived lives
at least up here there’s hope you’ll find
peace on this Canyon drive

[img] Jonathan Livingston Chicken

Jonathan Livingston Chicken lives across from our cottage. Every evening, between 5 and 6, Jonathan escapes his coop, hops on his roadside fence, clucks proud, and flies up an adjacent tree. “I’m a chicken with a hawk soul,” he tells me. “They don’t prey on me.”
March 03, 2018 at 09:37PM
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[img] “Silvery teardrops trickling down my windshield…” [Warren Zevon, ‘Steady Rain’]

“Silvery teardrops trickling down my windshield…” [Warren Zevon, ‘Steady Rain’]
March 02, 2018 at 11:28AM
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[img] quantum parking

LA parking laws dictate behavior on a quantum level, because if everyone here decided to park at the same time, our universe’s space-time continuum upends.
February 26, 2018 at 11:44PM
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[img] ‘57 Bel Air Surf Wag

‘57 Bel Air Surf Wag

pitted chrome evidence
salt-air daybreak wave breaks
hidden bluff parking
rusty impact zone survivor

does the dream come
with the car,
or with the car,
comes a dream?
February 25, 2018 at 06:11PM
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[img] pit master

Pit master @catmthomas, Dutchess of Artichoke, betrothed to the Duke of Zucchini, sears an Ahi tuna filet under Laurel Canyon twilight.
February 24, 2018 at 11:21PM
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[img] blueberry death wish

“Careful,” a soft voiced young woman walking north on Lankershim Blvd admonished in passing, fixing her gaze on me as we crossed paths. “I spilled my blueberries down the street by the death wish.”
February 22, 2018 at 09:57PM
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[img] “Keep on keepin’ on, man…”

It’s a letdown to see this in Southern California, but I get that “Keep on keepin’ on, man,” didn’t fit on the sign.
February 21, 2018 at 03:24PM
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[img] serenity takes

serenity takes
a coastal canyon ridge walk
ancient lines
still remain
to see beyond the horizon
February 18, 2018 at 07:20PM
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[img] pet rock w/ @catmthomas

pet rock w/ @catmthomas
February 17, 2018 at 07:54PM
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