Category Archives: nstgrm

[img] clouds over LA

clouds over LA dance alone, between skies
March 26, 2018 at 08:00PM
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[img] “Great Scott, Westy!”…

“Great Scott, Westy! Make sure your parents and Cat are nowhere near the Clock Tower when the lightning bolt strikes. 1.21 gigawatts is heavy!”
“Doc, I gotta tell you something!”
“Not now, Westy. Just make sure your parents meet. Your future depends on it!”
March 20, 2018 at 05:21PM
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[img] it’s impossible to desaturate california

it’s impossible to desaturate california
March 17, 2018 at 06:52PM
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[img] Elusive Road

Elusive Road, as mapped by El Goog, is just an echo of the past. Its old concrete slabs degraded beneath my feet, and ended in impenetrable overgrowth on the ridge line. A double-back at the 2K mark of a 5K isn’t such a letdown, tho, when this is the view you get twice.
March 15, 2018 at 07:23PM
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[img] PCH

The PCH has more in common with its [P]acific than its [H]ighway. Relentless yet frozen, oceans & certain roads are living snapshots of eras, and yet reveal our future. Neon road signs and crashing waves are forms of ephemerality. All is transit. Nothing is [C]oast.
March 13, 2018 at 12:00AM
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[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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[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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[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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[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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