Category Archives: Notes to Future Self

notes and miscellanea kept for amusement and further reference – lists, recipes, notices, oddities and secret messages

Towns with culture and interestingness

Towns with culture and interestingness – places with culture and semi-populated:

Portland, OR
Ashville, NC
Santa cruz, CA
Austin, texas
Santa fe, NM
Taos, NM
Telluride, CO
Carbondale, CO
Durango, CO
Mendicino, CA
Morro bay, CA
San louis Obisbo, CA
Bodega bay, CA

small towns with next to nothin but well worth the consideration

Marfa, TX (small town near big bend national park)
Terlingua, TX (ghost town closer to big bend with a surprising amount of culture, music, art, gun slingers, ex patriots, drug smugglers, and random people who come out of the woodwork daily)

Earthship VW Bus Rolls on …

Lowdown: Parked in the ‘back 40’ of my Grandma’s house at 456W 200S, Logan, UT . Go around the barn tothe back area to check it out. It is the big tall blue and white dome bus – well appointed with stickers.

Details: 1974 VW bus with full dome with sleeping and storage up top. Custom insulation, wood panels and bed/cupboard set-up within. 1800cc engine (rebuilt years ago – maybe 1987), Weber progressive carburetor and replaced transmission about 1992.

Story: The “Earthship” has sat since 1993 when I drove it from Vancouver and parked her before going to Japan the second time. The first 4 years were in inside storage shed. In 1996, I started it (without jumping) and drove it to where she sits. Mechanically the bus needs work but inside it dry and in goodshape. The body is mostly rust free (a few scrapes which were sprayed over a few years back). Though the hoses are cracked and tires flattened, it isn’t in much different shape from when I last drove it.

Deal: Since I have to move it out of Granny’s yard and am planning to go to law school somewhere soon, I wish to sell it as-is/where-is for $420. I will come down to haul out any personal belongings and exchange the title. Bear in mind these full dome buses are rare and in good shape have a $3-6,000 market price on eBay.

Bonus: I will leave any spare parts and a copy of the “Idiots Guide to VW” plus the official factory service manual with knowledge on everything from fuses to overhauls. There are even baskets of mountain bike parts and whatnot and a few paintings which may come along with the deal ;-)

Story: I am (admittedly) a bit blue about passing the bus along as I have a heavy emotional investment so to speak. I bought it in 1986 and rolled throughout USA, Canada and Mexico in that van. Slept hundreds of nights while going to University of Utah, dozens on Grateful Dead parking lots, fat tire festivals, held hostage at gunpoint in New Mexico, rolling from east coast metropolises to deep into canyonlands, across prairies, Baja beaches … well you get the idea. I had always planned to fix it up again and again roll on down the road but alas I must deed further adventures to a new captain.

SOLD Sorry folks, ….�

Autzen Stadium – June 24, 1990 | Grateful Dead

Autzen Stadium – June 24, 1990 | Grateful Dead

A few notes on Saunas from Hemp Ed …

SOOTHING SAUNAS AND STEAM ROOMS

If you want to kick it up another notch and raise health benefits to the next level, visit the sauna or steam room following a workout at the local gym. The intense heat stimulates blood circulation near the skin, which triggers more intense sweating, and you may easily shed a pint or more of sweat — along with accompanying fats and toxins — even in a short stay. Saunas and steam rooms are both good for you, though they tend to impact the body in slightly differing ways. According to Dr. Stengler, saunas and steam rooms help wastes exit out through sweat and sebaceous glands. In the end, which you choose is largely a matter of personal taste. Here’s what you can expect from the various options…

1. Steam rooms provide moist heated air.

2.Traditional European-style saunas provide dry and then wet heat when you splash water on hot rocks or a stove to generate steam).

3. Electric saunas provide only dry heat.

Benefits of intense heat and sweating in steam rooms and saunas include flushing of dirt and debris from the skin… general detoxification… pain relief from conditions such as arthritis, backaches and sports injuries by increasing blood circulation and removing accumulated pain-causing acidic metabolites… stress reduction, and an overall sense of relaxation and well-being.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: INFRARED SAUNAS

Dr. Stengler also told me about a relatively new alternative — far infrared saunas. These special saunas harness infrared radiation to heat the skin without warming the air. An infrared sauna usually consists of a wooden box with several infrared heaters, with the box offering the atmosphere of the traditional sauna while heaters emit the actual radiation. People who are fans of infrared radiation point out that it offers the same health benefits as conventional alternatives, but with certain advantages. For example, traditional steam rooms and saunas may be more likely to spread germs because of the moist air, and some people have trouble breathing in air that is very warm. On the other hand, many people enjoy the sensations of relaxation and well-being they more typically associate with sweating out toxins in warm and/or moist air. Once again, it’s a matter of personal preference. Just be careful to avoid over cooking yourself with the penetrating radiant heat.

SAFE SWEATING IN THE SAUNA

Of course, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about using saunas and steam rooms. To safely sweat your way to good health, Dr. Stengler recommends…

* If you are pregnant, or if you suffer high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or other chronic health problems, check with your physician first. Intense heat makes your heart pump faster and raises your pulse rate by 30% to 50%.
* Don’t visit the steam room or sauna if you’re not feeling well, or if you’ve been drinking alcohol, and leave at once if you begin to feel nauseous, dizzy or otherwise unwell. Those on medications should check with their doctor before using a sauna or steam room. You should also avoid wearing jewelry when inside, so it does not get damaged.
* Drink water before and afterward — 12 ounces for every 15 minutes in a sauna — and continue to sip water while inside. Dr. Stengler adds that an electrolyte solution would be even better, and that more effective versions than the usual Gatorade are available from health food stores. Also be sure to have plenty of salt in your system as well, especially if on medication or if you are prone to low blood sodium (a blood test can tell you if you are). Even a short session can result in significant fluid and salt loss, and you don’t want to become dehydrated or sodium deficient.
* Keep it short and sweet. A general rule of thumb is 10 to 15 minutes in the steam room or 20 to 30 minutes in the dry sauna once or twice a week. Dr. Stengler adds that these numbers really depend on individual health, and healthy people can safely stretch their stays to 15 to 20 minutes in the steam room and as long as 60 to 90 minutes (with cooling off breaks every 15 minutes) in the dry sauna and 30 minutes (with a 15-minute break halfway through) in the infrared sauna. Conversely, people with conditions such as high blood pressure will need to keep sessions shorter. When in doubt, consult your physician for advice. Whether you go low-tech with just exercise or high-tech (if relaxing in the sauna can be high-tech) with saunas and steam, sweating is one simple and effective way to contribute to health and fitness. As always, just be sure you go about it safely.

A kind thank you email from a recent event…

I want to thank you again for taking the time to present at the last Speaker Series event for the XXXX.

You are truly an amazing presenter. You have a way of engaging the audience that is uncommonly effective. I noticed that no one left the room while you were speaking and people were standing at the back…relatively transfixed.

This is the second time I have had the opportunity to hear you speak about the little Vancouver social media company that has become an internationally-recognized product with amazing growth.

Really inspirational. And, as a media trainer and presentation trainer, I learned a lot about how to engage an audience by simply telling relevant stories.

Again, thank you for taking the time. It is really appreciated.

Mudhoney rock

Mudhoney Musing (via Miss604.com blog comment)

One point, it’s Mudhoney who were the influential band. Pearl Jam were on the tail end of the musical epoch later called “grunge” and while successful and endearing were hardly influencers to the scene.

Briefly, it was Mark Arm and Steve Turner’s band Green River (which also included members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard who later went on to Pearl Jam after Mother Love Bone) along with pals, The Melvins (also featured Mudhoney’s Matt Lukin) who paved the rock highway from old logging towns like Aberdeen then Olympia then Seattle… and taught young Kurt Cobain how to make the super fuzz noise.

Pearl Jam were relatively late to the game and formed as a new project after the demise of MLB’s singer. While they kept their cred by (trying to) stick it to Ticketmaster, PJ were a major label stadium mainstream success rather than sell-out-proof artists like Mudhoney who constantly dig things their way and turned down major label money (note: singer Mark Arm is the shipping clerk at Subpop HQ to this day).

I’ll be going for sure but wanted to point out the brilliance of Mudhoney who never really got (nor sought) the credit they deserve. I’ve seen them a dozen times over the years and they are unbelievable to witness.

Only the paranoid survive…

ya i will for sure.  i walk past it almost everyday.  just around the corner from my pad.  another really great bar that dylan thomas drank himself to death at is called “the white horse tavern”  one of nyc’s oldest bars.  it’s another block away.  i’m going to set us up on a really cool tour of neato places to go see and do.  way better then any tour you sit on a bus for.  and the great part is that it’s all walking so we can start out with a special pit stop on my terrace, then head out, and come back again for another pit stop etc…  just doing it walking down the street here will land you in trouble and they won’t let you out until monday, no judges work the weekend.  they’re like crazy here.  they run around in ‘fake’ taxi cabs that are actually cop cars.  and they come up out of nowhere.  i’ve been smart about it all.  the paranoid survive.

Seratonin and walks in nature…

“You are a creative in a field that requires some degree of quota and productivity. At the end of the day, some days you are all used up.

Give yourself pats on the back over little successes.

Understand that your bodies natural need to make happy signalers like serotonin (sp) dip when your body is barraged with outside serotonin producers. So your funk might be fake.

You already do my #1 happy producers. Walk in nature.

Most Influential BC-ers: Nobody said democracy *always* works

Joe Shithead and Bev Davies

The Vancouver Sun conducted a multi-tiered survey to vote for the most influential BC residents ever. The end results are skewed to people how have active constituencies who’ll get out the vote – and that’s all right with me.

The results include an eclectic list of artists, renegades, rebels, world-changers and mudrackers which reminds me why i am pleased to live here.

Way to go Joe of DOA (a personal hero) who truly rallied his gangs of reprobates to actually participate in the campaign – apparently a tactic the Sun had failed to consider ;-) instead it seems hoping that normal poltical voting apathy would cross over to this effort.

Here’s what Paul Bucci  (deputy managing editor) cobbled together to (somewhat begrudgingly) announce the accolade:

According to VancouverSun.com voters, the most influential British Columbian is musician, Joey Keithley, lead singer of the punk rock band DOA.

And while that is interesting, does it truly represent the province’s most influential citizen, greater than, say, Terry Fox or Emily Carr or W.A.C. Bennett, to name just a few? The results aroused our curiosity, and we found that Sudden Death Record’s web site included a link to our voting form and urged Keithley fans to “vote once, vote often.”

How often? Well, out of 2,912 votes cast for Keithley, some 1,268 votes were from IP addresses that registered multiple votes. In fact, one single IP address alone recorded 843 votes for Keithley. So here is our list, warts and all.

What does it say about us? It says we like musicians, truly heroic people like Terry Fox, environmentalists, entertainers, athletes and iconoclasts.

Here’s the full Top 10 List:

1. Joey Keithley

Bev Davies' 144 Punk Rock Photos 1979-1984

2. Terry Fox

3, David Suzuki

4. Michael J. Fox

5. Ross Rebagliati

ross regbliatti at 2002 olympics

6. Emily Carr

7. Rick Hansen

8. Peter ‘Dr. Peter’ Jepson-Young

9. Joni Mitchell

10. Marc Emery

Marc Emery awaits extradition to the USA

See all 219 vote-getters (including notables like Randy Bachman, WAC Bennet, Pam Andersen, Steve Nash, Cap’n Vancouver, Trevor Linden, Bryan Adams, Sarah Maclachlan, Douglas Coupland (not Copeland as printed), etc….)