News From May 2012

Continued Prowling in Huntington Beach

Slinking along stealing morsels of time in little squares.
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"We are battling fanatics who kidnap and behead civilians and shoot fleeing children in the back. There can be no dialog with such people, and the American people understand this." -Kay Bailey Hutchison
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Catalina interlude: Leviathan lurks, the Giant Sea Bass contemplates snapping up this tasty morsel of a child.
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Now through Bolsa Chica where a dolphin was trapped recently. But all we saw were these graceful Elegant Terns swooping and diving for fishy critters.
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You know you're old when you are birdwatching.
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The place where I try to walk once a day to get me away from the damn chair I'm chained to in either my office or studio...
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You run into the coolest people. Mike Manzoori.
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Deanna and I were tripping on this girl. Clearly this man was hired to mop the bench. You can see the water on both sides of this woman LAYING DOWN on it while this guy works. That means he started on one side and worked his way to the other and she never even had one thought that she should move so he could finish his job. That is how white people treat Mexicans in HB.
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Lots of boobly moms with their little kids cruising around. Exhibit A.
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Exhibit B.
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"I had hoped you would protest, but please don't argue." -Lotte Lehmann
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Inside the lair of Captain Soncho.
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"Attention on the pier. Dogs are not permitted on the pier."
"Attention on the pier. Skateboarding is not permitted on the pier."
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"A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid." -J. R. R. Tolkien
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"Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise." -Christopher Columbus
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"Exercise is one of the best ways in preventing the rapid growth of obesity in America." -Lee Haney
Posted May 25th, 2012 by Yeah, running into some people too.
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Lurking in my Hometown

Diligent walking of the Huntington Beach Pier.
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Anyone remember Brad Hayes? He's a security guard at Perq's bar now!
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"Day: A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent." -Ambrose Bierce
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"Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase." -Charles Caleb Colton
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"Another term for balloon is bad breath holder." -Demetri Martin
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"I am Armenian, so of course I am obsessed with laser hair removal! Arms, bikini, legs, underarms... my entire body is hairless." -Kim Kardashian
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Deanna in the South Coast Plaza parking lot...
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"You'll never find your gold on a sandy beach." -Jim Steinman
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"I want to show that the dividing lines between sanity and mental illness have been drawn in the wrong place." -Anthony Storr
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"For too long we have swept the problems of mental illness under the carpet... and hoped that they would go away." -Richard J. Codey
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The fake Matterhorn.
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Passing time by watching young women play beach volleyball in tiny bikinis.
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"I eat a cheeseburger with French fries almost every day." -Cameron Diaz
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"Can I tell you how strange it is to look in your rearview mirror and see guys in cars tailing you?" -David Schwimmer
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"A girl in a bikini is like having a loaded pistol on your coffee table - There's nothing wrong with them, but it's hard to stop thinking about it." -Garrison Keillor
Posted May 22nd, 2012 by Walk while you can young men...
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Images from an idiot abroad

All I know is that I know nothing.
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Glasgow university.
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Kelvingrove, Skatepark, Glasgow U.
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A rare sunny day.
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The obstacles looked fun here.
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Cruising around Glasgow's west end.
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This is inside the Kelvingrove museum. I shot it for Leo Romero, who loves Elvis.
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They have a Van Gogh in there.
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Lets fly up to Hogwarts.
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One of the many courtyards inside the university.
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The scale is immense.
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The have the skeletal remains of a Plesiosaur
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Templeton is a common name in Scotland.
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Leaving Glasgow U and looking over at Kelvingrove...
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Deanna waves hello to you frequent commenters!
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Look Ma! No hair grease!
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My hair grease is down there.
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Deanna has a photo website!
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What happened to TJ?
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McDowell's sent a cease and desist.
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Necropolis is a haven for necrophilia.
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No dreaded sunny days for this cemetery walk.
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If there such a thing as ghosts, this place would be central station.
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The train back down to London.
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In the photography section of the Tate Modern bookstore...
Posted May 17th, 2012 by Sad really.
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Chuffed in London (and Glasgow)

More photographs from my trip to London and Glasgow last month.
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Some Jews on the Queens walk, Southbank, London.
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"All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie." -Bob Dylan
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"If you can't find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks-but never three." -Robert Motherwell
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Crying baby. "One day you are happy and laughing and the next you are crying." -Grete Waitz
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"Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot." -Groucho Marx
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"Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless." -Pras Michel
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This was in Glasgow.
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"Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience." -Randolph Bourne
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The train stopped in Carlisle, UK, and I snapped this man from my seat.
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Back in London, there were racists in the headlines.
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Londoners.
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"Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid." -John Wayne
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"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." -Lao Tzu
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The Glasgow police rides a pale horse.
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"One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude." -Goethe
Posted May 14th, 2012 by Come one come all, marvel at the old time craft.
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Once again in London Town

Take me back to dear old Blighty...
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"A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income." -George Bernard Shaw
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Dumpling or Gyoza making going down in London's Chinatown.
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Some Split-Screen action. (in between two frames)
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A man looking at a Barkley Hendricks painting in the Tate.
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You can see the Tower Bridge in the background.
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"Marry an outdoors woman. Then if you throw her out into the yard on a cold night, she can still survive." -W. C. Fields
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"Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides." -Junichiro Tanizaki
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I say good man...
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"Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature." -Albert Einstein
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"A lot of people like lollipops. I don't like lollipops. To me, a lollipop is hard candy plus garbage. I don't need a handle. Just give me the candy." -Demetri Martin
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"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months." -Oscar Wilde
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"Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating." -Andrea Dworkin
Posted May 11th, 2012 by You never know when it will all be over
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Catalina trip no.1 for 2012

Went for Cinco de Mayo and other things...

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Off from Long Beach for adventure. Passing the Queen Mary.
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Seagull lurking hard on our snacks.
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He liked Have'a Chips, the best chips ever.
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I think one lodged in his throat.
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Nobody anywhere, so nice.
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My first ever sighting of the elusive Giant Black Sea Bass. They used to be caught in abundance off Catalina Island, (see this old photo from 1905) but have since been overfished and are critically endangered. This one was 5 feet long, and probably over 200 pounds.
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It was just lurking under the pier all day taking handouts from people.
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The people from Joe's Rent-a-Boat (The best activity by far on the lsland!) were worried that a kid would leave his/her hand in the water and the fish would think it was some food. This beast could easily pull a 4-year-old into the water.
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Giant Sea Bass documentary Part 1 --- Part 2
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This guy was trying to pet it.
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Mike V was there shredding a mini ramp demo and killing it.
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The sea was calm and the moon was bright and full. We saw dolphins, giant sea bass, bald eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, and leopard sharks. A good day for sure.
Posted May 6th, 2012 by Saw lots of critters...
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Glasgow, Scotland - Mega-Post

Here is my last post of Glasgow photos from our trip in mid-April, scanned from the proof sheet for your lo-fi pleasure.
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"The road to success runs uphill." -Willie Davis
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Glasgow was kind to us, and we are looking forward to going back. The people at Mono, and Good Press were very cool.
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"A person who has not done one half his day's work by ten o clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone." -Emily Bronte
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They hate Billy Marks there.
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A police box by the Cathedral (which closed before we got there.)
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This young man Rory Price stopped me on the street and invited Deanna and me to his studio (a 15 minute walk away) at the Glasgow School of Art. So we went for it.
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"In Royal Exchange Square outside the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art and forming an end to Ingram Street is an equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington by Italian artist Carlo Marochetti, erected in 1844. Capping the statue with a traffic cone has become a traditional practice in the city, claimed to represent the humour of the local population and believed to date back to the first half of the 1980s if not before. The statue is a Category-A listed monument and due to minor damage and the potential for injury that the placing of cones involves, the practice has been discouraged by Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Police in recent years." -Wikipedia
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Rory again...
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Teen Smoker (Sorry I forgot your name man!) in front of Focus Skateshop.
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"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty." -Albert Einstein
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"A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man." -Arnold J. Toynbee
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"A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on." -James Callaghan
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Some skaters who were shredding the park before the rain ruined the sesh.
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Hogwarts, er, Glasgow University.
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"A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education." -George Bernard Shaw
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The Kelvingrove...
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"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense." -Gertrude Stein
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"Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose." -David Brainerd
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The news about secondhand smoke has not reached Glasgow.
Posted May 4th, 2012 by Chamy gan han ho, gimmie chan gan ho
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Glasgow Part 3 - Necropolis

They don't call it a cemetery, it's the city of the dead.
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Died 15 December, 1861, the American Civil War was raging. That statue has no head, but holds only a mask.
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"A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist." -Stewart Alsop
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"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world." -Richard Dawkins
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The dark clouds lumbered upon us, shaking out drops of light rain.
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"Cursed is the man who dies, but the evil done by him survives." -Abu Bakr
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"Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon." -Susan Ertz
Amen sister.
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The necropolis reaches out like a strangling vine, waiting ever so slowly to latch on and slowly smother...
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"Some people are so afraid do die that they never begin to live." -Henry Van Dyke
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"An empty book is like an infant's soul, in which anything may be written. It is capable of all things, but containeth nothing. I have a mind to fill this with profitable wonders." -Thomas Traherne
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"Suicide is man's way of telling God, "You can't fire me - I quit."" -Bill Maher
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"While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die." -Leonardo da Vinci
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"A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election." -Bill Vaughan
Posted May 1st, 2012 by We all will die some day. Make it count.
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