Thursday, July 31, 2008

das houseboot

Hello. Sausalito staycation coming to a close. :-(
Walking around on the docks, one can observe that the nautical theme is big when it comes to decorating houseboats; these pix were taken inside the boat A&R have been on this past week.
The weather’s been just ideal…sunny, breezy, and fresh during the day, and starry skies at night. Last night the Big Dipper was perfectly framed in the archway of our gate. Could u hollish from that?!
Ok peoples, non tour will b back on land with internet tomorrow, stay tuned for full staycation pix and reportage and crazy linky-dinkies.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

saus is boss

Hello. Staycation Day#6. Houseboat living rules! Organic beets and lettuce grown in Bolinas at Star Route Farm rules! Obama bumper stickers rule!

One more staycation-day, then Non Tour will be back in full shwing. Bye u all.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

flowers,yachts,halibut,corvettes and things

Hello. Staycation Day#5. Still enjoying sunny Sausalito.The houseboat rocks! In fact, it rocks so much we r wearing sea bands on our wrists.
Rode bikes to Mill Valley for lunch, where the hills r still alive with the sound of construction. As a very clever song writer once said, "yeah, it all looks real pretty from here." He got THAT right.
2 more days of staycation to go. How's all my ppl doin'?

Monday, July 28, 2008

day 4 staycation

Hello everybody! We're bumpin' booties havin' us a ball y'all. I'd love 2 chat n' link n' all, but the internet on the housebootay is iffy so better i just say hi and bye. More later when back on land. How's everybody doin'?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

aint nothin' but a party!

Hello from Sausalito. More pix and news later, just checking in with u all rite now. How's everybody doin'?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

just b4 the sun goes down, along the sea highway...

...the hills turn pink and, everything, way out west. And speaking of steep hills, this just in.
And speaking of Sausalito, A and R will be stay-cationing there for the next few days. Stay tuned for stay-cation pix!
No tour or shows or anything...2busy feeling 2 full after dinner.
And how YOU doin'?

Monday, July 21, 2008

hi ho steverino

Hello. Today is Steve Albini's birthday. Happy birthday Steve! Have a nice day! Maybe u'll take a walk,or play your guitar, or shoot some pool, or maybe take a trip with your mates, or, knowing u, u'd like to get a little work done, maybe have some tea and toast. Then u'll blow out the candles on your cake. And i'll always remember the time i saw u in Big Black at the I-Beam in SanFrancisco.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

mural mural on the wall

Hello. U r looking at the inside of the Beach Chalet. That bright stuff coming in thru the windows is sunlight, i think. It hasnt been sunny in Sam Fram 4 so long, i kinda 4get what it's like.
The good news is that the smoke from all the wildfires seems 2 b clearing out. But clearing out to where? I red that the smoke plume is over 1500 miles long and has reached Nebraska. Sorry u 'braskans and all those along the way.
No tour or shows or anything...2busy getting ready to watch this.
And how YOU doin'?

rok-u like a hurricane

Hello. And speaking of rocks, hope u r liking yours, Sunshine!
It's freezing cold and foggy in Sam Fram, but i guess i'd choose that over hot and humid. Like Jr. Grenadier said, "beat the heat." Maybe u r outdoors today, having a picnic or a cook-out .
No tour or shows or anything...2busy bundling up in preparation for leaving the house.
And how YOU doin'?

Friday, July 18, 2008

mimsy farmers

san rafael farmers' mkt

Hello. Went to the farmers' market at the Civic Center in San Rafael. Click on the pic then click slideshow 4 pix in large 4mat.
Woodja getta look at these blueberries? I love u CCOF.
While at the market i told BFF Rich, "please dont ever ask me to move away from Northern Cali." And BFF Rich said 2 me, "I wont, if u promise never 2 ask me 2 move 2 Long Island."
We had the best time sitting on the ground in the sun while we shared a fresh organic Mexican brunch from Donna's Tamales. The to-go tapioca we had later at home was so good i (almost) wanted 2 poke my eye out with my spoon. It was vegan, made with organic coconut milk, and i added blueberries, blackberries and rasperries on top. Aye carumba!
We bought two kinds of Barlovento chocolate bars, my favorite one has sea salt sprinkles. HELLo. And of course, pizza and bread from Panorama. Click that little horizontal arrow at the bottom of their page to see all their different offerings go by.
Well, no tour or shows or anything...2busy learning the Wedding March on my accordion.
And how YOU doin'?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

let there b light


Hello. Rode my bike to meet my friend Linda at the de young museum this morning 2 see the Chihuly exhibit. Click on the pic then click slideshow 2 view pix in large 4mat.
I was glad we'd decided 2 meet early;by the time we were finished looking, the place was packed with hundreds of museum-goers.
Linda wore the cutest shoes, and so did I (except hers were blue and silver, and mines were black satin).
And now i'm back home, doing the b-word.
No tour or shows or anything...2busy with my nose pushed up against the window-pane.
And how YOU doin'?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

mr stim says

Hello. ONE of us got some serious ink 2day. Holla BFF!
On the way home from yoga class this sunny afternoon, i drove by the Legion of Honor where i saw something extraordinary sparkling in the light. More on this wonderfulness tomorrow.
No tour or shows or anything...2busy eating chocolate.
And how YOU doin'?

Monday, July 14, 2008

sea of love

Hello. 2day i (sadly) felt autumn sneak up on my ass.
No tour or shows or anything...2busy spending 2much time looking 4 pic of a donkey in autum leaves.
And how YOU doin'?

Sunday, July 13, 2008

spinning wheel, got 2go 'round

Hello. Can u tell that here at the Angel House, we like multi-tasking? Killing 2 birds with one stone is better than having a bird in your bushes. Or in your flowers. Wait, is that how that goes? Anyway, who wants 2 kill a bird? Not me.
No tour or shows or anything...2busy eating frozen grapes while listening to something on the radio that sounds like the Last Poets but i dont think it is.
And how YOU doin'?

sunday morning, and i'm...

...uh, drooling.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

more songs about (buildings and) food

Hello. Whew. After eating an entire pizza, AND a side dish of yellow beets, steamed beet-tops, and toast with goat cheese on top, AND an incredbile slice of raspberry nectarine galette at Pizette 211, I could barely ride my bike back 2 ye olde blogging station.
And speaking of food, last night i dreamed i was in a restaurant whose menu featured items that were named after mx-80 songs, and mx-80 music was being played.
And speaking of music, this is my new favorite myspace band. I like them because they're fruity (nae offense lads) and the drums and percussion are really good, kind of like the drums in Polaris. Remember them? They were an instrumental-only band, and opened some shows for Spiritualized(more than)a few years ago. I used 2 like 2 take ppl who didnt know about Spiritualized to their shows. I remember taking Mike Wyren to one, and maybe it was the incessant strobe or relentless light show, but after a coupla songs he says 2 me "I dont have 2 take this shit" and walked out. Sorry, mate!
And speaking of crazy events, tonite there is a womens' roller derby at Fort Mason in the Herbst Pavillion, which is an an odd place to have it(roller derby is kinda low-brow for Fort Mason).
No tour or shows or anything...2busy growing my hair long.
And how YOU doin'?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

i've shot at clouds from both sides now

Hello. Here's what's disturbing me currently. I dont even know what 2 say about this, so let's just move on with our lives.

Talked to Bruce Anderson this afternoon. He told me that the house next door 2 his mother's house in Indiana has recently been determined 2b haunted and that tech crews with all kinds of ghost-detecting equipment were coming and going at the house.
I asked Bruce what his mother thought about the whole thing and apparently she said something like "i aint afraid of no ghost."

2day is the first day in about 3 weeks that the sky is not glowing orange-ish, due 2 all the wildfires in northern cali. Because the winds have picked up, the air quality in our immediate area is improving, which is good for us but not good for the firefighters. I red 2day that they've gone from working 24 hour shifts to 48 and even 72 hour shifts.

No tour or shows or anything...2busy being serious.

And how YOU doin'?

friendly fire

Hello. I just finished reading a fascinating account of monks fighting the fire in Big Sur. Except they dont say they r "fighting". Read it here.
And here's another hot place. Dont u wanna go there? I found out about it thru NORTH FORK SOUND. U remember that the No Fo link has recently been added to my list, right? Super shout-out to HT for excellent reportage. More please!
No tour or shows or anything...2busy swimming laps.
And how YOU doin'?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

it's a lonely ol' night, can i put my arm around u?

Hello. For days i've been walking around singing that john cougar mellonball song,u know, "custom-made 4 2 lonely ppl like me and u" and all that. Then in today's mail, this "single" showed up. U cant actually play it, it's a cardboard ad for his new release, produced by tbone burnett. I kinda like JCM. (But then again, i like double-hernias).(Sorry, old chuck barris joke).

Johnny's got that american sound down and i'm down with that american sound. Dass why i also like tom petty, the georgia satellites, and the cars. I know what you're thinking: why put the cars in there? Because they sound very american too. Not that i'm patriotic or anything like that. I've just always preferred the US sound over the UK sound. As in, the british invasion left me cold.(Nae offense my teabag amigos).

No tour or shows or anything...2busy checking and re-checking this.

And how YOU doin'?

Sunday, July 06, 2008

well i'm walkin', yes indeed, and i'm talkin', yes indeed, and i'm hopin', that u'll come back2me

Hello. These pix were taken on a walk around the Land's End area. Oh say can u see what the coyote is saying? And check out those seat covers. Ya gotta love surfers, right? (Except the "dont live here dont surf here" dummies).
And speaking of empty seats, can u believe that no one will sit next 2 BFF Rich on the bus? Why is that? I dont understand. He's not smelly, he doesnt stare at folks, he doesnt talk 2 himself, he just sits there quietly reading his Kindle.
And yet...
twice a week this happens. Ppl would rather stand up the whole way downtown than sit next 2 him. I dont get it. I mean, it's not like he's one sick puppy. (I'm sorry i had to use the term "one sick puppy". I dont like hearing ppl say it, but i wanted 2 use the picture).
No tour or shows or anything..2busy trying 2 wake my butt up. It's alseep from sitting here blogging.
And how YOU doin'?

Saturday, July 05, 2008


Hello. The blue hydrangea was Luchino Visconti's favorite flower. I thought u'd want2know.
No tour or shows or anything..2busy "making" toast.
And how YOU doin'?

u my dog

Hello. This is my favorite dog in yesterday's Sausalito 4th of july parade. I decided not 2 use any of the other pix i took...2many white ppl in goofy outfits and wigs. BFF Rich captured cool stuff on his FLIP tho. Maybe he'll send me a clip of the(white)couple who looked like they had just stepped out of a Max Ernst painting(tried 2 link 2 the perfect Ernst pic, but NO! "forbidden". BFF Rich just told me u r more likely to run into that sitch when trying 2 link 2 fine art pix.) Then there was the very tall(white)guy on roller skates carrying his big(white)cockatiel, looking like he just stepped out of maybe a Kenny Scharf painting? Maybe a cross between Dali and Scharf?

Mmmmmm, look at this picture i just came across while looking at Kenny's work. I think the idea of eating donuts is always better than actually eating the donuts. I remember the first time i ate a Krispy Kreme with BFF Rich in Reno, i wasnt even half-way thru it and i wanted more. I think it was a crack-donut.
No tour or shows or anything...2busy listening to the refrigerator.
And how YOU dopin'? Oops! Funny typo. Well, ok, then, how YOU dopin'?

Friday, July 04, 2008

go fourth

Hello. I cant get my Sausalito 4th of July parade pix to upload, but here's a cute picture 4 u 2 look at until tomorrow when maybe i'll have better luck. Careful with those fireworks, y'all!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

to big sur with love

Hello. Today is the worst day yet for the 2 week-old Basin Complex fire. The winds have picked up, and on top of that, the fire is spreading at night, rather than remaining the same size it was during the day. As George Carlin would say, "weird." My heart goes out to the firefighters, who r looking so tired and dejected. They say they will be fighting the Basin fire throughout the rest of july.

OK, let's move on to some good news. Non-Tour has added a new link, NORTH FORK SOUND. U r gonna love it. I know I do, especially the entry where Lemmy Kilmeister tells a "joke"!
U simply would not believe how foggy it is at the beach right now. Fog is rolling down our street in unprecedented proportions.
No tour or shows or anything...2busy working on some new music.
And how YOU doin'?

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

cliff hanger

Hello. The air quality here in Sam Fram improved 2day so i took a walk along the beach past the Cliff House.
(Thanx 4 link, Kimba!)
And speaking of Kimba, on my walk back 2 Fort Mason after meeting Kimba 4 lunch today, i passed a dog owner who was having difficulty getting his(offleash)dog, Mack, to come to him. They were quite a ways away from one another. So i lured Mack to his owner with a pizza i had just bought at Greens for BFF Rich's dinner 2nite. At Rich's office in Berkeley, employees r allowed 2 bring their dogs 2 work.
The Basin Complex fire in Big Sur is still burning. The fire is over 1 week old, and firefighters today called it a "raging animal." It is expected to be contained near the end of July. Contained doesnt mean extinguished, it only means the fire is no longer spreading.
No tour or shows or anything...2busy turning on the oven.
And how YOU doin'?

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

you'll wonder where the yellow went when u brush your teeth with pepsodent

There r alot of teeth in this photo, n'est-ce pas? And speaking of teeth, we r not recommending getting your teeth worked on, then going out right after for a fish and salad lunch. Hey, that looks a little like my first husband.

And speaking of my first husband, i have to send him an email telling him to watch this movie. He would really like it. Wow was it good. Extra Good.
I loved Bruges when i was there. So civilized. So very beautiful. Oh wait, that may not have been Bruges. I might be thinking of Diest (Hello Cleveland!) Well, i cant remember where it was but i know i liked it. The ACC band played a festival near there (wherever "there" was/is) and we walked into a town that had lots of gothic buildings and there was a tiny carnival going on. As if that wasnt surreal enough, there were twin sisters working one of the rides. We had George Earth with us, and he looked at the twins and they looked at him, and well, u get the picture.
No tour or shows or anything...2busy with the dental floss.
And how YOU doin'?