Sunday, November 28, 2021
Well, I am still alive and I don't have covid. Two tests, including a ridiculous gauntlet run at Walgreens. Serious cold and bronchitis but hopefully the z-pac will work soon and I am back on the mend. I have not been writing, brain has not been functioning quite right, bit of a fog. A lot of thoughts and things that I would normally note and discuss have now officially met their due date and have free spooled into space, never to return. Sleep and soup, you know the drill.
I packed my van for the next show today. I am feeling very optimistic about my prospects which means it will probably suck and I will fall flat on my face but I suppose that the possibility of "killing it" or doing very well also exists. Last show was great and things are lining up well.
My barber is a Guatemalan, Mario. You don't just get a haircut there.
You get an expert straight razor cut, eyebrow trim, hot towel, back massage, the whole bit, for around twenty bucks.
And the guys take their time and do a really nice job. I remember my first haircuts in Juarez as a kid.
We would cross the border and get them for a nickel, I think and get a piece of chicle at the end for good measure. Mexican barbers are cool.
I liked my old hair cutter but these guys are tops. I think the owner's name is Chuy. Give them a shot. Yo soy muy guapo.
He also sends a very cool Zatoichi video.
Really smart toaster from 1949.
The writer Ann Patchett wrote a thoughtful piece about poisoning herself with magic mushrooms while trying to assist a dying friend. I sympathize. While I suppose that psychedelics can be recreational, I always knew that trips could also get very heavy and god knows that I have had my share of the super intense ones.
A friend of mine once took acid in my presence and it was her first time and her stepfather's past sexual abuse of her came tumbling out of her completely suppressed subconscious in a very painful way. Changed her life dramatically and that included a stint in an institution and a divorce. Rattled her foundations fundamentally. Was probably not a good idea to trip. Some things go to the big closet for a reason.
Nothing to trifle with and not for everybody, that is for damn sure. Ask Mike Tyson, who experienced a mythical death on toad venom.
Idiots thought a covid party was a good idea. Now they are on respirators.
Fallbrook mom takes great trip with kids. Great mom, I know the dad, who is also cool.
Best inbounds pass ever.
Elisabeth Achelis had an idea for a better calendar.
Achelis endorsed a calendar of twelve months made up of four equal quarters of thirteen weeks, or ninety-one days. “Each year begins on Sunday, January 1,” she explained; every quarter begins on a Sunday, and ends on a Saturday. “Every year is comparable to every other year; and what is of utmost importance, days and dates always agree.” If you were born on a Friday, your birthday would always fall on a Friday. In deliberations at the League of Nations, the World Calendar beat out many rivals, including a proposal for a year of four thirty-five-day months plus eight twenty-eight-day months, and proposals for a five-, six-, and ten-day week.
Michael Hogg comes off like a complete buffoon. I look forward to finishing the film when I have time.
I love George, he was always my favorite Beatle but I have sympathy for Paul because everything he tried was met with suspicion from the oversensitive guitarist.
John comes off as very self absorbed and patronizing towards George. No wonder Harrison was done.
I might play hooky Tuesday and go bird watching, take a day off while I can get it. Enjoy the week and what is left of your Sunday. Hannukah is early this year. Happy holiday to my hebrew friends.
Friday, November 26, 2021
All of the DNA companies are good, Family Tree is the first one I joined and my go to. It has the largest Jewish database in the market and this has allowed me to find 29,624 cousins to date through this particular test.
I never thought I would see these tests get this cheap. You might want to give it a whirl.
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Thankfully my fever broke this morning. I think it is just a bad cold, flu or bronchitis but we will see, make sure it is not a breakthrough case. Still have taste and smell. I have been vaccinated but was waiting on my booster. Fingers crossed. Have another show next week in Glendale. I am going to call my doctor Seymour as soon as I get my test results and see if he can help me with this tsoris.
Definitely thankful for a wife who is taking care of me and making me soup. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and stay well.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
They stuck me up in a cherry picker and I took the shot.
They were going to leave me up there for the day but instead eventually bounced me down.
April insisted I stick myself in the group shot so I did. Magic of photoshop.
I sold well and I bought well this weekend. The lady from Phoenix who had a booth next to mine got covid and couldn't come so I expanded to forty feet and the booth looked very impressive.
I also unfortunately brought home a really bad cold. Need to unpack and then run home to bed. Will share more later.
Monday, November 15, 2021
Due to the pandemic, I have not exhibited at a show in Santa Barbara for almost two years, this should be a wonderful event if you like art and antiques, lots of fresh merchandise and a lot of energy built up.
It always has an exceptional group of dealers and you couldn't ask for a lovelier town to work in. Masks are required.
Hopefully I will see you there.
The amount of anti vaccers for flu now resembles the anti covid numbers.
From Business Insider:
Sunday, November 14, 2021
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It is not an easy read but it is thought provoking. Could it be that we have been devolving in some way since we have forsaken our more primitive ways?
Societies were categorized by evolutionary stage on the basis of their mode of food production and economic organization, with full-fledged states taken to be the pinnacle of progress.
But it was also possible to think that the Neolithic Revolution was, all in all, a bad thing. In the late nineteen-sixties, ethnographers studying present-day hunter-gatherers in southern Africa argued that their “primitive” ways were not only freer and more egalitarian than the “later” stages of human development but also healthier and more fun.
Apparently some early indigenous cultures also did not take kindly to following other people's rules. Hmmm, I get it. And maybe we know much less about humanity's past than we think we do.
“Nowadays, most of us find it increasingly difficult even to picture what an alternative economic or social order would be like,” they write. “Our distant ancestors seem, by contrast, to have moved regularly back and forth between them. If something did go terribly wrong in human history—and given the current state of the world, it’s hard to deny something did—then perhaps it began to go wrong precisely when people started losing that freedom to imagine and enact other forms of social existence.”
This wasn’t a matter of sheer forgetfulness, they say. It was by design. At least some of the Indigenous inhabitants of the Americas, they tell us, were bewildered and appalled by the strange European custom of giving and taking orders. Their judgments were widely circulated in the Europe of the early Enlightenment, where Indigenous people were often featured in dialogues meant to criticize the status quo. At the time, they were typically dismissed as the rhetorical sock-puppetry of canny European heretics. For how could “Natives” credibly engage with political constitutions or deliberate over consequential decisions?
“The Dawn of Everything” makes a persuasive case that what was passed off as Indigenous criticism of European political thinking was, in fact, Indigenous criticism of European political thinking. These Indigenous objections could be safely deflected only if they were seen as European ventriloquism, not ideas from another adult community with alternative values.
Unfortunately there appears to be no going back.
If we accept that the rise of agriculture meant the rise of the state—of political élites and intricate structures of power—then all we can do is tinker around the edges. Even if we regard the Paleolithic era as a garden paradise, we know that our reëntry is forever barred. For one thing, the requirements of hunting and gathering could support only some trivial fraction of the earth’s current population. A life under government control now seems inescapable.
Damn. Of course the primitive cultures were not homogeneous either, even neighboring cultures.
In a 1903 essay, the anthropologists Marcel Mauss and Henri Beuchat described the routine organizational reversals in Inuit communities. These groups spent their summers fishing and hunting in small cohorts under the possessive—and coercive—authority of a single male elder. Graeber and Wengrow describe how then, as the winter brought an influx of walruses and seals to the shore, “the Inuit gathered together to build great meeting houses of wood, whale rib and stone,” where “virtues of equality, altruism and collective life prevailed. Wealth was shared, and husbands and wives exchanged partners.”
In the Pacific Northwest, men of rank among the Kwakiutl held lavish, greasy potlatches and took war captives as slaves; their neighbors to the south of the Klamath River, the Yurok, prized restraint and self-denial, and committed themselves to modes of subsistence that rendered slavery, which they found morally repugnant, unnecessary.
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Michael Flynn says that America needs to be a land with only one religion under god. Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel says that he is with him.
And Mandel's opponent is making Mandel's Jewish religion a talking point in his campaign. Now, which of these guys is a bigger slimeball?
"In terms of antisemitism, all I did in an ad was pointed out that Josh is going around saying he's got the Bible in one hand and the constitution in the other. But he's Jewish,” Pukita said. “Everybody should know that though, right?"
Pukita was referring to a radio ad created by his campaign that criticized Mandel for courting evangelical Christians and frequently visiting churches on the campaign trail.
“Are we seriously supposed to believe the most Christian-values Senate candidate is Jewish?” a voice actor asks in Pukita’s radio ad. “I am so sick of these phony caricatures.”
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Last week a blue whale was spotted off Newport and we were hoping to see one.
We took the afternoon boat as they are usually more flexible on time if you get into anything really good.
We got to the boat and people were pretty glum, the earlier boat had been skunked.
Not to worry, we told the folks at Oceanside adventures. The Sommers are good luck.
And we are, the last three trips have been truly epic.
We had new crew on this boat, two young ladies and a different captain than we are used to.
They got word that a big pod had been spotted but it was way out there.
The captain said that we were going to dispense with the routine sea lion and seal part of the ride and jet out to the pod as fast as we could.
It was a nice calm day.
The action was supposedly about ten miles out, it actually was over twelve. But we did land ourselves in a super common dolphin pod, the captain estimated that it was over twenty five hundred dolphin in total. Probably the second largest group we have ever encountered.
We also spotted three humpbacks and really enjoyed their show.
We spent a considerable amount of time watching a mother cavort around with her calf.
I did not have the long lens on so I didn't really get any super awesome shots but enjoyed myself thoroughly nonetheless.
Was content to look and enjoy.
The trip just makes me want to get back out there and nail it. One of these days I will get what my friend KJ calls the money shot, that is if I am lucky enough.
Took a few extra minutes and watched the sun go down.
It was a perfect day. Can't beat getting out on the water.
Not sure I would have the courage to do it but it looks like quite a rush.
Heidi in the cage video.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Will just got back from a trip to Detroit helping a client with a museum bequest. Looks lovely there right now too.
These shots were taken one day apart, before and after the frost.
Lena sends this over - Minnesota police break up brawling bald eagles.
Bread from Acorns - Terry DeWald offers a 1933 film on native basketry.
Camilla can't stop talking about Biden's fart.
*Ron Bushy. Millard was a big fan and sends this over:
Ron Bushy…1942 - 2021
Monday, November 8, 2021
Afterwards we drove up to Lake Wohlford and had a short hike on the Osprey Trail. So pretty up there.
Definitely the best architectural setting for dining I can think of in North County. Located above the Lexus dealership, I really recommend it for the special occasions in your life.
We were both still stuffed from our afternoon repast so we split everything, a farmer's salad with strawberries, goat cheese and mandarins, an ahi dish and a bacon wrapped filet. Could not have been better.
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