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Maverick's Breaking Earlier This Week, But Contest Not Yet On

Australian surfer Clint Kimmons on Monday.
Photo by Nikki Brooks

Waiting for Mavericks

The World Surf League is waiting for a big enough swell to open this year's contest.
Photo at Mavericks of Anthony Tashnick of Santa Cruz by WSL/Briano . See https://www.brianbielmann.com/for incredible surf photos.

Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) with Springsteen and the E street Band -- SOUL MAN -- At 25th Anniversary of Hall of Fame -- 2009

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTplny76s7M
Have a hit, listen to this, and tell me if you're still holding still about 3 minutes into it.

The entire concert is on Amazon Prime. Buddy Guy! Jeff Beck! Darlene Love! Fogerty!

Witch's Butter

“Witch’s butter,” tremella aurantia, in the woods last week. Said to be edible, but tasteless.

Nifty Little Baja Bug in Oakland


Classic conversions feature fiberglas fenders and hood to reduce weight, among other modifications. When you let air out of tires, can drive on soft sand. Popular throughout Baja.

Friday Night Fish Fry



Last (rainy) Friday night, 5 of us (Dipsea running friends) went over the bridge to San Francisco and had dinner at the R&G Lounge (specializing in deep fried fresh Dungeness crab). then to Vesuvio's bar next to City Lights, which has had like 70 years of good vibes; Patrons that night looked like good people. Pic below is of a little tableau on the wall with miniature figures, maybe 26" wide by 16" tall (can you see the ghostly image at top left?) (Photo by Jakub)

I'm sort of taking a month to get reorganized with my work and at the same time reintegrating myself with the physical world, after a couple of years of being injured, then recovering from shoulder surgery -- let me tell you the details -- just kidding. Suffice to say I'm hiking more, clamming (tuning up my 12' Klamath boat with vintage 15 HP Evinrude outboard for saltwater exploration and fishing, trying to remember to stretch. It's so easy to get sucked into sedentary pursuits, like sitting in front of screens and neglecting the body in which the mind is, after all, housed.

I've done very little blogging in recent years about what's going on my life, partly due to Instagram and partly because after 5000+ blog posts, I realized it wasn't bringing in any income -- so I slacked off on blogging.

I'll be spelling out my future plans, including a new blog -- my take on the '60s --in my forthcoming GIMME SHELTER email newsletter, something I send out every few months to about 600 people. If you want to be on the mailing list, send me your address at lloyd@shelterpub.com.

Solar-powered Schoolbus Cabin

Lloyd, Like many, I scrounge the internet for building ideas. I came across a really cool dish-rack/shelf that was built into a corner in a kitchen. You could stand the plates up to dry between the slats, and still set bowls and mugs on it like a shelf. Brilliant! I saved the picture, and put it in the "barn-house" folder on my computer for future reference, when it comes time to build.
A few months ago, you posted a video of how you do dishes. I nearly leapt out of my seat when I saw the very same dish shelf... was in your kitchen! You have a long history of collecting and publishing all the good ideas you can find, I guess it shouldn't be such a surprise that a design like that ended up in your home! https://www.theshelterblog.com/lloyds-dish-washing-method/

Master Carpentry in Poland


Hi Lloyd,
I spent Christmas with my family in Dabrowa bialystocka, northeastern Poland ...
Yesterday evening Santa had the good idea to bring me one of your books, Small Homes, great idea, impossible to spend a better Christmas ....
I'm a fan of your books that I discovered about fifteen years ago.
It always makes me dream of a better world.
Thank you for everything.

If you go to Europe, it would be a great pleasure to meet you and to welcome you to Poland.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and lots of new adventures in 2018.

Julien Croisier
www.justwoodit.com


Little Richard - Freedom Blues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4p_8zUcxtM

Richard, upon having to introduce Paul McCartney at the Rock & Roll Hall of fame some years ago (Richard, unlike Paul, was not at that time in the Hall) came to the mike and said "I am the architect of rock and roll!!" Yep.

Bernie Harbert and His Mule Polly's 2,500-mile Voyage Across America


Hi Lloyd and Lew,
I just wanted to let you know that Rocky Mountain PBS premiers the Lost Sea Expedition series January 4th. The series will also stream on Amazon and Vimeo. The story about this tiny wagon voyage across America featured in Tiny Homes (pp. 188–189). I think this info would really interest theshelterblog.com readers.

Seaweed Nutrition

Big waves at beach yesterday, negative ion perfume in air. Gathered these bull kelp blades, which I dry, grind up, and sprinkle on omelette, meat, fish, potatoes, salads—just about anything. Homemade vitamin supplement, high in protein and minerals. I pickle the bull kelp bulbs. About to leave now for clamming and mussels. I have a 12' Klamath aluminum boat, with 15 HP 2-stroke vintage Evinrude outboard motor, which I'm working the kinks out of.
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Randy's Road Rig

Hi Lloyd,
I ran into Randy in Folsom, CA.  I figured for sure he’d heard of Shelter and Tiny Homes on The Move, but he had not. Randy’s in his late 50’s and found himself in the middle of a late in life divorce and didn’t want tot have to work to own a house.  He’s a metal worker by trade and modified an old utility trailer with the camper shell from his old Dodge pick up into his new home.  It’s pretty cool.  I shared with him your website information too.
Dan Varvais



A Book For San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California Gardeners

Lesley’s been gardening on our piece of Northern California coastal land for over 40 years. For vegetables, she’s come to rely on the book Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Pierce.
• Foggy climate charts
• What to plant when
• Encourages year-round vegetable growing.
• For the the San Francisco Bay Area and coastal California.

Over the years, we’ve given copies to our boys, as well as friends who are starting out to grow vegetables in the area.

Below: garden at its most barren right now. New hoop greenhouse from Farmtek, a great source of greenhouse supplies and all kinds of agricultural products. We just added walls, 2 concrete blocks high, to get more height. Doors by Billy Cummings. Foreground: raised beds of redwood 2x12's, 1/4" wire on bottom for gophers. Lightweight lift-off  covers with netting to protect strawberries from birds


Seven Useful Tools in My Shop



Our newly-formed Shelter film crew has started making short videos. With producer Em-J Staples and cameraman and film editor Evan Kahn. Listed in in order of production here: https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=CAI%253D&search_query=lloyd+kahn

To see URLs for buying any of these tools, click on the YouTube icon at bottom after video starts.

Our next video will be on my return, albeit more cautiously, to skateboarding.

Advice to Californians Building New Homes After The Fires

I'd like to get this out to as many people as possible. Please send it to anyone you think might appreciate it.
       -LK
Poster from 1885, designed to encourage people to move westward

I would like to offer some suggestions to people whose homes were destroyed by the California fires of 2017. I have built three homes of my own and, as well, been publishing books on building for some 45 years now. From this experience I’ve come to some conclusions about practical, sensible building.

Much of the emphasis in our books has been on owner-building, and if you will be doing design and construction yourself, these are things for you to consider. If not, these are ideas you can discuss with architects and/or builders you may be working with — the principles are the same. 

Much has been learned about building homes in the last two or three decades. You may be able to take advantage of building materials and techniques that weren’t available when these homes were built. Here is a chance to do things better, to learn from experience, to create a home built from sustainable materials that will save energy, that will be better for you and the planet.

Please note: These are just random ideas for your consideration. This isn't a check list, where you try to incorporate each suggestion in your plans. The purpose here is to stimulate thinking. Maybe you’ll find two or three ideas that will work for you.