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A Few Pics of the Dipsea Race in 2006

I hurt my knee a few months ago and it stopped me from running the annual Dipsea Race this year, so I shot photos. Here are a few shots. It's a 7+ mile race over the mountain to the beach, it's been going on over 100 years.

Boat With Soul

I'm getting my boat back in the water this year (12' aluminum with 15 hp Evinrude). I took my motor into Bill Lochblum's outboard motor shop in Sausalito and this little boat was sitting in the yard. Bill said everyone was charmed with it. It was 11', had a special bottom, and looked like it would crank. I later heard it can go over 25 mph. The guy who built it calls it a Mini-Tug and he apparently can build various sizes to order.


Freeway Art in Oakland, Skateboarding Mill Valley 1 AM, Watching the Sunrise From the Bottom of the Sea…

I just discovered this wonderful art today. It's under an on-ramp to Hwy. 80 in Berkeley. There's so much lame art around (like that dumb giant bow and arrow on the Embarcadero in San Francisco), it's great to happen upon something as witty as these sculptures. Look at how they're painted!

The main street in Mill Valley is great for skating when there's no traffic. I came through there at 1 Am this morning and skated several times from the library down to town. My wheels hit a crack when I was skating up hill and whamo I was on my hands. Lucky to have gloves with palm pads. Cliff Coleman, the legendary downhill skater told me there are 4 words to remember when you fall: Get On Your Hands! This assumes you're wearing the special sliding gloves. The idea is to skid along on the pads of the gloves and not your flesh. One other thing about skating. I have to drive a lot these days. A couple of times a day I'll take my skateboard out of the back and just cruise the parking lot, to get my body tuned up a bit.

I went into a record store in San Anselmo tonight and picked up a copy of Jimi Hendrix' first album, Are You Experienced. Filling in a few gaps in my music collection these days. I didn't realize the phrase (and name of a pure sativa strain of mota) Purple Haze was the first song on the album. 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun in your hand…

You know you're a cute little heart breaker
And you know you're a sweet little love maker…

It was just Jimi Hendrix and two skinny English boys, what an album!