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Stubborn Kind of fellow - Marvin Gaye



Furthermore:
"I'm got to find that girl if I have to hitchhike around the world…"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv6c0012pVQ

New iMac!

I've been struggling with my 9-year-old MacPro for months. Continually hanging up, getting the spinning globe in Mail, Chrome, Photoshop, etc. Rick tried just about everything, but we just couldn't figure it out. Finally, rather than wait around for the new MacPro, we decided to go with this machine. Oh man, what a delight! Such elegant design, wireless keyboard and mouse, sparkling monitor. Rick's got it rolling, now tuning up before he takes off for Hawaii.
Just today started working on my book on the '60s (which is looking more and more like a book) on it.

27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display
With the following configuration:
• 3.4GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
• 8GB 2400MHz DDR4
• 512GB SSD • Radeon Pro 570 with 4GB video memory
• Magic Mouse 2
• Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad - US English

Mercedes SLX 350

Smallest 'cedes I've ever seen. 

Ship in Bottle in Scottish Museum

This was in the Mallaig Heritage Center, a charming small museum in Mallaig, on the west coast of Scotland.

Jay Nelson's Latest Nomadic Home

Built on a Subaru Brat. Jay got the idea of the tiny wood-burning stove from Bruno Atkey.
http://www.jaynelsonart.com/

She's pissed!

Dust My Broom - Elmore James

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKo80b-QfK0

Bride of Frankenstein

What a masterpiece! Funny, going back, looking at films years later, my perceptions are so different. This time it knocked me out. The lighting, the gorgeous black and white photography, the acting, the miniature people in the jars, Elsa Lancaster's electrifying performance at the end (she said she studied the swans in Regents Park, who were "…very nasty creatures, always hissing at you…" for the role).
Directed by James Whale.
You could do a 3-part series: Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and Young Frankenstein, all masterpieces.

Documentary film of the Romani People -- Latcho Drom - Taraf de Haidouks


The full movie: https://youtu.be/DTuXveZStUo

From Wikipedia: "Latcho Drom ("safe journey") is a 1993 French documentary film directed and written by Tony Gatlif. The movie is about the Romani people's journey from north-west India to Spain, consisting primarily of music. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival."
"The use of music in the film is highly important. Despite the fact that Latcho Drom is a documentary, there are no interviews and none of the dialogue is captioned. Very few of the lyrics are captioned and the whole film relies heavily on the tone of music to portray emotions and the history of the Romani. Music is included from the Romanian Romani group Taraf de Haïdouks, La Caita (Spain), Tchavolo Schmitt and many others."

Drone Footage Jack O'Neill Paddleout

Africa - Angel City Chorale

A bunch of the You Tube songs I've posted in the last week or so are from Godfrey Stephens.

Jack O'Neill, 1923-2017

Photo by Dave McGuire: Martinis at Jack O'Neill's cliffside home in Santa Cruz in 2013. L-R, Betty Van Dyke, Richard Novak, Jack, Lloyd

I graduated from high school in San Francisco in 1952. I had to make up some grades in order to get admitted to Stanford, so I took some morning classes at a private high school and worked as an office boy at an insurance company in the afternoons. Each day I had a couple of hours off, so I started going to the beach.

Kelly's Cove is the beach right next to the Cliff House at Ocean Beach, and I met a bunch of guys who were starting to bodysurf there. Cliff Kamaka, a Hawaiian who was a lifeguard at the nearby Fleishacker Pool* had taught the boys the art of bodysurfing. Charley Grimm, Rod Lundquist, John Stonum, Jim Fisher, Bill Hickey -- and Jack O'Neill -- were some of the gang.

The water averaged in the low '50s, so you had to really be motivated to endure the cold. They'd build a big fire on the beach to warm up after getting out of the water, and had constructed driftwood windbreaks that you could get inside to lay in the sun.

Jack was working for a company that sold firefighting equipment. He and his wife Marge and their 6 kids lived in an apartment on Sloat Blvd., across from the zoo, a few blocks from the beach. His first attempt at staying warm was a "dry suit," as used by divers. It was thin rubber. Jack bought one He showed it to me and he was wearing long woolen underwear underneath it. Where it might have worked for diving in calm water, it didn't work at all in the turbulent ocean. Water would come in at the sleeves, legs, and neck.

Jack didn't invent the wetsuit. According to Wikipedia, "Hugh Bradner, a University of California, Berkeley physicist invented the modern wetsuit in 1952…" The US Navy then developed wetsuits for their divers and the first ones were being sold in stores. The wetsuit was neoprene and allowed the water to get next to your body, but kept it warm. Before they started lining them with nylon (maybe Jack's invention), they were difficult to get on, so we had to coat our skin with corn starch so they would slide on.

I may be the only person in the world who knows this, but one day Jack went to Roos Brothers, the big department store on Market at Powell in San Francisco, and bought a wetsuit in their sporting goods department. He took it home, took the measurements off it, and returned it the next day. Voilá, he had the pattern for his first wetsuit. I know this because I stopped by to see him the day he brought it home. Like Henry Ford didn't invent the automobile, but perfected it and made it available to millions, so it was with Jack and wetsuits.

I'm A Rocker - The Raspberries (1973)

I don't know why the Raspberries never made it big. This one sort of reminds of "Hot Legs" by Rod Stewart. Ultimate rock & roll!