Archive | October, 2013

Mikael Kennedy + Hobo King

Mikael Kennedy Hobo King

There have been no shortage of Mikael Kennedy posts in these parts over the last few years, so you by now that Mikael and I travel here and there together, working and not working, hiking and relaxing, eating and drinking, talking and scheming. While only a few of the polaroids in Mikael’s new book, Hobo King, are accounts of those trips, it’s just as near and dear to us and we couldn’t be happier that it’s finally out. Go over to Mikael’s website, order a copy and keep it close:

I saw him once. I was tearing down that 101,
alone, as the rain pounded the road.
banks of fog crashing against the coast.
could’ve been anywhere between Crescent City and Halfmoon Bay.
he stood on the guard rail, shrouded by the water on my windshield, spread his arms wide, seeming to grow taller than the trees,
the wind driving against the dark wings of his poncho, silently
he stood there not moving, not putting his thumb out,
he wasn’t looking for a ride, he was saying keep going.

“somewhere out there’s the hobo king,
banging on the rail with a ring.”

October 29, 2013 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

More Barn!

Neil Young More Barn

Not sure how I’ve gone my whole life without hearing this story, but better late than never, I suppose. Graham Nash was promoting his new book on Fresh Air a week or so back and told this humdinger about hearing Neil Young’s Harvest for the first time:

The man is totally committed to the muse of music. And he’ll do anything for good music. And sometimes it’s very strange. I was at Neil’s ranch one day just south of San Francisco, and he has a beautiful lake with red-wing blackbirds. And he asked me if I wanted to hear his new album, “Harvest.” And I said sure, let’s go into the studio and listen.

Oh, no. That’s not what Neil had in mind. He said get into the rowboat.

I said get into the rowboat? He said, yeah, we’re going to go out into the middle of the lake. Now, I think he’s got a little cassette player with him or a little, you know, early digital format player. So I’m thinking I’m going to wear headphones and listen in the relative peace in the middle of Neil’s lake.

Oh, no. He has his entire house as the left speaker and his entire barn as the right speaker. And I heard “Harvest” coming out of these two incredibly large loud speakers louder than hell. It was unbelievable. Elliot Mazer, who produced Neil, produced “Harvest,” came down to the shore of the lake and he shouted out to Neil: How was that, Neil?

And I swear to god, Neil Young shouted back: More barn!

October 28, 2013 | Long Hairs, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 6 }



NOAA Savannah

Sad News:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agency charged with surveying the nation’s navigable waters to help keep mariners off the rocks and out of the shallows will cease printing paper charts after mid-April.

Partly as a cost-saving measure, the NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey will offer charts only via on-demand printing, as PDFs orelectronic charts.


October 23, 2013 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

FairEnds x Cold Splinters Prickly Pear Hat

FairEnds x Cold Splinters Prickly Pear Hat

After months of talking with Ben at FairEnds about doing a project together, I found this fabric while traveling around southern Arizona. I immediately made a call, sent a photo and now, a few weeks later, the Cold Splinters Prickly Pear Ball Cap is ready. Buy it here.

October 21, 2013 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Have A Good Weekend


Get in yer Ram. See the Delaware River.

MP3: Bob Dylan – Spirit On The Water

October 18, 2013 | Have A Good Weekend | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

How and Why


Thanks to our friend Hanly Banks (who shot and directed this amazing documentary of Bill Callahan) for sending this image over last night. It comes from an edition of them ol’ How and Why Wonder Books, one of our favorite things to find while going through the books at a local thrift store.

October 17, 2013 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Wooly Bear Winter

Woolly Bear

Normally this wouldn’t be of interest, BUT, since we’ve been spending most of our time up in Sullivan County, NY this month, we see Woolly Bear caterpillars constantly. Every step you take on the road, there’s another black and brown fella trying to make his way to other side.

Anyway, this is from NPR Morning Edition. It’s going to be a cold, wet winter. Or maybe it won’t, who knows. Listen here:

Sit down, Punxsutawney Phil. Over the weekend, people in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, gathered for a weather forecast from caterpillars. Woolly bear caterpillars are black, with a brown stripe down the middle and folklore says the larger the stripe, the milder the winter. At the 17th annual Woolly Worm Winter Weather Prognostication Festival – say that twice – several woolly bears predicted a wet, cold winter ahead. Of course, they were wrong last year.

October 16, 2013 | Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 5 }

Thirty Days to Survival

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“In the Summer of 1969, Michael Wadleigh, Charles Grosbeck and Fred Underhill filmed an entire 30-day NOLS wilderness expedition in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. The film Thirty Days to Survival, featuring NOLS founder Paul Petzoldt and other early instructors, aired nationally on the Alcoa Hour, on January 20, 1970. Due largely to the film’s success and visibility, NOLS’ enrollment more than doubled in the summer of 1970 and tripled again in 1971.”


October 8, 2013 | Long Hairs, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

The Green Pepper

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The Green Pepper was established in the fall of 1973 in Eugene, Oregon as a small retail fabric store:

Eugene is located between the Cascade Mountains and the Coast Mountain Range, and is only 50 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the west, and The Pacific Crest Trail to the east, so it isn’t surprising that many of our customers were avid outdoors people who wanted to learn to make their own camping, hiking, and skiing clothing and gear.

Since outdoor fabrics were not readily available at the fabric trade shows, it took both determination and a great deal of research to find sources for the same fabrics, zippers and hardware the manufacturers were using. Once we found the fabrics and hardware, we needed the patterns– so in 1976 we produced our first Green Pepper Patterns.

We no longer have a retail fabric store, but we do have a Mail-Order warehouse where we stock 75 Green Pepper Patterns for active sportswear and outdoor gear, as well as the popular outdoor fabrics, hardware, zippers, webbing, and notions needed for making any of our patterns!

Order your Green Pepper patterns here.

October 7, 2013 | Clothing/Gear | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }