January 2020

January 2020
Tempus fugit! Time flies!

STORMWATCH! THURSDAY the 16th at 9pm PST:
It’s raining and snowing in Southern California tonight.
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And it’s been snowing all day in Ashland, Oregon,
and across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.

The rain has passed
So goes winter in L.A.
And here comes the Sun!

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TBT: ThrowbackThursday (still true today)

The Emancipation Proclamation (Proclamation 95),
was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862,
and put into effect on January 1, 1863:
“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom….”
All slaves held within the 10 states not under Union control were declared to be FREE!
The original five page document of the Emancipation Proclamation
is in the National Archives of the United States in Washington, DC.

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The Emancipation Proclamation

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Today, January 16 is Appreciate a Dragon Day!

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January 17 is the Anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake

26 years ago, on 1-17-94, we woke up in the dark at 4:30am to the 6.7 Northridge Earthquake shaking the bed and the sound of things falling! As we opened our eyes, the TV fell off the stand in the bedroom with a crash and the sound of glass breaking could be heard as things fell out of cabinets in the kitchen of our 4th floor apartment. Damage at home was pretty minimal and we had earthquake insurance that covered most of it! Our storage unit in Northridge was another story however (yellow tagged and closed for repairs for a year), and then we had to rescue our Grandmother (of blessed memory) who was trapped in her damaged condominium in Sherman Oaks.

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This weekend the NFL Football Championship Games will be played!
Two Winners will go to the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida on February 2, 2020.

Tennessee Titans v. Kansas City Chiefs – Green Bay Packers v. San Francisco 49ers
Who are you rooting for?

MONDAY January 20 is Martin Luther King Jr Day
(Read the previous Blog Post – link below)

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January 25 is Chinese Lunar New Year
Happy Year of the White Metal Male Rat!
(Read the previous Blog Post – link below)

 

“Don’t forget your booties, ’cause it’s cold outside.”
February 2 is always – Groundhog Day!

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“Don’t Drive Angry!”

And the Super Bowl is also on February 2, 2020!
(and we know we just told you so)

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Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida
Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

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“Feeling a little blue is normal in January” – Marilu Henner

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
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Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
a Federal Holiday observed on the third Monday of January every year.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born on January 15, 1929 – Murdered on April 4, 1968

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“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

Abraham, Martin And John
written by Dick Holler in 1968
Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham,
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good die young
But I just looked around and he’s gone.
Has anybody here seen my old friend John,
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good die young
But I just looked around and he’s gone.
Has anybody here seen my old friend Martin,
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good die young
But I just looked around and he’s gone.
Didn’t you love the things they stood for?
Didn’t they try to find some good for you and me?
And we’ll be free,
Someday soon it’s gonna be one day.
Has anybody here seen my old friend Bobby,
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill
With Abraham, Martin and John.

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“The time is alway right to do what’s right” – Martin Luther King Jr

On November 2, 1983, Ronald Reagan signed a bill making
Martin Luther King Day a federal holiday, effective January 20, 1986.

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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.”
– Martin Luther King Jr

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“Man of the Year” TIME Magazine 1963

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
– Martin Luther King Jr

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NOTE: This Blog Post is going to get POLITICAL. If you are not into current politics, just scroll on by please, but understand that Trump and the Republicans are CRIMINALS.

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The United States has elected a CRIMINAL CON MAN with no morals or ethics. Trump is ignorant and can barely read. He doesn’t know history, politics, world geography, science or correct grammar. He surrounds himself with criminals and the worst people. He has ties to Putin and Russia. He has racists and White Supremacists working in the White House He is guilty of treason, fraud, obstruction of justice and sexual assault.

 

LYIN’ CHEATIN’ CROOKED EVIL DRAFT DODGING TWITTERTROLL DONNY!

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SHUT THE F*CK UP DONNY!

Trump is an Ignorant, Racist, Sexist, Anti-Semetic, Pathological Liar!
Trump mocks the Disabled, war heroes, POWs, Veterans and Gold Star Families!
Trump disparages Women, Mexicans, Latinos, Muslims and African-Americans!
Trump sexually assaults women and is an alleged rapist!
Trump lies, cheats and steals from hard working people!
Trump insults world leaders and threatens our international alliances!
Trump has business dealing with Russia, China, Mexico, Cuba and Saudi Arabia!
Trump admitted to not paying Federal Taxes and still hasn’t released his TAX RETURNS!
Trump is responsible for the BIRTHER LIE and continues to insult President Obama!
Trump denies Climate Change and calls it a Hoax perpetrated by China!

LYIN’ CHEATIN’ CROOKED EVIL DRAFT DODGING TWITTERTROLL DONNY!

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“A president who’d all but call a senator a whore is unfit to clean toilets in Obama’s presidential library or to shine George W. Bush’s shoes” – USA Today’s Editorial Board

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LYIN’ CHEATIN’ CROOKED EVIL DRAFT DODGING TWITTERTROLL DONNY!

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Every Republican in office still supporting Trump
is an enemy of the United States conspiring with foreign enemies
to keep themselves in power.

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Tuesday 2020 Thoughts..

Tuesday 2020 Thoughts.. JANUARY 2020.

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How was your day? How was your week? How’s your year been so far?
It’s already January 15th, so we are two weeks into the NEW YEAR right now!
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? How’s that going?

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No problemo.
We are banging out the Blog Posts, so check out the 2020 Blogs below!

We were very sick with a cold for the first week of the year, and we are still recovering as the second week ends tonight. We have been living in our pajamas, bringing in food and scrounging for what’s still in the fridge and pantry. So, we haven’t really been out of the house much to enjoy the lovely winter weather here in Los Angeles. We’ve been taking care of our dogs and watching the world go to Hell on television and the interweb. We’ll hold off on POLITICS in this Blog Post because Martin Luther King Jr Day is coming and we’ll put it all together next week. It’s actually all very upsetting and depressing.
“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.” 

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“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over
again and expecting different results.”
– Albert Einstein

TravelTuesday! (remember JoshWillTravel is the name of this Blog)

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We went back to Las Vegas in December 2019, right after Thanksgiving and just before the holidays began. And we can say that we are very happy that the holidays are over! It’s snowing again in Ashland, Oregon today. We don’t like to travel during the holiday season for all the obvious reasons and the weather in Los Angeles in the winter is much more human friendly, so we usually stay local and celebrate with family and friends.

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We still haven’t posted the Oregon Eclipse and Burning Man 2017 Blog Post(s) yet.
And so we apologize for the long delay… the Blogs are laid out and constructed but still remain unfinished. They will see the light of your computer monitors soon, really.

“I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

TijuanaTuesday

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Viva Mexico!

Tijuana, “the Gateway to Mexico” is the westernmost city on the US-Mexico border south of California. Officially founded on July 11, 1889, Tijuana is the largest city in Baja California State and on the Gold Coast of the Baja Peninsula, and is the 6th largest city in Mexico. In 2015, Tijuana had a population of 1640000. More than fifty million people cross the border between Tijuana and San Diego every year (~300000 people per day).

“By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy;
if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”
– Socrates

“Take my wife,……please.” – Henny Youngman

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“I’m gonna live till I die.”
Frank Sinatra

“Don’t hide your scars, they make you who you are.”
and “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

My Way
by Paul Anka
So now the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more much more than this
I did it my way.
Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exception
I planned each chartered course
Each careful step alone the by way
And more much more than this
I did it my way.
Yes there were times I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I face it all and I stood tall
And did it my way.
I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill my share of loosing
And the now as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that and my I say
Not in a shy way
Oh no, oh no not me
I did it my way!

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“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katherine Hepburn

My 10+ transformational teen LPs:
1 Pink Floyd – Dark Side of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Echoes, and The Wall
2 Grateful Dead – Skull&Roses, American Beauty, and Workingman’s Dead
3 The Doors – The Doors
4 Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick, Stormwatch & “A”
5 The Who – Who’s Next, Tommy and Quadrophenia
6 Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever
7 Led Zeppelin I, II, III and Houses of the Holy
8 Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street and Goat’s Head Soup
9 Tom Petty – Damn The Torpedoes
10 The Beastie Boys – License To Ill
(with a shout out to NWA “The Boys in the Hood”)
Honorable mentions to Iron Butterfly – Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida,
ELO – Face The Music, The Beatles White Album and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full of Blues,

TikiTuesday – “ALOHA!”

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“Aloha” A Hawaiian word used when saying Hello or Goodbye.

The real meaning of “Aloha” in Hawaiian is that of Love, Peace, and Compassion.
“Aloha” means living in harmony with other people and the land with mercy, sympathy, grace, kindness, and a mutual understanding of respect.

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The “Shaka” hand gesture is made by holding the hand in a loose fist and extending the thumb and pinky finger with the back of the hand facing the recipient. It is a sign of respect and mutual understanding, and symbolizes reverence, solidarity, compassion and friendship.

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How about a nice strong cocktail? We have to admit that we are not a big drinker.
We have friends who are really big drinkers. Really big. Maybe too big.
(unfortunately we have too many friends of blessed memory who once drank a lot)
We have never been a big consumer of alcoholic beverages, unless you count those four years of college. We really only drink “socially” when we are with other people at a restaurant or bar, a party or an event where everyone is drinking.
PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY!
KNOW WHEN TO SAY WHEN. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
“FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS DRIVE DRUNK!”

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Order us a STOLI ON THE ROCKS, with a twist or splash of juice.
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“For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Enjoyin’ My Coffee”

TacoTuesday (actually it was ThaiFoodTuesday today)

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Steak Soft Tacos with fresh guacamole

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Thai Food! (Yellow) Curry Chicken and Steamed Rice

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Two Questions for Tuesday:

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What’s Your Sign?

The order of the Zodiac (the 12 astrological signs):
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra,
Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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Is there a relationship between astronomical phenomena the human world? Can you assign aspects to a person’s personality and predict future events in their life based on the positions of the sun, moon, and other celestial objects at the time of their birth.?

“Astrology is a pseudoscience that claims to divine information about human affairs and terrestrial events by studying the movements and relative positions of celestial objects”

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Seth Meyers at the 2020 Critic’s Choice Awards:
“Did we all enjoy our vegan meal?
It’s probably good the food critics weren’t here.”

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NOTE: Here is some free legal advice that is circulating around the interweb.
We are not an attorney, do not take this as legal advice from us. Your results may vary.

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SPACE 2020! The Universe and (our home planet) EARTH

SPACE 2020! The Universe and (our home planet) EARTH 

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“Picture a bright blue ball just spinning, spinning free
Dizzy with eternity
Paint it with a skin of sky, brush in some clouds and sea
Call it home for you and me
A peaceful place, or so it looks from space
A closer look reveals the human race
Full of hope, full of grace, is the human face
But afraid we may lay our home to waste”
– Grateful Dead “Throwing Stones”

NOTE: CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL!

Meteor Showers

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January 3-4, Quadrantid meteor shower peak: A meteor shower January 1-5. The Quadrantids produce up to 40 shooting stars an hour at the peak; but in 2020, there may be up to 100 meteors an hour during the Jan. 3-4 peak. The first-quarter moon sets just after midnight, leaving dark skies for optimum viewing conditions.

April 22-23, Lyrid meteor shower peak: This meteor shower April 16-25. The Lyrids reliably produce 20 meteors an hour, sometimes with bright dust trails for several seconds. A relatively new moon will make for dark skies. Best viewing time is after midnight. The meteors radiate from the constellation Lyra but can be seen anywhere in the sky.

May 6-7, Eta Aquarid meteor shower peak: This meteor shower from April 19-May 28 produces up to 30 meteors an hour at its peak. Unfortunately, a supermoon will wash out all but the brightest meteors, though patience may be rewarded for those who seek out dark skies after midnight. The constellation Aquarius is the radiant point, but meteors are visible anywhere in the sky.

July 28-29, Delta Aquarid meteor shower peak: Produced by debris left behind by the Marsden and Kracht comets, this meteor shower produces about 20 meteors an hour July 12-Aug. 23. A second-quarter moon will wash out some of the faintest meteors. The meteors radiate from the constellation Aquarius but are visible anywhere in the sky.

August 12-13, Perseid meteor shower: If you can catch only one meteor shower in 2020, make it the Perseids, which produce up to 60 shooting stars an hour at the peak. The shower runs July 17-Aug. 24. A second-quarter moon will wash out some of the faintest meteors. The Perseids fly mainly after midnight and can be seen anywhere in the sky, though they radiate from the constellation Perseus.

October 7, Draconid meteor shower peak: The Draconids are a minor meteor shower with only about 10 shooting stars an hour; but occasionally, Draco the Dragon — the radiant point of the Draconids — breathes fire, and an outburst occurs. The shower runs October 6-10. Unlike other meteor showers, the peak viewing time is in the early evening hours. A second-quarter moon means viewing conditions should be good.

October 21-22, Orionid meteor shower peak: The Orionids run Oct 2-Nov. 7, and produce about 20 meteors an hour at the shower’s peak. Viewing is best after midnight, and a crescent moon will set before then. Produced by dust grains left behind by the comet Halley, the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Orion but can be seen anywhere in the sky.

November 4-5, Taurid meteor shower peak: The Taurids are active for longer than any other meteor shower of the year Sept 7-Dec. 10. The Taurids produceonly about five to 10 meteors an hour. What makes this shooting star show unusual is that the meteors come from separate debris streams — dust grains left behind Asteroid 2004 TG10 and debris from Comet 2P Encke. A first-quarter moon at the shower’s peak may block out all but the brightest meteors. After midnight is the best time to look for meteors, which radiate from the constellation Taurus but can be seen anywhere in the sky.

November 17-18, Leonid meteor shower peak: This average shower, produced by dust grains from the comet Tempel-Tuttle, runs Nov. 6-30 and produces about 15 meteors an hour at its peak. It’s unpredictable, though, and produces hundreds of meteors an hour during cyclonic peaks, which occur about every 33 years. That last happened in 2001, so don’t expect a cyclonic flurry this time. The best time to watch for Leonids is after midnight, and the crescent moon will already have set, leaving dark skies. The meteors radiate from the constellation Leo but are visible anywhere in the sky.

December 13-14, Geminid meteor shower peak: The only thing the Perseids have over the Geminids is that they occur in the summer when it’s comfortable to be outside. The Geminids, which run Dec. 7-17 every year, are known to produce up to 120 multicolored meteors at their peak. Produced by debris left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, this shower is best viewed after midnight. A nearly new moon will make for excellent viewing conditions. The meteors radiate from the constellation Gemini but are visible anywhere in the sky.

December 21-22, Ursid meteor shower: This minor meteor shower runs Dec. 17-25 and produces around five to 10 meteors at the peak. Viewing conditions are best after midnight. The first-quarter moon sets just after midnight, so dark skies will enhance meteor viewing. The meteors come from the constellation Ursa Minor but can be seen anywhere in the sky.

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Full Moons, Supermoons, Lunar Events

January 10, full moon and penumbral lunar eclipse:
Native American tribes called the first full moon of the year the “Wolf Moon”. It is also called the “Old Moon” and the “Moon After Yule”. A penumbral lunar eclipse (when the moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra) will occur on January 10 but won’t be visible in the United States.

February 9, full moon and Supermoon:
The first of four 2020 Supermoons (moons that appear to be larger and brighter when they get closest to Earth). Heavy snow fell at this time of year, so they called it either the “Snow Moon” or the “Hunger Moon” because hunting was difficult.

March 9, full moon and Supermoon:
The second of the four 2020 Supermoons. It heralds the approach of spring. Native American tribes called it the “Worm Moon” to mark the time of year earthworms began working their way out of the newly thawed ground. It’s also called the “Crow Moon”, the “Crust Moon”, the “Sap Moon, and the “Lenten Moon”.

April 8, full moon and Supermoon:
The third of the four 2020 Supermoons is called the “Pink Moon” because it’s the time of year when wild pink ground phlox reappeared. The first full moon after the spring equinox is also called the “Sprouting Grass Moon”, the “Growing Moon” and the “Egg Moon”. Some coastal Native American tribes called it the “Fish Moon” to mark the time of year when they swim upstream to spawn.

May 7, full moon and Supermoon:
The last of four consecutive Supermoons of 2020. Native American tribes called it the “Flower Moon”. It’s also called the “Corn Planting Moon” and the “Milk Moon”.

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Supermoon!

June 5, full moon:
Native American tribes called this the “Strawberry Moon” to signal the ripening of the sweet fruit. It is also called the “Rose Moon” and the “Honey Moon”.

July 5, full moon and penumbral lunar eclipse:
Native American tribes called it the “Buck Moon” because it’s when male deer begin growing antlers. It’s also called the “Thunder Moon” and the “Hay Moon”. And a penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America and South America, the eastern Pacific Ocean and western Atlantic ocean. This type of eclipse happens when the moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, called a penumbra, and the moon darkens slightly.

August 3, full moon:
Native American tribes called it the “Sturgeon Moon” because the large fish found in the Great Lakes and other major lakes were easier to catch at this time of the year. It is also called the “Green Corn Moon” and the “Grain Moon”.

September 2, full moon:
Native American tribes called it the “Corn Moon” because it signaled the time to begin corn harvests.

October 1, full moon:
This year the October full moon is also a “Harvest Moon”. It always occurs closest to the September Equinox. Native American tribes called it the “Hunter’s Moon”, because it’s the time of year when the game was fat and ready to be hunted. It is also called the “Travel Moon” and the “Blood Moon”.

October 31, full moon and a “Blue Moon”:
There’s a “Blue Moon” (the second full moon in the same month) on Halloween in 2020.

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“Blue Moon you saw me standing alone, 
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own”

November 30, full moon and penumbral lunar eclipse:
It is called the “Beaver Moon” by Native American tribes who trapped and hunted beaver before the swamps and rivers froze. It’s also called the “Frosty Moon” and the “Hunter’s Moon”. November’s full moon occurs as it passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the moon darkens slightly.

December 30, full moon:
Native Americans called it the “Cold Moon”. It’s also called the “Moon Before Yule” and the “Long Night’s Moon”.

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Equinoxes And Solstices

March 20, first day of Spring:
During the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator and there are nearly equal amounts of day and night.

June 22, first day of Summer:
Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere when the North Pole is directly over the Tropic of Cancer.

September 22, first day of Fall:
The Autumnal Equinox occurs when the sun shines directly on the equator and there are nearly equal amounts of day and night around the world.

December 21, first day of Winter:
Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere when the South Pole is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn.

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Planetary Events

February 10, Mercury at its greatest eastern elongation: The planet is 18.2 degrees from the sun, and will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. See the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
March 24, Mercury at its greatest western elongation: Mercury will be at its highest point above the eastern horizon just before sunrise.
March 24, Venus at its greatest eastern elongation: Venus will make its closest approach to the sun, and will be at its highest point above the western horizon after sunset.
June 4, Mercury at its greatest eastern elongation: Mercury will again be close to the sun. Look for it low in the western sky just after sunset.
July 14, Jupiter at opposition: Jupiter is a giant planet, and when it makes its closest approach to the Earth, its face is fully illuminated by the sun. Jupiter is never brighter than at this time of year, making it an ideal time to view and photograph the planet and its moons. You’ll be able to see Jupiter all night, and a medium-size telescope should be powerful enough to reveal some of the details in the planet’s cloud zone. The moons should be visible through a good pair of binoculars.
July 20, Saturn at opposition: See Saturn’s ring and a few of its brightest moons with a medium-size or larger telescope when the planet makes its closest approach to Earth and it will be fully illuminated by the sun.
July 22, Mercury at its greatest western elongation: Mercury will be at its highest point above the horizon in the eastern sky just before sunrise.
August 13, Venus at its greatest western elongation: Venus will be at its highest point above the eastern sky horizon just before sunrise.
September 11, Neptune at opposition: Neptune will be fully illuminated by the sun, and will be brighter than at any other time of the year. You’ll need a powerful telescope to see it as more than a tiny blue dot. It will be visible all night.
October 1, Mercury at its greatest eastern elongation: Mercury will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
October 13, Mars at opposition: Mars makes its closest approach to Earth, and it will be illuminated by the sun and the planet will be brighter than at any other time of the year and will be visible all night.
October 31, Uranus at opposition: Uranus will make its closest approach to Earth on Halloween, and it will be illuminated by the sun. Brighter than at any other night of the year, and will be visible all night. If you want to see it, you’ll need a powerful telescope.
November 10, Mercury at its greatest western elongation: Mercury’s last close appearance of the year. Look for it low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.
December 21, rare conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn: These two planets appear within 7 arc minutes of each other, known as a “Great Conjunction” (last happened in 2000). They’ll be so close they will appear as one bright planet. Look to the western sky just after sunset to view it.

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“We have not inherited the earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children.” ~ Native American saying

NOTE: Ripped from patch.com and re-edited.
From Seaandsky.org, NASA.gov, Space.com and Earthsky.org

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Satellites to stars, NASA information, astronomy, the Sun and the planets!

NOTE: CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL!

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The Galaxy Song by Monty Python
Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown,
And things seem hard or tough,
And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft,
And you feel that you’ve had quite eno-o-o-o-o-ough,
Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving
And revolving at 900 miles an hour.
It’s orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it’s reckoned,
The sun that is the source of all our power.
Now the sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see,
Are moving at a million miles a day,
In the outer spiral arm, at 40, 000 miles an hour,
Of a galaxy we call the Milky Way.
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars;
It’s a hundred thousand light-years side to side;
It bulges in the middle sixteen thousand light-years thick,
But out by us it’s just three thousand light-years wide.
We’re thirty thousand light-years from Galactic Central Point,
We go ’round every two hundred million years;
And our galaxy itself is one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”  ~ T. S. Eliot

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Goodbye 2019! Happy New Year 2020!
(and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out)

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LAST DAY OF THE DECADE! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

NOTE: A couple people posted that the decade doesn’t end until the end of 2020….
and that’s WRONG. It’s the 20s tomorrow.
Your decade can end when you want, but mine ends at midnight.

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What does the FUTURE hold? What will happen to you in 2020?
What will you do different? What will you change?
Do you have a New Years’ Resolution? Will you actually keep it?

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“Should old acquaintance be forgot”….

For all my Friends, and you are all my Friends,
We wish you a wonderful and fabulous New Year!
May the coming of January begin a season, and a year, and a decade of happiness!

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December 31st, 2019

PARTY TIME! “It’s time to party hearty Marty!”

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR! CELEBRATE THE END OF 2019!

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We are staying home with the dogs tonight. And we are feeling sick.
As in, NOT FEELING WELL (sore throat…coughing)
– and we don’t go out and socialize with friends when we are sick.

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We are WAITING for the holidays to be over. (not feeling the spirit this year)
But we still put on a Happy Face and play along with the festivities as best we can.
We usually count January 6th, Twelfth Night, as the end of the winter holiday season.

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No matter where you go, there you are.

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A TOAST: “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams” for 2020!

IF YOU ARE GOING OUT, HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!

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Celebrate 2020
Do a “J” for New Years Eve!
Happy New Year Dudes!

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Aiko Aiko All Night!

We saw Dead & Co at the Fabulous Forum on Friday night 12-27-19 and had a lot of fun.
So we’ll call that our New Years Eve party this year. (and we’ll probably watch the concert from San Francisco on the interweb tonight if we can)

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Dead & Co LIVE at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California

“Truckin’, got my chips cashed in.
Keep truckin’, like the doo-dah man
Together more or less in line, just keep truckin’ on.”

NOTE: We’ll probably do a Blog Post about the concert, and we still have to finish and post our Blog about Dead in the Dome 2.0 – The Melvin Seals & JerryGarciaBand concert.

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Grateful Dead New Year’s Eve December 31st Performances:

*1966 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco CA
*1968 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1969 Boston Tea Party, Boston MA
1970 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1971 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1972 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1976 Cow Palace, Daly City CA
1977 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1978 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1979 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1980 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1981 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1982 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1983 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA
1984 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA
1985 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1986 Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
1987 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1988 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1989 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1990 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1991 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
*no recording available
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VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! – VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! – VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

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VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! – VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! – VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Another new year.
Three hundred sixty six days!
The future is here.

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DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
CALL A RIDE AND GET HOME ALIVE!



 

December 2019 – Happy Holidays!

December 2019 – Happy Holidays! ‘Tis The Season! Ho-Ho-Holidays!

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Let us drink to health!
It is far better than wealth,
And it lasts longer!

Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and New Years!
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GOOD TIDINGS! SEASON’S GREETINGS! BAH HUMBUG!
Is it January 6th yet?

“I’m Mister White Christmas, I’m Mister Snow.
I’m Mister Icicle. I’m Mister Ten Below.
Friends call me Snow Miser, What ever I touch…
Turns to snow in my clutch.  I’m too much!”
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The Simpsons TV show is 30 years old! DOH!

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“Ay Caramba!”

WINTER IS HERE!
“The weather outside is frightful…..”
So here are some pictures of past Winters:

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Yosemite Falls in Winter

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Wawona Hotel in Winter – Yosemite, California

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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees – Yosemite, California

And this pic from our recent vacation in Las Vegas (see the new Blog Posts):

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

And a Festivus for the Rest of Us! 
“I am very disappointed in you, and now you’re going to hear about it!”

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And later there will be wrestling in the living room for the “Feats of Strength”

NOTE: If you would like to learn more about the Festivus holiday and traditions,
please check out our previous Winter Holiday Blog Posts!

Tis the season Dude,
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Watch
“The Big Lebowski”

Ralphie, Buddy the Elf, John McClane, and The Dude wish you a Merry Christmas!

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and Season’s Greetings from JoshWillTravel!

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Winter in Ashland, Oregon

And it’s just not the holiday season in Los Angeles until the Citadel Outlet Mall
in Commerce is decorated with a giant bow!

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The Citadel Outlet Mall
in Commerce, California, Decorated for the Holidays

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What do you want for Christmas Ralphie?

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“You’ll shoot your eye out.”

More Fun with Elf On The Shelf – see our previous December Blog Posts for more!

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AND THEN CLICK AGAIN TO VIEW THE PIC AT FULL SIZE!

 

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2019

Happy Festivus!
And Happy Winter Solstice!
Merry Christmas Dudes!

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HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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WARNING!

HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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Burn Santa! Burn!

Clarence:
Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives.
When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
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Have a Psychedelic Christmas Tree!

 

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“For this is all a dream we dreamed. One afternoon, long ago.”

NOTE: Not sure what happened to our ticket stub from December 16, 1986. This was the first run of shows following Jerry Garcia’s ’86 near death (diabetic coma) and recovery.

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

 

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HANUKKAH 2019 begins on December 22nd!
(the Hebrew calendar date is 25 Kislev)
The Festival of Lights!

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Eight candles for the number of days that the Temple lantern blazed; the ninth candle, the shamash, is used to light the others.

“Put on your yarmulke
Here comes Hanukkah
So much funukkah
To celebrate Hanukkah
Hanukkah is
The Festival of Lights
Instead of one day of presents
We have eight crazy nights!”
– Adam Sandler’s The Hanukkah Song
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Potato Latkes (pancakes)

Happy Hannukah!
How to make Potato Latkes (potato pancakes):
3 potatoes (peeled and grated), small onion (1/2 grated, 1/2 finely chopped). Add 2 eggs (beaten), 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Mix ingredients well. Heat cooking oil to med high in large frying pan. Spoon 1 large tablespoon at a time into oil. Cook until crispy golden brown on each side. Drain and pat dry on paper towel and serve warm with applesauce and sour cream. ENJOY!

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Ww wish you, your family, and all your friends a Happy Hanukkah
filled with peace,
 love, light, and a wonderful celebration of your own!

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“May The Force Be With You!”

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

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“Merry Christmas, Girls and Boys,
Turkey, Stuffing, and Lots of Toys,
Fruit and Nuts, and Candy Stick,
With Best Wishes from Old Saint Nick!”

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Frank and Dean sing “It’s A Marshmallow World”
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Santa Hats for Tiki Mugs!

 

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And don’t forget KWANZAA!
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NOVEMBER 2019

NOVEMBER 2019

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“Bladerunner” The Future is NOW!

Silence is the sound
Cold night, First of November
Waiting for the Sun

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Feliz Dia de Los Muertos!

November the third,
Did you fall backwards last night?
Daylight Savings time!

FALL BACKWARD! Get an extra hour…. daylight savings sucks.

BBQ Dinner at the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, California

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BBQ Dinner at the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA

On The Menu: BBQ baby back ribs, beer battered onion rings, fried mac’n’cheese, baked beans, pickled onion, bread (& mini cornbread muffins) and butter and a coke to drink.

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Bread, mini cornbread muffins and butter

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BBQ baby back ribs, beer battered onion rings, fried mac’n’cheese, baked beans, pickled onion, bread (& mini cornbread muffins) and butter and a coke

MONDAY! Read our previous Blog Post “Someone’s Got a Case of the Mondays”

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The Boys say “Good Morning!”

They erected a new statue on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills and Ringo Starr was there for the dedication! “PEACE AND LOVE!”

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“PEACE AND LOVE!” Statue in Beverly Hills, California

And here in Los Angeles we remember the Borderline Saloon mass shooting and the Woolsey Fire that burned everything all the way to Malibu last year in November 2018.

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One Year Later – Remember The Things We Lost In The Woolsey Fire!

NOTE: Please read our previous Blog Posts about the Paramount Ranch and the fire.

We are WORLDWIDE! Here are all the places we’ve been Nov 3-7, 2019:

November 9, 2019 – (One More Saturday Night) Went to the WisDome in downtown Los Angeles for a VIP Experience “Dead in the Dome 2.0” with Melvin Seals, the Jerry Garcia Band, Steve Kimock and DJ Logic with art projections by Jerry Garcia.
Coming Soon to a Blog Post near you!

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“Dead in the Dome” 11-9-19

Veteran’s Day 2019 – We thank all those who have served their country.

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Veteran’s Day 2019! Wave That Flag!

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And it’s only the 12th…. TUESDAY! TUESDAY MORNING! TUESDAY AFTERNOON!

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“When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out.” ~ Frank Sinatra

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“Enjoyin’ My Coffee”

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Return to Ashland, Oregon and Oakland, California in May-June 2019

Return to Ashland, Oregon and Oakland, California
May – June 2019

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Ashland, Oregon Visitor’s Map

It’s been a year (and a half) since we planted my father’s body in the ground in Southern Oregon. The headstone unveiling, after a year of mourning, is a Jewish tradition, so we returned to Ashland for the dedication, to see family, and to take care of a little business.

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Lee Weisel RIP

NOTE: We started this Blog Post in June after we got back and now it is October.
It is finally time to finish and publish it as promised. There are a lot of previous Blog Posts about Ashland, Oregon! If you are interested in more travel and tourism info, you should search for them using the SEARCH BOX or checking out The Archives.

ROAD TRIP to Ashland, Oregon!
Los Angeles, California to Ashland, Oregon via I-5 north
Thurs 10:15pm – Fri 8:25am

“I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hand’s wet on the wheel
There’s a voice in my head that drives my heel”

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We have found the drive from Los Angeles is much better at night. Interstate 5 between The Grapevine and Sacramento and Sacramento and Redding is a long flat drive through the Central Valley of California. There are a lot of “big rig” trucks and only two lanes most of the way, which makes for slow tourists trying to pass, and that creates dangerous situations when other drivers “can’t wait” and do stupid things. So, there are not a lot of tourists if you drive after 9pm, most are asleep for the night, and the truckers have restrictions on the hours they can drive, so many of them have to stop and rest. And that means less traffic, less stupid drivers, fewer cops and better road conditions if you don’t mind driving at night and the bugs on your windshield. Also, the heat and sun can be terrible during the day (even with air conditioning) so there’s that too.

Sunrise at Lake Shasta

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Sunrise at Lake Shasta, California

If the timing is right, you will get a beautiful sunrise sometime after you pass Redding! Sunrise on Mount Shasta, or coming through the Siskiyou Pass, is a fine experience. There are nice places to stop along the way if you get tired: rest stops, motels, casinos and trucker rest areas along the highway (both commercial and off-ramp/road-side turnouts). We like to drive straight through, stopping only for gas and rest breaks, if we’re doing it at night. We pack food, drink and a change of clothes. Our car is prepared for roadside emergencies, and we have the enhanced auto club coverage with 100 miles towing for our long road trips.

Breakfast at the Morning Glory Cafe in Ashland, Oregon!

We arrived in Ashland early morning and decided to stop for a big breakfast at the Morning Glory Cafe. We like the place but it can get very busy. Free parking next door at the M-otel. We parked, stretched, and then we got a seat at the counter without having to wait and enjoyed our food.

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The Morning Glory Cafe in Ashland

On The Menu: Belgian Bacon Waffle with walnut butter, marionberry jam and maple syrup, fresh orange juice and coffee

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After breakfast we drove to the motel and tried to get an early check-in, but no luck. So, we went thrifting/antiquing for a couple hours. We drove to Medford and back, made a few stops, and drove to The Ranch. We hung out until it was time to check-in, then drove back to the motel and moved into our room.

Family stuff all weekend and then Dad’s headstone unveiling on Sunday afternoon.
Most of the family activities were small and personal and we didn’t take pictures. We had family dinner at The Ranch on Friday, dinner at Beasy’s on The Creek in Ashland on Saturday, and a post-ceremony gathering at The Ranch after the unveiling on Sunday.

Our accommodations for the weekend:
Comfort Inn in Ashland, Oregon – 3 nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Breakfast and Free WiFi included

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Comfort Inn in Ashland, Oregon (at exit 19)

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The room was spacious, clean and equipped with a fridge and microwave. There was also a large “Jacuzzi Tub” in the room, set in a weird space adjacent. We were told it was the only room with this kind of tub. There was also a skylight in the weird space, and there was no way to cover it or block the light from the rest of the room, which was a problem because we like it dark. We got some black trash bags and tape from the front desk and tried to jury rig a “blackout” shade, but it was not very successful.

We could have moved to another room, but it was also graduation weekend for the local high schools and Southern Oregon University in Ashland, so everything was booked solid on Friday night everywhere in Jackson county, so we just decided to go with it and enjoy the tub.

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Bubble Bath in the “Jacuzzi Tub” at the Comfort Inn

We stayed here last year for the funeral weekend and it was a pretty good “no frills” option, convenient to roads that lead to The Ranch. And yes we were invited to stay at the house, but we would be surrounded by family, and without private space, so we spent the additional money for the motel room and “peace of mind”.

The Comfort Inn has a nice daily Breakfast Buffet served in a large dining room next to the lobby. The start serving the hot breakfast early and it’s a pretty nice spread with good options. And they also have FREE coffee all day and night.

On The Menu: scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage, Mexican egg scramble, waffles (make them yourself), fresh fruit, cereals, milk, juices, coffee, tea, bagels, bread for toasting, mini-croissants, donuts, muffins, yogurt and more.

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View of the Rogue Valley from The Ranch

Family Dinner at The Ranch on Friday night

After checking in, cleaning up, and taking a short nap at the motel, we drove back to The Ranch and had a nice dinner with the immediate family. After dinner we stopped at the market, bought provisions for the weekend and a bottle of Mister Bubble, and then returned to the motel and took a long hot bubble bath in the in-room “Jacuzzi Tub”.

We slept and woke up early on Saturday. After enjoying the breakfast buffet at the motel, we went back to bed. We woke up, got ready and went up to The Ranch to be social, and then went into Ashland, and then up to Medford, before returning to the motel to clean up and get ready for dinner.

Dinner at Beasy’s on the Creek on Saturday night

The family went out to dinner at Beasy’s on The Creek in downtown Ashland. It was Dad’s favorite restaurant for entertaining, the Chef/Owner is a good friend, and we had his “Bilbo Baggin’s” Farewell Party for all his friends there. It was a great meal but there was a lot of emotional stuff happening at the table during dinner.

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Chef Rob in the Kitchen at Beasy’s on The Creek in Ashland, Oregon

On The Menu:
6oz filet with 2 prawns, broccoli, potatoes au gratin, clam chowder, bread and butter, wine, a coke, and pot du chocolate for dessert.
Pressed pinot noir red wine with dinner.

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“Surf & Turf” Dinner at Beazy’s on the Creek in Ashland, Oregon

After dinner we went back to the motel and tried to sleep, but we couldn’t. Too much stuff going on in our head and not tired/insomnia. It was a long night at the motel. We finally fell asleep for a little while and then hit the Sunday breakfast buffet. We hung out until it was time to caravan over to the cemetery for Dad’s headstone unveiling.

It was a truly beautiful day and the weather was absolutely perfect. There was a gathering of family and close friends at the gravesite, and the Rabbi performed a brief service to dedicate the headstone. It is a Jewish tradition to wait a year (and mourn the dead) before placing the headstone at the grave. And so, we gathered and the headstone was unveiled, and it was a very emotional afternoon. Then after the service we went back to The Ranch for a reception and celebration of his life with more food and drink.

After the reception we went back to the motel and took a nap, and when we woke up we hung out until we got hungry. We drove up to Medford to the In-n-Out Burger (the first one in the state) and got some late-night food.

Dinner at In-n-Out Burger in Medford, Oregon on Sunday night

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In-N-Out Burger in Medford, Oregon

Got that In-n-Out Urge! Also, there aren’t a lot of late night options on Sunday in Ashland, so two Double-Double cheeseburgers and a chocolate shake was a terrific choice for familiar and inexpensive comfort food after a long and emotional day.

 

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In-n-Out Double-Double Cheeseburger

We returned to the motel, took another hot bath in the “Jacuzzi Tub”, took a hot shower, and tried to sleep. When the morning came around we woke up and enjoyed the breakfast buffet again. We packed up our stuff and loaded the car and checked out of the Comfort Inn at noon on Monday.

Family stuff is just exhausting! Our brother flew in Saturday morning and left on Sunday afternoon. Our east coast aunt left on the early morning flight to New York from Medford with a layover in Denver. Our sister left on a later flight Monday for Los Angeles with a layover in San Francisco. And our other aunt and uncle (and their caregiver) left Tuesday around noon on a flight to Phoenix, Arizona.

We moved to The Ranch for the next two nights (Monday and Tuesday) after my brother, sister and east coast aunt had left town. We checked out of the motel and moved into our east coast aunt’s guest room, which used to be my father’s office. It was weird being in the space and sleeping in a bed located where his desk once was, and there were still remnants of his office stuff and the same pictures on the wall to add to the weirdness….

We stayed around the house and there was an afternoon nap, before we went out to dinner in downtown Ashland.

Dinner at Lark’s Kitchen at the Historic Ashland Springs Hotel on Monday evening

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The Historic Ashland Springs Hotel (from an earlier visit)

We went out to eat again with our aunt and uncle (and their caregiver) and stepmother at Lark’s Country Kitchen in the Historic Ashland Springs Hotel. Our aunt and uncle wanted a good burger. and they have a good burger on the lunch menu, also available “off the menu” at dinner on request. We called and confirmed this and made an early reservation. There is no theatre in Ashland on Mondays, the stages are dark, and the OSF has the day off, so there was no pre-theatre dinner rush to worry about. We enjoyed a wonderful relaxed dinner in the dining room with a nice view of Ashland’s main drag, also less crowded on Monday, but alway good for people watching.

On The Menu:
Fried chicken breast with bacon gravy, mashed red potatoes, and sub asparagus for collared greens. Sea Smoke Southing pinot noir red wine and a coke to drink.

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The fried chicken breast was excellent! And everyone enjoyed the burgers too. After dinner, we returned to The Ranch and tried to sleep. It was another long night.

Tuesday was a “take care of business” day. We had a mission to document the details of the Music Master Tape Library and go through a few boxes of Dad’s family photographs. It took all day to complete the tasks, and we had leftovers from the weekend for dinner, packed most of our stuff, and went to bed early.

Ashland, Oregon to Oakland, California on Wednesday morning 8am – 1:30pm

We woke up very early, loaded the car, had a quick breakfast sandwich, and hit the road headed south on Wednesday morning with our friend’s house in Oakland, California as our afternoon destination. It was another beautiful day and the drive was pretty easy. We stopped for gas in Santa Nella and missed the I-505 intersection at Winters. So we had to go further south (80 to 680 to Walnut Creek) to go east into the Bay Area. The “detour” added a little extra time, but it was another beautiful day, so we didn’t mind too much. There was a little traffic coming into Oakland, but it was a really nice drive.

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Mount Shasta, California (from the I-5 freeway)

NOTE: WATCH OUT FOR THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL!
There were a lot of cops on the road during the daytime. They drive marked cruisers, Ford Mustangs and SUVs, as well as unmarked cars (white and blue spotted this trip). Watch your speed, watch your mirrors, and watch out for hidden speed traps!

Wednesday Afternoon in Oakland, California (well, actually in Piedmont)

We arrived at our friend’s house and parked around 1:30pm in the afternoon. And after a quick stop there to refresh and relax, we decided to go afternoon day drinking at a local bar within walking distance and then have something to eat TBD nearby in the neighborhood.

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Kerry House in Oakland, California

First stop was Kerry House, a divey neighborhood bar with cheap drinks, on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.  Asked if they had “fresh cream” and ordered a White Russian (aka “a caucasian” made with vodka, coffee liqueur and fresh half&half) when the bartender said yes. Then we waited while the doorman went to the corner store and bought small cartons of milk and half&half, so yes it was fresh! We also had some chips and our friend had a couple of Cosmopolitans (vodka and cranberry juice).

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We offered to take our friend out to lunch or dinner, whatever they wanted. The sushi restaurant didn’t open until 5pm, and with our day drinking and another stop at the nearby coffee house for an Italian espresso with whipped cream, we could have gone there. Instead it was decided that we would cook dinner for our friend, so we went to the local market and bought some good food to prepare and consume at her house.

On The Menu: Chef JoshWillTravel did a great job!
Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs and steamed broccoli for dinner
with pita chips and hummus appetizer to start

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Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Steamed Broccoli

We prepped the food and put the ribs in the oven to cook for an hour and a half.
Then we had a little nap during the Basketball Game which was being played in Oakland.

Final Score: Toronto Raptors 123 – Golden State Warriors 109 (series tied 1-1)

After the game was over, we enjoyed a very nice dinner and hung out until 11pm.
Then we hit the road again for another long night drive to Los Angeles. Because of traffic (caused by the game and construction) we had to go north to go east to go south and we added some extra miles, but probably saved some time by following Google Map back to I-5 south.

“No more speed, I’m almost there
Gotta keep cool now, gotta take care”

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TunnelVision!

Oakland to Los Angeles, California
Wednesday night 11pm – Thursday morning 5:30am
Antioch Bridge $6.00 Toll Fee (crossed it around midnight leaving the Bay Area)

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Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Photo of the Antioch Bridge

The least-traveled and probably least known of the region’s toll bridges, the Antioch Bridge, is a steel plate-girder automobile/bicycle/pedestrian bridge that crosses the San Joaquin River. The Antioch Bridge links Antioch with Sherman Island in southern Sacramento County, near the city of Rio Vista.

Once we reached the I-5 south it was an uneventful drive, with a stop to fill the gas tank and empty the bladder and a rest stop to stretch and use the restroom. There was a lot of construction work and one bad traffic accident ( a car went off the highway and into a deep ditch off the elevated road) and we were pretty sure there were fatalities as we passed. Another obvious reason to ALWAYS DRIVE SAFE and PAY ATTENTION!

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Incident on the I-5 Freeway South on Thursday Morning

We arrived in the San Fernando Valley just before 5:30am and as we reached the 405 freeway north, there was already “stop and go” traffic at the 101 intersection, so we exited and took surface streets home, with a quick stop at our PO Box to pick up the mail.

Comfort Inn – Ashland, Oregon

Morning Glory Cafe – Ashland, Oregon

Beazy’s On The Creek – Ashland, Oregon

In-n-Out Burger – Medford, Oregon

Lark’s Country Kitchen (at the Ashland Springs Hotel) – Ashland, Oregon

Kerry House – Piedmont Av, Oakland, California

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The Commodification of Burning Man!

The Commodification of Burning Man!

NOTE: If you don’t know anything about Burning Man, you might want to scroll on past this Blog Post to the next one! This is all about the Burning Man principle of DECOMMODIFICATION and then an opinion about The Ticket Sales in 2019.
There are 10 Principles (actually 11 because Consent was added).

“In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.”

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Burning Man has a “Gift Economy”, not a barter/trade, not transactional, no money is used except to buy ice and coffee. All promotion and branding is rejected and brand names are covered or altered in the spirit of the event…. except that doesn’t always happen.

Recently (February, 2019) the Burning Man Project Organization (aka the BMorg) issued a statement about a “course correction” to eliminate these gross violations of the no promotion/branding particularly on social media like this (mostly Instagram & Twitter).

So the question for you to think about, and respond to in the comments if you so choose, it this:

Q: How do you feel about the commodification of Burning Man by celebrities?
Last year I was truly disgusted when comedian Nick Kroll went on the Colbert talk show and showed pics and told stories! The picture of Diplo with the chicken is going viral, and he should already be banned for his past behavior. I blame Paris Hilton and the instasparkleponies and if they’re really serious about “course correction” they need to stop this shit. And how do you feel about Tool dropping their latest release from the art car Abraxus at the event?

BURNING MAN 2019: (and this is just an example for educational purposes)

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“Is Paris Hilton selling shit on Instagram using BurningMan?” is exactly the question! Is she being paid to pose at Burning Man 2019? Is this a commercial endorsement using the burn and other peoples art to promote sunglasses, goggles, fashion, and her brand?

Paris Hilton’s Insta pics are (hashtag)burningman and there are 5 pics commodifying other peoples art promoting her brand and products without giving credit or compensating them.

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NOTE: We added the white text to give credit to the artist!

WE LOVE DJ PARIS HILTON! (just not her commodification of Burning Man for money)

 

Ask how celebrity endorsements work and internet influencers are compensated. Paris Hilton is a genius at Business, Entertainment, Media and Promotion! Check out her many business ventures and her net worth. I don’t think that her business should include exploiting Burning Man for $$$$$.

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Is actor/comedian/producer Nick Kroll going on a late night talk show to promote himself and his projects while using (hashtag)BurningMan considered commodification? He’s being paid to appear. It’s a pretty funny interview, but is this what the “cultural correction” needs to address?

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This is a mainstream network show that he is being paid to appear on. Followed by a “plug” for his TV show that he is also paid for. The comedy bit is part of his act, he’s a standup, it’s art but he’s paid for it too. And Colbert feeds him the prompts. Laughing at the freaks is good television! I don’t know how BM protects its copyrights, trademarks, and enforces the “policies”, I’m just barking on my megaphone about Paris Hilton, the original Sparkle Pony (DJ) today And referencing the Nick Kroll clip as an example.

“Policy” regarding Commercial Promotion and Personal Use Media from BMorg:
Burners are welcomed to use photos, videos, and audio recordings obtained at the event for their personal use, which includes:
Sharing with your friends and personal social media networks.
Displaying on personal websites—as long as the websites do not sell any products or services, and do not pretend or appear to be an official Burning Man website.
Posting to your personal accounts on photo-sharing sites such as Flickr, Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr—as long as the posts aren’t commercial in any manner and the accounts aren’t used for purposeful promotion. You may not directly monetize any media through paywalls or advertisements.

I’m not saying that celebrities shouldn’t be included. I’m saying they shouldn’t be allowed to commodify the experience to sell their shit. They shouldn’t pose for paid ads at The Burn. They shouldn’t go on network tv and show pictures and laugh at the freaks because it’s good television while they’re being paid to appear and plug the shit their selling.

Nearly 40 percent of Burning Man’s money, more than $15 million, was spent on salaries and other employee benefits, an increase of about $2 million from the year before, according to the 2017 tax documents. The top 10 salaries from 2017 are:

Marian Goodell, CEO: $261,000
Larry Harvey, President: $211,000
Theresa Duncan, Director of philanthropic engagement: $187,000
Harley K. Dubois, Director: $176,000
Ray Allen, General counsel: $174,000
Doug Robertson, Director of finance: $161,000
Heather White, managing director: $160,000
Kim Cook, Director of art and civic engagement: $156,000
Charlie Dolman, event operations director: $151,000
Crimson Rose, secretary: $145,000

Here is the salary breakdown, and there are other people receiving large payment too. And we are aware of the arguments about “volunteer labor” when so much money is generated. Is LNT a way to avoid the expense of trash removal? Is “self-reliance” a way to avoid providing services? Today my post was about Paris Hilton and her InstaPromotion, and celebrities making money from the decommodified community.

Ask the artist! Artist, Laura Kimpton, does she have consent to use your Art in her self promotion? http://laurakimpton.com

We were overjoyed to discover her art from The Playa in the heart of commercial Las Vegas at the Venetian=Palazzo Hotel and Casino on The Strip!
We watched so many people pose for pictures and interact with the “LOVE” piece in a very short time. And we love love love all of her stuff, particularly “XOXO”.

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At the Venetian-Palazzo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada!

NOTE: Funding artists to make art is not commodification until that art is used to make money for the artist from a commercial venture. Burning Man Project is funding non-commercial art as far as I know.

And what about JoshWillTravel?
Are we commodifying the Burning Man experience here?

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No, we are not exploiting the event for commercial gain, therefore, we are within the BMorg guidelines, and we are not using Burning Man for any commercial intent!

NOTE: Our participation in the event this year, because of the ticket situation (and not having them), was Camp Envy and gifting art/sharing pics (screenshot caps as it was happening) with the webcast community via Slack chat, and the group Facebook and Twitter streams. No personal gain was intended and no personal hashtags were used until the event was over. We’ll be sharing the pics again here on the Blog soon, and on our other social media pages within the guidelines and without any commodification or commercial intent.

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HERE’S OUR OPINION PIECE ABOUT THE 2019 TICKET FIASCO>
Burning Man Tickets and THE CONSTANT FUCKUP WITH TICKET SALES!

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Posted this on the Burning Man page, but thought I would share it here too, in regards to TiCKETS AND THE CONSTANT FUCKUP WITH TICKET SALES: If they were serious about protecting the integrity of the ticket process and actual DECOMMODIFICATION they would use an in-house mail order system like the Grateful Dead used. No outside ticket vendors. Easy to spot multiple ticket requests from the same address. Handwritten requests only! And using a postal money order only for purchase removes big banking and internet fees from the transaction. Also the “service fees” could be reduced and valuable BM jobs could be created. (ps I worked for World ___ USA ’94 as Customer Service Supervisor for International Ticketing – 9 US Venues sold over a year in advance and insured tickets direct shipped a few weeks before the games) And the Mail Order process involves real participation, not just watching the arrows spin.

Burning Man 2019: HOW MANY PEOPLE GOT SCAMMED THIS BURN? There were so many stories pre-burn! Did you get a ticket? Did you get scammed? Was it your fault for trusting “the system”? How did you find your ticket? How did you get scammed?

 

My story: I just needed one ticket and maybe a VP. Tried the Main Sale and got f*cked by LYTE. Left spinning for 3 hours. Tried STEP at Main Sale price and later found out there was no way that was going to happen unless I went for FOMO price. Then struck out in the OMG and was left out in the cold like so many people…. How do you plan or prep if you don’t have a ticket and don’t know if you’ll get one? Plenty of SCALPERS online, jacked up prices on the PayTicket sites, and too many people trying to find a ticket with a sad story…. Noticed a lot of Burgins got tickets, and a lot of return Burners were left begging. People were adding tickets to jacked up RV rentals and offering them along with camp placement for a fee. Thinking most people paid over $1500 a ticket if they didn’t get scammed…. ultimately, there wasn’t a ticket and I didn’t beg hard enough. Also, didn’t want to pay over OMG prices for obvious reasons and finally gave up, rather than risk a “scalped” ticket.
You should learn about GDTS (Grateful Dead Ticket Sales) back in the day. The New Year’s run, benefit shows and small venues always sold out by mail order and fans paid face value.
You’re not doing 70000, because you have 25000 DGS, volunteer and Low Income tickets. ~45000 tickets Main Sale with the on-sale date and access only available to verified Burner profiles. Tickets assigned a Personal ID number attached to the profile, protects user identity, tickets could still be sold at face value to other Burner profiles, gifted, donated before the mailing date, but the hard ticket would be shipped by insured service to the Burner profile’s address. Having postal money orders would reduce credit card fraud and make the penalties Federal instead of petty. Postal money orders are protected. Shipped tickets protected by insurance with a dedicated service line for problems. Would also reduce the lines at Willcall if tickets were delivered. If you got a ticket in the Main Sale you wouldn’t be eligible for Low Income.
I also suggest a $10000 VIP level ticket for instasparkleponies and plug and play camp burners to subsidize the low income program.
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UPDATED October 16, 2019:
The 2020 Burning Man Theme: THE MULTIVERSE!
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“The 2020 Burning Man event theme explores the quantum kaleidoscope of possibility, the infinite realities of the multiverse, and our own superpositioning as actors and observers in the cosmic Cacophony of resonant strings. It’s an invitation to ponder the real, the surreal and the pataphysical, and a chance to encounter our alternate selves who may have followed, or are following, or will follow different decision-paths to divergent Black Rock City realities. Welcome to the Multiverse!

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