Friday, May 27, 2011

Dune Buggy

Certain signposts in life should read "not as smart as" maybe, rather than the somewhat less sunnier, "stupid," "idiotic" or "potentially fatal" even.
Such as the time when on one morning, way too many of us jumped into Jeff's open, roll-bar only Jeep with a freshly plucked, Waldo's keg that we huddled around as we sped up the highway for a day of fun and frolic on the dunes of
Silver Lake.

One of the many other joys of the area, I'm guessing, was the Silver Lake Sun Club. The local nudist camp that, no matter how many backroads we went down, seemed to elude us.
I remember when I was just a bit younger and seeing nudist magazines with pictures of nudist volleyball and how I thought that looked pretty interesting. And that if we were diligent enough at seeking this camp out that we could actually run across such an event.

Another similar fascination within rural Oceana County took place a few years later when the annual Women's National Music Festival set up camp Northwest of Hesperia. You always knew when the festival's road crew came through in advance of the show by all the Subaru wagons with Vermont plates.

Photo: Diane Arbus' Retired Nudists

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lordy Lordy Look Who's...Sixty?

Nice to see Gary, Paula and Tom and even some Craig. Some of the Maple Street / East Avenue, extending out to 48th, street team. Of course there was never enough time to catch up with them or a bevy of other folks either. Good to see everybody.

I thought I'd read that Robin Williams grew up around Grosse Pte.. But I wonder if he may have had family on this side of the state?

Farr View Dairy

Actually, I do remember having a milkman. White uniform, white truck, thick whole milk with paper caps. Rarely did I ever see chocolate. Maybe our dairy didn't swing that way, maybe my folks didn't, maybe it was too fancy-pants. I really don't know the answer to that. Now eggnog at Christmas, that was another story altogether. My brother Tim wouldn't have had it any other way. And cultured buttermilk, my god who drinks that stuff. My dad did.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl's best friend
A kiss may be grand
But it won't pay the rental on your humble flat
Or help you at the automat
Men grow cold as girls grow old
And we shall lose our charms in the end
But square cut or pear shape
These rocks don't lose their shape
Diamonds are a girl's best friend
Diamonds are a girl's best friend

Let's Rock

There may come a time when a lass needs a lawyer
Diamonds are a girl's best friend

There may be when a hard boiled employer
Thinks you're awful nice
But get that ice or else no dice
He's your guy when stocks are high
But beware when they start to descend
It's then that these louses go back to their spouses
Diamonds are a girl's best friend
Diamonds are a girl's best friend

Let's rock again

Lyrics from T-Bone Burnett's Diamonds Are Girl's Best Friend

Photo from the movie RPM - Revolutions Per Minute(from - About a radical, west coast college professor who takes over during a campus revolt but can't decide between restoring order or anarchy.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Bobby D On A 500 Brit

Some say he crashed his Triumph Tiger up around Woodstock, New York. Some say he didn't. And some just don't say.

Photo: Getty Image

A Tale Of Urban Terror And Savagery: The Moped Choppers

Ace Motorcycle And Scooter Company's Rocker's Reunion, vintage bike and scooter rally. Saturday May, 7th. Chicago, Illinois.

I had just finished going back and forth like twenty times till I fit into the parking space the size of a shoe. I was walking briskly toward the intersection when I first felt the vibrations beneath my feet. After staring at my shoe tips, I looked up, and there they were, revving their engines, waiting for the green light. And the thunder was deafening...eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Photos: si!

Friday, May 6, 2011

CC And Company

A) 1970's Broadway Joe Namath as CC Ryder, motorcycle mechanic.
B) Ann-Margret as Ann McCalley, fashion journalist.
C) CC Ryder joins band of desert biker hooligans.
D) Hooligans pick-up writer Ann who is stranded by side of road.
E) New recruit Ryder is smitten with kitten.
F) William Smith as Moon, the leader of these savages known as The Heads, isn't exactly giddy about the sparks that are flying and decides to pour cold water on their fire.
G) Ann and Joe Willey don't like being cold or wet so she climbs on back of his AMF era Harley and they head out of Dodge.
H) Wayne Cochran and The CC Ryders do their Mitch Ryder best.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Kitten Rides A Tiger

Thrill seeker, motorcycle enthusiast and all around double barreled bundle of joy, Ann Margaret, starring in this 1966 film, The Swinger, on a Triumph Tiger 500. Margaret, as writer Kelly Olsson, swings hard to prove to girly-mag editor, Tony Franciosa's Ric Colby, that she's capable of the steamy romps she writes about. And that her stories are everything his sexy-time magazine requires.
Whew! Its getting a little warm in here for 1966. The wattage from Ann Margaret alone could provide power for most mid-size towns.

Photo: and