Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fishing Journal: 20090621 Blue River @ Heeney Road

Had a great Father's Day outing here. Flyshop in Silverthorne, Cutthroat Anglers, made it seem like it'd be a tough day. Probably was, but I had some decent action and caught two fish. Was using a 14 or 16 golden stonefly nymph (caught one on that) with a big (probably 10) hot pink San Juan worm about 10" below. Used 5x leader and tippet.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

other fiction read in the last, well, year or so

Nabokov's Lolita.
Voltaire's Candide.
Adam Fawer's Improbable.
Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner.
Stephen King's The Stand.
Shelley's Frankenstein (1818 text).
Stephenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath (can't believe I never read this before -- incredible!)
Several short stories by Joseph Conrad.
Escohotado's A Brief History of Drugs.

A bunch of other stuff that I don't have handy.


Re-reading Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series, which I had read when I was 15 or so. I wanted to see if I enjoyed the philosophical bent more now than I did then.

Eh ... it's OK. Neat premise (all 36 billion humans who ever lived resurrected on the banks of a 10-million mile long river, with their material needs cared for and the possibility of permanent death initially gone). Allows him to really look at social/cultural interactions and evolution in a little laboratory, with the material side more or less controlled (though of course people still pursue more and more material stuff, especially at first). But the prose is rather stilted and the whole thing is a little sophomoric. Oh well, I guess that's why it's science fiction, not usually my preferred genre.


Read Jose Saramago's Blindness a month or so ago. It was recommended by a Barnes & Noble guy when I asked for something "dystopic, preferably post-apocalyptic," and he did a pretty good job for me. Right on, B&N guy! The writing style is haunting and beautiful, the story and characters fascinating.


Seemingly new-to-circ OAITW show via Matt Smith and the Pacific Northwest crew running at Lossless Legs. Fun stuff. Richard Greene is there, which puts it to April-May '73, in all likelihood. It's also in a goodish sized hall, not the Keystone or Boarding House or whatever. My own guess is either Santa Barbara 4/12/73 or one of the Oregon shows in May (5/8 or 5/9), but that's just base speculation.

Pat Lee suggests that the fact that the reels were on BASF tape stock is consistent with the Santa Barbara soundman stuff (cf. 4/20/74, 4/24/74 GASB shows that Will Boswell also had on reel from that source). Funny thing is that the 4/12/73 wasn't even listed on TJS until it was added based on info from Richard Greene, and now this tape cames along that might well be it.

update: And, what do you know? Looks like this nailed it - 4/12/73 it indeed seems to be.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Golden State Country Bluegrass Festival

Gotta whole mess o' discs from this festival, which I am going through pretty methodically. Lots of neat stuff.

There's a four CD version going around, but there's more material that I'll try to get moving around.

There's a post at Keep on Truckin' with the setlist of the circulating material.

edit 8/22/201: now going to be the first of a series, I think.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Fishing Journal: 200905xx, St. Vrain @ "white gate"

Got skunked on lots of big heavy wet stuff.

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Been Awhile

Was thinking I need to start leaving some notes for myself re: The Book.

Example: I'd really like to track down Sara Fulcher. Anyone help? She sang backup on the GD's Wake of the Flood (sessions would probably have been August '73?) and sat in with Jerry and Merl a fair amount in early '73. I can't tell if she's black or white. Let's assume she was 23 in '73 ... she'd be ca. 59 now. I have a hunch she's from Texas.