Johnny

Condor-killer?

In June 1965, his truck caught fire due to an overheated wheel bearing, triggering a forest fire that burnt several hundred acres in Los Padres National Forest in California. When the judge asked Cash why he did it, Cash said, “I didn’t do it, my truck did, and it’s dead, so you can’t question it.” The fire destroyed 508 acres (206 ha), burning the foliage off three mountains and killing 49 of the refuge’s 53 endangered condors. Cash was unrepentant: “I don’t care about your damn yellow buzzards.” The federal government sued him and was awarded $125,172 ($923127 in 2013 dollars). Cash eventually settled the case and paid $82,001. He said he was the only person ever sued by the government for starting a forest fire.


Cat

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The other day I got mad at my cat for doing something undesirable.  Then later I was like, “what am I doing being mad at a cat?  She has no idea what human rules are.  She is a less than one year old furry mushball.  She is completely alone in the universe, with a brain incapable of processing even the simplest language.  How would she possibly know what’s good or bad in a house?  To her a flushing toilet is a marvel as wondrous as the Tomb Of Jahangir at Shahdara Bagh.”


Farming

Sometimes I romanticize farming in my mind.  Important to remember what a farm is really like.

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American literature

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Countryman

Countryman is an album by Willie Nelson. Ten years in the making, Nelson’s first ever reggae album merges the gospel and spirit found in bothcountry and reggae. It was released on CD format on August 2, 2005 by the Lost Highway label. Nelson made two videos for this album “The Harder They Come” and “I’m a Worried Man” both videos were filmed in Jamaica.

I can’t say this is one of my favorite Willie albums, but I suspect Willie had fun making it.

Countryman is also the title of a 1982 Jamaican film:

Countryman (1982) is an independentaction/adventure film directed by Dickie Jobson. It tells the story of a Jamaican fisherman whose solitude is shattered when he rescues two Americans from the wreckage of a plane crash. The fisherman, called Countryman, is hurled into a political plot by the dangerous Colonel Sinclair. Countryman uses his knowledge of the terrain and his innate combat skills to survive.

The film was shot in Jamaica and featured a reggae soundtrack performed by Bob Marley & the Wailers. It has become a cult classic.

It’s also the name of a newspaper in Perth, Australia that appears to have gone out of business.


Theory

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If you take a picture of anything in California, then put it in black & white, you can pass it off as being by Ansel Adams.


Surf Beach, California

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When I took this picture I was listening to Dave Brubeck’s version of “The Trolley Song.”