The Sunny Side

Pics, flicks and notes about my musical friends and family in and around Old Town Eureka, California.
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Location: Eureka, California, United States

My front porch in Old Town Eureka is known as The Sunny Side. Southern exposure, protected from the wind, it is an ideal place to sit and play old timey tunes and watch the parade go by.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Meet Mike and Vickie's new dog, Howdy. They got him at an animal shelter in Corning.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Huck Tube

Go on, click it. It's one of a kind.


Welcome To The Sunny Side

Brother James and I were playing West Fork Gals with Woody on guitar and a group visiting Eureka from China, South Korea, Japan and Brazil stopped for a dance. Woody grabbed my camera for these pics.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Firefox Version 3

A couple days ago I finally updated my Firefox browser to version 3. I kept putting it off because of all the problems I'd read about it. The first thing I noticed was that half my bookmarks were gone. Then I noticed that my passwords in password manager were in a different order. Tonight I tried to log into a DNS control panel that I share with others and the password was gone. Luckily I still had the version setup on my desktop so I uninstalled version 3, installed the old one, and all is well. I do not recommend Firefox version 3. Here's a link to download the old version.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Willy On The Whomp Bucket

Willy on the whomp bucket Monday outside Has Beans Coffee.

The Chinese fiddle and bow in this and the following video is fresh out of the box purchased from Eureka Pawn And Trade on Fourth St. for a hundred bucks. All new fiddles and string instruments at Eureka Pawn And Trade are lovingly set up and tuned by yers truly. Not bad for a hundred dollar fiddle. Willy's whomp bucket was made in the goodle USA.


Rose Of San Antone

EkoVox recently blogged about Bob Wills which inspired Brother James and I to play one of his tunes at last Saturday night's open mic at Has Beans.


Homeward Bound

Laura and I returning from Santa Rosa.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Augie passed away this past week after sixteen and a half years of loving companionship with Mike and Vickie. He is greatly missed. He was a good dog. Thank you Humbug for sending me these wonderful photos. We love you Mike and Vickie.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Graton California

I lived in Graton in 1970 before moving to Humboldt County. I worked on an apple ranch fixing up old horse drawn wagons, spending weekends at Wheeler's Ranch or Morningstar communes, playing music at Phil and Annie's boarding house or Skip's Bar. Skip's is now called the Underwood. The apple trees have been replaced by vineyards. But the little town is still charming.

Flamingo Hotel

The Flamingo in Santa Rosa is my favorite hotel. Reasonable rates, friendly service, large beautiful rooms. We always get the same room with a patio. It would be ideal for a bloggers picnic as it is near the So Hum bloggers.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sarah Palin

Could she really be the next Vice President of the United States? Check out her pantsuit. She's certainly no Hilary Clinton.

Saturday, September 06, 2008


Friday, September 05, 2008

My Uncle Fritz

The youngest of three children born in Hamburg Germany, Frederick Gsell was my mother's brother. He stayed with us in Pomona for about a month when I was about eight years old. He had been in the Merchant Marines all of his working career, a captain I was told. When I first met him at the dock in San Perdo he had just weathered a storm single handed in a big sailing yacht that he was delivering. He had the broken masts neatly lashed to the deck. The owner took delivery and handed my uncle Fritz a bundle of cash. He was quite a guy, loved drinking beer and frying baloney, carving wood and splicing rope while staying with us.  He'd go out at night doing who knows what. After he left Pomona he was never heard of again. I got this photo of him in my aunt Gussie's belongings. It's the only photo I've ever seen of him as an adult. Gee, I wish I could have gotten to know him. 

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Aloha Aunt Gussie

My aunt Gussie passed away on Thursday, August 28, at the age of 89. My sister and I met in Honolulu to attend her funeral. Born in Hamburg Germany, Augusta was raised in Hawaii and lived most of her life there, Thailand and the Philippines where her husband worked for Black Construction Corporation, building roads and Army bases in Asia. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed by her many friends and family.