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.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 23, 2008

San Antonio Rose


Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I've been tagged by EkoVox with a challenge to post seven things that most folks probably don't know or care to know about me.

1. When I was about ten a friend and I were approached in the barber shop by a revival preacher that offered us each $25 if we would help out around the tent services over the weekend and help pack up Monday morning. We excitedly agreed, hung out Friday night to Sunday night passing the plate, moving things around, straightening chairs, sweeping up and even got saved a couple times. When we went to get our money Monday morning the tent, the trucks, everything was gone. That's when I became interested in the subject of religion.

2. I was a champ at shooting marbles in elementary school. I'd come home after school with my bags and pockets stuffed with marbles.

3. I saw The Beatles play at Dodger Stadium in 1964.

4. I've always been facsinated by pocket knives. Bone handled pocket knives. I usually have at least two in my pockets.

5. I've met three very famous people that I'm fond of telling stories about. Charlie Manson, Vincent Price and Timothy Leary. I didn't spend more than thirty minutes with Dr. Leary but I'm so pleased that I got to meet that fine, gentle man.

6. I was at Yosemite the Fourth Of July weekend in 1970 when the bikers and the hippies raised a ruckus and Martial Law was imposed. My girlfriend and I got to enjoy the whole park all to ourselves after everybody else was run out.

7. I went for ten years, from August 1998 until August 2008,without driving a car.

I have two other things but Eko only asked for seven.

Now I pass the challenge to my friends Jeff, Dave and Humbug.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Yes We Did


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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's A Beautiful Day

The sun is shining, the birds are singing. The land is aglow with joy and peace and happiness.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Jack Navarro

Fun with Jack and JO

Remember the giant peanut that went to Jimmy Carter in Washington DC? It was carved by this man, Jack Navarro. He also carved the deers at the entrance of Redwood Park in Arcata, as well as those great, large figures scattered around the HSU campus. Jack sat on the hiring committee when I interviewed for a job at HSU and convinced the others to hire me. He trained me to drive the trash truck. He bought the old city dump on Aldergrove and turned it into a beautiful park, refurbished the weigh station into a very comfortable house. He would throw great parties at that place. He passed away about six years ago. He was such a good friend. Nicki found this tape and posted it in My Space. It's so good to see his smiling face once again. And check out the one with Dean Porter playing congas at one of Jack's parties. I was playing keyboard, Larry Rushing on guitar, Mark Rios on drums, Chuck Mayville on bass and Bill Wardrip, harmonica. We called ourselves Razeyerhair.
Dean beating the drums.

Our friend Loretta Del Rey used to play our tapes on her radio show.
*Correction, looking at the Razeyerhair tape more closely I see that is me on rhythm guitar. I would usually play keyboard. And Stan Moyle and Larry Fuller on lead with wah wahs.