Monday, February 26, 2018

LECH & ME





Sorting through files saved from mud, I found this from Gdansk, Poland, circa 1984.

Walesa was under house arrest at the time.  (The goons were downstairs, had already harassed our entry, were gearing up to harass our exit.)

Times soon changed and Walesa became President of Poland.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

MONTECITO MUDDY



1914


1964


Montecito property developers have much to answer for.

Blood on their hands.



1971


Writes Nigel Gallimore:

There is a long documented history in Montecito of what happened in January 2018. 

Seems the county office of emergency management did not do sufficient research. 

If they had used all these old photos in media press conferences it would have made a far bigger impression on the public as to the danger. 



MONTECITO MUDSLIDES: ABOUT EVERY 20 YEARS







"Sometime soon after the flood someone flew over the area of the flood.  It turns out there was some controversy as to the location of where some of these houses were built.  Michael Towbes the contractor and developer should probably have never built on that land."





Saturday, February 10, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

FOUND!





A cachet of fine wine that went missing.

(Everything recovered from this point is a gift.)



THREE LESSONS FOR GRANDSONS






1.  Mother Nature is a bitch.

2.  Gratitude, for living through it.

3.  You pick yourself up, wipe off the dust, and start over, bigger and better than before.



AND FOR DESSERT



Drained


Mudpie.

What else?



Thursday, February 8, 2018

STILL STANDING & STRUCTURALLY SOUND...



"Where's my wine?"


...unlike many of the houses in our area.

And now the mud is out, thanks to an awesome crew.

Montecito Strong!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN HIGHGATE


Original billboard





Not-quite-Tate Modern-but-almost



Ongoing tribute to George Michael (outside his old house)


Russian Row


Home to discreet Russian oligarchs.

Near to...



Russian Embassy staff quarters


This afternoon on Hampstead Heath

(Homage to Sir Larry Viner)




Parliament Field.




Thursday, February 1, 2018

MEANWHILE, BACK IN 'CITO






Found:  A baseball card collection from someone upstream.

Would like to return to owner.