Category Archives: Northern California

One Big Tool…Really!

20131202-145616.jpg
Yes. It’s the world’s biggest hammer. Located at the south end of Eureka, on Hwy 101 at Broadway. This huge tool is the landmark for Pierson Building Center, Humboldt County institution, established in 1962. Support small businesses. Shop Local!

Lichen that Beard!!!

20131202-111136.jpg
Old man beard lichen. Really! That’s what it’s called and we are lichen it.

Buck Hunter’s Instant Karma…

20130902-191659.jpg
Just add water. Instant karma’s a bitch. Hunter tied up tight. One for the buck. Stops here. Sight seen at the Drive-through Tree Gift Shop, US 101. Onward…

Does a Texan piss Roadside?

20130714-122643.jpg
Why, yes. Yes he does.
Does a Bear? Click here to see.
101. July.

Photo and haiku: GH

Cool Cali Rabbi Schulman says You Go Gays!

avi_for_weeklyfcb735From pal of this site, Big Gay Al. Word from his groovy Rabbi, who loves on the queer Tribe and the goy gays both. The cool Franciscans dig us, too. Righteous faith communities have been at the forefront of our struggle for a long time. As whip-smart homo-hopper and site-pal Tim’m T. West has said: “If it ain’t Love, it ain’t God.” Word! Thanks for this, Al! Rabbi Avi Schulman is at Temple Beth Torah  in Fremont, California. Such a mitzvah!

A WORD FROM RABBI SCHULMAN:

On Wednesday I rejoiced when I learned that the Supreme Court’s had decided to nullify the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.   As a result of this ruling, gay and lesbian married couples will receive equal protection and benefits under the law as do heterosexual married couples.   I was further gladdened when the Supreme Court declined to overturn the decision by a federal district court invalidating Proposition 8.  In doing so, it is expected that within a month same-sex couples can marry in California.

It has been a long, hard struggle to reach this point in our society.  As a heterosexual male, I have not been subject to the intense discrimination if not outright hatred that gays and lesbians, bi-sexual and transgendered people have experienced.  But I have encountered intense resistance to granting any legitimacy to those who are LGBT.  Some years ago, I gave a sermon advocating for gay rights.  In response, I received the following letter:

“Dear Rabbi,

I hope your Temple isn’t caught up in supporting homosexual rights!!  God in the Old Testament has never approved of the homosexual life style.  In fact they were to be taken outside the gates of the city and stoned.  Also, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.

Remember, homosexuals are filthy people and have filthy practices.  No wonder they have AIDS and thanks to them, heterosexuals have it, too.  Don’t give them any rights!

A lot of Jews and Christians are homosexuals because they didn’t bond with a Dad.  The Dad’s too busy for them and they are just around women and get too feminine.

A lot of Jewish boys too are homosexual because they got pampered in the city.
Do not grant homosexuals any rights.  Follow God’s way and not Sodom’s way!”
The repulsive attitude, the appalling ignorance, and the sheer bigotry of the writer of this letter are reprehensible.  But make no mistake, even today there are still people in our society who would agree with these sentiments.

Yesterday’s rulings by the Supreme Court represent landmarks in the fight for equal rights for gays and lesbians in America.  However, there is still much more work to be done.   More than thirty states do not allow same-sex marriage.   However, through education and advocacy, we can help ensure that LGBT couples can marry in every state in the US.

Our Torah proclaims that each human being is unique and precious, endowed with the spirit of the Divine.  Our prophetic tradition urges us to strive toward creating a society that is just and righteous.   Amos the prophet proclaimed:  “Let justice roll down like waters, righteousness like a mighty stream.”  Wednesday’s landmark decisions by the Supreme Court felt like a waterfall of refreshing water that washed over our land.

Uriner no Ruiner – Recyle What?

20130604-151646.jpg

20130604-151700.jpg

20130604-151725.jpg
Not what we might usually think of when yellow hanky and recycle both are tags for a post! Sight seen by pal of this site C. Jacob Hale in the tiny town of Murphy’s, California. Tucked up in the Sierras, it’s where to go when you need a urinal. Which, as it turns out, we really do. Those who knew infamous gay archivist Willie Walker may know why. Mike? Others may speculate. Selavy. C’est la Guerre. Tout le Monde manges Pommes de Terre.

Glory Hole Sports! Really.

20130529-152412.jpg

20130529-152429.jpg

20130529-152440.jpg
From friend of this site C. Jacob Hale. Doc’ boy jake writes of Master docta’ Arturo: “Master didn’t take me to the rec area. The Glory Hole Sports store was great fun! Bought fishing weights for the chain I hang from my nipple rings, & cool souvenirs.” P.hancy Docs, that is: Glory Holes and Limber Scenes.
From Angels Camp, California. Thanks, Jake!

Inking the Bear – words and images

20130525-112843.jpg

20130525-112921.jpg

20130525-112941.jpg

20130525-113006.jpg
Inking the pet bear
Spring may be more than skin deep
Signed but still wild

Words, ink and photos: GH

Tiny Town Queen Patty McGroin is Empress of San Francisco!

20130316-123224.jpg
Laytonville Native Wins Empress Of San Francisco’s Imperial Court!

“Patty McGroin went from winning Miss Gay San Francisco in 2011 to the reigning empress of the 2013 San Francisco Imperial Court. Patty will spend her year as Empress raising money for San Francisco charities as part of the duties of representing the San Francisco Imperial Council…”

Congratulations, Patty!

Jayma Shields for The Mendocino County Observer. Photo: anon.

K9 Warning! Sight seen in Mendocino County.

20130214-153327.jpg
Sight seen outside a storage facility in Ukiah, in Mendocino County in Northern California. Back in the day, the NorCal economy was based on logging, plus fishing on the coast, some fruit and nut farming and some sheep and cattle ranching. Now, it’s vineyards in Marin, Sonoma and South Mendocino. Further north, Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties comprise “the Emerald Triangle” – world-famous as a center of 420 culture, and prosperous due to an economy based on Marijuana cultivation.

What does THAT have to do with THIS photo? Let us translate. In the local jargon “This facility is used frequently as a training ground for law enforcement K-9 units” means “Don’t store your inventory here.” Word to the wise, no shit Sherlock and Duh! Enjoy your day and don’t let the doggies getcha!