September 30, 2008

mile 1364 -- terminus

video

mile 1300

video

September 29, 2008

mile 1000 -- resting on stearing wheel

video

mile 1100

video

mile 1000 -- hand held

video

mile 900

video

mile 800

video

tommy's chili tamale & ice tea

barstow, CA

(this used to be the easternmost tommy's -- there are now 2 in
henderson, NV)

seatbelt salt-sweat stripe

barstow, CA

quote of the moment

"... it is true that a hurricane could demolish new york city, and ...
IT COULD HAPPEN TOMORROW."

-- "it could happen tomorrow" on the weather channel

September 28, 2008

mile 700 -- las vegas, NV on horizon

video

mile 600

video

mile 500 redux

video

mile 600

video(there is no mile 500)

mile 400

video

mile 300

video

bluffs -- parachute,CO

mile 200

video

mile 100 -- vail, CO

video

2 views -- clouds and bluffs; silt, CO

mile 0; lakewood, CO

video

September 27, 2008

last experiment tonight

videoi promise.

sigur rós -- red rocks; morrison, CO

another try

video

test

this would be really cool (in the future) if this works.

haiku of the moment

paul newman is dead
get me a bowl of popcorn
put on "cool hand luke"

September 26, 2008

pic of the moment

light fixture; denver, CO

pic of the moment

"WWBD;" denver, CO

quote of the moment

"speed is the drug that just says, 'go.'"

-- voice over, "world's wildest police chases"

September 25, 2008

haiku of the moment

light "thunk" on the roof
soon followed by another
crabapple season

September 23, 2008

terminus; denver, CO

hope you've enjoyed the ride. i most certainly have.

hour 34; denver, CO

hour 33; winter park, CO

hour 32; hot sulphur springs, CO

hour 31; near glenwood springs, CO

hour 30; glenwood springs, CO

hour 30; glenwood springs, CO

hour 29; rulison, CO

trivium: rulison was the home to experimental fracturing ("fraccing") of
gas shales by nuclear explosive for production during the oil crisis of
the 70's. it never occurred to the people who did it that the gas would
become radioactive, and therefore unusable.

haiku of the moment

train goes aggressive
we're pushing over 80
the west slope recedes

hour 28; fruitvale, CO

haiku of the moment

industrial zone
there's calfrac well services
bedrock filled with fear

haiku of the moment

stern man in hard hat
welding visor flipped open
deep fire in his eyes

haiku of the moment

blogger tries blocking
poetic constipation
but i eat no spam

haiku of the moment

"burlington northern"
divide words to two letters
splay on five panels

haiku of the moment

train begins to roll
past back on silver ribbons
twin threads hold future

haiku of the moment

coal car paces us
black energy peaks from top
impact to be felt

haiku of the moment

old tracks submerging
"stop -- gate closed" in red & white
truly end of line

haiku of the moment

old friend disembarks
no more talk of derailment
solo journey starts

haiku of the moment

large feral landscape
pair of truck tracks span dry creek
desolation drive

hour 27; gilsonite, CO

hour 26; cisco, UT

rolling 180° panorama

old cisco highway; near thompson, UT

hour 25; green river, UT

haiku of the moment

leaning buckboard fence
for years you kept snow at bay
now climate prevails

haiku of the moment

omniscient train staff
little chuckling passengers
time to eat my arm

haiku of the moment

"did he wake up yet?"
"well, i don't see him around."
"i guess maybe not."

haiku of the moment

mining cabin stands
reminder of past ideals
greed taken elsewhere

haiku of the moment

tire tracks in tall grass
innocuous clear meadow
all things need patrol

haiku of the moment

high fall plain opens
meandering green stream belts
road ribbon reminds

haiku of the moment

young child screaming "no!"
get me a nice sharp object
find a way to "yes"

haiku of the moment

flashing gold patches
the quaking aspen shudder
bad nature yonder

haiku of the moment

bright burst of color
in otherwise plain valley
tree conspiracy

haiku of the moment

japanese couple
furious conversation
serious nature

hour 23; sky view, UT

haiku of the moment

an idea for you
at six bloody thirty
don't say "good morning"

hour 22.5; moark junction, UT

September 22, 2008

hour 14; elko, NV

hour 13; beowawe, NV

hour 12; winnemucca, NV

hour 11; rye patch, NV

hour 10; massie, NV

haiku of the moment

woman seems perplexed
"casino or restaurant?"
here? they're all the same

haiku of the moment

dusty little town
"hutch's surplus" trailer sits
cardboard deer in yard

haiku of the moment

truck washes, wendy's
pilot gas station with trees
a true oasis

haiku of the moment

child wails in train car
loud woman walks in with booze
all kinds of whine here

haiku of the moment

club car is open
woman claims "microwave queen"
sellin' those hot wings

haiku of the moment

baleful train whistle
hack poet fervently writes
technology rules

haiku of the moment

brown landscape gives way
stream taunting desolation
green cottonwoods fight

haiku of the moment

weakness reminded
intercom announcements drone
yes, it's dinner time

haiku of the moment

growling brown landscape
occasional river cuts
great grandfather earth

haiku of the moment

altitude cloud wisps
jet trail needle piercing through
most delicate lace

haiku of the moment

low sun, long shadows
glowing nevada wasteland
beckoning night chill

haiku of the moment

rotating couple
spin observation settee
a momentum love

haiku of the moment

stream with a few trout
school bus filled with screaming kids
all could be sardines

haiku of the moment

iron clad overpass
small stream trickling below
sure rites of passage

haiku of the moment

eroded old bluff
ambulance lawyer billboards
which is uglier?

haiku of the moment

rusted barb wire
graffiti strewn underpass
ratty desert town

hour 9; sparks, NV

hour 8; mogul, NV

hour 6; troy, CA

pic of the moment

blistered paint on an amtrak train interior

hour 5; emigrant gap, CA

hour 4; dutch flat, CA

haiku of the moment

kid loving train ride
mom is worrying about all
some people get it

haiku of the moment

all shot up and stripped
left as a blot on the wild
abandoned pick-up

haiku of the moment

antiquated phrase
draws blank expressions from crew
"observation car"

haiku of the moment

a pine surrounded
threatening stand of live oaks
singularity

hour 3: ophir, CA

haiku of the moment

incoherent squint
ever mumbling to himself
fat man in club car

haiku of the moment

stranger sits close by
tunnel eclipsing day's light
odd intimacy

haiku of the moment

uncomfortably placed
reminder of quarries past
boulder in pasture

quote of the moment

"caution: remote control locomotives in use in this area. cabs may have
no drivers."

-- train yard sign; roseville, CA

hour 2; sacramento, CA

quote of the moment

"warning - trespassers will be shot and killed"

-- building sign facing railroad tracks; sacramento, CA

hour 1: elmira, CA

mile 0; emeryville, CA

September 20, 2008

haiku of the moment

a flicker of light
interstellar overdrive
good-bye richard wright

September 19, 2008

pic of the moment

justin marvel and al green; concord, CA

pic of the moment

gladys knight; concord, cA

for my future reference only

sleep train (concord) pavilion floor spans seats 101 to 146
dead center is what you'd expect, about 124. stage stand about 4' high.

September 18, 2008

pic of the moment

car hood; san josé, CA

September 13, 2008

pic of the moment

chain guard on bicycle; santa cruz, CA

September 12, 2008

quote of the moment

"bicycling against oil wars."

-- sign on the back of a bicycle bag; palo alto, CA

September 11, 2008

pic of the moment

transamerica tower and chinatown hilton; SF

(new higher-res hiptop camera)

September 07, 2008

pix of the moment

360° panorama from the center of the walkway between the westin
bonaventura and the YMCA, LA