19.10.14

half my lifes been on the highway.
all my life ive done it my way.

built

ive driven all night before. the second wind, it beckons for a third and even the forth. time most absolutely flies. even now. a swung leg, clipped and bruised. got in and situated, peeled off and amazement pursued. an unknown shrouded with a decade or more and rightfully ripped back. headed up and in all directions. contort and revert. the jostle of a little pain. gussets next go 'round. figured and sandy amongst the embered footsteps of the hummingbird silently behind the moon. it crept and lit, danced a little while past sun up and disappeared somewhere beyond the beach. priorities and a decided way of being. life is joy life is pain. welcomed to wander. indefferently defended. a well groomed train of thought and ive been here before, entrenched in swamps.

29.7.14

to my keyboard cassanova, i too can do this dance...

grammatical airs and the such are for you. krooked and keruoac, bukowski, beavis, and butthead. fall off that high horse, come down to earth, dont bump your head, it needs no more swelling. i didnt know you followed rules, man. so tell me, is it one space or two after a period? dont your little pinkies work for the capital letters? fuck it, right? thats what i think... which is why other than this you get nothing from me, im too busy outside living and working to read your nonsense. hopefully it makes you feel better though, cause...  at least a proper address would be nice.

6.5.14

aloha anita and brighton bound

Contoured and in time, her hollow body fit form well next to i. The bed lie strewn amongst a corner of a room of a building I've passed a million times, a room delicate to their being, casual light with ease. That last breath, as he climbed out and over from corners soaked up by him only, a shockingly reminder of a small time apart. A heavy glance at her tight and naked body, cloaked in sheets.  twenty-seven days and counting. Reverse the weeks and start a new. A photo from day one upon a bench, some bar filled birthday. A march on the fifteenth and up against a wall. Defined a little memory, noted and cherished. A group effort, an invite to her place and a gentle decline from that old man. She peered from a window silled watch as he left illegally, begrudgingly.

1.5.14

to make up for the miles ive been losing.

While you was gone you must have done a lot of favors
You've got a whole lot of things I don't think
That you could ever have paid for
While you've been busy crying
About my past mistakes
I've been busy trying to make a change
I made a change
I've been riding with the ghost
I've been doing whatever he told me
I've been looking door to door to see
if there was someone who'd hold me
I never met a single one who didn't see through me
None of them could love me if they thought they might lose me
Unless I made a change
See I ain't getting better. I am only getting behind
I am standing on a crossroad trying to make up my mind
I'm trying to remember how it got so late
Why every night pain comes from a different place
Now something's got to change
I put my foot to the floor
To make up for the miles I've been losing
See I'm running out of things
I didn't even know I was using
And while you've been busy
Learning how to complain
I've been busy learning
How to make a change

molina.

24.4.14

from phoenix for omaha.

picture arizona winter. 03/04 and rewind another 6 months. lets put it at july of 03. at the time, and I'm trying to lose the common place terms, i was northwesterly living and anticipating a move back to the desert. that drip dry barrenesque placard of land the hopi call home. enter mark murawski. a friend thru the arizona skateworld. with a quick call to see if he had any rooms avail at his house, he even quicker said, "you can live in the backyard."  i said, if you're serious, I'm serious, that sounds amazing, and so it goes. 

somewhere dancing on early november, i was back in tempe and scrounging for wood. a couple of two by's and sheets of three quarter ply, anything to get my home built. turn down free rent? not during those days. and this reference, twice now today, as skating is my past is anew, that life as a past, anew. stepped upon a sturdy state of being. continual process and growth. f o r w a r d  m o t i o n . 

at the time, i had just spent all of my savings and maxed out a credit card on gas and gas station rations, i was broke as ever and literally scrounging for wood to build this thing.  frequenting job sites for scraps and an eye on something to go back for later that night. ed abbey would be proud. wood was lifted, stolen, borrowed, liberated and put to good use.  

with primitive tools, maybe a drill? but probably just a hammer, i constructed a four foot wide, eight foot long and five foot tall shack to live in for however long i could take it.  during the build process which was two days tops, my buddy neal stopped by the house on his way from social to visit friends and family in florida. he had just overcame a heavy alcohol binge and was starting a sober life to which this day, eleven years later, still clean and healthy. 

neal had been a part of a crew in southern california of ramp builders, construction crew, and then party animals. but he had knowledge of building structures and building them correctly, so his quick visit was much appreciated as this was before any skills that i now have with wood had developed. 

so up the walls went and then the roof. i had no idea and the reason for a pitched roof quickly made sense.  as mentioned previous, it was a quick process and i was soon left simply to fill the windowless cabin with my belongings, futon mattress and figure out how to make best use of my space. 

aaron forjan was installing cabinets for a living at the time and offered up the cabinets in the picture. i built some shelving for the foot of the bed/shack and found a mirror that went along the opposing end to visually double the size of the spot to help with that enclosed feeling i never had to begin with. the mirror made people laugh and later on, i strung christmas lights in the the tree and along the walk way to my front door. 

after some soul was set and all was figured, it started to look the part of a home. i had a little patio with wood i found behind the co-op i worked at that had ant stencils spray painted on it. i had power ran from the house so i had lights, space heater, phone charger, etc… it was about as perfect as it could be to be honest and if the situation ever came up that i needed housing like that, id be pretty prepared and ready to take on the challenge. do it again? if the situation arose, of course…

so between november and may is almost eight months which is how long i stayed there until my next northwestern excursion. i was paying my share of utilities so i could heat up water with ramen noodles in it, use the stove for grilled cheese, and shower like a human being. during this time i was working at the previously mentioned health food co-op that was later scammed into selling out and going out of business. new general manager took an amazing cooperative and sold it to developers and pocketed a healthy sum of money.  not a fan. 

i was skateboarding every single day and life was about as good as i ever thought it could get. early 20s, know it all, stuck up skateboarder, etc… so anyhow, heres my shelter for the better part of a year. i loved it thru and thru and had some of the most interesting times of my life while calling this home.  

31.3.14

looking for a calexico song to play along with.... i found this.




The Glowing Heart of the World

by Brian Andrew Laird


Arizona six-sixty-six, south in the early light,
Painted desert, streaks of dying night—
Copper-ribboned sands
Empty haunted lands
In the rear-view.

Heading back to the place you gave me,
The past you saved for me,
Where the San Pedro runs
Through cottonwoods
To empty canyons.

I'm going to the glowing heart of the world.

I'm wearing Johnny Ringo's boots
And Kirker's hat,
Got a headache like Mangas Coloradas
Staring out at the Willcox flats.

I'm wandering in the desert
Wishing I were old
Remembering when you were with me
At the glowing heart of the world.

I was a boy when you brought me here,
I looked up at your eyes, but saw no fear.
We waited for the storm to come
So we could smell the rain.

You said, look at this great dry and wrinkled land
Where rivers run, then run to sand —

Here is the glowing heart of the world.
This is the glowing heart of the world.

I'm driving to where I met you,
To the desert where I left you
Memories like bones, white as ash,
Sifting down into sun-bleached sand,
Becoming part
Of the glowing heart
Of the world.




29.3.14

drawn guitars til double lined.

woke up, believer. the sound of a caustic sea. chased shadows with warmer backs, followed footsteps. "fell into it, like a dreamer." taken from everywhere. reoccuring inspiration, mounting. some soft tune hums from below. thru the wooden floor a familiar voice backed by some strumming. tim would walk 500 miles. crept out and earlier, thru the rain and divided invisibility, tried my tired hands at handling.  the roads soaked, the truck. soaked and so on. caught a quick glimpse of summer two thousand two. eased back a few tears and kept it going. trucks are for driving, hoods are for hiding. i wish these walls to be and you were hospitable. i found these walls to be and i was honestly...

of death and the monument.

the clock struck some wandering time zone. not a single hour or even one of those wasteful and meaningless minutes. it was just calm and then fielded. felt, left, folded, it was too cold to cry. taken from everywhere. one written book, buried along with fifty thousand imaginations. to pull it out and finish the last forty pages, slap a title, and pull the trigger. good bye utter and distinct world say hello to anew.  so safely cynical down a dusted and dirty road. find then and make it last all nite.

my morning commute exists in a pair of running shoes. the scent of the lavender picked this morning. stolen and moonlit, the hike, still honest i just aint got wings. all have scribbled down destinations, all have moaned at the grace found once forgotten, gimme two steps forward. call it tomorrow, call it and theres steps being made. its fucking known. corners being turned and pages swept under the rug, pressed on like kens worth. beating down the two laner, blistering under the heat. middle day, forecasted and swing just to sway.

unearthed some past. got lucky, babe. to write of death is the beginning of that aforementioned accommodation. fill in the blank, fill in the box. a life of mash. tyrants and their tyranny. breakdown, logged and on one.

asked and fled. honest as ill ever be. no one will ask and thats okay. you know? i know.

26.3.14

"this might be my favorite song i ever wrote." written in 4/4 time.

"And if what you seek ain’t free then steal it
If it ain’t necessity you don’t need it" tim barry

snaked and roostered

come calling good meandering. the weight, the other spelling and leave. the cold, between toes and the snore of ever kicks one awake. definitive to sway. abosulte the solution.

bent to the river

rite of passage and a mosaic of snapshots. taken from everywhere. that last album, left and leaving. so many miles that make up amongst every memory every morning. destination bangor maine.  one nylon strung guitar. this down pour, static and hissed.

21.3.14

written in 4 4 time

the good morning and there simply isnt enough time so keep up with your step but finish last. ritualistic beginnings with some cup or tea. begin again.

18.3.14

post kettleman city

the moon pulled the sierras never felt so orange. a distinct feeling of awakens at a 1/4 past forever. the then and when was once. the road, beaten down and disguised as a grey, looks as if snow from ahead. in mirrors and collapsed. the midwest, the middle west is fast asleep as should i. still pounding. 90 miles an hour, "so tough" and i pulled over to finish the horah. a mile off the interstate to share the rising with the beginning of another night, so dark and snow capped maybe. id sit upon the hood of my truck, back pressed against glass in the shiver of the cooling coming down off the mountains, galloping over the foothills. lindsay california and lake success, the ever edged western grace. jack called it a piece of tea and tonight it was just that. all glowing a brownish orange, like the color of ever harvest moon you've ever seen. big encompassed by the tips of the mountains. up thru past shadowed and behind strung out slivers of thickly thick clouds, the chunk rose abruptly and my eyes felt it more than ever. a heavy step to carry the weight of simple natural. the mornings not far behind and I'm an here already. old men in suspenders, with canes and broken wings. a sling defined a crack, a fracture, a fall. who was there and who will be.

4.3.14

encountered and encompassing

and there it goes. wind blown and all over the place. what the fuck is on my shoes. stepped in shit, wiped it off and kept on. the horizon from here, clovis, is glowing at half past 6. its till early in the year for a 5am wake up call. the grey light, suits me well. fitted and found a fortune.  a quick discussion of death, or two of them in one day brought back memories of where i was, recently and found by friends in the middle of the street. word spreads like wild fire. the bad news. i ripped my handlebars out of the top tree and dropped them mid flight. a broken wrist. tomorrow i fly to portland and sleep in another bed suited for two. that old sign that hung above the door way at 131 center st. santa cruz california. "begin again" and i have.

2.3.14

death comes ripping.

6/19/1979. coldwater michigan. born.
6/19/2007. mesa az mutliple sclerosis diagnosis. diseased on my 28th birthday.
11/29/2007. tempe az moto wreck. front flipped over the bars at 45 miles an hour.
6/6/2010. rocky mountain national park lightning strike. spit taste like burnt hair for 2 days.
3/2/2013. oakland moto wreck. 96 foot long front flip over the bars at 50 miles an hour.

life wont wait.
lee.