Monthly Archives: October 2010


“FLOODED DURING RAINS.” This sign, that I ran across in Modjeska, CA. while on a fire assignment in So Cal, just about says it all about southern California hydrology on the wildland urban interface.   Check out this video of a … Continue reading

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A Father and Son Journey

 Note: I wrote this in 2005 about a year before my dad passed away.   My dad, retired civil engineer Art Brandow (82), loves to visit achievements in engineering.  Natural scenic beauty is more my thing, but I really enjoy helping dad … Continue reading

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“We maim to please!”

“We maim to please!” proclaims the sign at Leona’s Tattoo & Body Piercing Parlor in Guerneville, California, a little backwater on the Russian River 35 feet above sea level in the summertime and sometimes 35 under water in the winter.

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Running on Fumes and Forgiveness

When I was growing up, my dad was notorious for squeezing the last mile out of a tank of gas. He ran out of gas at least twice on the Golden Gate Bridge. At a time when the bridge toll … Continue reading

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California–not dead yet.

The California state budget’s reliance on a five-billion dollar plus backfill from the federal government reminds me of a personal financial plan that depends on a large inheritance from an unknown relative not yet deceased.

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Davis Hippies too Square for Berkeley

The construction site in full-flower was something to behold — science fiction in a farm field. The site was dominated by a giant mold that we’d constructed for manufacturing the 14 one-piece fiberglass domes. The mold looked like a rustic, rotating, radio telescope pointing north. Continue reading

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