Jay and the fence….

Here’s Jay Nelson again….out in San Francisco building a tiny outbuilding out of recycled material.

Don’t pass by a fence demo without getting the fencing for a new structure.

He talks about the old material….how the boards were wider on the old fence boards.

I guess the trees were bigger, maybe?

We had redwood fences all around the neighborhood when I was growing up in San Jose.

We’d walk the top rail….eating fruit in people’s back yards…reaching….eating.

I like all this salvaging for materials….but you need some time to look for and….get the stuff.

You need time.

This is another great Kirsten Dirksen video.

it’s the lifestyle…

I wasn’t a very good climber.

Or…I had the potential to be a reasonably good climber….I could climb…but….I was terrified of heights….so…I was never a very good climber.

I was a scared climber.

My friend Steve asked me once, though, what I liked about climbing and I told him, without hesitating, “the LIFESTYLE!”

I think that he thought that was kind of funny.

The lifestyle isn’t the activity.

Only liking the lifestyle is for posers, right?

Here’s a short film about artist and surfer Jay Nelson.

He’s a doer…but the lifestyle is still pretty appealing.


Mountains are great….beach is different and fun.

What would it be like to live by the ocean for a while?


It would be a scary thing to realize that the world is a place of huge possibilities…and then only act on that new certainty. Isn’t the option of possibility scary?

Here’s a good video about a young girl and her tiny house up in Alaska.

We can do so many interesting things….and this is just one of the pretty interesting ones.

Man….a comfort zone can be a really comfortable place….until it starts to chafe a little.

The world is a big place….and so accessible at the same time.



Jay Nelson build a Treehouse….episode of San Francisco show “Working Title”

From the YouTube description:

Bay Area artist Jay Nelson has always been into building tree houses, and now he does it for a living. Starting a few years back with a couple of installations in local art galleries, Jay, who has no formal carpentry training, taught himself how to build the imaginary structures that were floating around in his head. We talked to Jay about how he has been able to turn his passion into a business, learning more about his philosophy of life and his definition of success.

This is the pilot episode of “Working Title,” a collaboration between KQED and Little Paper Planes, hosted by Kelly Lynn Jones of LPP and Andrew Martin Scott, co-owner of Needles and Pens. Through this program, which will include videos, interviews, articles and essays, we will explore how local artist entrepreneurs are re-inventing the American Dream, creating alternative economies and redefining success in the Bay Area. Stay tuned.

Good stuff about a good dude.

This was done a couple of years ago….and, already, he pondered how people pursuing an artistic (ie possibly lower income) pursuit could afford San Francisco’s escalating rents.

That’s a real conundrum.

How do you afford to live in a place….that was made cool by the kind of people who (ultimately) can’t afford to live in a place?

Artists are the ones that the investment bankers want to live in the same city with.

You can buy access to proximity if you lack the talent for admission.

If you aren’t artistically cool, you can at least be a lifetime tourist of cool.

You might not know how to build the vehicle, but maybe you can afford a ticket if you have enough money.

Creativity isn’t always something that brings in the big bucks….but, until it’s gone, it sure is nice to be surrounded by.

So…when do I see the van?

I watched the beginning of this and thought, “OK….but when do I get to see the van?”

They were cooking in their kitchen….and it looked nice enough to be someone’s apartment.

That’s nuts.

Pretty nice kitchen.

These folks are up in Toronto.


I like Toronto.

We have had a chance to use our passports….once.

One time.

But, one of the places we went was Toronto.


So great.

the trouble with good…..

How many of these Dylan Magestar videos am I going to use on this blog?

Probably as many as he publishes.

That’s the trouble with good…you spend some time with it if you can….even if it starts to look goofy when you share too many of them.

Here’s a profile of a former investment banker who traded his business life for living in a van.

Here’s the description from the YouTube video:

Jeff Duke was studying to be an investment banker, caught up in only desiring to make money, after coming to a realization that he wasn’t living the life he wanted he decided to sell everything and travel.

I bought a tent at a thrift store a while back….told Jenny it was a two-man tent….turned out it was a four-man tent….good deal.

Until we use it, though, it’s just another thing we trip over in the back room.

You have to use a tent for tripping….not just for tripping over.

This guy has a nice van….and runs the clothing company “Lifestyle over Luxury”.

Check it out at this link….here!

Nate says, “OK?”

Nate was sitting on my lap watching this with me….asking questions like, “whats a ‘rig’ ?” that were hard for me to answer.

(I’d told him that this van was a cool “rig”….and he wanted to know what a rig was.)

When I told him that these guys were going to South America, he said, “OK?”.

That’s a good response when you really think about it.

Why do any of us do the things we do?

What’s the deal with that?

Why would somebody need to put together an impressive “rig”….and then take off for a different country?

Because “it’s there”?

This is still a cool “rig”….and it’s good to travel and see and experience new things.

You can see a new thing a couple of feet behind your house if you look with the right kind of new eyes.

You can be amazed everyday if you let the wonder in.

You don’t have to travel far to be amazed.

But….I’d like to eat a taco from a Mexican food cart someday.

I’d like to be amazed in a place that took me a while to get comfortable with.

I’d like to expand my comfort zone.

Wouldn’t that be something to have a massive comfort zone?


(You can find out more about these guys featured on the video and their travels through the world at www.trailsurfers.net .