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Ah Yes, The Big Window

When I lived in The Bay I used to go to Big Sur every chance that I could. And I used to smile when my friends boasted of their vacations in Hawaii. I think a number of the scenes in your video may have been taken at a restaurant/bar in The Sur known at The Nepenthe.

Nepenthe is located on the side of a mountain, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There are a number of large California Wild Oak trees growing on the side of that mountain behind The Nepenthe, and attached to the Nepenthe bar is a rear deck for people to sit on, underneath those trees, while gazing out at the ocean. I was on that deck at dusk one evening in late August as I watched the sun set over the ocean in one quadrant of the sky, while at the same time a full moon rose over that same ocean in another quadrant of the sky. Alas, I do not think that there is a wide angle lens that could ever do justice to that image.

"With your silhouette when the sunlight dims
Into your eyes where the moonlight swims"

Bob Dylan, Sad Eyed Lady Of The Low Lands

That song was written by Dylan during the period of time when he was hanging at The Sur with then girlfriend, Joan Baez. The Nepenthe has been there since almost the beginning of time, and it occurred to me to wonder, after that sacred early evening experience of mine, if many years earlier, they together might have had the same experience as me. There are many other metaphors in that song that can also be attributed to The Sur and Ms Baez.

Today I am retired and living in Yosemite, but I would move to The Sur at the drop of a hat, if the opportunity ever presented itself unto me.
Posted by left on green only | Sun Jul 7, 2013, 07:41 PM (1 replies)

I agree with you Loudsue.

I made a PERSONAL decision during my twenty's that I was not going to partake in the further pollution of our tiny planet by adding even one more hungry mouth for it to feed. As I was growing up I was exposed to the same information as all of my peers were, concerning how we are destroying our planet with over population, versus what the ecological balance should be. The difference between them and me is that I chose to be responsible for my every act on this planet, while they instead clung to their irresponsible and self important beliefs that this tiny place somehow needs to be further polluted by a living part of themselves.

There is nothing bloody "sacred" about the existence of our species on this planet. It is egotistical for anyone to have the audacity to think so. We share this planet with all of the other creatures who live here. And they have just as much right to live here as we do, regardless of our ability to annihilate them. Every hour, 3 more species who we share this planet with become extinct due to our over population (competition for space) and our greed. http://www.heatisonline.org/contentserver/objecthandlers/index.cfm?ID=6429&Method=Full And guess what people? I hate to go Mr. Wizard on you, but the continuation of our species here on this planet depends upon the continuation of every other species who we share this planet with. We are all part of an ecological chain, whether we like it or not.
Posted by left on green only | Sun Jul 7, 2013, 05:59 PM (0 replies)
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