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Posts published by “Crawdad Nelson”

The Joy Of Sea Glass

As an inveterate, sometimes professional, forager, scanning wet sand and gravel for colorful fragments of glass is routine stuff. As far as that goes, I…

The Dirtiest Beach In California

I just cashed in 30 pounds of beer bottles, three pounds of aluminum — mostly beer cans — and about three pounds of plastic, nearly…

The Worst Movie Ever Made?

Will Chuck, Arnold, Bruce, Sean and Rocky save the world or make it worse? Take all the washed-up action stars available. Give them each handguns.…

Spare Change

Two things are remarkable about the last 35,000 years of human history: that things have remained so stable, and that so much has changed. If,…

Squirrel Stew

The squirrels are starting to look a little better every year — not really because of anything they're doing differently, but in light of the…

Rattlesnake Summit

Perhaps I deserved to spend a stormy night on the side of Highway 101 in a crapped-out Ford Courier pickup, watching the lightning flash and…

Getting Crab Out Of Noyo

From the deck of an 18-footer fully loaded for a sport crab run, the sea looked pretty nice before noon. Crossing the Noyo bridge, we…

Two Rounds on the Roadside

It's an unhappy day all around, at the end of it headed south on my bike out of Arcata through Bayside and just about ready…

Whistletown

Sacramento doesn't have a noon whistle. Instead, they blow a siren for a full minute on the last Friday of the month. It's not the…

Driving a Red Rental Car Through Willits

The grizzled old philosopher/working man/lifelong confirmed stoner I used to get weed from when I lived in Arcata is being evicted from his sandy little…

What It’s Like to Die

I died in April, 1979, a Saturday morning that I seem, now, to remember as being sunny and animated, as most sunny spring days on…

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