Redneck Burgundy and Zoot Sims – On the Road Again

Few, my friends, are the things more enjoyable than piling into the car and driving along back roads. Do you know what? Back roadedness isn’t even necessary – have you looked around while you drive through The Grapevine? Absolutely beautiful the 5 is, and it’s one of the most traveled hwys in California. Stay with me through the end of this two post picture extravaganza and I’ll wrap up with a choreographed trip south through The Grapevine. Your heroes (me and sweetness) in our chariot (a a dusty 2008 Audi) roaring through the pass to the tunes of Kurt Weill leider sung by Ute Lemper and “Murder Squaredance on the Spiral Jetty,” a collaboration btwn Stephanie Taylor and Vanessa Place. “Hah!” he said as he whipped those three hundred horses, “Stick with me baby – I’ve got things to show you that you’ve never even imagined!”

We begin rather more timidly, on Hwy 46 crossing the middle of the state leaving the oil and almond fields of the Central Valley for cattle country. I play quietly in the passenger seat.

Food btwn my feet, open country around us, Bill Evans Trio on the sound system. Yay.

Food btwn my feet, open country around us, Bill Evans Trio on the sound system. Yay.

When I worked in retail, they taught me that display is everything. A friend added the corollary: "Easy access always!"

When I worked in retail, they taught me that display is everything. A friend added the corollary: "Easy access always!"

Bakersfield's premiere cru with which to wet our whistle. Wowee, dashboard-ready.

Bakersfield's premiere cru with which to wet our whistle. Wowee, dashboard-ready.

As often happens, I make friends with a little scrap. We occupy each other for a while. I think of this as minimalist repetition by other means.

As often happens, I make friends with a little scrap. We occupy each other for a while. I think of this as minimalist repetition by other means.

Eek, a dramatic shift. What?!

Eek, a dramatic shift. What?!

The little fucker jumped!

The little fucker jumped!

Shifting in space...

Shifting in space...

mugging with the windshield wiper

mugging with the windshield wiper

Waving at truckers...

Waving at truckers...

Supine. (Sue who?)

Supine. (Sue who?)

Ooh. Lucky and neat.

Ooh. Lucky and neat.

Okay, red vine licorice time for all good children. Then I gotta go for a while, be back tonight with updates on the weekend and next week.

Enjoy you day. Eat your fruits and vegetables.

The future: banishment of claustrophobic repetition - in the out of doors - on and beyond the road. Link in this image to a video of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn music and a film of the Carizzo Plain. The storm gathers...

The future: banishment of claustrophobic repetition - in the out of doors - on and beyond the road. Link in this image to a video of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn music and a film of the Carizzo Plain. The storm gathers...

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  1. you make friends with a little scrap! so cute!

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