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Several Days In The Life… Don’t Forget To Vote!

November 1st, 2018 Leave a comment Go to comments
My duty to my country, and myself!

My duty to my country, and myself!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Firstly… Yeah, I went out and voted early. Whatever your position, you must vote, or you have no right to complain. Just saying…

Back at the Ranch, last weekend we had Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Al Petteway. Jack and I have been friends for quite a few years now and after last weekend I count Al as one of my new best friends, and what a show he put on.

Bud Divens, Al Petteway and me... with the River Of Time guitar Bud made for me.

Bud Divens, Al Petteway and me... with the River Of Time guitar Bud made for me.

Unknown Fur Peace Photographer

Al was brilliant and Ramblin’ Jack put on a great show. At 87 years of age, he’s still the poop!

Ramblin' Jack rambles... productively

Ramblin' Jack rambles... productively

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This has been a more than bizarre fall. Hot, cold… and over the last weekend, an intense hailstorm!

Hail indeed...

Hail indeed...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

There is heavy rain today but over the last couple of days I got to fly the bird and finally get some foliage shots.

I just can't resist another aerial shot of the Ranch

I just can't resist another aerial shot of the Ranch

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Finally, some foliage

Finally, some foliage

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

In the spirit of making every day count in some way, I’ve been cleaning up stuff down at the old A-Frame. My parents couldn’t get rid of a lot of this stuff before the passed… so now it’s finally up to me. It’s tough, but it’s getting done.

I think I’ll take a break and go into town.

The old farm road to the A-Frame

The old farm road to the A-Frame

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

In the meantime… onward!



Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

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  1. jim hitchcock
    November 1st, 2018 at 21:10 | #1

    That’s one fine Golf Course you’re growing there, Jorma 🙂

  2. AndyK
    November 2nd, 2018 at 08:50 | #2

    Sage advice Captain.
    People have died for the right to vote. It’s our responsibility to preserve democracy by exercising that right.

  3. carey georgas
    November 2nd, 2018 at 09:23 | #3

    “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their backs to the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” – quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln. Don’t get burned!

  4. Jim
    November 2nd, 2018 at 09:47 | #4

    Love those drone shots – vote early and often!

  5. douglas mlyn
    November 2nd, 2018 at 11:22 | #5

    I’m Voting for Hot Tuna!

  6. carey georgas
    November 2nd, 2018 at 13:19 | #6

    @douglas mlyn
    They done been elected favorite band for life in my book. Don’t need no more elections on that account.

  7. John B
    November 2nd, 2018 at 13:50 | #7


  8. John B
    November 2nd, 2018 at 13:50 | #8
  9. Matt
    November 2nd, 2018 at 16:38 | #9

    Nice farm road. The colors here in NJ are close to peaking. Wet, damp trees with nice reds and yellows. Deer and wild turkeys are out along the roadsides.

  10. Joe from VA
    November 2nd, 2018 at 17:43 | #10

    “It’s our job to preserve democracy. . . .”

    Federated, representative republic—jus’ sayin’. Agree with your sentiments AndyK.

  11. Tom Fabry
    November 2nd, 2018 at 21:34 | #11

    Wasn’t it a vote, among other things, that put Jesus Christ on the cross? Just sayin…For those forgetful or unaware, Pontius Pilate’s wife had a dream and she then reported to Pilate to have nothing to do with this man, Jesus.

    “While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: ‘Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.’ (Matthew 27:19).
    Soon after there was something like a vote where the people chose whether to free Jesus or Barabus.

    I will vote on Tuesday too. Just hope there are no men behind the curtain manipulating the tally.

  12. November 3rd, 2018 at 08:32 | #12

    What does this have to do with our upcoming election?

  13. carey georgas
    November 3rd, 2018 at 10:54 | #13

    @Tom Fabry Is there a metaphor hiding in there somewhere? My understanding of the story is that Pilate only allowed a voice vote to get either the monkey, his wife, or both off his back.
    As for men behind the curtain, in my opinion we must not let the orange haired one continue to erode confidence in our institutions. Our elections are the cleanest in the world, and we should give thanks, not have doubt.
    As I’ve aged from my hippie days, I like to think my ideology has not changed, but has been tempered by reality. The conspiracies of my youth have turned out to be a realization of the vagaries of human nature. I believe in human exceptionalism, not American exceptionalism. The American democratic system, as flawed as it may be, still allows human exceptionalism the best conditions under which to flourish. Just go vote!

  14. John B
    November 3rd, 2018 at 19:02 | #14

    I will be down next weekend Jorma for the Magic Dick / Tuna show.

  15. DennisK
    November 3rd, 2018 at 20:31 | #15

    Hey Jorma,
    Just past the old A frame is a rusted out pick-up cab. You said it was an old Ford or Chevy. At the time, that was all you knew about it. Do you know any more about the year, make or model? Just wondering, I shot some cool photos of it…See ya soon, Dennis

  16. Tom Fabry
    November 3rd, 2018 at 21:08 | #16


    Jorma, I was partly responding to the purported Abe Lincoln quote above.

    Sometimes, maybe more than sometimes, a nation or group of people get the leaders they “deserve”. Majority rules doesn’t always yield the best results. That was my main point. One very good example is the Dred Scott decision here in America. Another example was the vote in 1932 Germany.

    Sometimes the masses can get ginned up, and may be easily mislead. That is what I was addressing. The story of Pilate’s wife’s dream is unknown to many, so I thought I would share that. The Jewish and other friends of the Jewish carpenter and Rabbi Jesus, were drowned out by the mob.

    I believe God can work through dreams. Remember Daniel’s work with the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar, or Joseph’s Dreams, Genesis 37:1-11.
    I do vote, early, and then grab a coffee. Hope and pray for the best.
    E Pluribus Unum

  17. Art
    November 4th, 2018 at 01:37 | #17

    Demos (Gk): People
    Kratos (Gk): Power

  18. November 4th, 2018 at 11:39 | #18

    I can very much relate with the having to deal with the post mortem parental debris. Mom passed three years ago and I still feel like I’m just getting started. At least you have a spare A-Frame for warehousing purposes. The “Jerry” cup down there belongs in the museum.

  19. Brian Doyle
    November 4th, 2018 at 12:34 | #19

    I prefer the war the 60’s generation started…If I vote faithfully I am probably going to get good cop bad cop alternatives that do almost nothing to change what I dislike the most…If candidates get to the election level they have almost certainly been screened so they will guarantee the status quo…We have certain powers in the country that are not affected what so ever by election outcomes…If the vote I wish to make were actually effective it would be one for no confidence and a major reworking of our political system…My life experience in American is I am encouraged to vote and when I do it is exploited and considered approval of the things that then turn around and screw me for one more round…America is a process of the public asking for more than is possible in reality and politicians promising it…

  20. Kevin
    November 4th, 2018 at 20:26 | #20

    Please don’t discount your vote. I don’t like to hear folks say, why vote it really doesn’t count for anything anyway. If it truly didn’t count, why is the GOP so intent on purging voters from the rolls?

  21. Art
    November 5th, 2018 at 10:45 | #21

    “You may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you.”

    – Marshall Berman, The Politics of Authenticity

  22. AndyK
    November 5th, 2018 at 13:48 | #22

    @Brian Doyle
    While it is true that in order to get far in politics, candidates make many bad compromises. However, there are still very real differences among them on issues that matter. Our democracy is capable of change, albeit incrementally. For example, campaign contribution reforms are possible, but won’t happen if we don’t vote.

  23. rich l
    November 6th, 2018 at 09:30 | #23

    In this day and age, it’s not so much who you vote for, but who you vote against. A wise old co-worker once told me his voting philosophy – he said he votes against whoever is in office. Once they get entrenched, they start serving themselves.

    Could Abraham Lincoln get elected in this day and age?