Sunday, March 31, 2013

Riding to Grimes and Gridley

The Storm Front, little did I know what was to follow.

Pump House

The Northern edge of the Buttes. I want a place here. 

The day after the deluge,drying off.

Cruising to grimes and drying out. The Domo Victoria gave me kept me safe.

I rode the Kawasaki three hundred miles in three days. Through multiple storms. The best piece of machinery I have purchased for the money.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

84' GPZ 750

With the help of Steve Daniels I got her running.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Eva Matthews (RIP)

Mrs. Mathews, who oversaw much of the business side of Mathews Harley-Davidson for more than half a century, died March 17. She was 90. Her death came a little more than four years after the passing of her husband, Harold Mathews, with whom she founded a Harley dealership in Merced in 1953.
Mrs. Mathews was a familiar face to generations of motorcyclists who came to Mathews Harley-Davidson on Blackstone Avenue after the business moved to Fresno in 1961. Her office was near the entrance to the dealership (which is just south of Highway 180), and it was there that she often greeted customers by name.
"In many ways, my grandmother made a very large impact on the motorcycle community in Fresno," said her granddaughter, Melissa Walters, who added that Mrs. Mathews not only knew her way around a business ledger but could speak Harley-Davidson.
"She would be on the (showroom) floor, talking engines and frames," Walters said. "She knew her motorcycles."

    Mrs. Mathews was also a presence on semi-annual customer appreciation rides the dealership organized. Motorcyclists would tour scenic areas with the route mapped out by chalk lines on the road. Mrs. Mathews would be on the runs aboard a Sportster and riders could also expect a dinner of hot dogs and chili beans she had prepared.
    "She rode hard and hung tough," Walters said.
    Mrs. Mathews oversaw financing arrangements for Harley buyers, with terms of one-third down and monthly payments for the balance at a low interest rate. Those payments helped the dealership weather the slow times. Walters said her grandmother was no pushover in business, either.
    "She was an awesome lady, but you did not want to be on her bad side."
    The former Eva Mazza was born in 1922 in San Luis Obispo and went to San Luis Obispo Senior High, where she met Harold Mathews. They were married just days after graduating. She learned her business and bookkeeping skills at a local paint shop for 12 years while Harold worked at a motorcycle shop before the couple started their dealership. Until 2010, the dealership did business Mrs. Mathews' way and that did not include computers.
    "It was pen-and-paper bookkeeping," Walters said. "That was Grandma's way. She was very resistant to change to computers."
    Mrs. Mathews was diagnosed with bone cancer in August, a week after the dealership held a grand opening for its expansion. But that didn't diminish her keen interest in the business, Walters said. She would frequently call with questions about power bills and bank balances.
    "Her mind never went," Walters said.

    Eva N. Mathews
    Born: Oct. 4, 1922
    Died: March 17, 2013
    Occupation: Harley-Davidson dealer
    Survivors: son, Sam; sister, Selma Newton; four granddaughters; four great-grandchildren

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    Tuesday, March 19, 2013


    In class at the moment, I learned how to stitch photos together. This was six of the cuff images that I shot in the Mendocino College parking lot two minutes prior. 

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    Sunday on the Eel

    Mary's home and view of the a major Eel river tributary.

    Abandoned railroad logging bridge from the late 1800's.

    Mary's folk's home. The love the concept. I think these metal work buildings make great homes.

    Originally Mary's parents home was a fifties campsite. this building was originally the showers. It is now the guest cabin.


    Tree recently discovered to cure certain forms of cancer. Rare in this part of the world.

    Boot beach, an old illegal pot growing camp.

    The trees of their private old growth redwood grove. 

    This has to be one of my favorite days in Mendocino county. 

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013


    Moi and I pied. Some of the staff at Eagle Peak were pied by students to raise money for homeless arson victims. Who says teaching isn't fun?

    Saturday, March 2, 2013


    I had forgotten how much I like Sacramento. I spent so much time there as a child. It was nice to visit with the little free time that I had.