Archive for March, 2010


“My name is Jacob.

Found only in the crystal clear waters of the Les Cheneaux Islands on Lake Huron in the upper peninsula of Michigan are these funky limestone chunks that even the locals can’t explain.

I collected this piece while visiting a great friend who has a cottage on one of the many islands in the region.

It’s a beautiful act of Mother Nature and reminds me of true friends and a place I cherish.

I look at it every day.

I’m out, Peace.”

Jacob is a sculptor by profession.


“I’m Ben

This is my JC 510 Jesse Hines surfboard.

You’ll see on the deck it’s got his signature motif that I think is a bonsai tree.

It’s my newest board. It’s also the one I used when I skipped a couple of hours of school last week to surf.

I didn’t get caught, but I probably will, after everyone reads this.”


“I’m John

I love all kinds of musical instruments, strings, drums but I particularly like electronic musical instruments.

This is a Buchla modular synthesizer, made by a mad scientist by the name of Don Buchla who lives in Berkeley California.

It’s kind of my obsession, instead of a midlife crisis buying fancy automobiles; I ended up on eBay buying fancy synthesizers. You can patch it together like a telephone box with all these cables. There’s one section that I really like called the source of uncertainty.  You plug it in and you never know what you’re going to get, as the name implies.

I just want to turn it on.”

The inventor was a member of the Merry Pranksters back in the 60’s. He hung out with Ken Kesey and the Grateful Dead and took lots of LSD.


“My name is Melanie.

I love white Ironstone.

I love the forms.

I love that they’re one-of-a-kind.

I love that you can actually use them so they’re utilitarian.

I love the crackled glaze.

I collected them way before Martha Stewart ever made them big.”


“Hi, my name is Leslie.

The cello is not an easy instrument.

I’ll probably never be able to perform the andante in Brahms Opus 60, but I own the music and I’m practicing my scales.

I’ll probably play the cello till the day I die.

“My mother had introduced me to the Gramercy Trio. I heard them play Brahms C-Minor-Opus 60. It was a fine Quartet. They were very good musicians and when they got to the andante movement that began with a cello solo I lost it.

I’ve never heard anything like this in my life and I’ve become obsessed with the andante in Opus 60 – It lives on the wall of my kitchen where I look at it everyday and wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it.”


“My name is Deb.

I was about eight when I got the globe.

What I loved about the globe was seeing how all these places I had heard about fit together.

I always wanted to know where places were.”