North-County

To Lean or Not to Lean..

The Oregon Daily Journal, Portland, Oregon, July 31, 1910

The Lincoln County News, North Carolina, August 2, 1910

Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 14, 1910

El Paso Herald, Texas, September 30, 1922

Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, Texas, July 13, 1948

The Rhinelander Daily News, March 24, March 24, 1952

The Bakersfield Californian, California, December 13, 1952

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas, March 14, 1955

The Daily Herald, Provo, Utah, August 9, 1955

The Salem News, Ohio, January 20, 1956

The Waco News-Tribune, Texas, March 13, 1959

Beatrice Daily Sun, Nebraska, November 15, 1964

Abilene Reporter-News, Texas, November 15, 1964

Biddeford-Saco Journal, Maine, February 23, 1973

I don’t know why the wildfires in Sonoma and Napa counties are not trending more, or why this news is not more widespread, but the devastation in the North Bay is phenomenal. 16 are dead (this death toll continues to rise), 2,000 homes- ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS- HAVE BEEN DESTROYED, 115,000 acres so far have been burned, and 183 people re unaccounted for.

We are all living out our worst nightmares as this beautiful place we call our homes is being desecrated by wildfires that continue to burn. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS. TENS OF THOUSANDS HAVE EVACUATED.

Please spread the word. Please find a way to help out. Please don’t let Eminem or Donald Trump or Harvey Weinstein be what everyone is talking about.

Help us.

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The Berryhill House by Brandon Bartoszek
Via Flickr:
This house in Charlotte, North Carolina was built in 1884.

As someone who happens to really enjoy wine, delicious food, and beautiful countrysides, I can’t help but love Napa County just north of me, here in San Francisco. I also have Napa to thank for Olivia O’Brien, the fast rising chanteuse who gave us eternally infectious “hate u, love u”. The young talent, now based out of LA, is signed to Island Records. She’s been tipped by V magazine as “the next generation of Taylor Swift-esque anthems wrapped in the sweet vocals of Lorde and maturity of Lana”, and she continues to impress with a new single named Empty, which really isn’t empty at all. This smoky curling, synth heaving R&B pop number addresses the melancholy and confusion Olivia felt when she first moved to LA. I’d imagine if Lana and Alessia Cara made a song together, it’d sound similar to this tune, which comes with a music video you can watch below. 

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Oceanside Califas | Dia De Los Muertos Celebration | Altar Car Displays hosted by Por Siempre Car Club with other North County Lowriders| Misión San Luis Rey

Hoop Snake

(Above: A Hoop Snake)

History:

The Hoop Snake is a legendary creature of the United States, Canada, and Australia.It appears in the Pecos Bill stories; although his description of hoop snakes is the one with which people are most familiar, stories of the creature predate those fictional tales considerably. Several sightings of the hoop snake have been alleged along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border in the St. Croix River valley, Wake County in North Carolina, and Kamloops, British Columbia.

Sightings are still occasionally reported, though the existence of the hoop snake has never been accepted by the scientific community. Naturalist Raymond Ditmars placed $10,000 in trust at a New York bank for the first person to provide evidence of a hoop snake. Some have suggested it is a distorted description of the sidewinder of the American Southwest, or of mud snakes, which will occasionally lie in a loose hoop shape.The hoop snake possibly is an embellishment of actual instances of snakes swallowing their own tails, mistaking them for prey.