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billiestudies  asked:

hey!! so i saw on one of your bullet journal spreads that you've visited san francisco a lot? well i'm visiting in June and i'm kind of looking for stuff to do so is there anything you recommend seeing/doing?? thanks!

ooOH BOY DO I HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS

  • i’m sure you want to see the golden gate bridge LOL, i forget where the actual official tourist center place to see it is but?? my personal favorite place to view the bridge is crissy field. 10/10 great place to have a picnic
  • or hike at land’s end!! the views while hiking are woWOwow wow
  • if you go to the embarcadero, pier 7 is a lovely place to take photos + see the bay bridge! there’s also a farmers market on tuesdays, thursdays, and saturdays. v cute
  • mosaic stairs!!!
  • alamo square is where you can see the painted ladies, also v cute
  • idk how to even talk about golden gate park but there’s a lot to do and it’s a beautiful place to take a stroll
  • alcatraz is p cool, but pricey
  • union square! there’s a lot of stores. a really big macy’s. really nice for feeling the ~~urban~~ aspect of san francisco
  • japantown hAHa, home to the love of my life, maido. bomb ramen places, too
  • sfmoma!! nice if you like modern art, and even nicer if you like taking aesthetic photos of yourself posing in front of modern art!! my icon is me standing in front of Wall Drawing 280 lmao
  • chinatown has good n cheap food
  • i usually eat at chowder’s if i’m at pier 39; you can get your Iconic San Francisco Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl here lol
  • i love boba.. here is my plug for boba guys and plentea

my brain is dying atm but honestly san francisco is a wonderful, beautiful city and you’ll probably have a good time just walking around!! i hope you enjoy your trip (〃^▽^〃)

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Two of Heath Ledger’s close friends have revealed how the late Australian actor yearned for friendships with ordinary people as his celebrity status soared.

Jud Mongell, Ledger’s business partner in the New York eatery Five Leaves, and tattoo artist Scott Campbell became firm friends with the actor after Ledger’s Oscar-nominated performance in Brokeback Mountain.

Campbell had done seven tattoos for Ledger.

“We would all hang out in the West Village, and he was just like the guy with a cigarette,” Campbell told the New York Times.

“He loved when anyone would react to him as a normal person. He really appreciated that.”

Ledger would give out his cigarettes and strike up a conversation with just about anyone, he said.

But the minute anyone said, ‘You’re Heath Ledger’, the conversation would become stilted, Campbell said.

Ledger, 28, died on January 22 from an accidental overdose of a cocktail of medications. He was found dead in his Soho apartment by a masseuse.

The actor had just completed his last film, The Dark Knight.

In 2005 Ledger and Mongell met at a beach party in Australia and as their friendship developed, they planned an Australia-meets-America cafe bar.

The nautical-themed eaterie, specialising in oysters, opened on September 17, in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn where Ledger had spent some time.

The area is known for its arts community and ethnic flavours.

“After a while, Heath had all his regular spots around here, and no one would call Page Six (the gossip page of the tabloid New York Post) anymore when he walked in the door, because nobody cared,” Campbell told the paper.

“This (the cafe bar) would have been Heath’s hangout,” Mongell told the Times.

Mongell runs Five Leaves with his wife.

He still refers to Ledger as an equal partner in the business and says Ledger’s father, Kim, manages the business finances.

Mongell said the actor took New York to his heart.

“He taught his daughter how to skateboard. He rode his bike over the Williamsburg Bridge. He visited farmers markets. He played chess in Washington Square Park and he brought coffee for the paparazzi,” he told the newspaper.

“He was just one of us, man.”

Day 49: Lightning Lore

Lightning strikes were a very real fear for Ozark hillfolk. One strike in the dry part of summer could easily burn down a cabin and set fire to large sections of forest. Ozark people developed certain folk beliefs surrounding lightning, whether it was to protect yourself or to use lightning to your advantage.

Vance Randolph lists some lightning related lore in his “Ozark Magic and Folklore”:

“Barn swallows are supposed to bring good luck to cattlemen, and it is said that a barn in which swallows are nesting will never be struck by lightning.”

“It is said that lightning often strikes a cook stove but has never been known to strike one with a fire in it.”

“In some sections of Arkansas there are people who bury the entrails of a black hen under the hearth on ‘Old Christmas.’ This is said to protect the house against destruction by lightning or fire.”

“Many hillmen believe that black walnut trees draw lightning and will not go near them in a storm. It is quite common for hillfolk to cut down all the walnuts, even little ones, that grow near their cabins.”

“When lightning strikes the ground, some woodsmen pretend to look around for the thunderbolt, which is supposed to be a piece of iron about three feet long, forked at one end. These thunderbolts are said to be used in making fish gigs, and a finger ring hammered out of thunderbolt iron is a sure cure for rheumatism. I have myself seen, in Washington county, Arkansas, an old iron ring which the owner told me was made of a thunderbolt recovered in Kentucky before 1815.”

“I have met hillmen who think that it is bad luck to use the word thunder, particularly during an electrical storm. They feel that people who keep talking about thunder are likely to get struck by lightning. Instead of saying thunder, they use some familiar circumlocution, such as 'the 'tater wagon is a-rollin’,” or 'they’re crossin’ the old bridge now.’ Some Ozark farmers deliberately cross their 'galluses’ on stormy days to guard against lightning, but the man who gets his galluses crossed accidentally, when he puts on his trousers in the morning, will have bad luck all day.“

"A lot of backwoods families are very careful not to use the wood of a lightnin’-struck tree for fuel, in the belief that this renders the cabin more likely to be struck by lightning.”

In the Ozarks trees that have been struck by lightning are thought of as being charged with some supernatural power, and are therefore used often in old traditions of healing. I’ve known of toothpicks made from lightning wood to cure a toothache instantly, also talismans made from lightning wood to protect the wearer.

The Cherokee have certain beliefs about lightning wood as well. These are recorded in “Myths of the Cherokee” by James Mooney:

“Mysterious properties attach to the wood of a tree which has been struck by lightning, especially when the tree itself still lives, and such wood enters largely into the secret compounds of the conjurers. An ordinary person of the laity will not touch it, for fear of having cracks come upon his hands and feet, nor is it burned for fuel, for fear that lye made from the ashes will cause consumption. In preparing ballplayers for the contest, the medicine-man sometimes burns splinters of it to coal, which he gives to the players to paint themselves with in order that they may be able to strike their opponents with all the force of a thunderbolt. Bark or wood from a tree struck by lightning, but still green, is beaten up and put into the water in which seeds are soaked before planting, to insure a good crop, but, on the other hand, any lightning-struck wood thrown into the field will cause the crop to wither, and it is believed to have a bad effect even to go into the field immediately after having been near such a tree.”