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Raven Jake Dawes
the Western Desert
Observations of a Western Legend
Interests: Raven Jake wanders the desert talkin' to rattlesnakes and picking up rocks. Along the way, he meets interestin' folks; some dead, some not. Raven Jake is partial to history, the natural sciences and the written word. He enjoys poetry shoot-outs and mining for art. Folks, do bear in mind that all the usual intellectual property and copyright stuff does apply; Jake takes a dim view of rustlin'. An' I ain't real fond of spammers. Be ye warned!
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Last summer while I was reading some of the classics, Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie came on up the list and I decided to revisit it. Be assured folks, that the version I read as a kid in the '50s ain't nothin' like the original. I think kids were... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Y’All, in my interests of being historical, plus my natural thriftiness, I’ve been readin’ more and more public domain books. And some of the books I’ve been reading are by a feller named H. Rider Haggard, who besides being quite prolific, was also way ahead of his time in terms... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Alright folks, don't be deceived by that perfect blood pressure on the monitor behind my shoulder. Couple of weeks back on January 25, I had a heart attack. I had a heart attack tryin' to be healthy, so you see what clean livin' will bring. Now as Raven Jake die-hards... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Raven Jake Dawes
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This here blanket started me on a path I wasn't even lookin' for. Jane wanted to get a blanket that looked like this poncho I bought in Mexico back in the '70s. Y'all have seen it. It's my favorite poncho, but a little the worse for wear. She probably thought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Just kiddin' y'all, I don't have a book club. Yet. It might be on the horizon. Lately I've been reading some oldies that I missed the first time around. You might have caught "The Big Sleep" a couple posts back. Now sometimes reading the oldies is uncomfortable. Sometimes it's because... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Robolights is the artistic creation of Kenny Irwin (standing over there with me - we were lucky enough to spot him strollin' around), a lifelong Palm Springs resident who has been working on this masterwork for 30 years. Looking much like a dystopian Small World ride, Robolights examines the materialism... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Y'all, I've been delving into the public domain for my reading material lately, and come to a couple of conclusions. (1) Those books that I thought I remembered reading in my youth are a lot different than I remember them, and I'm pretty sure I must have been reading the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Y'all I may have a web project coming up with the talented Michael A. Isaacs. Thanks to some Hollywood magic (aka costume and make up) your intrepid desert explorer, Raven Jake, is taking a ride on the wild side or possibly engaging in some unauthorized genetic engineering. First up: I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Raven Jake Dawes
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I haven't been by my old alma mater, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising for quite a spell, and that's kind of a shame because they have two terrific exhibits up now - the Oscar costumes and some gorgeous Victorian fans. Over there at the right, I'm hanging out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Scott Hove, responsible for Oakland's wonderful Cakeland, is shaking and baking things up here in LA in the heart of the fabric district. Get on down to the Think Tank gallery where you don't eat cakes - they eat you. This is can't-miss installation art sure to put a smile... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Y'all recall my epic Krampus suit of 2013? Big furry son of a gun? Now that was a great suit, but after my bypass surgery, I couldn't handle walkin' that thing around any more, so I sold it to my friend Drew. Looks better on him anyway. That's Krampus 2013... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at Raven Jake Dawes
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By the time I was done with Wasteland, I was done with dredlocks too. Life is short and I don't have time for all the foolin' around that they entail. I spent the better part of the year trying to make em look like somethin' but I don't have the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Folks , I'm behind on my postin!' That isn't to say I haven't been doing anything. Especially if getting dressed up is involved. Here are a few pics from this year's Wasteland Weekend. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Among the tricks in Raven Jake's bag, is that I am an ordained minister, and if the occasion calls for it, I can join a couple in Holy Matrimony. Mostly I can talk 'em out of it, but if a couple is dead set on getting hitched, not even I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at Raven Jake Dawes
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It's alright if you just want a moment to gander at ol' Jake enjoying a bubblebath and shamelessly promoting my favorite Lush product, R&B. Resting on the edge of the tub there is my favorite cane. I've had that son of a gun for 10 years. Bought it at the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Duke Kahanamoku (whose full name was a mind-boggling Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku) would have been 125 years old today, if people had indefinite lifespans and Google (through "Google Doodler" Matt Cruickshank) saluted him with a distinctive surfboard logo. Less well known than the fact that Duke introduced the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Shout out to Boo-tiful Portraits and Candy Buck for their fun support at the Second Annual Hearse and Reptile Show. I'll have more to say about that event in a bit, but Candy and the photo team did a terrific job of gettin' me coffin-ready and in the mood for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Raven Jake Dawes
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In the interests of gittin' out more on the cheap, Raven Jake hauled himself out to see some live theater, specifically the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. Every weekend in the summer, the Independent Shakespeare Company performs one of two of the Bard's plays and for July, the hit pick... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Raven Jake Dawes
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As I was strollin' from the tribal fusion haifa at Movement Art Space in Glassell Park up to the Verdugo Bar, I chanced to meet this feller and his astonishing gypsy wagon. Folks, I have a terrible recollection of names, but I believe his name is Derrick, his wife is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Raven Jake Dawes
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In the next post down, you can read me ravin' about Noah Purifoy, but there's a lot of other stuff going on to commend the LA County Museum of Art as a terrific way to spend a hot summer afternoon. You'll be hearing me talk about the Raven Jake Austerity... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Y'all know from my previous posts that I'm a big Noah Purifoy fan. The Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum is one of the finest conglomerations of assemblage art there is, hands down, so I was mighty curious to see how that could be translated from large-scale pieces in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Folks, I'm making a conscientious effort to go and do some stuff. It's been one year since my double bypass surgery, and I still ain't 100%. But I ain't dead, and we've got a whole world to go explore. Raven Jake is on the "I'm in if it's free" plan,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Been a while since I tracked a George! This one came to Jane's dad, and before he could spend it, she whisked it away from him to log it. This sucka's been all the way from New Jersey in the last two years. Entry Time (Local Time of Zip) Location,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Folks, it saddens me to say that Cal Poly Pomona has lost its oldest mare, the venerable Spring Fiesta. She passed on Saturday, Independence Day. The W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center issued this statement: The matriarch of the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center crossed over the Rainbow Bridge... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Raven Jake Dawes
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That feller on the left sometimes goes by the handle Fabio, not so much for his hair, which ain't much, but because of his tendency to strike a pose. The feller on the right is yours truly, Raven Jake. Fabio is a 15-year-old spectacled caiman who lives in the BioTrek... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at Raven Jake Dawes