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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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Folks, there comes a time when camp food jut ain't gettin' it any more and you've got a hankerin' for something fancy. perhaps this impulse follows a soundbath at the Integratron. You don't know when it's going to hit. So if you're in the desert, but feeling like a gourmet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Y'all, I'm in the middle of a move and let me tell you, it's a rich voyage of discovery. Like King Tut's Tomb. Now I don't want to move anything that's going to go into go into another "maybe I'll fix this up someday..." pile. Time to roll up the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Raven Jake Dawes
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After several years, it's time for the Old Spanish Trail Association's Annual Conference to return to California. This time we're in Barstow from October 5-8, 2017. Needless to say, I'll be there all weekend, doin' some bloggin' and visitin.' If you see me, come up and say "Hi!" Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Raven Jake Dawes
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What do y'all think of my new house? This beauty just came up on the market, but I'm about $2.7 million light. Too bad, too because besides being the ultimate luxury Watusi Village I've always wanted, it also comes with some fine African art and a flock of flamingos. This... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Raven Jake Dawes
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Happy 246th Birthday, Mission San Gabriel! We came down to represent the Friends of the Michael White Adobe at the Old Spanish Trail Association booth. Alex King's going to be here all weekend, so if you're around, make sure you drop in, say "hi" and learn a bit about the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Raven Jake Dawes
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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