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The Atomic Hula 1966 (The Haight) – Chapter Two

The Atomic Hula 1966 (The Haight) – Chapter Two

The Atomic Hula Chapter Two 1966 By Mike Marino (Writer/Journalist) theroadhead@yahoo.com   North Beach is a bitch in heat, Old Italian’s and new bohemians make up the mix and sit at tables on the street and at smaller tables inside the bars. like Vesuvio’s, across the alley from the beat bookstore illuminated by the lights of the city. The bards of Barbary held forth with a Virgil like vigilance, and the coast was cleared. Setting…

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The Leftovers

The Leftovers

Often leftovers are never meant to end up on the same plate together…as they were once all part of very different meals. However, in bringing these different flavors together, an entirely new, delicious concoction can be created. The same holds true in music. The Leftovers band consists of four members with very different musical backgrounds. The band is fronted by singer/guitarist Rich White, who played for many years in the local rock band The Saw…

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Fajita Chili

Fajita Chili

Fajita Chili Chili… Chili remains a marvelous mystery to many people around the world. Chili is a dish that’s best served bold. This combination of meat and peppers has been taken seriously by man for centuries. So seriously in fact that the International Chili Society lists every registered chili cook off so you don’t have to miss a thing. Humboldt Countys cook off lovers can thank Willow Creek for their annual Wild West Chili Cook-Off….

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The Atomic Hula – 1966 – Chapter One

The Atomic Hula – 1966 – Chapter One

The Atomic Hula Chapter One 1966 By Mike Marino (Writer/Journalist) theroadhead@yahoo.com It’s hipsters, hookers, hustlers sinners, saints, a whacked out cab driver named Doc Yucatan, a transsexual beach bum and enough sex, drugs and rock n’ roll to last a lifetime. If you’re going to San Francisco….leave the driving to us…. Having never hopped a ‘Hound before, Mike discovered, that a ride on a scenic cruiser can be, and is, an emotional bruiser. And there…

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Wrapped in leafy goodness

Wrapped in leafy goodness

I love making and eating lettuce wraps. They are versatile, easy and fun to eat. They look impressive on the plate and when people are served there is almost always an “o my, that looks good” to follow. You can put anything you like on your wraps. Trust me when I say that these wraps will make you and your guests smile and you will look and feel like a culinary genius. When making wraps…

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Death Valley Dazed!

Death Valley Dazed!

By Mike Marino (Writer/Journalist) California is a smorgasbord of yin’s and yang’s. Southern California, is the Pacific coast playground of the rebel without a cause hot rod car culture and Surf City, where, the Beach Boys promise, there are two girls for every boy. Northern California however, is the John Muir high country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the majesty of Yosemite. Coastal redwoods and mountain sequoias, woodland giants in a rich Lord of…

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Tom Joad & The haiku Hobo

Tom Joad & The haiku Hobo

Tom Joad & The Haiku Hobo By Mike Marino (Writer/Journalist) The times, they were a changin’ in the purple hazed and double dazed days of the spare change Sixties. Political and social change were waging war on the status quo and old icons were being replaced. Even Route 66 was changing. At one time it was the main vein two-lane connecting the Midwest, where I am originally from, through the desert southwest to California, where…

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The Notorious Rastafarian

The Notorious Rastafarian

By Mike Marino The bluesman, was a jazzman, a riff man…a notorious Rastafarian who lived on and off the streets. He would fly high at night with a jet stream fix in his arm, a communist sympathizer, actually, and actually attacking the tanks as captain of a red zeppelin…Jazz streets, beat streets, hard streets and harder alleys of Detroit, that are smaller, and more cramped than those they had in old Cairo where mummies, and…

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Face Down Ass Up on the Cantina Floor

Face Down Ass Up on the Cantina Floor

The Peyote Coyote Face Down Ass Up on the Cantina Floor By Mike Marino (Writer/Journalist) Juarez, Mexico – 1965 Tequila & Marijuana Cocktails Double-dazed and purple-hazed, I had journeyed from the cheap wine and endless row of topless bars that formed a phallic phalanx along the fog drenched streets of San Francisco’s wet dream North Beach…caressed the Golden States left coast as though fondling an asphalt breast…whoopin’ and hollerin’ and camping’ and camping’ it up…

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