Me and Reed Fish
Hello My Dear Suspicionists,
As you may have considered might potentially happen again, here we release this wonderful episode of the Don’t Look At Me podcast. We being me.
After a brief encounter, I met my guest Reed Fish again while on a glass cleansing gig recently. He and his wife Liz were there taking identically placed but differently lit triplicate photographs of this beach house that was to go on the market. I learned that some software stitches the photo’s together in a way that evens out the lighting, or some such Trompe L’oeil-ish technique that’s good for selling houses. We all visited for a bit. I’d already had a look through the couple’s website thefishesloveyou.com. Have a look, I like it.
We’d collectively been summoned to this Ventura keys vacant two-story by Lila Francese of Ojai Home. She is in the business of staging and prepping homes for sale on the market. Clean windows and quality photography are a part of that process. I asked Lila about the Fishes and she told me Reed had written a movie and it’s available to instant stream on Netflix. The movie is aptly titled “I’m Reed Fish,” and stars Jay Baruchel and Alexis Bledel. I enjoyed it. You may too.
Reed and Liz are new to the Ojai area and I feel they bring a fitting creative vibe to the region. I was happy to have Reed over to The Bar N and visit with me to record this episode. He also mentions that he and Liz joined the Ojai Valley Lions Club.
Oh and finally, I’ve just donated to Liz Fish’s Indiegogo campaign to go to Ukraine for Kiva.org. So check that out.
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For the past few weeks, the Ojai Totes by Chris T. Wilson have been sold out at Rainbow Bridge. Some friends, Christie and Hajdeja came down from Fog City and helped dye up a bunch with me and the BooBoo.
blue tote with rainbow ojai face.
white Ojai face on random dyed tote
Pretty in pink the rainbow ojai face organic tote bag
organic tote bronze over pink white Ojai Face by Chris T. Wilson SOLD
Finely attuned to the frequency of the vibrational omnishpere. Crystal Clutcher tote bag.
White Ojai Face on Dark tie dye tote by Chris T. Wilson
Light Ojai Face rising in an emerald sea.
I cracked open an indigo dye kit and we took our first dips into the world of the this most famous natural dye-stuff. Watch for a post on that process in the future. It was a cool experience on a hot day and offered fun, beautiful and stunning results. Let me suggest that if you have friends visiting, spending a day playing with color can be a most wonderful way to enjoy each other’s company.
Hi there, heard you missed me. Well I’m back with a vengeance to do a podcast pretty often. How’s that?
Inside the airstream living the Ojai dream, that’s me and Michael Saidman.
This one’s with Michael Saidman of Deer Leg Band. I first heard Saidman’s music on Ojai Free Song Studio one day while I was prospecting around for nuggets of Ojai gold on the internet. And when I heard what SaidmanSaid, I was intrigued, so I bought the album and made contact.
Going through my channels, I was able to get hold of Saidman and conduct this fun filled evening visit and when his lady Kat arrived they sang and played for me and I share that with you my patient listeners as well as two other tracks interspersed in the podcast. Enjoy.
I’m experimenting with the concept of tossing breaks into the podcast now as well to kind of give plenty of room for elbows and asthmatics. It’s a process. Tell your friends.
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This t-shirt now exists.
You can’t ignore Lenore
The Edgar Allan POJAI face t-shirt is the latest in a collection from Chris T Wilson based on the classic ojai face design. Enjoy.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a custom christwilson print or design.
I did this new Squeegeelution based design incorporating the King of POP Michael jackojai Jackson. Interestingly, Window Cleaning Resource dot com who recently signed a licensing deal to run with the Squeegeelution Design in building a decorated clothing, accessory and product brand.
Now they are trying to push other window cleaners to be creative designers too. I like that because it inspires me. Here’s a few of the designs I’ve dreamed up over the weekend.
Remember its all an illusion.
Power Pop goes the Squeegee
The Squeegeelution Design by Chris T. Wilson
So how would you redesign and create your own version of the Squeegeelution. If you come up with something, email it to me.
I saw on the Bart’s Book facebook page that there was this cool old Jazz At Ojai poster from 1984 that was super cool finger paint like simple drawing which I’ve just learned was by a jazz and art loving accountant Lyn Stewart.
Poster for Jazz at Ojai found under other posters during remodel at Bart’s Books
So, I tagged this up a bit in photoshop, chopped, smudged and clone stamped my way to a new look for this old friend. Mister Ojai Face appears.
Transformed to the Jazz At Ojai Face guy.
Well, this had to happen eventually. Saturday morning seems like a good time to make fresh Ojai Face design. Enjoy Edgar Allan POJAI.
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Love Tanjane Model Kayleigh Jean is the author of newly published Kindle ebook, “Raw & Coveted: Traditionally Healthy Raw & Gourmet Desserts” available now on Amazon.com!
After spending the day shooting the new collection for my Booboo’s clothing line up on Sisar Road in Upper Ojai, she took a few moments to laugh with me in the barn and share her philosophy on food and talk about her product
Pickle Biotic available at Rainbow Bridge and Farmer and The Cook, blogging and her love of cooking.
In a new caftan maxi dress from Love Tanjane, Kayleigh cuddles a baby Nubian goat up Sisar Road.
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Me in the Squeegeelution and Lissie in her new vintage Stetson Open Road.
A few months back, I was at a local watering hole with my friend Joe who you may know from Ojai Healing Movement and the advertising place mats you see in the restaurants around Ojai, and we’re sitting there yucking it up and there’s a handful of Ojai’s resident recording artists sitting a few tables away and among them is this adorable blonde smoking cigarettes and laughing and going on with these guys. And it came out that this young lady is known as Lissie.
I had not heard of her, which isn’t that surprising since there’s a lot going on these days and this little Valley is in a constant state of change. But I went home that night and googled her up and thus began my fascination with this rising musical superstar.
Fast forward to last week. I had made a few requests to our favorite ukulele strumming, surfing science teacher Jim Bailey, to get me with some podcast guests, and what do you know? Well, he hooked it up proper and put me in touch with Lissie and she said “Yes.”
So I went over to her place and we sat on the porch and visited for a few hours. Now, I could take hours to go through our two hour conversation and edit it down, but instead I just leave it as is in all of its glory to let you decide which parts to edit out, skip over. I suggest listening to the whole thing. Get inspired by this driven, confident young woman. We cover a lot of ground and the conversation bounces around a bit, but ultimately I really enjoyed this one a lot and I hope you do too.
Thanks for checking it out. You can hear Lissie perform when she hosts the Beachwood Rockers Society at the historical Deer Lodge roadhouse on April 6, 2013. Check the link for details.
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Since the mid oughts when I created my first Cafe Press store and brought the Ojai Face into existence, the desire to print, publish, fold, spindle and mutilate the word OJAI has driven me to the edges of prurient folly.
Recently, I’ve been taking iconic images from pop culture and esoteric symbology then skewing, warping, pasting, blurring and sharpening the Ojai Face onto them. Perhaps you saw the GONZOJAI tribute to Hunter S. Thompson.
I present to you the PSYCHOJAI. I love this. The whole concept of merging and recreating recognizable art from a themed word that in itself is unusual enough to form a recognizable face shape that can be plastered all over things. Obsessed much?
You'll feel better after a hot shower.
so then there’s the next one.
It’s a little corny to me to call this Baphomet Ojai or BAPHOJAI. It harkens to my love of the mysteries, the arcane, the magickal, occult and esoteric. This spirit is alive and simmering in Ojai, I’m sure. Betwixt the Theosophists and some of the more eccentric yogis, I’m sure there’s tens of people who’d smile at this design.
I don't not feel not baaaad
I’m putting them in the store.