Sunday, May 31, 2009

The SkyWalk

"my shadow, descending from Sueño"

photograph by Danny Lyons

coming down from the dream tree

climbing in the tree,

i made a comfy branch-swing

just to span the time.

Night Climb

A Long Way Up

Heavy, heavy rope,
Trust in muscle-memory.
90-foot hangout.


"downtown ATL at 90 feet"

(photographer's note: ok, so this is not the best photo ever taken of the Atlanta skyline. it really pushed the iPhone's capability (and the photographer's as well), to put it nicely. but it is proudly posted here to document one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments. here i was, climbing at night, and hanging out at 90 feet in a 120 foot-tall tulip poplar tree named "Obama." there wasn't much to stand on up there in the crown, and we were in the tree for almost two hours. to top it off, i was able to span the time and share the experience, and the treetop, with the best of friends, JB and Bill.)    


A View From A Tree
Downtown Atlanta
From the crown of Obama.
A night climbing trees.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


This is Obama, the tulip poplar tree.

Tonight, we ascended Obama at sundown and climbed into the crown to the anchor, which is at 90 feet. Stayed up there for almost 2 hours with the cityscape shimmering in the half-moon.

We just set feet down on terra firma minutes ago. Not a typical Saturday night for me.

on a deconstructed tree

structural fractals,

roots fading into the earth,

with leaves in the stars.


"me and the Treeman"

by Danny Lyons

Yours truly, climbing into Sueño. I'm currently blogging from 35' high
in this huge teaching tree. Just completed a horizontal "skywalk" from
one part of the tree to another.

It is quite exciting to be here and also an honor to span time and
limbs with these friends.

[You can see Peter "Treeman" Jenkins, father of recreational tree climbing and founder of Tree Climbers International, in the background. We are forever indebted to Peter and Patty for their gracious hospitality and generous wisdom and instruction.]


JB has been limb walking all over the gigantic & beautiful Willow Oak.

Sent from the tree, Sueño.

The Mayor

Bill is working on yet another pitch in Sueño.

Sent from the tree, Sueño.


Peter "Treeman" Jenkins in Sueño, teaching us the ropes. Literally.

Peter "Treeman" Jenkins is the founder of Tree Climbers International.

Sent from the tree, Sueño.

Climbing Sueño, the tree

Endless Gratitude

This is the Dream Tree.
Patty, Peter and Sueño,
They are our teachers.

A Good Start

The snacks on the way to Atlanta were epic. So was stopping at Fox
Bros. BBQ.

We're settling into TCI very nicely. We've met Echo, Swing Low, Obama the
tulip poplar tree, and Patty, our amazing hostess who is Peter's wife. We look forward to meeting Peter, the "Treeman" himself first thing in the morning.

And we've got some trees to meet, and climb.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Full Mobility

photographs by Danny Lyons.

The I•P is hitting the road to learn Arborist tree climbing
techniques. Not sure what we'll find and learn along the way. Therein lies the adventure.

Postings may or may not make it back in real time. Let's see what the iPhone can really do. Stand by, the I•P is heading into the trees...

SALAD FINGERS: "CAGE," by David Firth

episode 4 - "Cage"

leave me out of it.
defenders should have their own
race to the bottom.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


episode 3 - "Nettles"

Waffle House waffles,
melted butter and syrup.
taste of paradise.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Anathallo, "Bells"

preferential misfits
i speak in BMP.
[chunked, grayscale pixilation]
you prefer JPEG.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

White Rabbits, "Percussion Gun"

i never said it was right

with foot caught in the

neighbor's bear-trap, you were stuck.

i watched, even smiled.

Saturday, May 23, 2009


episode 2 - "Friends"

"i'm straight, but he's gay."
please use your login id.
[wait, let's start over]

Friday, May 22, 2009


grandfather live oak,
fallen, after all this time.
wish we'd met sooner.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

SALAD FINGERS, by David Firth

found your rusty spoon.
i shined it up real pretty.
didn't get your kink.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Seth Godin on the Tribes We Lead

"Get yourself a gang,"
Vonnegut once encouraged.
[From this soft armchair?]

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


original "The Ed Sullivan Show" clip.

walk it out overdub.

call & response
string theory intact:
history, race and culture.
old things new again.

Monday, May 18, 2009

"Surfin' Bird," by the Trashmen

[don't fight it].

i waited for you.
i was hoping you would pull
the nail from my leg.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


banana spider
remakes her web each morning.
[ [ [ determination ] ] ]

Saturday, May 16, 2009

When You Win, You Win

Bicycle Race Prank - Watch more Funny Videos

peel back the layers.
skin. rind. bark. paint. all removed.
then, address the core.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything

i only half-breathed
when we went underwater.
don't let go my hand.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


i woke up today.
the elements are in charge.
this is what i found.

Monday, May 11, 2009

WILCO, "Sky Blue Sky"

it's gonna work out.
with all the dredging and such.
split eights and aces.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

WILCO Ashes of American Flags Trailer

connecting all things
americana. humble.
prescient, honest songs.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Zillertal Roctrip

shedding and melting,
what remains is discipline.