As I was driving down Magnolia Blvd. in LA yesterday, a wonderful little shop called Captain Vintage caught my eye. Of course, I had to turn around and find a parking spot so I could peruse the treasures of yester-year hidden inside this bright blue gem.
Owner, Neil Jay, says they moved to this location only a month ago, but he’s been in business for three years now. They carry music and film memorabilia – from rare photos of the Beatles sold in the late 60’s at Hollywood Bowl (previous owner was Pat Boone) to prop guns used in the film Men In Black or rare collectible toys from Star Wars to The Simpsons and a jaw-dropping array of vintage metal lunchboxes.
One of my favorite things about this shop is their rack of “Recycled Clothing Made New”. They find second-hand T’s, jackets and vests then screen original graphic designs on them to make something fresh and unique. I have dibs on the Rolling Stones Ford Theatre T-shirt because today is my birthday!
Neil’s treasure-seeking partner, David Keeler, is a long-time music fan who’s taken killer 70’s concert shots of artists like Ted Nugent and he can tell you interesting stories about many other rock musicians and singers.
One story David told me was about Donna Washburn, a singer/guitarist who toured with greats such as Joe Cocker, Leonard Cohen, John Mayall, Hoyt Axton and Dillard & Clark. David had purchased a steamer trunk at an auction. It was very heavy, but he didn’t know the contents of the trunk because it was locked and no one had a key. His curiosity finally nudged him into breaking the lock. Inside, he found rare photos of Leon Russell and a few of Washburn’s personal items and papers.
David Keeler is such a kind soul, he tracked down Donna Washburn at Fine Gold Manor (a retirement home in Burbank, CA) in order to return her items rather than sell them for profit.
It was a pleasure to shop and talk shop with Neil and David. I plan on returning soon to do more of the same!
2013 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
You may have noticed that I’ve been frequently tweeting about the Santa Barbara Oil Spill lately, but I’d like to tell you the reasons why I’ve been doing so.
Oil spills and their following “clean-up” impact the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. Corexit, the primary chemical dispersant used by the EPA is typically applied by aerial spraying or spraying from ships directly on to an oil slick. On contact with the dispersant, oil that would otherwise float on the surface of the water is emulsified into tiny droplets and sinks or remains suspended in the water. In theory this allows oil to be more rapidly degraded by bacteria (bioremediation) and prevents it from accumulating on beaches and in marshes. Unfortunately, that theory is proving false.
Corexit was used in unprecedented quantities during the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico (largest use of such chemicals in U.S.). In addition to topical use of Corexit, it was also used in an untested, off-label manner when BP injected it at the broken well-head about 5,000 feet below the surface. The dispersant can exert a synergistic effect when mixed with oil, increasing its toxicity.
The EPA approved the use of Corexit in the U.S. (It is not currently used in the UK, Denmark or Sweden) but this decision was called into question in 2013 following a report by the Government Accountability Project (GAP) alleging "devastating long-term effects on human health and the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem" stemming from the use of Corexit. A staggering average of 15,000 gallons of Corexit were used daily on the Gulf.
Left Pic: Dispersant exposed leg after a walk on Gulf Coast Beach. Right Pic: Oil topped by thin layer of sand in attempted "cover up".
During Gulf Spill, EPA/Corexit whistleblower Hugh Kaufman told Democracy Now "EPA now is taking the position that they really don’t know how dangerous it is, even though if you read the label, it tells you how dangerous it is. And, for example, in the Exxon Valdez case, people who worked with dispersants, most of them are dead now. The average death age is around fifty. It’s very dangerous, and it’s an economic protector of BP, not an environmental protector of the public.”
Alabama researchers found that the dispersant killed plankton and disrupted the Gulf of Mexico's food web, noting that it is "like the middle part of the food chain has been taken away". Even the Nalco manual (not given to workers by the manufacturer of Corexit before "clean up") states “Repeated or excessive exposure ... may cause injury to red blood cells (hemolysis), kidney or the liver.” Such toxins bioaccumulate--meaning if you eat exposed fish your body will contain high amounts of Corexit poisons. It's also a hormone disruptor, which is damaging to fetuses.
Pic Below: Baby dolphin without eyes born dead.
News Reporter, Jessica Talony collected water/sand samples from 5 Alabama beaches affected by The Gulf Oil Spill and had them lab-tested. Chemist, Bob Naman told Taloney that he wouldn't expect to see more than five parts per million of oil and petroleum in the water, but tests revealed it was 66 parts per million in the sample from Gulf Shores beach where adults & kids were swimming/playing and the sand contained 211 parts per million. When Naman began to test the sample collected from Dauphin Island Marina, it exploded.
BUT THERE'S HOPE! Right now, the EPA is revising Clean Water Act regulations on how to clean up hazardous oil spills. They’re asking the public to comment on their proposed revisions and for the first time in 21 years, we will have an opportunity to get non-toxic solutions implemented. This is our chance to work hand-in-hand and give them a collective wake up slap!
The Earth Organization’s Science Advisory board found exact sections of the CWA that are faulty because it still allows continued use of cancer-causing chemicals to be used on oil spills and simultaneously hampers the use of more effective, non-toxic technologies such as Oil Spill Eater II, which speeds up nature’s natural process of breaking down oil and leaves only H2O as a byproduct.
Help the coastline and the creatures who inhabit it (humans too) and prevent the use of toxic dispersants by checking out resources & info at http://protectmarinelifenow.org/take-action
All this talk about water pollution has stressed me out, but I’m comforted by the thought that WE can do something about it! And now, I’m going to take a mental vacation and head to the Tanana River in Alaska. This is an ideal place for a moment of solace -- I can breathe fresh air, listen to the rhythm of the water and my heartbeat. Life is precious and I feel that truth more than ever today because it’s my birthday and I am grateful to celebrate another year of life!