Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mark Thompson On Lifeguarding and Slave Free Chocolate


(Photo Source: California Historical Society. Photo shows the Will Rogers Lifeguard Headquarters/Lighthouse of the 40's through early 70's)

Mark Spyder Thompson, Ph.d, (retired) County Recurrent, Professor, Roadie, Concert Promoter, Dead Head, Mountain Man, etc., et al... has been kind enough to share with us some photos and memories of his many days on the beach making rescues and chatting up young women at Will Rogers State Beach "back in the day" when Flanagan ruled Tower #17 and John Thomas perfected the one arm spiraling descent on the exterior WRHQ Lighthouse rescue pole during the heydays of Capt. Cuss, circa 1960's and early 70's.

I. Lifeguarding


(Photo courtesy of Mark S. Thompson. Per Mark, this "dory race photo was taken at Hubbell's Malibu Beach Surf & Sport Festival at Zuma in 1982.... Norton and I rowed all four legs of the one mile dory relay and finished in 3rd place, against six full teams." Photo used with permission. Reproduction without consent is prohibited.)



(Photo courtesy of Mark S. Thompson. Photo shows from left to right, Randy Allen (S.M. City and LACo Recurrent), Jimmy Doman (who requires no introduction) and Mark Thompson, in the early '70's at Tom Doman's house in Crowley Lake looking over a topo map for an anticipated backcountry trip. Photo used with permission. Reproduction without consent is prohibited).



(Photo courtesy of Mark Thompson. This photo shows what happens to you when you move to Seattle, I mean, Spokane and teach full time. In this photo, Mark is seen doing a Send-Up of Bruce Lee in his own version of "Enter The Shaman". Photo used with permission. Reproduction without consent is prohibited).



(Photo courtesy of Mark Thompson. This photo shows what happens to you when you decide to live and ski full time in Lake Tahoe. In this photo, Mark is seen doing a Send-Up of Ted Nugent, including the mandatory camo trucker's cap, sans deer rifle. Photo used with permission. Reproduction without consent is prohibited).

II. Slave Free Chocolate, by Mark S. Thompson, Ph.d

"Slave-free chocolate brands:

Equal Exchange (Whole Foods, New Seasons)
** Endangered Species (Whole Foods, Target, New Seasons)
Rapunzel (Whole Foods)
** Dagoba (at most Oregon grocery stores)
** Green and Black's (available at Target!)
Newman's Own (New Seasons, Whole Foods)
Cloud Nine
Tropical Source (New Season's, Whole Foods)
** Shaman
Any fair-trade certified brands (look for the black and white Transfair logo)

Legend:
** = my personal favorites, especially their really dark ones."

Dr. Mark's Bibliography/Further Information Resources:

http://www.slavefreechocolate.org
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http://www.slavefreechocolate.org/mission.html

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Thank you, Mark, County Recurrent very much appreciates your participation and your contribution of content and photos, esp. the Classic shot of you and Wisdom !

Until next time...


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2 comments:

spyder said...

Please allow me to introduce... wait, no, that's not right. Oh yeah, may i please offer a few corrective tidbits to reset the record:
~~That i may know, and continue to hangout with various members of both the Merry Pranksters and the Grateful Dead, should in no way suggest that i know anything about entheogenic consciousness (or i might).
~~I live in Spokane (a much different place than Seattle sometimes) after retiring a few years ago from an endless career of teaching and lifeguarding in CA (not unlike numerous other retired folk in this realm who spent their lives doing much the same--damn you those who mentored us to do the same). I still privately tutor the scion of the rich.
~~I am still active in event, festival, and rock-n-roll production; and while it pays great, being an elder seems to not interest the young ladies near as much. I also work part-time as a concierge for a local major hotel (the health care benefits rock, and cost me nothing).
~~There are way more retired lifeguard folk more interesting and less cynical than me at this point.

Sara said...

Thanks for linking to my site, www.slavefreechocolate.org We appreciate any exposure we can get.