“Repo Man” quotes ~ with Harry Dean Stanton

If you haven’t seen this film then set down and join the cult, if you have better watch it again.


“ Repo man is always intense.”

An ordinary person spends his life avoiding tense situations. A repo man spends his life getting into tense situations. Bud (Harry Dean)


“A lot o’ people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch o’ unconnected incidents ‘n things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice o’ coincidence that lays on top o’ everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you’re thinkin’ about a plate o’ shrimp. Suddenly someone’ll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o’ shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin’ for one, either. It’s all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.” Miller


“The more you drive, the less intelligent you are.” Miller


“Look at those assholes, ordinary fucking people. I hate ’em.” Bud


“- Duke: The lights are growing dim Otto. I know a life of crime has led me to this sorry fate, and yet, I blame society. Society made me what I am.
– Otto: That’s bullshit. You’re a white suburban punk just like me.
– Duke: Yeah, but it still hurts.”


“Good evening, Otto. This is Agent Rogersz. I’m going to ask you a few questions. Since time is short and you may lie, I’m going to have to torture you. But I want you to know, it isn’t personal.” Agent Rogersz


“You like music, listen to this. I was into these dudes before anyone. Wanted me to be their manager. I called bullshit on that. Managing a pop group is no job for a man.”


“- Otto: I’m a repo man.
– Leila: What’s that?
– Otto: It’s a repossessor, I take back cars from dildos who don’t pay their bills. Cool, huh?
– Leila: No.”


“You ever feel as if your mind had started to erode?”


I shall not cause harm to any vehicle nor the personal contents thereof, nor through inaction let that vehicle or the personal contents thereof come to harm. It’s what I call the Repo Code, kid. Don’t forget it–etch it in your brain. Not many people got a code to live by anymore. Bud


I don’t allow no Commies in my car…no Christians, either. Bud


“- Lagarto: Hermanos Rodriguez do not approve of drugs.
– Marlene: Neither do I, but it’s my birthday.”


“- Debbi: Duke, let’s go do some crimes.
– Duke: Yeah. Let’s go get sushi and not pay.”


“Don’t care how long it takes, dildos! Repo Man’s got all night, every night.” Bud


“- Bud: Credit is a sacredtrust, it’s what our free society is founded on. Do you think they give a damn about their bills in Russia? I said, do you think they give a damn about their bills in Russia?
– Otto: They don’t pay bills in Russia, it’s all free.
– Bud: All free? Free my ass. What are you, a fuckin’ commie? Huh?
– Otto: No, I ain’t no commie.
– Bud: Well, you better not be. I don’t want no commies in my car. No Christians either.”

~~~ Repo Man (1984) – Original Theatrical Trailer ~~~

“Not just a job, it’s an adventure.” Original Theatrical Trailer to the 1984 punk cult classic Repo Man. Starring Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton, Olivia Barash, and Tracey Walter. Written and directed by Alex Cox.



~~~ WATCH ~~~


Peter Lev’s recounting of The East Greeley


Jerry, that video of the East Greeley avalanche is sure getting around. Here is a story for you; my first yr at Alta, back in the day when the FS Snow Rangers, Binx and me, had to personally ‘open’ each run (because Chic Morton, Alta Manager would not let the ski patrol be involved), so after shooting EG with the 75 recoilless from Albion (since removed) we go out to ski it. Me being the new kid, as we stand at top of short chute into EG, Binx says ‘Go ck it out’. Slide slip down the entry chute and I head for a tree about 60ft away. The slope fractures 30 ft above me. Am on 7ft+ Head Flexibles and I jump them around to get them facing downhill in the now moving snow. Binx claims I waved ‘Goodby’. Don’t know if true or not, but it should be. The crown length was about half of the one in your posted video. Anyway, found I could stabilize by almost sitting on my heels and outriggimg my poles. Was not too far from the skiers left edge of the slide, so managed to get to it, shoot out of the slide and stand up. Without a break I made turns next to the slide down to the bench above Glory Hole where the debris stopped. The patrol on the lift was cheering. Would never have been able to pull this off with modern short skis.



Richard & I remember when Peter Lev came to Silverton at the very beginning of the San Juan Avalanche Project as a consultant, we were awed by how he made perfect linked turns on wooden skis with probably no side cut. He made it look so easy. All the best to all of you,
Betsy Armstrong

Betsy with her admirers


Thanks Jerry for passing this on.  When I was on the Alta patrol in 1964 I went out with the FS boys every opportunity I could.  That was a big winter in the canyon and Albion Basin was closed much of the time.  I was tagging along with the Forest Snow Rangers when they were headed to East Greely with some two and a half pound Tetrotol. eplosives for the bowl.  It turned out to be largest avalanche I had seen at that time with hand thrown explosives.  A great learning experience for me.  In those days Alta was a superb training ground for young neophytes.
Rod Newcomb

Rod visiting his old INSTAAR work site in the San Juans.


Americans Distrust Democracy

Insurrectionists loyal to then-President Donald Trump are seen swarming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Americans remain bitterly divided over the events that led to the siege on the Capitol that day, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.John Minchillo/AP

One year after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Americans are deeply pessimistic about the future of democracy.

A new NPR/Ipsos poll finds that 64% of Americans believe U.S. democracy is “in crisis and at risk of failing.” That sentiment is felt most acutely by Republicans: Two-thirds of GOP respondents agree with the verifiably false claim that “voter fraud helped Joe Biden win the 2020 election” — a key pillar of the “Big Lie” that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.

Fewer than half of Republicans say they are willing to accept the results of the 2020 election — a number that has remained virtually unchanged since we asked the same question last January.

“There is really a sort of dual reality through which partisans are approaching not only what happened a year ago on Jan. 6, but also generally with our presidential election and our democracy,” said Mallory Newall, a vice president at Ipsos, which conducted the poll.

“It is Republicans that are driving this belief that there was major fraudulent voting and it changed the results in the election,” Newall said.




Midnite Scholtes of Wild Hare Snowshoe Tours takes a group into the backcountry. (Courtesy photo)

A great workout amid stunningly beautiful scenery.

The opportunity to spot wildlife (or their tracks) and mining-era artifacts.

A guided outing with Wild Hare Snowshoe Tours offers all of this and more, thanks to the vast local knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of its founder and owner, Midnite Scholtes.

Said Scholtes, “If you can walk, you can snowshoe.”

Indeed, since stepping down as head of the Telluride Nordic Association in 2014, Scholtes has been busily guiding clients to a number of local spots for a unique experience.

“I have permits for Last Dollar, Bear Creek, Swamp Canyon and Waterfall Canyon in Ophir, Deep Creek and both sides of the road at Lizard Head,” he said. “Real backcountry areas — beautiful, interesting and away from civilization.”

Scholtes, who also provides the necessary gear and instruction, said that he chooses his snowshoe excursions in part according to the levels of fitness typical for visitors, who often lead active lives but who usually come from at or near sea level.

“It’s generally a mild or moderate climb,” Scholtes said. “The key is to get your work done first. We climb early and then level out and enjoy the views and take some photos. I find that the folks I take out really appreciate that balance. They don’t want a death march, but they do want some exertion.”

Scholtes noted that in addition to the vistas, wildlife and historical interest typical of his routes, his snowshoe tours also allow clients the opportunity to enjoy something entirely different from the high-season hustle and bustle of the ski resort and the towns.

“A lot of visitors don’t leave the environs of Telluride and Mountain Village when they are here — maybe they don’t have the opportunity,” he said. “So when you take them to these places and they see the expansive, 360-degree views from somewhere like Last Dollar, it’s breathtaking and it’s new to them. People are absolutely awed.”

Scholtes continued, “You are also away in the woods. You don’t hear any cars, it’s quiet. It’s more of a wilderness experience and something completely different from the Telluride-Mountain Village experience.”

Scholtes likened snowshoeing to shinrin-yoku, the Japanese eco-therapy that translates as “forest bathing” or “taking in the forest environment,” and which seeks to treat stress, anxiety and the conditions that often accompany them, like high blood pressure, with time in a forest or woods

And that’s the thing about a Wild Hare snowshoe tour. It clearly combines the beneficial serenity and beauty of a backcountry excursion with a real-deal guide like Scholtes, who has three decades of knowledge and experience exploring and guiding in Telluride’s backyard, not just on snowshoes but also downhill and Nordic skis, by bike and on foot, as well as on the water as a rafting and fly-fishing guide.

(Listening in on Scholtes’ Daily Planet interview, his wife, local artist and former executive director of the Ah Haa School for the Arts Judi Kohin, remarked, “He’s the consummate guide. His clients learn so much about the region’s wildlife, geology and history. It’s not often they have someone like Midnite.”)

For his part, Scholtes said snowshoeing “fits with where I’m at now in my life.”

“When I arrived here 30 years ago, I obviously bought a pass and skied 100 days every season, but snowshoeing has become my preferred activity,” he explained. “I’m addicted to it. I like being out in the woods, in the solitude, being immersed in nature, seeing animal tracks, seeing the beauty. It’s magic.”

He paused for a moment and then added, “It slows everything down — and there’s a lot to be said for that.”

From gentleman, poet, friend, former Jesuit ~~~ Arturo Buentiempo

Happy! Happy! Happy! Who’s not happy that it/ki’s happening
this Christian New Year full of hope in spite of Russian troops 

& missiles massed on the Ukrainian border threatening war &

our skies brandishing heat waves, cloudbursts & gullywashers
Addicted as we are to too-much much-much-more & smores 

& Black Swan nuclear matches to scar the planet’s cheeks

Long suffering as Earth is with climate-provoked fires 

& floods & tattoo artists slain by gun-gone crazies

Happy Pappy Hip hop hallelujah for this Julian world count 

which Pope Gregory tweaked for the happy Holy Roman Empire
We inherited His story & embrace Christianity as world

calendar in this happy new year of the Lord Anno Domini 

as if in fealty to a criss-crossed conquering gold god king

From the Middle English hap happe in the Latin-rich tongue of another

Christian empire which won the last world war against a nouveau pseudo-
Christian empire that tried to eliminate Jews, Gypsies, Jehovah’s

Witnesses & leftist pinko fags, the disabled, & all their families

From the Proto-Germanic *hampą  “convenience, happiness”
as if it were convenient to make a happy face in the midst of winter’s orgy

of ice fall & avalanche, urban infernos, epidemics of meth, coal & Covid

or amidst the Southern Globe’s cattle-cleared timber cut summer

Cognate with the Icelandic happ “chance, good luck”

as if we might get a second chance at saving the Big Apple
that, invested & gnashing, we’ve got our teeth into

From the Proto-Indo-European *kob- “good fortune, prophecy”
“To bend, bow, fit in, succeed” — as if bowing to the Anthropocene 

we could bend our fortunes away from that mushroom cloud
looming on our cognitive horizons like a tumor
Like a Hopi prophecy. Like a bag of bones

Not Pandora’s box but Patriarchy’s loose ends

Happy! Happy! Happy! Related to the Swedish hampa

“to turn out” & Old Church Slavonic кобь “fate” & Old Irish cob 

“victory” — as if the year’s fate could turn out for us as triumph

if we but say it often enough over & over like an ad
Happy Holy Healthy
Happy Holy Healthy
Capitalist mantra of good feeling, greenwash & cheer

So yes let’s sing & drink & drive ourselves into utopian fantasia 

Into hippy happy hallucinations where Peace isn’t pablum 

to hoodwink the masses & Love is a four-letter word we are

learning, while staying with the troubles, to live our lives by

Happy birthday Amusement Earth
Take another spin
We’re good for the ride


fotos dentro del Museo Sibley


Conservador del museo Don Pablo
galería pública en el museo Sibley
refrescos en la cocina del cosenero Sibley
relajación en la antesala del Museo

crédito total de la fotos ~ Abuelo Norte/Señor M. Wells


Crédito de las fotos del Museo Sibley, rŌbert


Sib in the shop

crédito total, Karl Arndt


Hi there,
My name is Tania and I am a friend of Paul Sibley & Deborah Hammock’s.  I have started a GoFund Me site to help them with expenses related to the loss of their home. Here is a link should you be interested in donating.  Thank you SO very much.  
Tania Petrulis 



crédito total de la foto


Stellar Dendrites

These are the most recognizable snow crystals. Their name comes from their star-shaped appearance, along with their branches and sidebranches (“dendrite” means tree-like). Stellar dendrites are also quite large and common, so they are readily spotted on your sleeve, especially if you are wearing a dark fabric. The best specimens usually appear when the weather is quite cold — about -15 C, or +5 F.