Weather looks good again! As always, I’ll be out there from 10:30 – 3:30/4ish. Please bring food, instruments, and friends. I am thinking about having an informal 3 month CIP anniversary coming up, and I would like to schedule a day of music, festivities and food. If you would like to participate please send an e-mail. . Used a propane camp stove and a french press to make coffee. I needed an extra table for all of the stuff. Alex brought a petition for people to sign to get the neighborhood association to back coffee in the park. We got about 40 signatures. He also brought the table and stove!!! This was much too involved, and I was focused on making two cups of coffee at a time. I need more automation so I can free myself up a bit more.
Shannon Burry brought all kinds of freinds to the event; she also made buttons that say “Coffee in the Park”.
By the way, Sue Valentine (415 – 387-7405, I think that is her number) is the former Alamo Square neighborhood association president, and she is currently living in a personal hell. She has pent herself up in an all black house off Steiner facing the park, and every Saturday she calls the cops on me. She is the one that broke the extension cord fun, and made things difficult for me to serve coffee. She is also the same lady who called the cops on my friend Misha for having a garage sale on Fulton Street – he obviously didn’t have the necessary permit!!! If anyone sees her, offer her something nice, maybe it’ll break her cursed spell.
The Tradin’ Post was moved from indoors to the covered patio because of nice weather, more room, and to make way for some beautiful, needed shelves for coffee and coffee accoutrements. I also started a log book so people can log their trades (see below)!
- Memory card, gloves, fan for mix tape. this place is right on. the trading post rules! Geno
- Traded keychain and box of organic peppermints for cool patch. thanks! Tim N.
- Clove cigarette for gum and velcro tie. Marc Horowitz
- 2 yellow picks for 2 rolls of film.
- lighter for spray adhesive
- I gave old hairy card. I took some girly stickers.
- One good luck Buddhist bracelet for organic peppermints.
- Wow! CD MP3 player, hella art supplies in exchange for survival book, round glass, silver base, chomsky pin. Acer laptop w/ bag in exchange for 3 books: psyhi-pet, comic-bus, tao meow, old binoculars, “Barrell o’ Monkeys” keychain, Jimmy Buffet CD, RF modulator, “Bottom Line” Book, “American Art” Book, blue goblet, picture frame, “Bio Feed Back” Card, blue vase. Juggler aka Fidel.
- Tea Pot for Velcro Strap.
Friday the 13th! Snuggle up to some good Crystal Lake films. The weather looks pretty grim for tomorrow, so I’m officially going to call off Coffee in the Park. But, I’m going to hold coffee at my house tomorrow – let’s shoot for 1pm as I have a great deal of things to do in the morning. I live at 1343 Mcallister Street between Steiner and Pierce. This will loosely be a part of My Hallway series and serve as a good introduction to the project. So bring your ideas and questions.
I’ve spent the better half of this week researching the legal issues regarding running 1300′ of cord from my house to the park, alternative power sources, various other laws, permits, alternative coffee makers; and I’ve talked to the gamut of professions, including but not limited to lawyers, activists, police, gardeners, sustainable living specialists, boating and travel catalog sales reps, and artists.
Here’s the skinny. First off, I talked to the San Francisco permits office to try and get a permit for the 1300′ of extension cord. They gave me the “No”. I then tried the San Francisco Arts Commission Public Artist Program, and they were not able to grant me permission. I then talked to an activist lawyer, Rick Young, whom I met through CIP indirectly. He had some very good points. There a re a couple of main concerns with the cord. 1) If someone were to trip on the cord, I could be REALLY, REALLY SUED, and 2) It is against the law to put things in the street, i.e. the 100′ extension cord that crosses the intersection of Steiner and Fulton. Even though the cord has never moved an inch from the cars that run over it, it “could get stuck in someone’s wheel and cause an accident”. So, what about running up over the street? Then you run into legal issues because of the power lines and trucks crossing, etc. All in all the cord crossing the street is an issue. He said I could just fuck the law and run the cords anyhow. The cops, since they have already reprimanded me could either give me a ticket or arrest me. In which case, I could post bail, no more than $ 2000 and then go in front of the district attorney to pitch my case. The case would be basically laughed out of court due to its nature and the fact that there is some really horrible things that move through the courts that need more attention. As I understand it, I would get my bail back minus court fees. Should I run the cord and get arrested? I never thought this project would come to that question. Rick’s last words were sarcastically put ” proceed with my own risk” and “stay out of trouble”.
Okay, maybe I should talk to the gardener of Alamo Square Park, David (who claimed to be “The King of the Park”) and compromise the 1300′ feet to about 350′ of cord, and run it from the garden house on the hill top. He wasn’t gonna have any of it.
I then decided I should go on a jog to blow off some steam and sweat out the 4 cups I drink a day. I wasn’t two blocks from my house, when I heard my name. I looked around, and sure enough, it was the two police officers that put an end to my 1300′ of fun. They reiterated that the cord was out of the question, and they furthered my dilemma by stating that in order to hand out free coffee in the park I need to obtain a “distributors permit” from the parks and rec department- what the hell is that? So next time you hand someone a $1 in a park or hand your friend a burger that you cooked in the park, remember that you need a permit to do so!!!!! So now I am in need of a distributors permit and a power source!
Right! So I return home and do some research on different types of coffee makers that don’t suck so much juice, so that I can run it off of my 80 amp marine battery, which I have placed so much blind faith in. I looked into coffee makers that you can plug directly into a cigarette lighter, which would work with a $5 unit that I could hook up to my 12V marine battery which I purchased from West Marine. You can buy the 5 buck unit from radio shack – it has two clamps, one negative and one positive, that lead up to cigarette lighter where you would plug the coffee maker into. The problem is that it takes nearly 45 minutes to brew ten cups and it draws 16.5 Amps per hour – this means that on my 80 amp deep-cycle marine battery, I would have 41.25 minutes of brew time, not even enough to get 10 cups off.
So why not just hook up the marine battery to the Mr. Coffee that I have been using? Mr. Coffee draws 900watts/hr, which is one of the most demanding appliances around. As a rule, you can only drain deep cycle batteries by 30% of its capacity. So the 80 amp 12V marine battery that I have can only put out 24 amps before it needs to visit recharchville. That’s not a lot of amps. You throw all this info into a formula, Amps * volts = watts. 24amps * 12v = 288 watts available. The coffee maker drinks 900watts of power an hour and I have only 288 watts available, so that means I can run Mr. Coffee for 288/900 = .32*60min = 19.2 minutes. That may give me 6 cups of coffee.
I called in the specialists. I talked to Vern at this little company in upstate New York called “Creative Energy Technologies” specializing in sustainable living. We talked at great length about renewable and portable power sources. Generators are out of the question – too big, too expensive, and way too loud. Solar power is out – expensive for one and the panels only operate at 21% efficiency, meaning that they only convert 21% of the sunlight that hits the panel. This in turn means you need several large panels to draw enough power out of our shining star to power a 900watt coffee maker for several hours – approximately 9’x3′ worth of panels.
More batteries???? My 80 amp marine battery weighs 49 lbs, so 19.2 minutes = 49lbs, for 4 hours I’d have to lug 12.5 batteries to the park weighing in at 612.5 lbs!!!!!!!! Plus I’d have to lug a 20lb 1000watt hardwired power inverter that costs $ 140. So 13 batteries and an inverter = $ 1180. That’s not so cost efficient to serve free coffee in the park, nor does it make sense to carry around 612.5 lbs of batteries.
I went on an errand with Mary Burnham today and she suggested Cold Brew Coffee. I could do that and lug a few gallons up and heat it on the spot.
In any case, it’s back to the drawing board. Maybe the propane stove and extra table is the way to go, or maybe I should get arrested!
So I sold my Honda Civic Station Wagon that I bought for $800 to Jon Rolston for a whopping $ 648 and a chocolate glazed doughnut. Additionally, he promised me that I could do whatever I wanted to his old car – a little mazda hatchback (above – comes with the eagle – free). So, I figured it would be a good idea to fill it with ice. Rolston suggested we sit in the car while it is filled with ice – fantastic. We might as well try driving it at that point – I’m sure we won’t get too far.
I set out this morning to find the best solution. I figured that blowing shaved ice into the car from one of the windows was a reasonable way to go. I hit the Yellow pages. So I started out with the San Francisco Ice Co. I have bought ice from them before to make a home made portable office/ home air conditioner (see below). I talked with them about the project, and they told me that the man who had a machine that blew shaved ice had quit a while back, so I would have to buy about 15 – 40lbs. bags of shaved ice and dump them into the car myself. This seems sort of anti-climactic. I pressed on, and turned my search into one for a snow maker. I did an EBAY search and found that snow makers are 1) DJ tricks for proms and 2) machines that make snow cones for kids. So I amped up my search, and set out for high powered snow makers that you would find at a ski resort – you can read about them at how things work. I figured that local snowboard shops would have the skinny on where to get these machines. There had to be a half-pipe snowboard contest in SF at sometime and someone had to rent a snow maker for it – maybe I’d get lucky.
So, I called several snowboard shops, and the general consensus was to call a ski resort. That makes sense, but what resort in their right mind is going to let a couple of dudes fill their car up with gangs of snow while their in it? I also wonder if we would get our heads blown off due to the pressure of the snow that comes out of the machine? I would open the hatch back and blow it in from there, maybe we could move the machine back at quite a distance?
I still want to rent a machine locally – it would be much easier. I called several rental shops, action rentals (415.826.1830), united rentals (415.642.1300), hertz, and more. The guy over at Action Rentals told me to call a refrigeration company. Okay? By the way all of these people have asked why I want a high powered snow maker. I told them exactly why – they immediately laugh, usually comment “that’s weird”, and wish me luck.
I called several refrigeration companies, Ace refrigeration (415.286.3829), Speed Refrigeration (415.826.8500), and Cool Solutions (800.664.4009) – they must have a solution. The owner at Cool Solution took to the project. He liked the idea, but had no snow maker, and no good suggestion on where to look about town. But he did say in all 30 years of operating his business, he had never received a request anywhere near this. I made his list of top 5 strangest requests. You’ll have to call up to find out about the other 4. He ended our conversation by saying, “good luck, and I hope you dudes don’t freeze your balls off.”
Time to call the lake tahoe ski resorts – heavenly, northstar, sierra, squaw, alpine meadows, and boreal (I know they have real big snow machines). I’m not really sure if the car will make it up there, maybe I could have AAA tow it up – I do have AAA plus, 100 miles of towing! We could play vanilla ice all the way up.
If there are any ice donors, people with snow makers, or someone who is skilled in the field of controlled ice experimentation, please contact me. Thanks.
yes, the first portable air conditioner – genius!
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Community Art Residency Experiment
Oakland CA 94620
Jon Brumit and Marc Horowitz
3421 Hollis Street
Oakland CA 94608
Jan 13, 2004
Dear Jon and Marc,
Congratulations! We are very pleased to announce your inclusion in our program for 2004. Your collaborative “Blue Suit” proposal was one of three selected from a pool of approximately 250 nominees. We feel that your qualities of community focus, social exploration, and sense of humor are well-suited for our program and we expect great things from your residency! The other two artists for the 2004 year are Tao Urban from Los Angeles and Gyan Shrosbree from New York.
Once again, the residency is 24 hours in duration and may be executed in a location of your choosing. The only stipulation is that the activities or residue of your residency should occur within or culminate in a highly accessible public display. Please complete your project by August 1st for inclusion in our pamphlet, which now has a circulation of over 3000 annually! As there is no stipend or facilities, we encourage you to make use of our in-office resources and knowledgable staff.
Please feel free to contact us at 510.407.1266 with further questions. We look forward to working with you this year.