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Mike C’s 75th birthday: Portrait of the Artist as an older man

Sheeet! You’re another year older!!! Silver me timbers...that's 3/4's of a century!!!



But make no bones about it…Weir all glad all over to welcome you 😎


Heeeer’s Bobby and his pack to welcome you…HOOOOWL ya doin'???



And if anybody makes fun of your advanced age, let this guy know…and hell (he’ll) deal with them…



It’s not a laughing matter…



Some final thoughts…brushstrokes...






Mike, I love the Bizarro comics. She looks like she's driving a V Dub.



Mike, Didn't you once tell me that after you repainted your V-Dub (Readers, see next section)...you got stopped by a cop and he said something about how the color on your registration ("white") didn't match the car he was looking at...Would you mind finishing the story?...


BEACH BREAK


Readers: Back when we were younger...so much younger than today...Many of the crew and even my family had VW's...Beetles, Buses, Karmann Ghias...and Mike had a white Beetle Convertible on which he painted the complete logo for the Endless Summer movie and album cover art...FYI - I discovered my career choice "playing with cars" as friend and fellow surfer Steve B used to call it. BTW - Steve got me started turning wrenches...THANKS, BUDDY!




Sadly, there are no photographs of Mike's Masterpiece...so, let's imagine together what it might have looked like...Here are the ingredients for your mental art class...the above image painted on the driver's side of a vehicle like this:



Oh! Here's some more inspiration for your art class...a movie trailer...and some music...music from THEN...and from NOW...




Summer 2023...




Here's my attempt to duplicate...Hey, no criticism, please...Remember, I majored in SHOP...



For my surfer friends...YES, there will be perfect waves in heaven...but why wait...





BACK TO MIKE'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION POST...


Meet the Artist


First, let's stopover at his online studio...His home page displays moving images...Check out the "Slick" one that just greeted me...a reminder to say "Grace" before meals...being thankful for what we have...





My prayer for you is that you stay…




CODA


These came to me after my morning centering prayer meditation…





tOM


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