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Lots of news! since last update. Part1: Retirement!- Nov 2018
I've been away from this site for too long! Since then, my wife Gwen and I bought a house to retire to, took a trip with family to Europe and retirement for me and my wife!

But all that fades from importance compared to the last month and changes I didn't expect to be going through. I'm going to let the words I wrote to my co-workers a few days before Thanksgiving explain. (The photos were not originally part of it):

Bob's November of Good and Bad News

Good News
After 17+ years at Fry's and 50 years of working for a living, I'm retiring the day before Thanksgiving next week! Yay!

A year ago, my wife and I bought a beautiful place in northern California up in the hills with beauty and trees and deer everywhere. Since then we've been spending most of our spare time there, moving our possessions, fixing things up enjoying the peace and quiet.

I built one shed for my wife. Being the first Out Building I made we named it OB-1. My wife filled all 120 sq ft with piles of Faux Furr Hats, Shrugs and clothing that she has been making/selling for years.

OB-2 followed as another 120sq ft of space that became a gallery of the art I've made over the decades. Sculptures in glass and metal and plastic and wood. Neon signs, trophies, photos.

OB-3 Was last with room for our camping equipment/holiday decorations and space for doing some exercising.

Meanwhile, I rebuilt half of the fence we share with a neighbor, terraced a section of the yard, planted a garden and even gave the dog her own 100sqft patch of grass.

Hard to keep working when you have a place to retire to all set with your favorite and most personal stuff. 2 weeks to go till retirement, and 95+% of our stuff has been moved!

Bad News
The bad news is that the beautiful house we bought is in Paradise, CA, one of the towns that has been destroyed in the fires this week. In all that smoke outside, some of what you smell used to be our home.

I haven't got proof my house is gone, but I know that neighbors houses on both sides of us have been leveled. Not knowing is the worst thing possible. My wife and I are displaying all the signs of shock and are walking around in a fog since thursday.

What's next? I'm still retiring next week and my wife in 3 weeks. Our plans are changing daily, but as of today we will be moving to Oroville, living in my wife's sister's RV for the next year or more.

We'd like to re-build our house, but we'll have to see how good our insurance was/is. Since we haven't moved in yet, the house is not declared as our primary residence so the insurance will probably not pay what it should.

There is no infrastructure left in Paradise. No cell towers or power poles, water or sewage. Very few businesses are left standing. The fire has passed our house but is still burning in a bigger circle. The prediction is that I won't even be able to see if my house is still standing for 2 weeks. Power lines won't start arriving until Easter at the earliest. Until water, power, sewage and gas are re-connected we can't even live in the RV on the property. In the meantime, we'll be dealing with our insurance company, mortgage company & registering with the Red Cross (done) and FEMA to see if we can get some help.

Ways for you to help
In a few weeks I'll be able to get to the property and begin going through what is left and cleaning up the property. I have none of the stuff I've collected over a lifetime. I had a 2 car garage-turned-shop there filled with tools and supplies that I'm probably going to miss the most in the short term.

Do you have 3 shovels but only need 2? Have an extra sledge hammer, axe or pick? If you're someone who has more tools than they’ll ever need, I'll gratefully accept your extra yard / construction / deconstruction tools. If I end up with 20 shovels, or hammers, or whatever, I'll pass them out to my neighbors who will be going through the same thing.

If you can, contribute to the Red Cross or Salvation Army funds for victims of the Camp Fire. Donating clothes and bedding is really not needed right now. If you want to give directly, giving gift cards to Home Depot or Lowes or other places is a far more useful so people can decide for themselves what they need now.

We are also planning on setting up a GoFundMe page – a crowdsourcing site – as a suggestion from a friend who wants to be able to send us money to help with our expenses. We are working on getting that page up and once we do, I will update this note to let you know how you can help if you are able. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

Saying goodbye
Up until last week, I had a different note I was planning on putting on this wall. It went something like this:

I've just got the news from my doctor that it is certain and fatal. He says I probably have less than 30 years to live, so I've decided to retire now and enjoy my last few days...

This isn't the way I was planning on spending the beginning of my retirement, but we are safe and I guess we gotta have something to do! My wife and I are people with skills. At this time, we are planning to not only rebuild our house, but get involved in rebuilding Paradise to help to bring it back to the town we wanted to spend the rest of our lives in.

-Bob Marzewski

I'm actually writing this in December, but it has been a crazy couple of weeks mostly on a roller coaster of emotions. My wife Gwen retires in 2 days. We've seen ground level photos of our former home and there is little visible that survived.
That is for the next update coming soon.

Art Party San Jose 24 Sep 2016

No burning man project this year. Instead, building a giant rabbit hole entrance to Anne & Mark's Art Party.

Click image above to see blog post on their site about my wife Gwen and I who are building and decorating a great sbig hole.

Link to images/story of the Rabbit Hole project, the art in the Pavilion Gallery and the Fashion Show now available!


Maverick's Competition, 12 Feb 2016

Nine hours on a boat watching the awesome waves of Mavericks followed by the Awards ceremony to see who got the Trophies I built. An excellent day!


Burning Man 2015 project: Sun Tower (September 2015)


Results: We tried for about 20 minutes to use sunlight to catch it on fire unsuccessfully. Then I pulled a couple road flares out of my back pocket and approached the crowd and asked "How about plan B?", to which the crowd cheered and I lit the tower from the bottom.


Burning Man 2015 project: Sun Tower (June 2015)


2228 year or so after Archimedes is said to have destroyed an attacking Roman naval fleet using mirrors, we will bring the Sun Tower to the playa and try to set it on fire the same way.

This 32' tall climbable tower will have an 8' sun shaped mandala at the top. On Friday around 1pm, hundreds of participants around the perimeter will be given mirrors to reflect sunlight at the center of the mandal where a target wad of cannon fuse will catch fire and set the rest of the tower alight.

Mavericks 2015 Trophies (March 2015)
Mavericks is a special surf spot a mile off the coast of Half Moon Bay, CA. Most winters, storms coming in from Alaska raise waves that can range up to 50' tall or more. Mavericks was first challenged in the 1960s by a handful of brave surfers and by 1999 the first competition was held there. In Northern Califonia, where I live it is a place of legend.


Before burning man 2014, I was contacted by Griffin Guess of Cartel-Management. His Marketing company is currently promoting the Maverick surf competition, and after seeing the model for Cruz the Wave (see below) he asked if I might be interested in making trophies for the competition. A month or 2 after BM 2014, we hooked up and I began making trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as a special trophy honoring Sion Milosky.


Now that they have started to display the trophies I've made on their facebook page, I can show most of the images I took while building these trophies. I am very proud of how they came out and want to thank Cary McHugh for all the metal work he did as well as John Schiesel for the use of his shop and his help with the finishing of the trophies.




Click any of the trophy images to see more photos and some of the steps in the making them.

See the Titans of Mavericks web site and their FaceBook pages for more info.



Cruz the Wave: building a big wooden surf wave for Burning Man 2014 with Santa Cruz Burners


One of the prototype models


Getting married under the arch at Burning Man 2013! (28 Aug 2013)


2013 brings my marriage to Gwen (Atta Girl) Jester at Burning Man. I am building a wedding arch as the locale for the ceremony. You are invited to attend.




2012 brings my most complicated burning man project yet: the Mayan TRIcycle.

My hope is to help others understand how the Mayan Calendar works and to help alleviate the fears that many have that the world as we know it is going to end on December 21st when the calendar 'ends'.  I believe that the cycle is just turning over, much like the odometer in your car does.

To show this in a dramatic and fun way, I am planning on building the Mayan TRIcycle.  The 260-day Tzolkin Calendar will be a 13’ tall wheel, driven/rotated by humans running inside the wheel.  The 365-day Haab Calendar will be a 22' tall wheel that the Tzolkin calendar wheel is cradled in.  Together the two wheels will rotate and will advance the Long Count "Odometer". 
 
I'm still designing how the final piece will look and function. I've built thigs this big before, but not anything that will need this level of precision to work. I need help both in people with skills and in raising money to bring this project to the desert this summer. Please take a look here to learn more. If you'd like to contribute to this effort, go here:
MayanTricycle


[2011] Before the blog and social neworks existed, nerds had their own domains. This one is mine. It's been in nearly continuous operation since 1995.

I started using computers in 1968 when in high school. We had a first generation vacuum tube computer the size of a CEO's desk that would heat the classroom in Michigan in the middle of the winter. We also had a terminal with paper tape puncher/reader and a 300baud modem hooked into a computer at Ford Motor Company many miles away. We paid a fee for the connect time and much more for 'think' time when the processor actually computed our programs.

My how times have changed! Even though my computer is several years old, it packs more power than that Ford computer 40+ years ago and my lousy Comcast connection is hundreds of times quicker. Everyone has a presence on the internet.

Oh, yea I do have my own blog.


   Places to visit
Burning Man Pages
I'll be going back to Burning Man for the 14th year in a row. This year without my own art piece, I AM helping with a couple of the CORE projects that will ring around the man this year.
Take a look at some of my past projects
Hard to pick favorites
 1.)  2004 The Pagoda of Infinite Reflection
the tallest and best piece I've made on the desert
 2.)  2003 ..a place to stand...
and the movie that made me a movie star
 3.)  2008 THE END
my last art project (til next year that is)
 4.)  2006 Intellingent Design
which returned in 2009
Current projects
the text that goes here is a quick 2 or 3 line summary of what someone is likely to see if they click on the more link to follow...
The Girls, CORE and More
I've always got too many irons in the fire
 1.)  The Girls Start with a thousand things, form them into the shape of a human torso, and this is what you might get.
 2.)  CORE Prototypes for this year's burning man project
 3.)  Re-Doing This WEB SITE!! Been trying for year to make big changes.
Going to unroll it before all the corners are done or it will never happen.


   Old Stuff & Hidden corners
Globes
My globes are old and not so amazing these days but once put my site up high in the search listings.
Take a look at the old download pages..
Animated gifs
 1.)   On black backgrounds
 2.)   On white with color
Stuff I can't hardly find anymore
the more I dig around, the more stuff I find.
Imagine if YOU had been tucking stuff away for 20 years online!
This list could go on forever
 1.)  Yarn Hairfalls Stuff I make
 2.)  Old examples of my work Last updated about a decade ago.
 3.)  Lefty's Corner Some of my Dad's writings on airplanes
 4.)  FurrPlay.com My Girlfriend's site
Not actually part of my site, but I DO act as a model on hers.

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