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Rising sea levels




So far, the Totem Sky series has been a rousing success. I'd estimate that around 60 different audiophiles, from all over the world, have emailed me. And they have broached quite a variety of angles and topics. Many just wanted to share their own experiences with Totems, including the Sky. Many divulge information about where they live, how they listen, what types of music they like, what their room is like, what they look for, etc. Unusual for audiophiles, some even talk about sports. As always, the audiophile will let me know that his spouse likes reading my posts. Every now and then, an audiophile will tell me that his wife was or even still is, a teacher, and that she likes my writing.

And then there are those, whose spouse or children are our age. These people identify with "the MTV generation."

I field plenty of requests for "comparison" posts. Readers have told me that they like the ones comparing the Sky to other models, including other Totems. And then there's that small army, which wants me to bring in more of my non-audiophile friends as writing partners. I already get many of the photos from said friends. I've known many since the latter half of the 80s, which, conveniently enough, was when Totem got their start. Thus, I've been incorporating the late-80s, into some of these posts.

Speaking of the 80s, we wish we had taken more photos then. But again, for that, you needed a camera, battery, and film. Then you had to use up the roll, and get it developed. That was, for any student, already costly. Even more costly were Polaroids.

Most of my friends go back to the coast now, and swear that, when we were teens, the beach portions extended further. You go now, and there's very little sand. The photo at the top was taken at Moss Beach, summer of 2017. My wife (she was a schoolmate) and friends frowned, and thought that, regardless of tides, there was more beach, back in 1987-88, when they went there on a field trip.

Same goes for Monterey. We could have sworn that there used to be more than just a spit of sand, in that stretch between Fisherman's Wharf and El Torito.

Many beaches are subjected to natural erosion. Currents and waves take sand, and whisk it away into underwater canyons, and off the continental shelf. But the rest of the "loss" of sand is really just the Pacific Ocean rising, due to climate change. Many of my friends, who lived near the Great Highway, suspect that the waves now crash/break closer to the berm and road.

One Inmate likes to give me a bad time, frequently writing, "You and your damn beach photos!" Hahaha, that's 'cuz he lives in the heartland, and isn't anywhere near a coast. But he says those outdoor scenic photos answer the "where" question, and give him a better understanding and feeling for why the music influenced (or did not influence) me.


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