Go Outside and Play

It began Tuesday night with a concert at the Mountain Winery, Saratoga. Great venue.

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We were there to see the Gipsy Kings.

The Gipsy Kings are a group of musicians from Arles and Montpellier in the south of France who perform in Spanish with an Andalusian accent. Although group members were born in France, their parents were mostly gitanos, Spanish Romani people who fled Catalonia during the 1930s Spanish Civil War. Chico Bouchikhi is of Moroccan and Algerian descent. They are known for bringing rumba catalana, a pop-oriented music distantly derived from traditional flamenco music, to worldwide audiences. The group originally called itself Los Reyes.

Their music has a particular rumba flamenca style, with pop influences; many songs of the Gipsy Kings fit social dances, such as salsa and rumba. Their music has been described as a place where “Spanish flamenco and Romani rhapsody meet salsa funk”.

Can’t recall the exact circumstance I heard them first sometime in 1990 while living in the south of France. I became an instant fan. Their first CD I purchased, Gipsy Kings, was at a music store in Nice just before seeing the film The Doors. While I often caught American films in their dubbed French versions, no way for that one; so I went to Nice, the only city in the south that had version originale showings. Anyway, I left my CD in the theater, so had to buy it again.

Here’s a high quality LA concert video from 2006 that will give you an idea of what I’m talking about. They’re just great.

At one point in the concert I leaned over to Beatrice and said ‘they have to have jammed with Carlos.’ Sure enough, just a YouTube search away.

Next, yesterday we headed out for our like 17th annual trip to Hat Creek in Shasta county, flying the rim.

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That’s a hang glider on the car. It weighs 59 pounds and will accept a pilot & gear weight up to 250 pounds, certified to about 6 g’s of loading. Wing span is 31.5 feet and the wing surface is 155 sq. ft. Retain is about $5,000 new. I set it up the previous day in the back yard in order to check everything out.

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OK, I had hoped to blog quite a bit about camp cooking and flying over the week, but the WiFi in the camp sucks. It seems to get worse and worse every years since they first installed in 8 years ago. It’s barely useable for just email. So, I’m sitting in a McDonald’s in Burney sipping on an iced tea.

More later. Have fun out there.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. marie on August 1, 2013 at 16:58

    You could not turn on the radio anywhere in Europe in 1987-88 without hearing Bamboleo…and it never got old. Gorgeous guitars (left-handers rock!).
    Thanks for the memories, mon cher.
    Now when you’re up there, like that other Richard from the navy (reservist) and his Livingston Seagull, may you “pick the prettiest part of the sky and melt into the wing and then into the air, until there is just a soul on a sunbeam” (or something like that, eh? 😉

  2. Rhonda on August 1, 2013 at 19:50

    I love those guys! I saw them, sometime in the 90s, at Radio City Music Hall (in New York City); it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.

  3. Cindy on August 2, 2013 at 10:30

    Thank you, thank you! I clicked on the youtube and thought – “hey that sounds like Jesse Cook” so I looked him up. He was influenced by these guys, but anyway found a concert to see Jesse. I am sooooo excited. Love your blog “most of the time” by the way.

  4. moorerulz on August 2, 2013 at 12:11

    3 comments above are all female. I am always surprised at how many (dedicated) female followers you have on this site.

  5. Big Marty on August 2, 2013 at 14:13

    Great song 🙂

    Richard, have you read Chris Masterjohn’s latest post asking whether American’s have the right to eat healthy food? Real food and politics are two of your big passions it seems so I wanted to hear your take on things, in particular this quote:

    “The ban has been active since 1987, and the FDA now defends it, having gone so far as to successfully argue for the dismissal of a lawsuit to repeal it by claiming that there is “no fundamental right” to “freedom of contract,” to “bodily and physical health,” or for consumers to choose “what foods they do and do not. . . consume for themselves and their families.””

  6. marie on August 2, 2013 at 19:49

    I just figure that the others too must have missed the memo about his being misogynist, like I did.
    Or else of course all these US and international working women, mothers and/or professionals are gluttons for punishment (old timers : yes, I realize that’s a cue for Monty Pythons’ castle, enjoy! 😉 )

  7. moorerulz on August 2, 2013 at 21:58

    Has anyone joined Jack Kruse’s Platinum Club? It looks good but I’m not sure I can afford it.

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