Jonathan Haeber, the photographer responsible for documenting Michael Jackson’s infamous Neverland Ranch, tells the story of how he came to be at Neverland Ranch and the affect the Ranch had on him.
Haeber begins with, “as someone who finds significance in historic architecture, I neither saw Neverland as significant, nor historic.” It was only after the thought occured to him, “why couldn’t Neverland be ‘historic’ in my mind?” that Haeber decided to pick up his camera and document the place.
Despite trespassing numerous times on different properties in order to get a picture, Haeber had a bit of reservation stepping onto Michael’s “private park.” Haeber consoles himself with the thought,” Michael truly wanted to share his world. It was a genuine wish of his for everyone to understand things the way he did.”
To Haeber the experience was “surreal” and everything he viewed indicated that Michael was an “innocent man.”
Haeber’s one regret? He didn’t ride down the Super Slide.
Read the entire story and see newly released pictures on Bearings.
I used to be quite the walker when I first moved back to the Bay. I had an active social life and no car to support it. One of the things I would almost always see and wonder about on my walks is this building at 1100 Broadway in Oakland.
Luckily, Jonathan Haeber, a local urban explorer, was also curious about the building and dedicated one of his urban explorations to uncovering what the building looks like now and what the history of the building is.
Turns out the building used to house the privately owned company Key System.[link] Key System provided mass transit to most of the Bay Area from 1903 to 1960.
According to Wikipedia, Key System was dismantled around 1958. Declining ridership and lobbying by National City Lines [link], an affliate of General Motors ended much of the company’s rail ways. In 1949, National City Lines, along with General Motors, Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California, and others (Phillips Petroleum, Mack) were sued by the United States for conspiracy to form a “transportation monopoly, and conspiring to monopolize sales of buses and supplies to companies owned by City Lines.” [link]
To find out what else Haeber discovered –like rave flyers from the 80s on one of the floors, and see more photos, check out Haber’s post on Bearings. [link]
Every so often, an idea comes along and I’m like “That’s so freaking smart! How did I NOT think about this?” That’s how I felt when I saw a post about Lollipop-Pies a.k.a tiny pies for your mouth on the website Luxirare. [link]
Luxi Rare, writes an overview about making Lollipop-Pies saying that the reason Lollipop-Pies exist is because sometimes Luxi wants “a couple of bites” and wants “to be done with it.”
“I want to eat pie, but I don’t want a whole slice…. I want little pies, yes, with more pie crust than filling. 50 calories or less, no guilt. Eating pie slices makes me feel fat.”
Through links and comments in the original post, you too can learn how to make your own Lollipop-Pies.
Making pie filling. FROM SCRATCH.
Filling the pie.
Laying the stick.
Finished product. Nom. Nom. Nom. Nom.
You can read the entire post here. And here’s a link to a store selling lollipop sticks. There’s no reason for you not to get started.
Well, I don’t know that really. Either way…
Last spring when Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch was up for auction, Jonathan Haeber of Bearings blog, a website for urban explorers, posted renegade nightime photos of the infamous ranch.
Some of the photos were released, but not all. The photos that were released were beautiful and amazing. So, without further ado, here are some of the photos.
The front gate.
On the left side of the front gate is this picture.
The infamous Disney-like train station.
The train station in black and white.
I thought by now, that maybe that damn Snuggie product would fade away — back to the hell that it spawned from. But no.
At the Yelp Snuggie Pub Crawl in SF, there were many poor misguided bastirds donning the product, ensuring that the Cult of Snuggie may never die or that it will be a long time before the product fades away. Some donned the original factory designed Snuggie. And then there were these bastirds.
Sadly, even SF Gate is warming to the cult. -Sigh- More misguided souls lost to the Cult of Snuggie.
Be aware that the Cult of Snuggie has no lines it won’t cross. Even conservatives like Tucker Carlson have been ensnared by the treacherous cult. And Joe the Plumber looks a little too comfortable in that Snuggie. I wonder if he’s ever worn a white version.
Does this come with a matching hood?
Just kidding Joe.