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“Cambria, CA Loves Me, this I Know” an alternative travel and coupon guide (includes Morro Bay coupons)

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Brandon Follett likes to travel, but he keeps coming back to Cambria.

When the former Bridge Street Inn owner (2012-14) returned during January — before departing again for his new home in Buxton, N.C. — he left a little bit of himself behind in the form of a book: “Cambria, CA, Loves Me, this I know.”

The quirky look at the community that’s a brisk read at 52 pages. It’s part guidebook, part humorous retrospective and part coupon book.

Have trouble visualizing that?

Follett, 40, provides a hint of what to expect from the book, which includes imaginary conversations between fictional characters such as Francisco de Lovely.

“One inspiration was a book I found at a thrift store called ‘Letters from a Nut,’ by Ted L. Nancy, with an introduction by Jerry Seinfeld,” Follett recalled. “The letters are off-the-wall hilarious and at the same time informative about the hotels.”

Follett points to one of the vignettes in his book, titled “Did you Know My Underwear Matches the Arugula on Your Pizza?”

“In a humorous way, I introduce the fact that Cambria does not have any box stores, but it does have an amazing farmer’s market.”

Although Francisco himself is a creation of Brandon’s imagination, the author points out that the information he provides in the vignettes is factual: meant to help travelers play their stay in the Cambria area.

His favorite vignette is titled “I’m Sexier Than a Forest,” one of the selections he read during a book launch party late last month at The Bridge Street Inn.

“The story still makes me laugh out loud,” Follett said. “Especially the lines, ‘Is this tree sexier than me? Do I need to find an ugly tree to pose next to?’ I ask, ‘iPhone where is the nearest clear cut?’ ”

The book, which includes plenty of photos and illustrations, is a potpourri of eclectic information, ranging from maps to poetry, along with a recipe for tuna (which, Follett informs the reader, doesn’t taste good a la mode), distances from one place to another and a section on the Bridge Street Inn.

“The BSI was a great writing prompt because it is a business that represents the values of the owner and community,” Follett said.

The book, which includes plenty of photos and illustrations, is a potpourri of eclectic information, ranging from maps to poetry, along with a recipe for tuna (which, Follett informs the reader, doesn’t taste good a la mode), distances from one place to another and a section on the Bridge Street Inn.

“The BSI was a great writing prompt because it is a business that represents the values of the owner and community,” Follett said.

“Sometimes it was hard to separate one’s self from the business. Running the BSI felt authentic to me, it was never anything like ‘I work for Monsanto, but will only eat organic veggies raised in my own garden.’ The BSI inspired me to continue being myself, which inspired guests to return to the BSI.”

The guests at the inn, a hostel that operates in a 110-year-old building on Bridge Street, inspired Follett’s creativity, he said. The inn, he said, introduced him to Cambria via a six-week internship.

“I was pedaling down Highway 1, from the Santa Cruz area, when I arrived for my internship,” he said. “I think it’s inspiring that Cambria can sustain such a unique business as the BSI.”

Before releasing his latest work, Follett wrote a poetry/flash fiction series titled “Mental Foreplay for the Classics,” published on Wolf Peach Press in Boise, Idaho, and a book called “You Can’t Hide an Elephant in an Omelet.”

“Cambria, CA, Loves Me, This I Know” was four years in the making, he said. His cousin, Kari McKinney, took on the role of graphic design director and “helped create the tone of the book, much like how George Martin shapes a Beatles song.”

It’s an apt description. The book’s design features a collage approach to graphics and photos that is likely to leave the reader discovering new tidbits tucking into its nooks and crannies, much like the Beatles’ album covers for “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

“The biggest obstacle” in creating the book, Follett said, “was the actual writing. “I took English 102 in college three times. I enjoy writing poetry because there are no rules, much like improvisational dance.”

The book also includes $100 worth of coupons to 20 local businesses — ten in Cambria and ten in Morro Bay.

article by Stephen H. Provost published in the Cambrian

Moon Handbook: Santa Barbara and the Central Coast discovers the musical talent of Brandon Follett

moon handbook Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Brandon Follett moon handbook Santa Barbara and the Central Coast It’s true! I’ll play guests a song or recite a poem at the Bridge Street Inn.  Pick up a Moon Handbook at your local bookstore or at the Moon website.

What the Californie LeRoutard guide book has to say about the Bridge Street Inn

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Californie LeRoutard guide book, cambria, california, bridge street inn

Californie LeRoutard guide book, cambria, bridge street inn, brandon follett

The Bridge Street Inn scene through the photographic eye of Linda Kessler

When I opened the Bridge Street Inn e-mail I was pleasantly surprised.  Linda Kessler, a professional fine arts pregnancy, baby, children, and family portrait photographer sent some photos she had taken while staying at the Bridge Street Inn.  Linda’s work has been show cased many places including Pregnancy Magazine. Check out Linda’s portfolio at her website Focus Pocus.   Thank you Linda!!!

Bridge Street Inn photo by Linda Kessler

Bridge Street Inn photo by Linda Kessler

Bridge Street Inn cottage photo by Linda Kessler

Bridge Street Inn cottage photo by Linda Kessler

Brandon Follett, BSI owner, photo by Linda Kessler

Brandon Follett, BSI owner, photo by Linda Kessler

Cambria street musician photo by Linda Kessler

Cambria street musician photo by Linda Kessler

Birthing Sock Monkey

Cambria, California has an eclectic art scene. An example can be found at the Painted Lily Gallery. Artist Sara Blair-Field takes the imagination to a new place with her sock monkey’s. To learn more about the Painted Lily Gallery and Sara’s work check out
http://www.thepaintedlily.net/Home.html

Special thanks to Ginna Mueller for her assistance.

David Bowie, Funny Mirrors, and a Veggie Burrito at the Old Stone Station

Guests at HI-Cambria Bridge Street Inn will find the sights, smells, and sounds of Cambria inspiring. If you are a creative writer Cambria will keep the ink flowing.

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The Old Stone Station became a place of refuge for John

At John’s funeral, friends and family dropped fresh cut flowers into the grave. Willy walked to the edge where the casket lay.  He tightly squeezed a David Bowie t-shirt before relaxing his hands.  Willy let the Ziggy Startdust t-shirt fall into the grave.

Clyde asked perplexed, “What are you doing?”

Old Stone Station David Bowie

Willie replied, “John loved David Bowie.  Remember how many times he went to the men’s restroom at the Old Stone Station Restaurant?”

A year ago, Willie, Clyde, and John met on a sunny day on the deck of the Old Stone Station. They each planned on enjoying the best Mexican food served on Friday. Ironically, they all wore Mike Watt yellow cat t-shirts and ordered veggie burritos. The three of them quickly realized this serendipitous moment. Conversations began and three tables became one. A Friday veggie burrito tradition began.

Like a digital clock with a strong battery, Willie, Clyde, and John showed up at the same time every Friday and ordered the same veggie burrito.  The tradition changed when John’s wife left him for a young stud and the L.A. city life.  Depressed, John began to eat 1.5 burritos, than 2 burritos in one sitting.  Willie and Clyde were amazed by John’s overwhelming burrito consumption.

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John developed deadly feelings for black beans

John replied in a condescending snarky voice, “How can a person not eat two of a these remarkable creations!  The flavors of the beans, sauces, fresh ingredients, veggie burger and cheese make me forget myself.  I am no longer John who gave 20 years of my life to a woman who didn’t appreciate it.  At the Old Stone Station I am simply a tongue who doesn’t need love – only a burrito.”

The guys noticed John use the bathroom more frequently and lose weight.

One day when John left to the restroom, Clyde asked Willie, “Do you think it’s weird John’s bladder has gotten smaller since his divorce?”

The last known photo of John

The last known photo of John

Willie, “I don’t think his bladder has gotten smaller.   He frequently uses the restroom because the carnival fees to enjoy a circus mirror in private is ridiculous.  At the Old Stone Station the price of the mirror is included in the price of the meal.  He can laugh and laugh as long as he purchases something.  John’s a huge David Bowie fan. He told the restaurant owner he wants first dibs on the David Bowie shirt in the bathroom.  Notice how he looks at the burritos and mutters the lyric, “Oh you pretty thing your driving your mamas and papas insane.”  I’m a huge Paul McCartney fan.  I would pretend to pee a lot more if a Paul McCartney t-shirt hung in the bathroom.”

John heard most of their conversation and paused before returning. He could not let his friends know of his burrito addiction. He decided to mask his bulimia by becoming a David Bowie fan.

The madness turned John into a David Bowie burrito eater.

The madness turned John into a David Bowie burrito eater.

A month of Fridays passed.  John looked more skinny and unhealthy.

Clyde finely addressed the elephant in the room, “John, what’s wrong with you.  You have grown into the body of 17 year old girl who wants to be a model.”

John snapped, “I look like David Bowie on heroine.”

John went to the bathroom muttering a David Bowie song.

Clyde said, “Willie I have a crazy thought.  Did you see how fast John ferociously devoured his burrito?  He reminds me of my cat, Henrietta. She can eat a can of canned cat food like John can scarf down a burrito. When she can’t eat anymore she sneaks off and pukes up her food.  Do you notice how John eats and eats then leaves to go to the bathroom?  Does John remind you of my cat?”

Willie, “I’ve never met Henrietta but I do know John reminds me of David Bowie on heroine.”

The End.

John's now in Happy Burrito heaven.

John’s now in Happy Burrito heaven.

Old Stone Station
713 Main St.
Cambria, CA 93428
1-805-927-4229

Special thanks to Gillian Rowley’s edits.  Check out her blog Allergy Bites

Given the Circumstance live at the Cambria Ale House

Given the Circumstances Veronica and the Mental Foreplays Cambria Ale House

If you didn’t get to the Cambria Ale House before 8PM  you had better hoped you didn’t hike all day in Big Sur.  Soon as the show started there was no place to rest a weary body.  Standing room only on this special occasion.

This Ale House show was the first time opening band, Veronica and the Mental Foreplays, played with guitarist Brian Mueller.  Veronica performed a short set consisting of older songs from the Run Run Pig Run Run album and several new songs like Bacteria Lovin.  Brian’s guitar playing and Brandon’s vocal style reminded folks of a raw uninhibited Violent Femmes.


Headlining band, Given the Circumstances, bring to the stage “electric homeless melodies.”  A sound developed in Prague that relies heavily on Suchi’s graceful vocal style and Eze’s guitar looping soundscapes.  Given the Circumstances held the audience attention throughout the hour set.    Their new fans didn’t give up their seats until Suchi put down the microphone.