Monthly Archives: May 2010

“Anybody seen my cash?”

By Mikal Jakubal

Here’s another true tale of reefer-growing madness that was related to me yesterday first-hand.

“I went to check out my secret stash spot, looking for something else. It’s a six-inch diameter PVC pipe section with capped ends hidden out in the woods. [PVC can’t be found by authorities with metal detectors.] When I opened it up, I found an envelope with $2,500 in cash Read more!

“You couldn’t make that up!”

By Mikal Jakubal

Those of us who live in SoHum hear that all the time. Life here defies easy description. It’s not your typical sleepy rural area and what we take as unremarkable is jaw-dropping to others. To liven the documentary up a bit and give a taste of this craziness, we’ll be collecting short stories about the most memorable thing that ever happened to people here. This could be anything from the funniest joke to the closest call with the law to the craziest pot deal to the wildest encounter with nature to the most poignant and touching insight. We’d like these stories to be 30 seconds to one minute in length, if possible.

If you’re not comfortable going on camera, we can record audio only and have an actor of your same age/gender sit down and recite your wild tale in your place. If you feel the need to be completely anonymous, you can snail mail or email the story and give a simple description of yourself so an actor can be matched to your story (e.g. middle-aged male w/dreadlocks, 24y/o female in work clothes, 32 y/o male w/baseball cap, etc.).

Wanna play a part? we’ll need actors for these parts and someone to help coordinate this aspect of the production.

I’ll be putting a written version of one story up each week as production progresses, so be sure to stay tuned to this site, sign up for the RSS feed or sign up for the film’s Twitter feed and facebook fan page.

Plantin’ time at last!

Southern Humboldt County (“SoHum”) has been receiving an unseasonable amount of rain, so much so that very few people have been able to get their plants in the ground or even prepare the beds and holes. After yesterday’s pounding deluge, the sun is finally out and the prediction is for mostly dry weather through the weekend. No holiday for homesteaders this Memorial Day.

Instead, most people will be at their homesteads in the hills digging holes, hauling potting soil up and down muddy trails and transplanting their pot plants into the gardens. This is part of the yearly cycle of life and work here, but plants are usually outside and in the ground by now. Since marijuana starts flowering (“budding out”) based on the length of the day, there is a limited-time growing season. The sooner you can get your plants in the ground, the bigger they will be at harvest time.

Over the weekend I’ll be filming some of my participants, all of whom have legal doctors’ recommendations to use marijuana medicinally, as they dig into this next phase of what they hope will be one good year.