We went down to Fort Baker to have a short walk. It was night and completely dark. A dense wall of fog had softly crept in under the Golden Gate Bridge. In this short (30 second) iPhone recording, you can hear: a large ship’s fog horn (first sound) followed by the Golden Gate Bridge‘s fog horn […]
Night at the Symphony A week ago tonight we went to the San Francisco Symphony: Till Fellner performed Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No. 24 in c Minor, K 491 (1786). Flawless, intricate voicing. And the symphony was at its best, with Semyon Bychkov conducting. The balance. The classical period restraint. The symbiosis. Gorgeous! I so wish […]
You know, my father and grandfather (his father) were, much like those generations in general, really good men. Both were very generous with what little they had. They were both kind, compassionate men that had a habit of being quietly helpful. They believed that people, especially family, were more important than things. Unlike me, I […]
Our next door neighbors Joe and Juline hosted their 20th Annual House Concert, Jazz by the Bay (window). Their window is called the bay window not because it’s a bay window. It’s not. It has an amazing view of the bay! Back in 1994 esteemed bassist, Bill Douglass, lamented to his friend Joe Paulino, that he wished […]
You can rent this lovely home! I shot the house for friends, who own it and rent it out. This album features a number of interior HDR shots. Our friends plan to use some of these photos on their website promoting the rental of the home. Once I have their OK, I’ll add their number […]
I don’t just favor an increase in the minimum wage, I want to cap the amount of money anyone can earn. In other words, I want a maximum wage. I have often said that there is nothing any human being can do on this planet that makes their annual earning power worth tens of millions […]
This happened about 20 years ago, and I am fascinated by the difference between what I thought was true and what the facts seem to be nearly 20 years later. Here’s what the media conveyed to me: A woman drove up to the McDonald’s drive through, bought coffee, put it in her lap, spilled it […]
Mark wrote in July that Lt John Pike, the UC Davis cop who attained notoriety after he sadistically hosed down seated, peaceful protesters with pepper spray, jetting it directly down their throats and into their eyes, had applied for worker’s comp for the psychiatric injuries resulting from everyone in the world thinking he was a […]
Having never been fired or RIFed before, it was very difficult to be told I was “fired” from my volunteer work as a VIP at PoBo (volunteer in the GGNRA park at Point Bonita Lighthouse). [Kidding, of course.] But, with the government back in action, I am happily volunteering again!
Rather than doing a dance to celebrate the end of the attempted government coup by the “Tea (extortion) Party,” and the fact that their anti-democracy stunts have done nothing to reach their goals, I want to propose a few solutions to prevent this from ever happening again and to make Congress a bit more functional. […]
But… Setting the Stage I was recently on a vacation that took me to Greece and Denmark. While in Greece (boy, is that ironic) I posted on my Facebook wall that “the party of ‘No!’ has got to go…”, a sentiment I embrace more wholeheartedly now than ever. That status update generated an interesting conversation. […]
He is wise, factual, and prescient. This video is well worth your time. Democracy is being subverted by the party of “No!” and their Teabagistanians’ lunatic jihad on Americans. If you or I broke the law of the land, we would be jailed. The party of “No!” has got to go!
Back in the Day (30 Years Ago: Durham, NC) Today I paid a visit to Brightleaf Square, old tobacco warehouses built in 1904 by the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company and converted into upscale retail shops. It’s very nice. The concept existed back when I lived in Durham, but the shops, cafés and the like were […]
Back in the Day (30 Years Ago: Durham, NC) I began my career as a public school educator in the fall of 1981 in Durham County, North Carolina. I left in the summer of 1985 to go to the University of Illinois to do the residence work for my doctoral degree. I hadn’t been back to […]
This guy (John Green) blows my mind. In so many different ways! Once you listen to John in this video, you will want to subscribe to their (John and Hank, his brother) YouTube channel, Vlogbrothers, which has over 1,000,000 subscribers! Brilliant stuff. Their Facebook page is here.
I never watched American Idol with any intention, but sometimes Steve would watch it years ago. I would be in and out of the room with some horrid example of non-talent performing with unspeakable intonation issues. At the end of those performances Simon, more than Randy, would launch into a blistering tirade about how truly […]
When I was a child, Panama City Beach was a really fun tourist trap. Not much public beach was left in the tourist area. Destin, however, was nothing but public beaches with the rare, tiny house or two in one small area. Miles and miles of unspoiled, public beaches, as far as you could see. […]