Leavin' on a jet plane,
Oakland International Airport; September 24, 2009; somewhere around 7:30pm
Last California Sunrise...
This time in Brentwood, California.
Headed home tonight after 1 1/2 weeks on the road!
September 17-19, 2009
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Francis Ford Coppola's Rubicon Estates' Annual Harvest Festival member's party... great food, GREAT (really GREAT) wine, great friends and family...
A Tour of the usually- closed underground Wine Storage... an enormous cavern under the winery with a constant 55-62 degree temperature. Most of the wines stored are 2008, that will be bottled in 2012.
When we checked into our hotel in San Francisco, a look out the room's window revealed we were across the street from a San Francisco icon: the old Tower Records store at the corner of Bay & Jones.
One of the original record store chains, Tower Records was killed by the advent of digital and internet music, and the rise of the super-stores selling music. Founded in the 60's, the chain quickly became the standard for record stores. I clearly remember coming into The City and making Tower Records a mandatory stop. A slow decline in sales, as well as some really bad management decisions, led into bankruptcies and all the US stores closing in 2006. A few overseas stores and a website survived, under different ownership.
This San Francisco store stands, empty racks still in place, as a reminder of time marching on and those who suffer the consequences of not adapting to changing times.
For all those years I have been going past two areas on the airport property that always intrigued me. Yesterday I had some time to burn waiting to meet folks coming in on a flight so I took a bit of time and visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Park and the Oakland Aviation Museum.
The Museum was great because it was not a bunch of prettied- up airplanes all restored to their former glory. For the most part this was a bunch of old planes in and around an ancient hanger, most all showing their age. You get a real feel that these planes and their hanger had been worked hard and then discarded when no longer of use.
I just completed a new Gallery at the SmugMug site: Sunrise, Sunset... a collection of sunrises, sunsets and after dark images. Check out the new featured gallery!
(ripped from today's headlines)
1. Bad guys' day goes bad.
Coffee break pays off for Minnesota deputies
MANKATO, Minn. — Two Blue Earth County sheriff's deputies didn't have to work too hard to track down four burglary suspects. The suspects, in fact, pulled right into the Happy Chef restaurant where the deputies were on a coffee break Wednesday night. The deputies had been investigating three residential burglaries that night that had similar methods of operation. When they were on their break at Happy Chef, a report of another burglary came in from Le Sueur County with a description of the suspects' pickup truck.
A truck matching the description then pulled into parking lot and the deputies didn't have to go far to make an arrest. And, the stolen goods, including laptop computers, other electronics and jewelry, were in the back.
Captain Rich Murry said even a coffee break can be productive.
2. Good thing the resident fell asleep on couch or it could have been a REALLY bad day!
NEW YORK — Police say a drunken driver sped through a stop sign and hit an earthen mound before going airborne and smashing his Jeep into the second floor of a New York home.
The spectacular wreck happened just after midnight Saturday in East Moriches (MOR'-ih-ches) on Long Island.
The Jeep ripped a giant hole in the side of the house, then fell into a foyer on the first floor. It came to rest on its rear end with its headlights pointing skyward.
The only person home at the time was asleep on the couch on the first floor. He was not hurt.
The 20-year-old driver suffered minor injuries. A passenger walked away unscathed.
Suffolk County Police charged the 20-year-old with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
Title: A Different View of a Louisville Sunrise
Subtitle: What you can do on a four hour cross- country flight Friday afternoon!
Look around. Everything look normal? Sure, a fleeting glance assures you that everything is just as you would expect it.
How about that sign over there? it looks like a ubiquitous sign for a piece of property for sale. Read it again... does that really make sense? Why need more parking for something that is not there yet?
Okay, okay... maybe if you DON'T think too much about it, the sign might make a warped kind of sense.
Walk on down the street. Why, in this lush humid environment (compared to Phoenix!), does someone put out plastic flowers?
Oops, sorry... it it is a trick of light that redefines what we expect to see. What is real appears plastic when lit by artificial light just before sunrise.
Reality in a very reality- based world moves slightly away from our pre-conceived expectations when we look closer, in the early morning at Lafayette, Indiana.
A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
- No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
- The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
- Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
- As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
- In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
- They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
- They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
- As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.