Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Claremont Hotel Berkeley

Hey! Look at this:

The brown building with the hip roof used to be a firehouse! And now, those of us familiar with Berkeley and the Claremont Hotel understand why the streets are so crazy in this section of town.

(As always, click to enlarge.)

Sunday, January 17, 2016


DW#1 is busy unearthing memories from our archives.

Some hidden treasures have been noticed.

One from early days at St. Albans School for Boys, about 1950:
That's me, half hidden behind the left shoulder of the gent in the blue blazer. And yes, coats and ties were required.

Then we move to Waikiki's Nick's Fishmarket and an historic evening sometime about 1972:
This delightful scene of design and construction fellows was the first time one of my expense-account meals totaled over $100 and I remember it well. My accounting department accepted the expense, and the meal was good!

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

San Francisco's Trans-Bay Terminal

The old concrete San Francisco antiquity that used to house the terminus of the ACTransit buses from the East Bay was demolished a few years ago.

The new Trans-Bay Terminal is slowly rising from the site. It's slow because the site is severely restricted in size and working/storage/marshaling space.

Rudy walks by this area almost every morning. Today he captured a great image of rising construction.
 That white steel structure left of center will eventually support the glass roof in the Grand Hall of the new terminal.

Can't wait for future construction pics as this significant addition to the Bay Area transit infrastructure takes form.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cold Weather Soup

Thanksgiving has ushered in some downright chilly nights in Saranap. DW#1 sometimes meets the cold weather by preparing her version of R. A. Winnacker's lentil soup, which I so dearly love.

Here's a shot of last night's version, a mere two spoon-fulls* away from extinction:
Mmm, mmm, good.

*interesting thoughts about "spoonfuls" or "spoonsful" on Google. I prefer spoons full.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Hi there...

Hi there. I haven't been here for a while, probably a bit because blogging seems possibly outdated these days.
Or, is it just me?
As I ponder these silly questions, let me entertain you with some beautiful designs, European designs, from a time when automobiles were fresh and new and had few requirements imposed on them except to be beautiful and expensive and work reasonably well.

What I still don't understand is how the driver was able to cut sharp corners with the front wheels behind those fender skirts.

Monday, August 24, 2015


My goodness. Hard to believe, but Windows 95 is 20 years old today.
Seems like just yesterday.