Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dangerous occupation

It's important to teach your children to read, understand, and obey signs.

(Also, to learn when not to obey signs, but that's more complicated.)


Monday, December 12, 2016

Chair with Robe

Just another picture

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Balloon Boy

This is just a picture, offered here to soothe your spirit and quiet your nerves:

Friday, October 07, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Dreadful Photography - Lower Lake

It's Late Summer again, and so it's Fire Season in California again.  We sigh, and carry on.

This year, @Twitter has been publishing pictures from CalFire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) all season, and they've gotten a new, and talented photographer on the payroll.

Hereunder, the shots I particularly admired of the destruction left by the Clayton Fire in the town of Lower Lake, south of Clearlake in Lake County:

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Road congestion

"More money than brains" is a phrase often aptly applied in life. Our neighbor city of Lafayette has decided that a 3-way stop intersection at Olympic Boulevard and Pleasant Hill South will better serve its motorists as a roundabout. They must have hired a newly-minted traffic engineer whose professor came from England. My alternate solution:

So there!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Read It & Weep!

I really don't know what to say. But, please know that I do the weekly food shopping around here, and I'm very conscious of the prices.

These are from 1959, in the Washington D.C. area:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Optical Illusion

Once you see it, you can never again unsee it!

Give up?

Here's a strong hint:

Monday, April 25, 2016

Rail transit, then and now

I stumbled upon a transit map recently that showed rail transit in the Bay Area in 1937.  Think no Bay Bridge, trolleys, Key System, the Oakland mole, ferry boats. It was a pretty intricate system, and some of the rails led to places far outside the Bay Area.

Now this map, drawn in the style of today's BART map, is far too condensed for me to read carefully. It does reference a source and a date, however, that has piqued my interest. If I find out anything interesting to my piqueness, I'll post it here.

For now. . .

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hains Point, Washington D.C.

Here's an old aerial photograph of Southeast Washington D.C., featuring Hains Point and its (then)golf course in the center, and the National War College on the right. The Washington Monument is at the top.
The picture was taken in 1935, when I was a mere one year old. After World War II, when I was 11 years old, and my brother was about 9, our Dad, who was then teaching at the War College, would drop us both at the golf course to hack our way around for a few hours while he entertained the military students.

I fear I learned little about the finer points of golf, but I did find a few lost golf balls and enjoyed the nice river views.

Good times.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Smart Phone

This is the Radio Shack smart phone of 1991:

Effective, no doubt, but a bit pricey, and rather clumsy to tote around.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

#30 goes for a long 3.

This man can do anything!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Oscar Awards on Sunday

Thanks to the U.K. Daily Mail, we have a puzzle:

Your task, should you accept it, is to find the gilded Oscar statue among all these C3PO's.

Good luck!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Rich and the Poor

They both have always been with us. And they always will.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Extreme Multitasking

Now here's an ambitious driver hard at work. I'm guessing he's signed on with Uber and Lyft and has Waze running, but I have no possible thoughts about the other four screens.

Any guesses?
Ain't life wonderful?

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.