"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:
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.
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.
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!