Thursday, October 30, 2008
The original gigantic search engine, Yahoo! is located in Sunnyvale just east of Moffett Field (where the giant blimp hangers are). Strangely enough, Yahoo!, which has a reputation of being a pretty modern and up-to-date company, was the only place I visited which limited my access to their parking. There was a very small visitors' lot, and access beyond that was blocked by a guard tower (which was empty) and retractable arms.
More views of Yahoo!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Everyone loves Sees Candy, don't they? Sees is just down the street from where I live in South San Francisco. I often go to the store at the factory to get their world-famous lollypops. Of course, their chocolate is pretty darn good too!!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The city of San Francisco will be voting a week from Tuesday on, among a few other things, Proposition V. Prop V is attempt to show support for the continuation of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC).
My experience with JRTOC is that both my son and Caryn's son went through the program. It taught them a new degree of respect and leadership. It gave them a sense of belonging and engaged them in service projects. It did not turn them into bloodthirsty fiends.
The SFUSD board has voted to end JROTC for two primary reasons.
First, JROTC, being connected to the military, represents a target to protest against "Don't ask, don't tell".
Second, JROTC serves as a vehicle for recruiting our students directly from high schools.
The problem with ending JROTC is that, while it serves to ameliorate the second issue, it actually harms any efforts to end "Don't ask, don't tell". Follow my logic:
San Francisco represents a unique environment. A nearly progressive utopia, San Franciscans grow up in an arena of tolerance and respect. People who go through the San Francisco USD spend their school careers learning that the person next to them, who happens to be gay, does not represent a threat to you.
JROTC is, among many other things, a recruiting tool, just as the board members fear. I would suggest that this is not altogether a bad thing. JROTC represents a path to leadership in the military, and that, combined with the previous aspect becomes important.
The deal is this: "Don't ask, don't tell", and the attitude that made it happen will continue as long as the leadership of the military is populated with a lot of folks who honestly feel that "gay soldier" = "dangerous pervert". Attitudes don't easily change, and it is pretty clear that nothing will change until the leadership does.
Now, the question is, do you want that leadership to be made of people who grow up in an environment where people like Sally "the gay agenda is worse than terrorism" Kern are looked up to?
Basically, removal of JROTC from the SFUSD will be a factor in condemning another generation to intolerance and fear.
Of course, V is a non-binding proposal, but these SFUSD board members are wanna-be real politicians, and they aren't completely stupid. While it is not assured, if V passes, there may, just may be a chance that they will rethink their decision and let JROTC stand.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I'm not usually a "political sign" kinda guy.
But this one is kinda important.
To me, it boils down to discrimination against an insular minority. It also boils down to contaminating the Constitution of the State of California.
Forty years ago, the same groups used the same rhetoric to try to stop interracial marriages. It was wrong then, and it is wrong now.
Hate is hate, and a blessing by a guy in a hat, be it from Salt Lake City, or Rome, or Mecca, doesn't make it acceptable.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Early in my wedding, my wonderful wife bought me a Takamine Jasmine acoustic guitar. It was an awesome gift, but one that I haven't been able to take advantage of very much.
See, there are a couple of small problems, not the least of which that I have no talent to speak of.
But it is a beautiful guitar, and I do plan on learning how to, at the very least, play "Mary had a little lamb".
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
We were making our last visit to our local "Dream Dinners" tonight (that particular branch is closing). Just before we left, we caught a glimpse of this darling little girl obviously enrapt in her video contraption.
Our friends, the Discourser and his lovely charming wife, who are both educators, made the comment that we were glimpsing the future. This is who they would be teaching soon. This is representative of who would be in charge in what will seem like a very few years.
They will be a generation linked into technology in a way that exceeds their parents in an exponential manner to the way their parents exceeded their parents. She will be comfortable with computers the way her grandparents where comfortable with screwdrivers. She will likely never crack open a volume of a printed encyclopedia, unless she attends a really backwater school.
She'll never know a time when it was ludicrous to assume a black man or a woman could be president. She'll live in a time when she can be in Paris, or Dubai, or Guangzhou within a day.
It's an interesting future, and she looks like she's getting ready for it.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The dogs were going nuts at the back door, so I looked out and saw this guy.
When we lived in the Presidio, we got all kinds of wildlife in the back yard -- skunks, raccoons, etc. But since we moved out to South City, we've had very few.
I fear that this guy might be sick -- he made no effort to run away when I came out with the camera.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
OK, I'll be the first to admit it -- sometimes I am SO lame...
As you can see, today was an amazingly clear day -- the kind we get VERY rarely in San Francisco.
It was also the last day of Fleet Week. So, why don't you see any Blue Angels in today's picture?
Because, while we went down to the bay this morning for our dog walk, we never made it back for the air show.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This didn't start out to be "doggie" week, but it just seems to be turning out that way.
This time it's our forlorn, but incredibly sweet old foster dog, Arnie.
Arnie was one of the Gabbs dogs -- The story of the Gabbs dogs is a fascinating one, and you can read more about it here
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
The Princess Cruises ship "Star Princess" is in drydock at Pier 70 in San Francisco. Last night, we had a dance class at Cheryl Burke Studio (which, by the way, is AWESOME!!), and we could see the ship from as we looked east down the streets leading to the studio. We were early, so we had to drop down to the pier and take this pic.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
This month's theme is "lines". I chose this picture to express the belief that lines are often synonymous with limits, with boundaries, with fences.
There are 164 blogs participating in this month's theme. Here's a link that will bring up thumbnails to all of them:
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
and here are alinks to each of them:
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