Friday, April 8, 2011

Is It Spring Yet?

Was in Chicago recently (did some work for Columbia College Chicago, spent time with friends - especially the awesomest hosts in the world, Jason and Michael) where spring is still taunting them with its nearness while staying just out of reach. Missed what will probably amount to about half of the 70-degree-plus days for the year here in the Bay Area, but am not complaining (much). After that little spate of warm days it has cooled off again here, but hopefully will also dry out a bit so I can start to get my garden in. Right now, it looks like summer (stuff is blooming everywhere) but feels more like fall - that's the Bay Area for ya.

Here are a few of my favorite recent photos:

San Francisco Airport. I'm not sure what to make of this. You should eat before you go through security? Is there more secure dining elsewhere? Or perhaps there is a time machine where you can go back to before 911 when we were so much less secure?

I was shocked to find my favorite Walgreens, the one that has stood forever on the corner of State and Jackson, closed. It was crowded and dingy, the clerks were rude and the customers downright savage. God, I loved that place.

Beautiful night-time view of N. Lake Shore Drive at Belmont Harbor.

Got back in time to have a couple of days with Brian's parents, visiting from Baltimore. And I did get to enjoy one of the those beautiful, warm days I mentioned before. Here we are at Miller-Knox Park at Point Richmond.

Had to take Violet in to get some teeth pulled a few days after I got back. She was not happy, and the kicky bandana and tourniquet they gave her at University Vet Hospital did nothing to improve her mood. If she ever does get her fondest wish (the power to decide who lives and who die), I'm a goner.