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Holly Happoween…

Friday, October 31st, 2008 by calixton

…holiday greetings from the patch of pumpkins past. Have a safe and sane (and dry) October’s end!

One problem…

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 by calixton

…one solution (and one additional problem). As I’ve kvetched about before, there are challenges to taking photos on the train. There’s motion: swaying like a ship in 15-foot seas; vibration like a hideously unbalanced clothes dryer. Lighting: cars with zero interior lighting; cars with bland fluorescent lighting. People: passengers thinking anyone with a camera is […]

Sunday…

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 by calixton

…was a day of rest and reflection. I.e., we didn’t do much of anything. Miss T and I did manage to get out of the house and over to Sacramento, and we stopped off for a late lunch at a favorite place, Harry’s Cafe. On Harry’s suggestion, I had two eggs over fried rice (eggs […]

Parody…

Monday, October 27th, 2008 by calixton

…schmarody. I had made up a John McCain yard sign Adobe Illustrator file—for parody purposes—quite a while ago, after reading an article in The Sacramento Bee. But, the spoof bug never bit, as I wasn’t feeling disrespectful enough—and couldn’t think of anything clever enough—to commit anything to digital print output. I still haven’t thought of […]

Sunrise…

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 by calixton

…in the lounge car. I was running late this (Wednesday) morning. Consequently, I was treated to the sun rising over the marsh between Suisun and the Carquinez Strait (about midway through my commute). To celebrate, I ordered a sumptuous Capitol Corridor breakfast—coffee and a breakfast croissant—to accompany my discounted BART ticket. The plate in the […]

LEGOs…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 by calixton

…at the mall. Miss T and I happened to stop by Arden Fair Mall last Sunday—I wanted to see the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and LED Cinema DIsplay at the Apple Store (they’re all very, very nice, by the way)—and we ended up wandering around for about three hours. We hadn’t been to Arden Fair […]

Early in the morning…

Monday, October 20th, 2008 by calixton

…stuck on the tracks. Such was the case last week when the track switches broke down outside of Suisun. Train traffic stacked up for about 40 minutes before our Capitol Corridor train arrived and our conductors got out to flip the switches by hand. As the congestion started to sort itself out, it took another […]

A zillion kids…

Friday, October 17th, 2008 by calixton

…and their parents at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS). I’ve weeded through the 500 or so photos Miss T and I shot at CAS last weekend. The results of that editing process—where I filter by such factors as “whoops, my thumb was in front of the lens” and “it’s so blurry I can’t tell […]

The roof…

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 by calixton

…is covered with grass at the California Academy of Sciences. Miss T and I took my folks to the recently re-opened California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. The day was sunny and cool and there were about two jillion people there—1.4 jillion of them were kids. Miss T and I took over 500 […]

Here…

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 by calixton

…versus there. I took a little longer to get out of the house this morning and reached the station after the sun had come up. Another bright, sunny, Central Valley morning. The train came, I boarded, we headed off for the Bay Area. About 40 minutes later, the train reached the Carquinez Strait—the edge of […]