Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Richmond, VA

I left San Diego as a permanent residence about 20 years ago. Since then I've lived all over the West Coast, in big cities, small cities, small towns, suburbs and urban centers. Then I moved to the East Coast and right into suburban D.C. Needless to say, nowhere has ever had that "hometown" feel that San Diego had, and still has, for me.

Over the last few years, I've only had the occasion to drive to Richmond, VA a few times. This last week, however, I had to come down for work and I arrived an hour or so early. Walking around the downtown area and driving around some neighborhoods near downtown, I get this really cool feeling that living in Richmond would be really, really excellent. There's enough of a "city" that it wouldn't feel isolating, but it's small enough that you might actually get to know some people with some local knowledge and some roots. On this grey day, the bricks and the clouds made for some nice contrast. This place has some history too. Really neat town.

Friday, December 12, 2008


This is precisely why I carry my camera with me everywhere I go. As I was walking out of a parking garage at my work, I glanced across the street and saw what I thought was a brown grocery bag stuck on a street sign. It only took me a second to realize it was a very big bird, and a few more seconds after that to run and grab my camera from the trunk of my car.

This bird was so nonchalant about his perch (about 6 feet off the ground near a busy street and a sidewalk) that he let me take pictures from less than 10 feet away. It wasn't until I stepped up on the curb, and got within 5 feet, that he looked at me and flew right over my head to a tree branch a few feet higher off the ground.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Metal Surf


is not only the sincerest form of flattery. It's my expression of gratitude.