There are lots and lots of dogs walking their owners around San Francisco. Lots of shops have water bowls set out for them and most allow dogs in.
The Long Now Foundation was closed as we walked by, but they'll be back in a while. It's an organization founded by Stewart Brand (of the Whole Earth Catalog) and others. They're building a ten thousand year clock.
"The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years."
Their website has an essay by Steward Brand, of the Whole Earth Catalog and one of the Long Now founders which says this quote from Dennis Hillis helped start the clock project:
"When I was a child, people used to talk about what would happen by the year 02000. For the next thirty years they kept talking about what would happen by the year 02000, and now no one mentions a future date at all. The future has been shrinking by one year per year for my entire life. I think it is time for us to start a long-term project that gets people thinking past the mental barrier of an
ever-shortening future. I would like to propose a large (think Stonehenge) mechanical clock, powered by seasonal temperature changes. It ticks once a year, bongs once a century, and the cuckoo comes out every millennium."For me, 1984 was the year we were moving toward. Then 2001.
We were at the Long Now because we were headed for greens for dinner. But they were closed for a private party.
I took this shot as we headed back for the car and another place to eat.
Talking about about greens, I thought this Plant Exchange idea was worth posting. Lots of people have too much of one thing in their yards and not enough of other things. I'd love to see this happen in Anchorage. Just a spot to bring extra plants and exchange for ones you'd like.
Our trip to the Bay area was much too brief, but we got to see my son and his wife and other good friends. And soon we were back over an overcast LA and slipped down through the thin cloud cover.
They announced we'd be on the ground in 15 minutes. I thought we were further away than that, and once we got over the opening of Marina del Rey, we wandered around the LA airspace and finally landed in 20 minutes. But it took another 20 minutes before we got a place to park.
Here's one last shot I took as we meandered around LA waiting to be cleared to land. A freeway interchange. (As you can tell, I used the little camera. We were cutting down on what we carried on this trip and my bigger camera was on the don't take list.)
I found myself trying to trace all the connections from one direction to another. I see how you can switch from the vertical freeway to the horizontal freeway and go either direction. But I only see a way to turn right from the horizontal freeway to the vertical one. There's a little something above the loop on the right and below the one on the left, but I can't figure out what they're for. Maybe they go down to a street below. My other camera would have made this all much clearer. (No I don't even know what interchange this was. You can see park area below, and there was a lake on the upper left.)