Tag Archives: California

2019 Year in Review

It was an eventful year, as they have become. So, an “official” year in review for 2019, in addition to the summary version as well as the decade in review which I have already posted recently.

Kind of like in 2017, this year included a single insane week in autumn which distills a lot. Within several days, in September:

  • I spoke up on behalf of facts when a candidate for office started repeating totally made up things on campaign literatureā€”and then I experienced all kinds of blowback
  • I produced a crazy amount of work for candidates so that I could get away for an extended weekend
  • Flew out to San Francisco for said extended weekend, had a lovely time
  • But while there, not only was I fielding calls and e-mails and things, also the news blew up with revelations about a Ukraine edition of presidential wrongdoing
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Urban form: Lakewood vs Petaluma

Over the weekend I made a flying visit to California, attending one old friend’s wedding and visiting another for the first time since, I think, 2006.

I spent most of my time near the far fringes of the San Francisco Bay Area. Friday afternoon and Saturday I was in Petaluma, and Sunday I zipped down to Santa Cruz before a red-eye flight out of SFO. I saw more of Petaluma, though both towns (in addition to their inherent attractions) made an interesting comparison with my adopted home of Lakewood.

Giant-size electrical outlet in Petaluma

Found in downtown Petaluma: kitschy, sure, and PG&E is also a horrible company, but this installation is fun all the same

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