Hallowed Data

October has come and gone and the California Employment Development Department and CoreLogic have just updated data on employment in the San Francisco Bay Area and median housing prices, respectively.

Look here for CA EDD October employment data. Total employment continues to increase but at a slower pace than a year or even six months ago. You can tell that employment is strong by the sight of parking lots that we used to call freeways! ;-)

Look here for CoreLogic October median price data and housing price trends and updated figures for September, as well. We seem to be having a year-end slowdown on steroids. Median prices throughout the Bay Area are slipping farther below the long-term trendline.

The first quarter of 2016 should be very telling. Will the economic expansion we’ve seen here in the SF Bay Area finally stall or are we just having a return to normalcy?

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Photo Challenge: Victory

Friday the 13th!

I shoulda stayed in bed!

I got up… I had two cups of coffee… I survived (most of the day)… I claim victory over paraskevidekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th).

Back to Krista’s Photo Challenge: Victory… Sports gives us the rush of competition without the need for a M.A.S.H. unit, dogtags and those ugly camo uniforms they wear now in the armed forces. Here are a few photos of people challenging themselves and pushing on to victory over the other team.

Have a great weekend!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

I’m an ornate guy stuck in a Mid-Century Classic world. Okay, so my neighborhood was built in the early 1960s so bland is the operative word. Luckily, there are a few throwbacks here in California so I do get to see the occasional work of ornate art. Here are a few examples from my part of the planet. Look forward to seeing yours and see Ben Huberman‘s Ornate Photo Challenge Here!

Have a great weekend.

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Exporting Jobs?

For the first time since last December the Bay Area has seen total employment take a slip. The labor force also shrank slightly for the second month in a row. The big hit was in Santa Clara County where 4,100 jobs disappeared. It will be interesting to see if the trend holds up over the next few months. See the updated SF Bay Area Employment Trends here.

Heading Out!

Heading Out!

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Photo Challenge: (Extra)ordinary

Another Friday brings another challenge from Cheri Lucas Rowlands. This one is to find, “What’s mundane yet meaningful to you?” Something (Extra)ordinary.

I enjoy landscape photography. It’s nice to find little things that appeal to my eye while on the path to the next sunset or pastoral valley. Sometimes less is more like an image of boats in the Golden Gate. Also, Old Town Sacramento and two stops on the way home lead me to a few extraordinary images that had nothing to do with urban scenes or grand vistas. Hope you enjoy.

Have a great weekend.

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Photo Challenge: Happy Place

When you’re born under a water sign you tend to find your happy place near water. Or so I am told. I pretty much believe anything I read and if it’s on the internet it must be true! Right?

Have a great weekend and see my happy place.

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Photo Challenge: Boundaries

Friday brings a challenge from Ben Huberman to look at “…limits, borders, and dividers of all types.”

Some boundaries are self-imposed while others come from physical constraints or the edicts of others.

Follows a sample of my visual limits!

Have a great weekend.

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