Photo Challenge: Time

My high school Latin teacher would walk around the room during a test and whisper “tempus fugit” to remind us that time is fleeing or time flies. Time: it’s the one thing you can’t get more of. Life is motion. Planet Earth spins and revolves and time whizzes by. As my Aunt Sue always likes to remind me… “Joseph… if you rest, you rust.” And as Satchel Paige would say, “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” Time… don’t dare to slow down… it’ll pass you by!

Union Station, Chicago, IL

Union Station, Chicago, IL

See Lignum Draco’s Weekly Photo Challenge Here

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Photo Challenge: Vibrant

It’s a gloomy day outside. Winter in California is the rainy season and, so far, it’s been a normal rainy/gloomy winter. Jen H. challenged the WordPress community to get vibrant! Here are a few winter samples of vibrant from the left coast of the good old US of A.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

Another Friday another photo challengeMichelle Weber laid down the gauntlet and said “Alphabet.” So I said:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less)

Another week gone by but this one is different! Welcome to the first week of 2016. It’s the week where you keep writing 2015 as the date. The week where you most frequently practice crossing out and initialing your mistakes! :-) It’s the week you have the most difficult time overcoming the urge to sleep in after a lazy year-end holiday. It’s the week that goes by so fast it’s like a fastball in weightlessness. Now that’s an interesting question! How fast is my fastball in weightless conditions? Any help?

So, a few photos from late last year taken at the epicenter of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Mussel Rock Park in Daly City (just south of San Francisco). Ideas I have of weightless… the crazy paraglider taking off over the edge a 150-foot cliff, tiny seeds waiting to blow away with the wind, and the moon – hanging weightlessly over Pedro Point in Pacifica, California (taken from Skyline College in San Bruno, California). See Ben Huberman‘s Weekly Photo Challenge Here.

Have a beautiful weekend!

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Sunsets of a Different Color

Our 365th sunset for 2015 approaches and oh what a year it has been. Just pulled down median home price data for the San Francisco Bay Area from CoreLogic. See November 2015 prices here.

The San Francisco Bay Area median home price continues to trend upward but it’s mostly a sideways upward if that’s possible. We are still below the all-time high of 2007 and employment trends don’t suggest we will be busting out a meaningful new high soon. While the core high-tech markets remain strong, the outlying counties are showing slippage which is right in line with weaker employment. The year-end is always a little tough to use as a barometer so, as I’ve said before, it will be an interesting first quarter in 2016.

Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and a SF Giants World Series Championship 2016! :-)

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San Francisco Bay Area Jobs in Winter Freeze

November 2015 employment figures from the California Employment Development Department (EDD) paint a winter scene with jobs stuck in the frozen ground like boundary marker poles on the ski slopes at Lake Tahoe this year. (See Nov. 2015 summary here along with 6 mo. trends) Employment has leveled off and the labor force shrank on a month-over-month basis leaving the unemployment rate at 4%… but does it mean anything? Multiple counties have flat or declining employment and the total labor force has stalled, as well. The low unemployment rate is no longer a good thing if it means that people are leaving the Bay Area. Really… who wants to pay $3,500 for a one-bedroom apartment?


Sea Foam and Winter Surf, Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA

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Photo Challenge: Now

It’s the day before Christmas and not a camera was stirring… although earlier this week I did a selfie. It was in response to another photo challenge on another website. The idea was a headshot. I thought of Edward Weston’s capture of Christel Gang in 1927. The photo is in a book I’m re-reading on Mr. Weston, an early pioneer in the art of photography. My selfie snap in the style of Mr. Weston follows. It’s me in the now. See Jen H‘s weekly Photo Challenge here.

20151220-jn-DSD_8803_5x4_v2x1500Happy Holidaze!


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