Greetings from San Francisco, California!

Two weeks ago, I was in San Francisco for a Department of Labor conference.  It was interesting to go from 100 degrees and 1,000 percent humidity to 55 and sweater weather.  I had a free day and Brian did up a walking tour for me.  I added on, so it ended up being about a 12-mile walk in all.

Walking Map

This is what I saw.

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California Statehood Monument – Market Street – San Francisco – July 2016

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Sculpture on the Embarcadero – San Francisco – July 2016

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View from the Embarcadero – San Francisco – July 2016

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On the Embarcadero Boardwalk – San Francisco – July 2016

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Transamerica Pyramid Building – San Francisco – July 2016

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Labor Monument – Market Street – San Francisco – July 2016

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Café Sculpture – Embarcadero – San Francisco – July 2016

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On the climb to Coit Tower – San Francisco – July 2016

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View from Coit Tower – San Francisco – July 2016

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Coit Tower – San Francisco – July 2016

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House on Lombard Street – San Francisco – July 2016

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Chinatown – San Francisco – July 2016

Odds and End – December 2015

Not much going on that’s post-worthy.  Busy at work, but planning to cut the cord and take almost two whole weeks off at the end of the month.

Here’s the 2015 Christmas Tree.  This is a new one – 12 feet tall but very narrow and tapered.  This tree was a breeze to put up; it’s only five sections and each section plugs into the center pole, so no extension cords.  And no assembly-wiring diagrams that look like one needs a degree in Trigo-Calculary to figure out.

Christmas Tree 2015

Christmas Tree 2015

Here’s the latest ‘Gus’ photo.

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Gus and Charlie Chillaxing (for a brief moment) – December 2015

I saw this a few days ago on my way back to my office.  At least I have options when my current career path peters out…

Plan B

Plan B

A Hard Summer and a Promising Fall

It’s been awhile since I posted; it’s been a hard summer.  In September, we lost Annabelle to an aggressive cancer.  Fortunately, she didn’t linger, but we were certainly unprepared.

It’s been difficult to be in the garden without her companionship, but I can still see her patrolling the yard and desperately, but unsuccessfully, trying to marshal the squirrels.

Here’s how I like to remember her…

Our road trip to Canada in 2004 – she had just turned a year old…

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Annabelle – Johnston Canyon, Banff, Alberta, Canada – August 2004

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Annabelle – Johnston Canyon, Banff, Alberta, Canada – August 2004

Annabelle in her backyard…

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Annabelle’s Back Yard – Austin, Texas

Annabelle and Halloween – the kids just loved her…

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A tired cowgirl – Halloween 2009

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A pirate ready for the little kids – Halloween 2010

About a month ago, we dived in and got a puppy – Gus.  Gus is a short-haired Brussels Griffon.  The short-haireds are also known as Petit Brabançon.  He just graduated – barely – from puppy Kindergarten, but he’s generally getting by on his looks at this point.

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Gus at 9 weeks – First visit to the vet – October 2015

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Gus at 10 weeks – chillaxing – October 2015