At Home in the World

Gettin' it Done and Then Some

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Do you want to know about me?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Polling Station

Tiny garage on Cortland Street with two long tables and a few ballot boxes. Two guys manning the tables with steaming coffees. A good dozen or so people milling around on the sidewalk. The garage crammed with people.
This was just as important as who 'wins' the election and has zero to do with politics or democracy.

Monday, November 06, 2006

A Man Escaped & Lancelot of the Lake

are two awesome movies by Robert Bresson. In both, you hardly get to know or learn about the characters' personality. They do remarkable things (escape from nazi prison, knight of round table)and next to no ego is evinced. Only small glimpses of persona here and there. The characters are mostly just vessels of Belief and Will doing things without style or polish.
Man is a moral animal.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Lake Merritt - Herb the Banker

Popped across the street to open a bank account. Got to talking with Herb the Banker. He said that at one corner of Lake Merritt you see "tons of dead turtles all the time." He also said "if you fall into Lake Merritt you are supposed to get a tetanus shot." "That thing is filthy," he said.
It's still mostly awesome watching the pelicans dive bomb for fish.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Lake Merritt - The Geese

Eight geese just held up four lanes of traffic by taking about 45 seconds to walk across the road. They did not feel like flying.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Lake Merritt - The Golems

14 stories up, sitting on the top ledge of the apartment building a throw to the cut-off man away, are 8 tan cement cousins to
The Golem. 4 look straight at me and 4 look out over the lake. I can't see their faces but I'm pretty sure they are smiling. They are The Lake Merritt Sentries.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Lake Merritt

The lake is all diamonds and lava this morning. Pelicans' water landings trail fire behind them. The seagulls have not all taken up the pier yet. More joggers than usual. All urrounded by low trees close on and the Oakland Hills in the background.