August 27, 2010

Embarcadero, San Francisco

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photo by Donald Kinney

Well, if you DON'T have a lot of money but DO have a few really spot-on concepts about society, like Gandhi here, then you TOO can come to San Francisco and hang out behind the Ferry Building.   Nights can be a bit chilly, but you'll have a great view of the Bay Bridge.

Of course, homelessness is NO joke, and it's just luck that I haven't had to join their ranks (((yet))).   I have learned to never ignore a homeless person -- and consider many of them to be true friends, although our encounters are usually brief.

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photo by Donald Kinney

The Port of Oakland has taken over as the shipping hub of the area, but I have no problem remembering the hustle and bustle of San Francisco's Embarcadero.

Long lines of trucks waiting to offload or be loaded. Forklifts and the slings of cranes unloading huge loads of commodities -- fat bags of coffee beans destined for the nearby Folger's plant comes easily to mind.

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photo by Donald Kinney

And yes, I AM as old as dirt -- I'll be 63 on Sunday -- so the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges are only ten or so years older than me.   And I CAN clearly remember when they were building the San Rafael to Richmond Bridge -- our family had a great view of the construction from below while riding the double-ended auto ferry on our way to and from Grandma's house.

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photo by Donald Kinney

The San Francisco Arts Commission has one goal in mind -- to confound the public into believing that if it's either really big or really far-out, then it must be something we should appreciate.

Sometimes I just shake my head with bewilderment.

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photowannabe said...

San Francisco certainly has its share of homeless people. Some of them survive because of the kindness you share with them.
Love the composition of the window and bridge. I would like to see that one framed.
I guess art is in the eye of the beholder, but I don't get the last one at all. It does make for an interesting photo op though.
Have a great weekend Don.
Oh yes, if you are as old as dirt then I guess I am "dirtier". Did you have to rub it in???

MELI. said...

wow legs + bridge
wattan eye :D

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