Looking Back

The week began with full sun, but that was Monday. The rest of the week was dark and dreary. A coastal eddy brought in that deep marine layer that just wouldn’t lift. May and June can be like that here, weeks and weeks of gloom. So it was time to look back. This particular week isn’t always gloomy. Take a look.

The Distant Beach (45 images): California is slowly opening again. The beaches are open, but the beach parking lots aren’t, and there are new rules – face masks and social distancing, and keep moving, no picnics and no sunbathing. It’s all a bit surreal, but there was roadside parking all along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and at Topanga State Beach too. This is the Pacific Coast now, as seen from a distance. ~ Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Beach Freak (25 images): Southern California inside out – because that captures the feel of the place better – a wonderfully strange place. ~ Friday, May 19, 2017

Playing in the Mud (27 images): The hidden lagoon in Playa Del Rey is pretty much a mud hole now – the drought isn’t over – but the birds don’t mind. The egrets play in the mud, and the gulls and ducks and pigeons keep them company. ~ Friday, May 19, 2017

Oh, and this week’s Saturday Botanicals will be a day late. A bit of a Saturday family reunion far south of Hollywood here. The hunt for amazing roses and such will have to wait for Sunday.

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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