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Tuesday, June 21, 2005


Coiled hose, coiled cat

Hose with cat
Monday, June 20, 2005


Looks like the plums are ready

Fallen plum
Friday, June 10, 2005


Weird SJ

Light tower

The story is just too weird, and I don’t know it well, so I’ll refer you to the entertaining and informative Soft Underbelly of San Jose, which has an exhaustive rundown on the San Jose Electric Light Tower. Only recently did I learn that such a marvel once existed. (Long story short: Wealthy, forward-looking newspaper publisher plans electric street lamps to replace gas lights. Weird part: The electric lights were to sit atop giant towers, illuminating blocks at a time. Weirder part: They actually built one, right on top of a major intersection, with buggies driving underneath. Weirdest part: San Jose charged the city of Paris —in 1989— with copyright infringement for “stealing” the design for their Eiffel Tower.)

Today I visited Kelley Park for the first time, and what did I see but a half-scale replica of the Electric Light Tower, honoring San Jose’s history as the first electrified city west of the Rockies. Even though it doesn’t reach the original’s 237 feet, it’s pretty cool.

There’s been some talk on the city council lately about building a 21st-century version of the tower. It won’t make San Jose a tourist destination, but I say go for it.

(Just so’s you know, Soft Underbelly of SJ is new to me. I started photographing the crazy signs around here before I saw his stuff.)

Monday, June 6, 2005


Farewell to a friend

Joel Oppenheimer

For nearly ten years, Joel Oppenheimer has been one of my best friends. I could write about how great a person I know him to be, but it would come out sounding like Frank Sinatra’s brainwashed dialogue in The Manchurian Candidate: “Joel is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

At least I know I’m not alone in liking the guy. A couple hundred folks came out on Saturday to celebrate all things Joel: A performance by Chemystry Set, of which he is a founding member. The performance debut of Deep Dig Ensemble, Joel’s new jazz combo, and the release of their new CD. And, not least, Joel’s birthday.

There were two bittersweet milestones to recognize, as well: Joel’s departure from St. Joseph’s Village Family Center, where he’s worked for years on the front lines of social services in San Francisco, and his return to the East Coast to earn a master’s in social work. Of course we’re thrilled for him, but it’s sad to see him go.

There wasn’t a lot of sadness in evidence on Saturday, though, and I’ve got 20 pieces of photographic evidence. Check out the Joelapalooza gallery.

Saturday, June 4, 2005

Site news

Flood of “danesch.com” spam

Last night, some asshat sent out several hundred (at least) pieces of spam that appear to have originated at danesch.com. They did not. The return address was spoofed. I had nothing to do with it, and I can’t do much to stop it. If you’re here trying to figure out why I’m spamming you, all I can offer is an apology and an assurance that it’s not me. I don’t know "Lucie Mclaughlin," I’m not in the Viagra business, and I hate this even more than you do.

Thursday, June 2, 2005

Neither here nor there

Cached chits


While going through old papers today as part of a massive personal reorganization (more on that later), I saw some little slips of paper drift out of a file folder and onto the floor: A Metro ticket and transfer from Montreal, and a ticket stub from the observation deck at the World Trade Center. I made several visits to both places while I was in high school, but after I grabbed these little slips, I never went back.

Wednesday, June 1, 2005


Sometimes cute is OK

We’ve had a few new visitors to the yard lately — a feral cat no more than a year old, and her adorable kitten. The older cat isn’t too photogenic, but the little one is as cute as it gets.

Tiny cat