Garbage by the Bay

Posted in Picture du jour on October 12th, 2015 by bill

Took this photo out behind the Adorni Center in Eureka. It puts me in mind of Hemingway’s famous six-word story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.“

The basketball court at the end of the world

Posted in Picture du jour on September 29th, 2015 by bill

Took this on my way down Highway 1 last week. All I can say is, if you take a shot on this hoop, you’d damn well better make it.

Last House on the Left

Posted in Picture du jour on September 11th, 2015 by bill

This photo was taken on Ye Olde Big Islande, just behind the city dump in the town of Pahoa. It shows where the lava came through town, prompting evacuations and raising the possibility that I might never enjoy another meal at Ning’s, my favorite Thai restaurant on Earth. In the end, Pele claimed only a single house before the flow stalled on this front and headed in a different direction…for now. And we ate at Ning’s twice on our trip.

One feels very close to the elemental forces down there – the fire, the water, the earth. And there’s something in the air, too. Plays tricks on your mind, makes it hard to quite get a grip on things. Which may be why I’m only now getting around to posting this picture; I meant to do so weeks ago. But then what’s the hurry? As Big Island Jim likes to say, we are made of time.

Going South

Posted in Picture du jour on August 25th, 2015 by bill

This photo was taken at South Point, HI during a brief period last week when I was the southernmost person in the United States. If you go left here, it’s a straight shot to Antarctica.

One final piece of advice from our friends in Scotland

Posted in Picture du jour, Whatever Else on August 3rd, 2015 by bill

Another sign

Posted in Picture du jour on July 31st, 2015 by bill

Take at the Edinburgh Museum of Modern Art:

Words to Live By

Posted in Picture du jour on July 22nd, 2015 by bill

This is the best sign I saw on my recent trip to the UK – advice that applies anywhere, anytime.

I Capture the Castle (with My Phone)

Posted in Picture du jour on July 14th, 2015 by bill

This photo was taken at Urquhart Castle, near Inverness in Scotland. In the foreground is a replica trebuchet built for a movie shoot a few years ago. In the background is Loch Ness. If you look close you may see Nessie peeking out from behind the branches at the left – if, you know, that’s what you want to see.

Lassi Come Home

Posted in Picture du jour on July 8th, 2015 by bill

This shot shows the menu of a restaurant called Punjab in Covent Garden in London. Note the third item under “Homemade Lassi.”

I meant to ask the waiter about this but got all caught up in the many exciting foods and forgot all about it. Ever since I’ve been wondering, what gives? Were they just fucking with us? Could you actually order it at some point, or are they planning to make it available at some point in the near future? Or do you just have to ask nicely and/or say the secret word? A return trip will probably be necessary.

Eureka!

Posted in Picture du jour on May 13th, 2015 by bill

This photo was taken just around the corner from my office in Eureka. It captures something of the essence of the place, I think.