Monday, February 16, 2009

All Good Things . . .

Loyal Readers, Just Jon is going to be temporarilly dormant.

Read that to mean either my neighbor moved away or they figured out I
was enjoying the use of their high speed Internet without permission.

I knew at some point my free ride was going to an end, and it was good
while it lasted.

The Song Of The Day - All Good Things by Nelly Furtado

Monday, February 9, 2009

Walk On By . . .

I am not sure what has come over me, especially since it is winter, but on Friday and Monday I walked home from work!

Friday I totally cancelled out the exercise by stopping at In-N-Out and Cold Stone before actually making it home.  

The total distance from work to home is about 2.7 miles.  The trick is to find a route that involves the least amount of hills.

I checked out Google's recommended walking route and was pleasantly surprised to see that they suggested the same path that I took on Friday.  Straight up Columbus Ave to In-N-Out...I mean home.

Monday I made the journey with two of my co-workers and they opted to skip the Columbus Ave "Flat" route and cut "Up" Union Street.  "Up" being the choice word in that sentence because Union Street is very steep and I was definitely out of breath by the time we crested the top of the hill.  

I stopped to take the above picture with my cell phone which did not do the view to the bottom of the hill justice.  Also, I didn't want to get run over by the car that was coming which is why the shot is a little blurry.  You can kind of make out the moon in the upper left with the Bay Bridge just below it.

Without stopping at In-N-Out the journey takes about an hour.  And here is the real kicker.  If I rode the bus home it would take about 40 minutes.

The Song Of The Day - Walking by Pocket Size

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

You Want To Take My Picture . . .

I would like to thank my Godmother for sending this classic gem my way.

I was the ring bearer in her wedding.  I was in third grade at the time.

I still vividly remember going to get measured for that tux.  There was a lot of giggling because I remember that the jacket sample size was lime green!  Then the worker told me my arms were long!  At eight years old I remember thinking, "I'm not sure what to say to that."

Thanks again Joanne for sending this blast from the past!

The Song Of The Day - Take A Picture by Filter

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Straight Ahead One Direction . . .

I wanted to share with the loyal readers another one of my favorite signs.  This sign is located outside my office and informs pedestrians to use the crosswalk.  

The only problem is no one really pays attention to the sign.

Our company operates out of several buildings in the bay area.  And since most of us learned in grammar school that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, people opt to jaywalk.  (See photo below.)

I often think drivers must hate when our entire office has a meeting in the building a block away and six floors worth of people start meandering through the middle of the intersection with the mentality that because there are so many of us for sure the traffic will yield to us pedestrians who are breaking the law.

The citation for jaywalking in San Francisco is allegedly $130.00.  Rumor has it that employees of my company have been cited for illegally crossing the street which is why the sign was put in place.

Even though I have observed that people who actually use the crosswalk seem to arrive at the meeting within seconds of me, it hasn't convinced me that I should give up the straight line approach.

The Song Of The Day - Straight Ahead by Tube and Berger