Tuesday, June 17, 2014

#TBT Turning Back Time

I guess everyone, when they get to be my age, thinks about turning back time.  We can't of course but I think we all go back in time and wonder how things would be if we had done some things a bit differently.

When I was starting out after college, I deliberately did not move into New York City.  I know it's an awesome place now but at that time it was a mess - dirty with much higher crime rates - my dad worked there all his life and hated the commute and the subway crime so I wanted no part of it.  I wouldn't change that decision at all but when I see Lauren taking off for San Francisco, it does make me think... I bet I would have liked to have been in a clean, smaller city like San Francisco. Last January, she moved into an apartment with one of her best friends from high school and they are now both working for the same company.  How funny that seems because they met in 5th grade and grew up 2 blocks away from one another.  Now they're playing house for real.

I told Dave I wouldn't mind having a go at it now.  We're going to get a smaller place in a year or two anyway so it seemed pretty fun and romantic to move to San Francisco.  We know people our age who have done just that - but he's not having any of it.  Oh, well.  I can alway visit Lauren.  I have my part-time apartment with Lauren and my part-time dog with Kevin.

Here's a bit of Lauren's moving day

Looking out the living room window

 Here's a look at the Bay from the living room.  I stayed there last weekend and, after Lauren left for work, I sat here with a morning cup of coffee and I thought.. I could so do this!  Lauren was thoughtful enough to put on the Today show for me (I'm pretty clueless about getting other peoples' TVs to work). Did it bother me that I was enjoying my morning coffee while Lauren was at work?  Well, yeah. Actually, it did.

A Sunday brunch.  Rare free time.

This is a view from her front window.  See the odd building in the background that looks like a triangle?  That's the Transamerica building and I had a job interview there in 1976.  I ended up working for Transamerica but in San Jose - not San Francisco.  Turning back time... I never thought in 1976 at that stressful interview that someday I would be looking back at the building from my daughter's window.

 There have been more than a few parties on this roof in just the past 6 months.  That's Coit Tower in the background.  Lily Coit was a wealthy socialite who loved firefighters (who doesn't) and chased fires - and left one third of her fortune to the city in the 1930s and requested that it be used to beautify the city.  The tower was built and has sweeping views of San Francisco.  Coit Tower looks very much like a fire hose but the resemblance is said to be just a coincidence.
OOOPs - How did that get in here?  Not much has changed...

Oh.  And my part-time dog... Hank 

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood

And sorry I could not travel both 
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;  

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,  

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost