Hello hypothetical readers; sorry for my absence, but I've spent the last weeks pretty well busy – as I foreshadowed
in May, I have a son now!
It's been quite an adjustment. Isaac was born on August 7, 2020 after a very long labor, but he's happy and
healthy now. I got 3 weeks off of work, which I spent with my wife doing intensive child care. Let me tell you, I have a
whole new respect for single parents. Caring for an infant with just the two of us (since none of our families or
friends can visit or …
UC Botanical Garden
PSA for folks in the Bay Area: The University of California Botanical Garden has re-opened for limited, outdoor-only visits. Seems like a nice (and
reasonably) safe place to go during the pandemic. It's July, so not much is in bloom, but it's still beautiful.
Trees in the Park
There are trees growing out out of the sand at the park near my house, closed for the last few months due to
COVID-19. What a weird world.
Hey, so, it's been a while since I posted. I guess I just wanted to post and update. Let's see… what has happened
since February 2020....
Yeah, so, we're having a baby. If you didn't see that on other social media already. He's due at the end of July.
As you and everyone else knows, the world has been in lockdown since March due to the outbreak of
COVID-19. My company sent us all on mandatory work-from-home
on March 12th and I haven't been across the bridge into San Francisco since. Working from home …
I went up yesterday with my wife's family to hike around on some Sonoma Land Trust
property up in the North Bay and brought my
camera. It's amazing to
see the hills green and growing after so many years of drought! You can see a
smattering of photos in this flickr
here are some of my favorites:
If you're in Northern California and are physically-able, you should try to get out and enjoy this; it's gorgeous!
Newport Folk Festival
I spent Saturday at the 50th Newport Folk Festival, and it was
excellent. Some of the highlights? Well, let's see… I saw Iron & Wine,
The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes… the list goes on.
Aside from a little bit of sunburn and a lighter wallet thanks to having
my chair set up perilously close to the Del's stand, it was awesome.
The festival was held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI, and
started at 11:30 in the morning. We even managed to get there for about
11:30, after waiting only about half an hour for a parking spot. Right
off the bat, the festival opened with a legendary name in folk:
Ramblin' Jack Elliott. He was fun to listen to (lots of stories,
obviously), although not quite as dynamic a musician as some of the
others. Other early acts that I took in part of were Tift Meritt and
Ben Kweller. Merritt didn't make much of an impression on me, but I
rather liked Kweller.
Around lunchtime, I watched Billy Bragg, about whom I have somewhat
mixed feelings. He was very… politicized. On the one hand, I agree
with him and his songs about why socialized medicine is good and
deregulated banking is bad. On the other hand, even a rather staunch
social liberal such as myself might want to listen to some music without
the prosthelytizing that seems to be part of his music. I also saw a
little bit of Tom Morello, who I won't even give a link to. He did not
appeal to me.