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Stunning Mount Tam video-- a soothing reflection of Marin County

The Bay Area is famous for its dense fog, and when you're in it the fog is cold and grey. But there's another side to the fog and the only way to see what happens when it fully comes in and blankets the SF Bay Area at night is to be above it. Because Mt. Tam is closed to everyone but rangers and fire lookout volunteers after sunset, very few people have ever seen the majestically mysterious vapors of the Pacific ocean as it flows in to completely cover the Bay. What starts as a partial blanket quickly rushes in to fill the gaps and by 1am, the lights of the cities below eventually become completely smothered. Because this specific night (8/9/2014) was a 96% full moon, the top of the fog and the slopes of Mt. Tam were fully illuminated by silvery-blue light and the only traces of humanity left were aeronautical... the lights at the summit of Mt. Diablo, the FAA radome on Tam's West Peak, and the jets that are guided by that radome's radar safely through the fog.

From Gary Yost

Your reaction is normal

I feel that way sometimes, too. I mean, he had all the resources in the world-- wasn't there
some therapist that could have helped him? And yet, who among us hasn't thought (however
fleetingly) of ending it all? Even in Hamlet, there's the famous second soliloquy:

To be, or not to be--that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them.
To die, to sleep-- No more--and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep--
To sleep--perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.

I'm also deeply saddened that he must have suffered so profoundly all this time-- after a
lifetime of giving us joy-- 40 years-- but he couldn't find it himself. That's wrenching.

President Obama & skater Jason Brown (via Jason's Twitter account)

Jason tweeted:

Just got this picture in the mail!! No words to describe this unforgettable moment...Still can't believe it happened!

UC Davis grad student dies from injuries suffered in I-5 crash

I grew up in Davis, CA-- my father was a professor/researcher in Vet Med and I received
my degree from UCD. Even though I no longer live in Davis, I am still emotionally affiliated
with it. Which is why I was in utter shock and sadness when I read of the terrible car accident on
I-5 that ended up killing four people. It's yet another needless accident of this type where the family's fate was completely out of their hands. We may never know why the other car drifted over into the traffic lane going in the opposite direction, but it demolished a number of families.

UC Davis veterinary school graduate Loreto A. Godoy has died from injuries she suffered
in a car crash Friday that killed three others, including her husband's parents, according to
a UC Davis news release.

Godoy, 32, and her husband Fernando O. Mardones, 36, were driving to Southern
California last week when a 29-year-old man traveling north on Interstate 5 crossed the
median and collided head-on with their car. The man, as well as Mardones' parents sitting
in the front of the car, died at the scene.

Family members told university officials Wednesday that Godoy, who died at Memorial
Medical Center in Modesto, will be an organ donor.

Mardones and the couple's 8-month and 4-year-old daughters survived the crash. They
have returned home to Davis with broken bones, and they expressed gratitude to the UC
Davis community, the news release said.

Loreta Godoy



Ph.D. candidate Loreto Godoy holds
one of her research subjects during a
banding operation last year.

In memoriam: President John F. Kennedy

It's hard to believe we lost our President 49 years ago today, and I can't help thinking how different things would be had he been able to finish even his first term.


How could you ask such a thing?

Those dirty, sadistic, immoral, stinking, lying, cheating, hypocritical bastards steal Ohio??? My goodness, what an unfair question!!

I'm not going to fawn all over him--that's for sure

I think that his clumsy, arrogant, and devious behavior of the past few months speaks far louder than last night's carefully-scripted debate debacle. No, I am by no means complacent, because I can spot a phony a mile away, and when certain (gullible) people start following him like sheep to the slaughter, I become deeply concerned. My hope is that the undecideds will wake up--before it's too late--to the certain calamity that would result should he win.

You will not find any over-confident posts from me. I will believe Obama has won once he takes the oath of office a second time, and not before.

As for Nitt, I am reminded of the Shakespeare quote:
'It is a tale told by an idiot,
full of sound and fury,
signifying nothing.'

Saw the First Lady on Letterman last night

She was a knock-out in her shimmering black dress. Witty and sharp, she and DL jousted back and forth good-naturedly--it was a riot. She's regal but relaxed, feminine but can hold her own with anyone, an egghead (she and the President both) who can giggle over DL's wisecracks like we all do, an angel with her feet planted firmly on the ground. Small wonder hubby is madly in love with her! We all are. And, as with the President, watching and listening to her is a huge treat. Best of all, knowing she's our First Lady makes me very proud. They have, and continue to, represent us impeccably well. It's a pity that Mr. Racist is unable to open his eyes and embrace the First Couple because they are truly extraordinary people.

"Today, I am a registered Republican no longer."

As a local GOP official after President Obamas election, I had a front-row seat as it became infected by a dangerous and virulent form of political rabies.
In the grip of this contagion, the Republican Party has come unhinged. Its fevered hallucinations involve threats from imaginary communists and socialists who, seemingly, lurk around every corner..."

Maybe more confident? He's always been strong, IMO

I think politics has degenerated into such a cesspool that some people have (mistakenly?) equated Obama's civility with weakness and his thoughtfulness (as in 'thinking things through rationally') with spinelessness. In my eyes, the President has more brains, character & integrity in his little finger than all the conservatives combined. He has always taken the high road and he always will because that's who he is. That's something conservatives will never understand.
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