Category Archives: poetry

Grey Series, 3 December 2015: Rain and Concrete.

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Good Evening:

San Francisco enjoyed a series of storms and showers today, and the raindrops produced some effected I liked on the concrete slabs of the nearby buildings.

The beginning of a storm splattering on the State Building on Polk:

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And after the storm as the concrete began to dry:

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Meanwhile, the Superior Court building on Redwood Alley developed its own patterns.

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Maybe it’s just me, well, probably it’s just me, well, almost certainly it’s just me, but grey has always seemed like far too underrated a color.

Vonn Scott Bair

Construction Cranes on Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio)

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Good Afternoon:

Whilst awaiting the bird and other goodies.

Construction Cranes on Van Ness as Seen from SFPUC Headquarters, 25 November 2015.

Construction Cranes on Van Ness as Seen from SFPUC Headquarters, 25 November 2015.

These three cranes have graced the northern San Francisco skyline for several months, and just happened to arrange themselves in a reasonably aesthetic fashion on Wednesday afternoon. You can see the construction project of the nearest one (that grid of maroon). The current thinking in San Francisco has rejected the earlier belief that our next big bust in this big-boom-and-big bust-city would have begun by now. That clearly ain’t gonna happen, as one of the wildest booms in city history keeps on coming. Some of the recent startups that benefitted from ridiculous IPOs have struggled, which has people who lived here in 2000-2001 feeling a tad nervous (and I still have no idea how a certain famous Market Street denizen’s financial plan can work in the long run), but it appears that the wild ride will continue for another year or two. Of course, I’ve been wildly wrong before, and will probably be wildly wrong again. Frequently.

Vonn Scott Bair

“I Hope You Can Hear Me:” Poetry in the ER.

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Good Evening:

On Tuesday morning at work, I suffered a minor but excruciatingly painful, no, make that EXCRUCIATINGLY painful medical issue that ended in the ER, with approximately 20 electrodes glued to me, an IV drip administering both an extremely powerful painkiller plus a second drug to counteract the side effects of that painkiller, a barf bag full of goodies, and various and sundry medical implements attached to me or close at hand.

And that was after they had diagnosed and solved the problem.

Which meant that they needed my room for the next ER patient, but they couldn’t discharge me quite yet, so they had to wheel me out of the room and deposit me against a wall in the hallway so they accommodate the next individual.

He was at least 90 years old, well over six feet tall, and he had even more things attached to himself than I had. I did not have two IV drips going at the same time, an oxygen mask, or electrical paddles by my side, and I had never slipped into unconsciousness as he had.

His wife was also attached to him.

Also at least 90 years old, with equally white hair, she was much shorter than him. She sat in a wheelchair to his right, somehow leaning onto his gurney, clutching his right shoulder with both hands, her head next to his, her lips close to his ear. I heard her speaking quite faintly.

“I hope you can hear me.

I’m here for you.

You know I’m here.”

“If you can hear me,

I won’t leave you,

I will never leave you.”

“I know you can’t hear me,

But I always loved you.

I will love you forever.”

Then she grew silent and closed her eyes, still clinging to him.

Vonn Scott Bair

“? Techno Papa??? A Meditation U???pon the Dehumaniz???ation of Dads by Technology ?” Spam Poetry, 12 June 2015!

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Good Evening:

The spam filters at work haven’t kept up with the latest in bots, so I’ve gotten a lot of junk emails lately. One bot of particularly bad quality sent this mess:

Fathers Day is June 21st
List of changes: on first onboarding screen, if typing occupation and hit go on keyboard, the upload photo action sheet comes up (undesired behavior) * welcome photo upload – needs loading spinner * referrals page – loading shows both member and non-member views for a second – needs loading spinner – just subscribed to a plan, isMember scope variable is cached briefly – maybe do ParseQueryService call each time? * user profile page – tables flash before content is loaded * ???Having network trouble???? should be a subheader on every page – maybe log user out and ask to login again * iOS app sharing smart banner isn???t working * on last welcome/onboarding screen, make buttons for 467 app (for mobile web) and going into app clearer about what they do * when upgrading/downgrading, the account menu header still caches the old plan
? Father’s Day is only a few days away ?
What Dad Really Wants Search Ads→
button Initialized…. List Selection Listener… List Complete… Setting Opaque statuses… Setting Window Opacity… Finalizing

So herewith forthwith and henceforth I present my latest spam Poetry:

? Techno Papa??? A Meditation U???pon the Dehumaniz???ation of Dads by Technology ?

Fathers Day is June 21st

List of changes: on first onboarding screen,

if typing occupation and hit go on keyboard,

the upload photo action sheet

comes up (undesired behavior)

* welcome photo upload – needs loading spinner *

referrals page – loading shows both

member and non-member views

for a second –

needs loading spinner –

just subscribed to a plan,

maybe do ParseQueryService call each time?

tables flash before content is loaded ???

Having network trouble????

iOS app sharing smart banner isn???t working

? Father’s Day is only a few days away ?

button Initialized….

List Selection Listener…

List Complete…

Setting Opaque statuses…

Setting Window Opacity…

Finalizing

What Dad Really Wants

Search Ads→

You dads out there–can’t you just feel the dehumanizing effects of tech?

Vonn Scott Bair