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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

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Wordless Wednesday: A Tree Half in Daylight, Half in Night. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition)

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Saw this tree transitioning from day to night in Buena Vista Park last Saturday afternoon.

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Vonn Scott Bair

Recent Shots of San Francisco City Hall. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio)

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I believe that an unsurprisingly surprising/surprisingly unsurprising number of people have taken a photo of San Francisco’s City Hall at the same time of day every day for an entire year. Not yours truly, although it might sometimes seem that way. Presenting a trio of recent shots, all taken with my iPhone 6 Plus.

Edited in iPhoto, using the unfavorable light to experiment with a silhouette effect.

Edited in iPhoto, using the unfavorable light to experiment with a silhouette effect.

The folks at City Hall like to turn their property into a giant decoration. Never could find out what that gold and silver theme means.

The folks at City Hall like to turn their property into a giant decoration. Never could find out what that gold and silver theme means.

Memorial to Victims of the Paris Attacks.

Memorial to Victims of the Paris Attacks.

Vonn Scott Bair

San Francisco City Hall @ Sunset, November 2015. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate)

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True, San Francisco City Hall has some very ornate decorations.

Sometimes, so does the sky behind it.

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During the five minutes spent taking that second picture, at least 50 people joined me in photographing the scene.

Vonn Scott Bair

Jocularity in the Portable Sanitation Industry on Haight Street, 7 November 2015.

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Or in simple English–toilet humor.

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Of all the time you spotted a portable john, did the word “honey” leap to mind? Me, neither.

Vonn Scott Bair

And the Women, They Are A’Changing.

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Good Afternoon:

I enjoyed a very good Sunday brunch at La Urbana on Divisidero, one of the seemingly millions of new restaurants to open in the wake of San Francisco’s latest tech boom. Pricey, yes (you learn to expect that at brunch places on Divizz), but the portions are quite substantial and very well done (the “house made” sausage was at least twice as big as I expected). But just as tasty–the conversation at the table next to me.

You don't seriously think San Franciscans call them garage sales, do you?

You don’t seriously think San Franciscans call them garage sales, do you?

“The thing is, she is so aggressive, all the time. She is always pushing her employees and herself. Driven. You should hear her do sales presentations. She is so passionate, she always pushes for the best deals.” And so on and so on.

You’ve probably heard women executives described in this fashion all the time.

Except you haven’t.

Jack O'Lanterns, 25 October 2015. Note the one on the far left with the "cell phone."

Jack O’Lanterns, 25 October 2015. Note the one on the far left with the “cell phone.”

If you have any misconceptions, put them aside. Every single word of this monologue was spoken as praise. This probably does nothing but tell you that I am very, very, very old, but I hear women executives described with this vocabulary all of the time, but never as praise always as criticism. This has struck me as unfair for a long time–many Apple employees loved Steve Jobs for how rough he could get, he sometimes making them cry–but in the past, when I’ve heard women described as aggressive and/or pushy, it always sounded like a complaint and not a compliment.

The demographics at this table might interest the sociologists amongst you. Two heterosexual couples, the men looked 30-35, the women looked 25-30. The speaker was one of the women. Another detail that interested me, but probably does nothing but tell you that I am very, veryvery old. The men did not interrupt. They just listened, and nodded, not speaking until she had finished.

People can and have said and written much about how the tech boom has negatively changed San Francisco. Have you heard of the documentary Million Dollar Shack (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBjXUBMkkE8). Amazing well produced effort and well worth a look. But the tech culture has yielded some positive changes as well, and praising women for aggressiveness counts among them.

Vonn Scott Bair