Friday, November 23, 2012
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Unceremoniously, the Cattleman's Wharf was demolished today. Once the playground of young and hip party-goers, the restaurant/nightclub was notably remembered as a place to hear live music and that place with the slide that went from the second floor bar down to the disco floor.
The building has been sitting derelict for many years now. No music, no limousines rolling up the bridge for patrons to make their grand entrance, no night lights or the faint clinking of glasses. The only inhabitants I've noticed for these past years is the pride of feral cats that roamed the ventilation system and peered out from under the pilings.
It's been a full week since the U.S. national elections. Hopefully we've all caught our breath and have come to terms with however things turned out.
Personally, I'm just glad that this election cycle is done and over with. It was getting to the point that I just wanted everyone to sit down and be quiet. But of course, there are those eager folks who are already talking about 2016 and not keeping their minds on the business at hand.
To those that voted [in the U.S.] I'm glad that you participated in the process of democracy. If you didn't get out there and vote, you have no place complaining about how government is being run. You had your chance to have your voice be heard and that's certainly a lot more than some folks in other countries get.
I'm sure I've said it at least once here in the journal; where ever you may live, if you have the opportunity to have a voice in your government's development, by all means do so . . . get out there and vote, write your representatives, speak-up and be heard. Government by the people, for the people — it's a beautiful thing.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
I recorded this train some time ago with the thought that I would eventually use it as a component within a composition. Inroads were made towards that composition, but the more I listened to this recording, the less I wanted anything to accompany it.
Without added interference, here is a Central Valley train passing by; recorded near Delano, California.