Addendum to Technologies:
There is a great series showing currently on CNN called Race for the White House. It is directed by Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti. Kevin Spacey is also one of the narrators. It analyses the most hotly contested Elections for President in American history. For those who have been watching the three seasons of House of Cards, when Kev is narrating, it is hard to tell if it is he, or Frank Underwood!
Jordie and I had a great day travelling on the Park and Hyde Cable Car to Fisherman’s Wharf. This always involves watching the car being driven onto the turntable, and then pushed around to face the other way. It is done by the Conductor and the Gripman. Today the Gripman was a woman. ( Cable Car orkers seem to be exclusively African Americans.) One pushes with hands, and on the otherside one walks backwards with their back pressed onto a back plate until the car has completed its 180 deg turn. It is then driven a few metres to the head of the queue (waiters may have waited up to an hour and a half). Passengers may get into outdoor or indoor seats, or stand indoor holding a strap or bar, or ride on the stoop, holding a bar. The ride traverses some of SF’s steepest hills, inflicting considerable tangential G-force! Wonderful SF architecture, and glimpses of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge to draw the gaze…
We had a great walk down the Hyde Street Pier, looking at the historical shipping, followed by a walkby on Pier 45 of US Submarine Pampanito and US Liberty Ship Jeremiah O’Brien. Walking on to Pier 39 with delightful “mammal-watching” of the sea-lions – lots of noisy argy-bargy for the coziest, surrounded-by-sleeping buds-spot in the sunshine. Jordie had a finish-by time due to the smell of ? fish-laced odour of sea-lion pee…..
(USS Pampanito: After shakedown off New London, Connecticut, Pampanito transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 14 February 1944. Her first war patrol, from 15 March to 2 May, was conducted in the southwest approaches to Saipan and Guam. She served on lifeguard duty south of Yap, then scored two torpedo hits on a destroyer before sailing for Midway Island and Pearl Harbor for refit and repairs to a hull badly damaged by depth charges.)
(USS Jeremiah O’Brien: World War II : The SS Jeremiah O’Brien is a class EC2-S-CI ship, built in just 56 days at the New England Shipbuilding Corporation in South Portland, Maine and launched on 19 June 1943. Deployed in the European Theater of Operations, she made four round-trip convoy crossings of the Atlantic and was part of the Operation Neptune invasion fleet armada on D-Day. Following this she was sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations and saw 16 months of service in both the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean calling at ports in Chile, Peru, New Guinea, the Philippines, India, China, and Australia.
Then on to the Pièce de Résistance…….