into a tricky twilight
Pay close attention. The White House is in a swirl that is unlike anything else the troubled administration has faced to date. We get into that below.
celebrating the left coast
This veteran traveler finds this scene one of the most pleasing anywhere. Looking south from Nepenthe in Big Sur.
Hairpins, tight turns, twists, long drops, rocky walls and sensational views compete for a drivers attention and energy. It is invigorating, though we have found friends who are challenged by the mountain ledges and winding highway.
It takes work to keep the iconic Pacific Coast Highway open.
the rocket magic show
That bright light on the horizon is neither moon nor sun. It is a Falcon 9 Space X rocket racing toward space. The launch at Vandenberg AFB is about 85 miles south from the observation point on my deck.As a kid, fascinated by the new space program, I never dreamt I'd be watching rocket launches from my deck.
The separation created a bit of a cosmic light show.
The mission was to deploy an Argentine environmental satellite, but the trick of the evening was to land the Falcon booster rocket, back at Vandenberg in a hard ground landing zone.It worked well and this shows the Merlin engines firing as the Falcon 9 was headed home.
Meanwhile thousands of miles away, the satellite was being carried into orbit and we had a new way to measure the depth of our rich star fields.
A longtime friend, who shared ground breaking campus politics and later worked alongside on assignment in Cuba and who's skill and academic/professional arc I have admired, and I were talking like old guys or gals do. We have reached an age where it can be said of us, what they said about Dean Acheson, "Not only did he not suffer fools gladly, he did not suffer them at all."
Thus you understand our present state of agitation.
We stepped out to look at a particularly clear and crystalline like sky abundant with pricks of cosmic light. That has the effect of downsizing the scale and importance of all human endeavor so as to render us and our intrigues to a scale of gnats.
still we have the capacity to ruin this blue ball
So back to the opening tease. Our rogue administration is navigating a new crisis and it is deep water with submerged danger.
The very awful destruction of a human life, in this case a powerful, well connected Saudi and critic of the new crown prince is at the center of a pernicious brew.
As David Kirkpatrick wrote in the New York Times,