Woke up and slightly rainy and cold this morning but the weather was amazing by the time I got to Alcatraz. Plus no fog!
This is the view pulling up, the building in the foreground is the residences, the background on the top of the hill is the jail. The whole thing was actually pretty small.
Btw, how is an audio tour "award winning". Who is the selection committee? Who were the losers?
The car grabs hold of the cable to move forward and lets go to stop, it doesn't have an engine of it's own. Although I don't know how it can change speeds or brake on a hill, but I gather that's the gist of it.
There was a lot of information in here on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Btw, there was an earthquake here yesterday morning, 5.3, I felt nothing.
Anyway, the 1906 earthquake was a big deal, that and the subsequent fires destroyed a section of the city 6 times the area destroyed by the London fire in 1666, over 80% of the city.
The gift shop had a good looking book with eye witness accounts from the time called Three Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire by Malcolm E. Baker.
I sat in the park and read my book while it started to rain and I hid under a tree with my book and was quite cozy, I loved it. As it was raining, there were few people in the park, and I was only bothered once when a homeless guy shouted at me "If you look at my dick while I'm peeing I'm going to sue you", startling me and causing me to look up and see him peeing. Lawsuit papers are in the mail I suppose.
I'm reading "The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon, an 800 page book that won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. I heard it has gay content and finally at 50%, over 400 pages, I finally got some. It was a beautiful tale of two men watching a thunder storm and the electricity between them and in the sky leading to a first forbidden kiss. Beautiful.
Reviews on Goodreads called it too gay, which pisses me off, and as soon as I finish it I plan to go back and write them scathing comments, but first I have to verify that it is, in fact, not "too gay". Not so far, anyway. This is what homophobia looks like in 2012. I suppose it's better than what we've had in the past.