Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Shade Worshippers

Yep, it's that time of year again. On my way home from the club last night, I noticed a gentleman standing on the opposite corner of the intersection at 9th & P Streets. At first, I thought it odd that he was positioned about 3 feet from the edge of the sidewalk and the beginning of the crosswalk, but then I realized: he was sticking to the shady area rather than waiting in the sun. And as soon as the light turned, he stepped out to cross the street.

Really, I should have known, since I tend to do the exact same thing. At this time of year in Sacto, when the temps start to hit the triple digits, it's all about the shade.

Follow the shade.

Adore the shade.

Covet the shade.

Worship the shade.

And thank goodness for the fabulous tree canopy in downtown & midtown. Until the sun and heat start scorching the earth, it's easy to forget what an asset the greenery is to our city and how critical it is to simple survival to be able to wander from shade to shade during the summer months.

It's all about the SHADE...


River City Run

Finally got the photos from this year's River City Run (June 4th - click Race Events here or on the side). Once again, the weather was warm & sunny, and the shade was hard to find on the Sac River/Discovery Park bike path. However, I still had a pretty good race.

And here's the interesting part... Last year, I was 6th in my age group with a time of 52:53. This year, I was 5th in my age group with a time of 52:52. Talk about being consistent!!! Maybe if the race started earlier (before 8:30am) I'd be able to shave off a few more seconds...



So, for those CA readers out there, did you vote today? Despite whatever true lack of interest you may have in the outcome? I mean, I know the primary ain't too exciting (Westley vs. Angelides), and perhaps no other races caught your interest, but did you vote anyway?

And especially for all those women out there, who so often take for granted the struggles of those other women in the early 20th century... if you didn't vote, you should be ashamed! Even if you don't personally care about the results, at least honor the achievements and work and struggles of the suffragettes, many of whom suffered imprisonment and other nasty repercussions of their fight to win women the right to vote.

Kind of scary that women have had the "right" to vote for less than a century. Why is it that men never had to fight for their "right?" Hmm...


As my colleague S just said, "It's free and easy!"