Sunday, April 15, 2007
An in between moment, morning
Looking out my hotel room window
San Francisco, CA, March 2007 [Click to embiggen]
In between moments come fast and furious when you're away on business. There's little free time to capture the spirit of this place, so you try to grab snippets wherever they present themselves.
It's early in the morning, and I'm getting ready in my hotel room. If you really want to know, I'm carefully ironing my shirt because, well, it's one of those on-the-road rituals that keeps me grounded. I've got a long day of work ahead of me. But I notice the soft glow of the morning sun reflecting off the front of the lovely old building across the street. My camera's right there, so I pick it up and take a quick couple of pictures before I get back to the serious business of eliminating creases.
Later on, I look closely at the picture I've captured of this genteel structure (click on it now, if you wish. No worries: I'll wait.) There's obvious decay in the corner, testament to its years of standing guard over this busy neighborhood. But it still looks regal, elegant, substantial.
Somewhere in this idle musing, there's an analog for humanity that I'm sure I'll be writing about before long.
Your turn: Maybe you want to take a stab at explaining the lesson this building holds for the rest of us. What is it saying to you?