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Monday, July 23, 2007


The Tour Guide Returns to Rant Against the War


How does it feel to meet a friend after 38 years? We had been exchanging Christmas greetings and e-mail. On a few occasions we talked on the phone. My friend, Pat, visited Los Angeles a few years ago but I couldn't go there. I was excited about meeting her when she informed me of her plan to visit San Francisco.

It is a long way from Calcutta (Kolkata), India, to Perth, West Australia. That is where Pat and her family moved to in 1969. Pat is traveling with a woman friend who lives in Melbourne, Australia. All of us worked together at one time.

JHL and I met them in San Francisco on Sunday and took them to the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a warm, sunny afternoon. Sail boats dotted the bay. The bridge, as it often happens, was partially shrouded in fog. A breath-taking sight nevertheless for tourists as well as the natives. And they were there in droves. The walkway was crowded with people. Runners on the walkway reminded me of times when I had done that. Then we drove down to Sausalito for lunch at Paradise Cove. In no time at all the intervening years disappeared.

We plan to make a trip south to Monterey Bay and Carmel before they take off for Toronto.

Returning to the blogosphere after an absence of four days I see that nothing has changed. Majority of Americans are still against continuation of the president's war despite a barrage of warnings about al-Qaeda. The commander-in-chief, of course, is sticking to his position. The good news, if one can call it that, is that so far in July the number of casualties in Iraq -- both civilian and military -- is lower than in previous months. But the month is not over.

And the sanctimonious David Vitter, Republican senator from Louisiana, is back. Argh!

Listening to Blues By Muddy Waters: Track 16 - I Be Bound to Write to You

Second Guitar: Charles Berrry, The Plantation Recordings, The Historical 1941-1942 Library of Congress Field Recordings by Alan Lomax

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