Hardly a Tsunami

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we get tsunamis all the time… fog tsunamis… With all the news about the economy doing so well you’d expect a wave of new employment, but not so fast. June 2018 employment stats are here. Spring and early summer usually see some job growth, but not this year (or last). Total current Bay Area employment of 4,035,500 is 25,500 below the recent peak figure of 4,061,000. The Bay Area labor force is 23,500 below the recent peak figure of 4,186,400. Job growth over the past three months was -16,700 versus -12,300 for the same period last year. The labor force ticked up a bit compared with May. We will have to wait until next month to see if that translates to job growth.

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Photo Challenge: All-Time Favorites

Well… good-bye to photo challenges!

Not my favorite photo, have too many favorites, but a nice pic and a parting thought about time passing by.

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Photo Challenge: Place in the World

An interesting question is keeping me from work this morning. Erica V. asked “…explore what it means to find your place in the world. Where’s your safe space?” I thought about it for a moment and quickly settled on two options: 1. Sitting in front of the TV watching a classic movie or 2. Eating or cooking in the kitchen. Option 3 would be buried in my work where I can get into a trance trying to figure out the value of a property but that’s a very, very boring subject to the vast, vast majority of people on Planet Earth.

The kitchen, any kitchen, is a safe and fun place for me to be. It was the center of the household when growing up. It was a place to hang out and harass my mom, it was a place to do my homework, it was a place to eat great meals… it was also a torture den when it came to my turn to do the dishes. I still love to eat and cook, and I am very comfortable when in the process of creating a healthy meal (or scratch pizza). Besides my photography, cooking is my favorite form of expression. The kitchen is where I feel comfortable and safe.

 

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Photo Challenge: Unlikely

If you met me at a party you’d figure me to be a color inside the lines kinda guy. Sometimes I go outside the lines to an unlikely place when it comes to taking photos. Here are three recent examples where I was outside the lines on the edge of the earth to snap a photo. Hope you enjoy the work Michelle Weber challenged us to prove the unlikely.

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Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

A favorite place or, for me, a favorite and frequent place. I go for the view. I go for the scenery. I go for the sunset. I go for the restaurants and bars I frequent! Not necessarily in that order… It’s Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, California. If you stop by be sure to check out A Grape in the Fog (winebar), Nicks (restaurant/bar) and Moonraker (restaurant/bar). They also have music! Thanks for the challenge Cheri!

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Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

What do I love about where I live? Good question. I’d drawn to it frequently. I feel better when I’m there even if the weather’s not good. It reminds me of my mis-spent youth at the Jersey Shore. The beaches here are not warm though… all that fog. We have a name for the stretch of land facing the sea between Pacifica and Santa Cruz County. It’s The Coastside. I love the beach, even when it’s just to stop and snap a few photos. When Krista Stevens challenged me to be a tour guide I first thought of driving south on Highway 1 from Pacifica, California. Try it, you’ll love it…

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Photo Challenge: Favorites

I’m looking forward to 2018. I get to go to a wedding… Congrats to my daughter and her fiancé!

Some of my 2017 favorite photos are here.

More from the WP crowd are here.

And my best to you for a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

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Sailing By(e)

Okay… so 2017 sailed by… The New Year is Near!

Here are some updates on economic trends in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond.

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Photo Challenge: Peek

A weekly photo challenge from Michelle Weber to show a peek of something. To pique our interest. How about someone in this instance?

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Up High

Made a new yearly high in SF Bay Area Employment in September. While we have a new high, it’s just a slight bump up from the prior peak set in October of 2016. While this is a favorable trend I keep hearing about people leaving San Francisco or the Bay Area for less expensive places to live or better work environments. To paraphrase one young person, “I got tired of stepping over people sleeping on the sidewalk on my way to work.” The shine has worn off San Francisco. Will the people working at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place take notice?

See September 2017 Employment Data Here

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