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Before he sets out,
the traveler must possess
fixed interests and facilities
to be served by travel.
George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

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San Francisco, California 2009
Google I/O, Asian Art Museum, Proposition 8

Google I/O Developer Conference
San Francisco, California May 27-28
"Technical sessions and face time with engineering teams for Q&A"

Cali is always left behind--
but expresses her desire to see the world

Asian Art Museum
Chong-Moon Lee Center
for Asian Art and Culture

San Francisco
I went a day early to view the collections.

While waiting for the museum to open at 10 a.m., I toured City Hall only a block away, as well as waited with a crowd for the ruling by the California Supreme Court on Proposition 8 that invalidated future same sex marriages in California but validated 18,000 past marriages!

From Wikipedia: "In August 2010, Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the amendment was unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment,[6] since it purported to re-remove rights from a disfavored class only, with no rational basis... On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision on the appeal in the case Hollingsworth v. Perry, ruling that proponents of initiatives such as Proposition 8 did not possess legal standing in their own right to defend the resulting law in federal court, either to the Supreme Court or (previously) to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals." So much for this bigotry in California.

San Francisco City Hall

In 1872, a cornerstone was sealed and installed in San Francisco's City Hall. Four bottles were included: one of grain, of Baker's extra flour, of Champaign, and this bottle of port wine by I. Landsberger (no relation?) & Co. port wine, and the beginning of the wine industry in California

Of course,
I couldn't resist
the podium.

San Francisco, California 2009
California's Proposition 8: the rally the day of the Calif. Supreme Court ruling, May 27, 2009 Photos that speak for themselves:


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