Good Times and Great Fortune

The summer has arrived, and with it, the fog. Yes, Mark Twain’s old adage, “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco,” has taken on a whole new meaning of late. The weather had the good grace to lift over this past weekend (and the sunshine was enjoyed, to be sure), but it has been rolling in every day for the past several weeks and we’re scheduled for at least another month or two of this strangely consistent but highly localized weather pattern. Fortunately, if I drive in pretty much any direction — either to the east bay or to work — I escape into the regurly scheduled California sunshine. So… it wears on me less than it otherwise might.

However! The weather can hardly offset my good mood, for summer has arrived in full force! My calendar is rapidly filling with summer campouts, backpacking trips, bbq’s, and weekend house guests. I feel like I need to schedule a free weekend here or there to recuperate! (But no, that would be foolish…)

Much has been happening lately, and it has all gone unreported here. Allow me to briefly summarize.

First, to follow up on a previous post, Yuri’s Night happened, and it was a great success. My photos, mostly taken during party setup, are here. There’s a lot to say about the party, but I’ll leave it to the Internet to summarize. Keith Cowing’s article really hits the nail on the head and captures my feelings about the event fairly well. More press and pictures can be found on NASAWatch or on Flickr.

Also noteworthy is the news that Lindsay and I have moved into a new house in a SF neighborhood called Glen Park. The house is an amazing 6 bedroom place (I’ll eventually get around to posting photos), and we’ll be living with four other close friends. It’s already shaping up to be a good community focal point — we had guests over every day during the past two weekends, and I’m glad to be back in a semi-large group living situation.

The spring was filled with an assortment of fun trips and activites including a long weekend in Vegas (a ridiculous place, but fun), a trip to New York City for Leo and Celine’s wedding, and an assortment of festivals and parties as the SF “scene” gears up for the summer. There have been some good outdoor adventures to Point Reyes and Yosemite (pictures forthcoming), though I’m already itching for another long backpacking trip.

So, with summer just getting started, many recent positive experinces to draw on, and a new house to look forward to, I can’t help but smile. Life is good. I hope that you all are enjoying a similar mix of contentedness and optimism. Go have some fun!