|Alameda, CA parade (2012)|
Although BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) did go on strike--seriously impacting its 40,000 daily riders and all the other regional commuters, the strike has now been put on hold and the system was scheduled to go back in service at 3 pm today. (Not currently being a BART rider, I have no idea how smoothly this transition went.) Management and unions agreed to continue negotiations with a target of concluding a new agreement by August 4. The current contract will remain in force until then, and reportedly changes made will be retroactive.
|East Bay Regional Park--Joaquin Miller Park|
The heat wave certainly happened. We had about seven days of high temperatures--triple-digit numbers in the Brentwood, Livermore, and delta areas, but most survived and it has now dropped to more reasonable temps.
As the pendulum passed through the bottom of its arc--I realized that Ralph and I had avoided all of the drama--by staying out of our cars, not counting on the parks being open, and doing our best to keep the house cool!
The pendulum continued to swing and made it to the positive side for most of us. Those who managed to make it to the 4th of July fireworks in San Francisco, for example, were treated to a relatively rare phenomenon--no fog hiding the spectacular show. We celebrated the holiday by going to the annual parade in Alameda, which is purported to be the longest west of the Mississippi. It was very "small town" and at first glance one could easily have imagined that they were seeing a replay of a scene from the fifties.
|Alameda parade vendor (2011)|
There appear to be big pendulums--changes that radically change our country (granting citizenship to a group)--and smaller pendulums that affect a region (like a wage and benefit dispute and a work stoppage).
Where will the pendulums be next week, next month, next year?