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  • Waiting for a ride

January 25

Vallejo 7:20 AM

Wet and cold, but a ride is waiting.  This is a large commercial van, so it’s just me and the driver.  A pleasant guy.  We agree this weather would be better enjoyed on a walk along the north coast looking out at a stormy sea.  He adds “as long as there’s a warm house with a hot toddy waiting for you at the end of the walk”.

We settle into the rainy ride and NPR.  There’s a piece on the lemurs of Madagascar – I learn there are 33 species of them, from the tiny dwarf lemurs to the largest varieties.  They survive, in spite of recent years of political unrest in Madagascar and the plundering of the rain forests there.

Approaching Richmond the rain stops and we mosey on into the overcast City.

January 22 – Days of hope

Vallejo 7:30 AM

I’m in a Chevrolet Trailblazer with a sunroof.  We move along enjoying Friday light even on a wet sluggish day like this and soon approach a gray and wet Bay Bridge.  Only in a large vehicle like this can I peer over the old  bridge to see the work on the new bridge and there it is – coming along.  Today we learn that many of the steel structures for the new bridge will soon arrive – from China.  This, after nearly a year’s delay and an uncomfortable history of Chinese lead-filled toys, killer Chinese Pet Food, tainted cosmetics, and just recently, toxic-laden children’s jewelry at Wal Mart.  But we have hope that this time they will get it right.

Hope is blooming in Haiti, after the miraculous recovery of 7 year old Kiki Joachin, pulled out of the rubble after over a week. The Haitians now wait and hope for food, water and medical care.

State Senator George Miller on KCBS radio tells us not to give up hope on the Health Care Reform Bill, in spite of this week’s Senate election in Massachusetts (Republican Scott Brown filling Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat).

And KCBS weather promises at least one day this weekend of no rain – maybe a little sun if we’re lucky.

After all, it’s Friday, and after this wet week that is something indeed.