A visual feast

California presents so many visual anecdotes: small events that linger long in memory well after the event passes. In no order of power to impress, they include:

  • the man living in his car, filled to the ceiling with books. Naturally he’d parked outside a second-hand bookshop
  • the elephantine backsides of many of the people. And the style of clothing many young men have adopted: baggy jeans that hang down at the back like a pachyderm’s posterior
  • a woman jogger, in winter, sprinting up hill wearing nothing but joggers, bright red ultra-short shorts and a matching sports bra
  • traffic jams on the freeways, almost every car occupied by one person
  • magnificent stands of eucalyptus gums. The thrive here better than in Australia
  • signs in the poorer suburbs in both Spanish and English
  • the hundreds of homeless who congregate around Berkeley.

Categories: Not home, Uncategorized

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