Saturday, January 26, 2008

2-D San Francisco

I was at a meeting in the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco last week--yes I was trying to get them to lower interest rates--good job, eh?--and get a sample of the $2 billion in worn bills in the basement awaiting the shredder. They said no. But out the window of our conference room, I snapped this picture of the SF financial district looking very two dimensional, sort of like the US economy these days--seemingly not much depth and maybe a house of cards.

Interesting about the Fed--a friend asked if he had to leave his pocket knife outside security. "No," the guard replied, "we have 50 caliber machine guns, you can have your knife..."

Monday, January 21, 2008

Breakfast in the Big City

Corvallis friends Renee and Leigh joined us at Helser's on Alberta this morning for breakfast. Great food for what a grated cheddar omelette costs at lots of so-called "breakfast spots" that are popular in towns all over this country. Leigh had the Louisiana hot sausage scramble wrap, Nancy the potato pancakes, Renee went for eggs Benedict, and I opted for the heart healthy bacon cheddar Yukon gold hash with poached eggs--pictured below. Caution: Take Lipator before viewing...

Monday, January 14, 2008

A Little Larger House in the Big City

Nancy and I are about to become grown-ups. It looks like we will be home-owners again! Here's a tour.

Yes, after being out of the market for a while there was significant "sticker shock"