An alley in the Central Business District, Melbourne, Australia. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005.
There are times when somebody shows you their favorite… whatever. Their favorite book, their favorite baseball team. Their favorite dish that their momma used to cook. Their favorite bum that’s been begging for change off the same corner for 15 years. As I said, their favorite whatever. And your reaction is appropriate for a whatever it is, which is to say that you just don’t give a fig. Read more
Respite from the crowd at the Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005.
I had the strangest sense of deja vu walking through the Vic Market. I’d never been there before. In fact, I’d never been to any place quite like it. It was a familiar yet unique mix of deli, Chinese vegetable market and urban farmer’s market, all rolled into one and topped off with a long black.
That’s a coffee, an Americano, but stronger and more flavorful.
Car 870 on the 78-line, Prahran, Melbourne, Australia. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005.
Unbeknownst to me until about 5 seconds before I started writing this, the Melbourne, Australia – as opposed to Melbourne, Florida – public trams constitute the third-largest public tram network in the world with, as Wikipedia points out, 245 kilometers of track, 500 trams, and 1813 tram stops.
More importantly, they have these gorgeous wooden trams that are supported by a hidden steel underskeleton. Read more
Windsurfing near Crissy Field, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2007.
Even when you’re standing right at the beach near Crissy Field, with leaping windsurfers jumping from wave to wave until they succumb to the tide, it’s hard to believe you’re still standing in a major American city. It’s a big part of the reason that San Francisco has a housing market at least as bad as New York’s, and it’s a big part of the reason why the revitalization of the Crissy Field area has been so important to the City. Read more
Muni Streetcar PCC 1060, Westbound F-Market, San Francisco, CA. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2007.
Along with the return of the wetlands near Crissy Field that followed the U.S. military turning the Presidio over to civilian governance in the late 1990s was a second refurbishment of the past: the revitalization of the F Market streetcar line. Read more
Heron, The Marina, San Francisco, CA. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2007.
At least, I think this is a heron. It might be a stork, maybe. I’m far more accustomed to eating dead (and cooked) birds than identifying live ones. Read more
Elvis window display, Zain’s Liquor’s, 3rd St. and Market, San Francisco, CA. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2007.
There’s no reason why this liquor store has an Elvis shrine in its window, other than, perhaps, Elvis is the patron saint of alcoholic binges. As anybody who’s spent time in Boston knows, liquor and corner stores are most often called packies. Read more