"A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes"--
sigh. Just lovely.
I love San Francisco. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States, and feels very European in so many areas and in many ways. The City is close to my heart...and that is why this video is so special. This is a trip down Market Street, the central thoroughfare that diagonally bisects The City, in 1906, months before the apocalyptic '06 earthquake. The Ferry Building looms at the eastern end of Market Street, looking the same then as it does now.
I know The City quite well and as I watch this, I find myself counting the blocks, trying to figure out what street the camera is passing, and trying to place what is currently at that corner or intersection. It is funny to see people, cable cars, trolleys, cars, and horse-drawn wagons cavalierly weaving in and out, narrowly missing each other. It is fascinating to see how people are dressed, and to see them strolling or running. And it is touching and bittersweet to see all these people, so many lives and loves gone by and ended, either from time or from the impending disaster and devastation that no one could have dreamt of.
"Oh, By The Way" is my digital scrap book of things I like, things I would share with a close friend and say: “Oh, by the way, do you know of this artist/ clothing or interior designer/ model/ singer/ actor/ gorgeous man… or, have you seen this video/ photo/ film... or heard (or do you remember) this song/ band... or, read this book/ poem/ inspiring quote... or, visited this place/ restaurant/ famous building... or, have you heard of this amazing new scientific discovery?”
I am dedicated to posting the positive, the fascinating, the beautiful, the interesting, the moving, and the inspiring and uplifting. Sometimes I post cultural as well as personal observations, milestones, and remembrances. And just like life, all of these things may often have a bit of melancholy or even sadness in them, which is what makes our time here so lovely and bittersweet and precious.
Some of the photos, art, poetry, and prose are my own original work, credited with my initials, JEF. When it isn't, I always try to post links to the original source material, but often I find photos on the web that are not linked or other material that is not sourced. In these instances, I post them without malice since it is assumed that such things, by being globally posted on something as uncontrollable as the internet to begin with, are in the public domain. If you identify the source of an image that is not linked, please politely let me know (without accusing me of theft) and I will be happy to provide a link.
I hope to inspire and entertain my readers with things that inspire and entertain me. There is a startling amount of beauty and creativity in the world and it enriches us all to participate in it.