November 6, 2008

Barack Of Ages


Good morning and greetings, electorial college fans. Well, Tuesday’s gone with the wind and we are still buzzing about the history made by Barack Obama. That was a day like no other. While we were in the process of electing the first black President since the first season of Jack Bauer and “24,” I thought I would showcase what this historic morning looked like on the westside of Santa Cruz. The place was Natural Bridges State Beach, and the time was for change.

It was a beautiful morning as the sky was filled with interesting clouds, pelicans lined the both sides of the rock and the beach was a gathering place for local gulls. Add to the mix the great blue heron reflecting in the pond and it was great to be there just Joe Biden my time. At one point the heron took off and flew up into the iceplants. That’s where I took my final shot but my foot was on the line so it wasn’t a three-pointer.

To quote the late Buddy Miles, who was the drummer in Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys, “Well, my mind is going thru them changes.” It’s hard to believe we are finally done with this moron in the White House who has done a tremendous job of dividing this country while getting the rest of the world to depise us. Those days are over. The fact that Bush feels he has done the country no wrong and that history will prove him right on Iraq is somewhat galling, but with any luck Karl Rove, Condy Rice or his dog Barney will explain to him that the Obama landslide victory was a huge statement against everything he stands for.

A couple thoughts on Johnny McCain. I thought his gracious concession stand speech was the best thing he’d done in the campaign. If he had spoken like that more often instead of espousing “Joe the Plumber” or Obama as an “elitist” or “socialist” who parties with terrorists, he might be on his way to the White House instead of the early bird special. His choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate still blows what’s left of my mind. That he would actually believe that she was his best choice is just stupefying. As I’ve written before, I think she was a huge insult to the intelligence of the American voter and Americans spoke in huge volumes to this point at the ballot box on Tuesday. Goodbye Sarah, and don’t come back real soon.

So things are looking up. The country is in a mess but unlike the Oakland Raiders, at least we’re headed in the right direction. It’s a new dawn and there’s finally hope but it will not be easy. If we could backtrack for just a moment, here’s my favorite pre-election line of the week courtesy of David Letterman. “Today Barack Obama was compaigning in Florida and Virginia. And McCain campaigned in two states-panic and desperation.” On that note, enjoy the fall weather, the sights at the beach and have a fabulous sports weekend. We’ll catch you somewhere near the sideline marker. Later, Michelle Obama fans.


  1. Might be my imagination, but I think that heron looks a little like Rahm Emanuel. Speaking of which, wasn’t he on “The Sopranos”?

    Comment by Kevin — November 7, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

  2. That shot of the blue heron may not have been a three pointer but it sure looks good to me. And it’s nice to be able to read the New York Times again without this anxious feeling in my stomach that somehow Sarah Palin was going to be our next Vice President. My condolences to your son Jason for being born a Raiders fan – he might want to think about adopting his father’s team (the New York Football Giants) until Al Davis goes the way of George Bush…

    Comment by Brad — November 7, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

  3. Always love reading what you have to say.
    Opinionated, well written and very clever.
    And a few nice photos.

    Comment by Wendi — November 7, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

  4. Very beautuful pictures!
    I love the 3rd and 5th photos best.
    The 3rd picture has a nice spakeling silver color,(much like your lovely hair)and
    the last shot is so amazing, I love the birds long neck!

    Comment by aimee-the hand models daughter — November 10, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

  5. G.G.- “…and don’t call me Geoff?” That was a new one for me.
    I really needed these pictures and blogs today…thank you. Yes, Sarah Palin ruined my newspaper reading fetish for a few months, I literally got sick if I tried to read anything about that wo-man. I thought Bush had been the final blow until she came along, “how low can you go?”
    I have been so much more at ease with the door to soon slam on the bafoon- our president.
    I am really grateful you called me this am, I can only say I am praying with all mhy heart and soul every day…and love Alli to pieces. You are a good husband Geoff, i am proud of you.
    all my love, sharol

    Comment by Sharol Raifaisen — November 12, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

  6. Dearest Sunrise Santa Cruz:

    I was thinking of you the day we received double rainbows, so
    glad you got it…tremendous photos and the blog hands down my favorite! “Keep on, keeping on” with this creative blend that captures some of the best of 12/12.

    Wishing ALL YOU GILBERT’S a very happy new year.

    Comment by Sharol Raifaisen — December 31, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

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