No sooner had I gotten started blogging last week, when life interrupted. Hence my absence for the last several days. The Fleet Week festivities took up most of my time, not to mention a friend visiting from out of town.
Needless to say, it was a quite a weekend. I watched the Blue Angels air show both days, once from down among the crowds at the waterfront and then from a roof deck with a view of the entire bay.
The incredible sonic boom (which many of us dubbed "The sound of victory") of the Blue Angels aside, my favorite moment was when all six jets, after flying straight up, descended downwards in formation in complete silence. A beautiful sight indeed.
As expected, it was a time of rare patriotism and military pride for San Francisco. Locals got to enjoy the spectacular air acrobatics and fighting acumen (many of them have served in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond) of the various air show pilots, go aboard docked Navy ships, and see cute sailors wandering all over town! And on top of it all, the weather was gloriously fog-free.
Other than that, I've been hard at work on my next SFGate column. It will focus on self-censorship in the west when it comes to critiquing Islam in any way, shape or form. Beginning with the Pope's recent comments, a series of capitulations have occurred across the western world, which I examine from the international to the local level. Anyway, I hope it will do justice to this important topic.
So for now, and as Porky once said, that's all folks...