I am in Florida. The state of pensioners and tourists. Its geography is marked by a coastline, by the omnipresence of water and the threat of hurricanes. Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States.
We are visiting Rajendra’s grandfather in Lauderdale By The Sea. We arrived yesterday night. Tired and hungry after a whole day of traveling. We missed our early bird flight as Raj could not resist taking a long shower at 4am! Luckily the flight assistant could reschedule a later one. We waited for hours at the San Francisco Airport and I was so grumpy! After I had an Udon Soup for breakfast I slept right next to the empty soup bowl. Sometimes the best medicine for my grumpiness.
Dieses Ehepaar durfte ich letzten Sonntag beobachten.
I am spending a lot of my time in West Oakland and help Alex running for City Council. He is a mexican immigrant, gay and married to a canadian psychologist called Christopher, who also immigrated to the USA. Alex was a former figure skater and Christopher a dancer. I think they met on the beach 15 years ago and stayed together since that time. They left San Francisco a long time ago as they had the dream of having their own house. The cheapest realties in the Bay area are in West Oakland. That part of Oakland is, according to the crime statistics still one of the most (if not the most) dangerous spot all over the state. Blight, vandalism, murder, unemployment, hopelessness, despair and rape are the order of the day. Since some months an appalling new fad has developed. The gangs started to take revenge on babies! When I got evidence that this is not just a headline rumor I was speechless of the shock that inhabited my body.