Where we get our food from

One of the things that I often do before a meal (at least when I'm being conscious) is think about where the food came from. When I was driving down to Santa Barbara from Berkeley yesterday, I passed fields and fields of food crops, some of which were being picked. At one field, there was a semi, with a flat bed with lots and lots of boxes of cabbage. I recognized the boxes as ones I'd seen in the supermarket – when the folks were stocking the vegetable tables with varied kinds of vegetables.

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Summerland, CA

I'm in Summerland, CA, which is two towns south of Santa Barbara (after Montecito). It's a nice little town, and I'm relaxing with an old friend of mine. She's fostering many kittens (5 are in the house) which is a lot of fun. I miss my cats, and this is a way to get my fill of cat energy. There is a totally sweet kitten, called "Buffy" (of "Vampire Slayer" fame) sitting next to me purring her heart out.

Friday Cat Blogging will be fun this week.

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Bolinas, CA and thoughts on journeys

I'm cold. YAY! I'm sitting in Bolinas, CA, at the cousin's of the friend who traveled with me, and, it's COOL OUT. I can't even begin to tell you how happy this makes me. After weeks and weeks of heat waves in Massachusetts, and 90+ temperatures (we hit 100 in Nebraska,) I am ecstatic to feel the need to put on a sweatshirt.

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California at last!!

As I'm writing this, we're speeding down the Sierra Nevada mountains,
from Lake Tahoe to Sacramento – we just passed over the South Yuba
River. It's nice to finally be here – the state that will be my home for
a while, at least. These mountains are reminiscent of the White
Mountains in New Hampshire, but they are themselves, too.

The desert of Utah and Nevada was interesting, but it feels like a
relief to be in the mountains. We'll see the ocean today!

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Salt Lake City

I'd never been to Salt Lake City – and I have been pleasantly surprised.
We're just passing through, getting dinner at a busy Thai restaurant
before getting back on the road to Wells,NV. The mountains are lovely,
and I expect the lake to be quite a sight.
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Fort Collins, then Nevada

Today, I'm driving from Boulder up to Fort Collins, where I used to live, to visit some old friends. I am very much looking forward to it – it wasn't an original part of the plan, but it's a nice side effect of staying in Boulder for an extra day.

Boulder has been nice, but I'm ready to leave. We have two more long driving days, first to Wells, Nevada, then to Marin County, where we're staying with the cousin of my friend for the weekend, before I head down to southern California for a week.

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Bubbles…

As I was in the process of selling my condo, I thought a lot about housing prices, and whether there was a housing bubble. As I learned lately, I sold my condo just as the housing market in my area was softening.

Anyway, one of my favorite columnists, Paul Krugman, has an interesting column on the housing bubble that's worth a read. A bit scary.

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Boulder, Colorado

I'm sitting at a cafe called Trident. It's on Pearl Street, just a block from the Pearl Street mall. It's been 11 years or so since I was last in Boulder, and it's hard to believe – it feels like it was just a few weeks ago, somehow. It hasn't changed a lot, from what I can see. Denver has gotten a lot bigger – that was pretty obvious from driving into the area.

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