Matte’s Blog

The Ombraphile

My memory is slipping fast, but at least i can still remember when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.


The ombraphile? you ask.  Well, i take some pride in saying “you heard it here first”, and as of the writing of this post, Bing and DuckDuckGo get no hits on “ombraphile”, and Google gets only one.  Once the spiders have finished crawling, the second hit will be to this site.  ta da.

To save you the trouble, it’s a term coined by Richard Schneider for an eclipse chaser, which is what i’m about to be taking a break from unpacking to do.

I’ll combine seeing the eclipse with taking photos of bridges over the Willamette in Oregon and the Sacramento in California, and i hope to be able to put out a post about my adventures up there next week.

A little complication is that i kinda banged myself up in an incident during the move to SF and may not be able to get the Segway into the back of the car by myself.  So i’ll have to choose between leaving it here, which means i wouldn’t have it if i needed it to get better bridge shots, or asking for help loading it, which is as unthinkable as asking for directions.

Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, here’s a fountain at the Marin County Civic Center.

Marin County Civic Center fountain


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  1. ckm3
    Posted 7 December 2013 at 09:18 | Permalink

    For most people, what stays in Las Vegas is the money.

    Most excellent turning of the phrase

    • Matte Gray
      Posted 7 December 2013 at 14:26 | Permalink

      Many thanks.

  2. Chimpus_Dorkus
    Posted 21 December 2013 at 19:59 | Permalink

    Ouch. Poor bb, here’s hoping you have some good holidays etc to cheer you up and a speedy recovery.
    Be careful, will ya?!?

    • Matte Gray
      Posted 21 December 2013 at 20:50 | Permalink

      The holidays are most definitely cheerful, the recovery is progressing apace, and the caution level has been dramatically increased.

  3. Posted 24 January 2014 at 12:08 | Permalink

    Thank you for remembering Barry. And for loving him, as I did. I am glad he got to see a loving face before he died. You are right, he wanted to go out on his terms and it was never going to be pretty. Barry, even though he’d be cleaned up, was always disappointed after falling or having a heart attack, being picked up by ambulance, treated and then dumped right back onto the streets… He gave up hope for a place indoors after realizing that even that level of frailty was not enough to deserve housing in this city. he did admit to me he would have preferred to live inside. As you said, he was not crazy. 🙂 Again, thanks for the love and kindness you and others showed him. I know he appreciated it.

    • Matte Gray
      Posted 24 January 2014 at 12:26 | Permalink

      Since i wrote that account i’ve been back to the makeshift shrine several times and have talked with folks who knew him longer than i, people who were also there the afternoon before he died and to whom he also expressed very clearly that he did not want to go to the hospital. Some of the people who knew him better are organizing a little wake for him on the 1st of February, and i’ll post more details here as i learn them. Meanwhile, a useful resource is, with an article on 22 Jan that has extensive comments.

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