Haiku ~ connections

Haiku ~ connections

I decided to write this haiku as I sat in the departure area of San Diego Airport following an unexpected flight delay, presumably due to the bad weather in the mid-west. My flight was initially delayed for 2 hours, then 3, making my connection at Phoenix impossible, so I tried to reschedule the flight.

Like many airports San Diego offers “free WiFi” but, again like many airports, it very rarely works, based on my experience on a half dozen trips over the last 3 months. I fail to understand why, but it seems a common problem, as Phoenix also has a signal that routinely drops. Perhaps they are in cahoots with the phone service providers so we have to use our data plans when stuck in a place we just want to get through.

Anyhow, I used my waiting time to write this as homage to the poor service…

Broken connections,

Communication delays.

“Free” Airport WiFi…

 

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Note: I don’t take photos in airports these days, due to security concerns, but as they are much the same all over the US I include one I took a few years back at Philadelphia Airport while waiting for another flight…

~Richard

Long Before Cell Phones

Long before cell phones were available there was a need for teams of individuals to maintain the huge numbers of individual telephone lines that criss-crossed the countryside.

This is an image taken as part of the Farm Security Administration Survey around 1939. I came across it when searching the Library of Congress several months ago and I thought it was such a great shot, showing everyday work, including improvising a safety beam with a tree branch! The original version had quite a few issues with fibers, lines, dust and other marks on it so I spent several hours cleaning up this PD image. When I was finished I also made a black and white version.

I share them both below although I still think the color image is better, as I like the sky and the earth tones of the guys’ clothing. What do you think?

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~Richard

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