The whales are coming into the Bay again. Yesterday on the ferry ride home we saw a dead one being towed out to see by a tug boat. Apparently, dead whales are actually a bit difficult to deal with. Towing them out to sea apparently costs about $6,000, according to one estimate. Other methods for dealing with the carcasses includes burying them and letting them rot. Alameda’s plan, apparently, is to drag the whale down to a section of the island where people don’t hang out much any more and letting the carcass rot.
It’s been really hard to get out flying recently. One of the club’s planes has been down for maintenance for weeks, and will remain down for another two weeks yet.
Recently, there has been a huge run of articles in the local media about how expensive it is to live in the Bay Area. A few of the articles are written in the first person by individuals in the process of leaving the Bay Area. What really irritates me about these articles is the overwhelming sense of entitlement. Quite honestly, if you can’t afford to live in the Bay Area, you probably shouldn’t live here. No one has a God-given right to live in the Bay Area, any more than anyone has a God-given right to live in Manhattan. Most of these people feel entitled to a nice house, a couple of parking spaces, three or four cars, and an easy commute to San Francisco. When they find out that they can’t have all this, the people who are complaining the most expect someone else to change society and the local economic structure so that they can have all these things. Another problem with these articles is that everyone who lives in the Bay Area knows how expensive it is here. We really don’t need another thirty or forty articles to clue us in to that fact. Finally, nobody has a realistic plan to fix this perceived gap between income and the cost of living. We don’t need more people complaining about problems, we need more people fixing them.