Well, we have done it and survived – two 14h time shifts in 5 days. Since we arrived back in BKK early Friday morning, I was a little loopy at work on Friday. And interestingly, I am wide awake at 4:00am in the morning – just ready to tear out trees.
The trip was unplanned and unwanted, but it was still good. We visited places of my California past – like the UCSD campus. The engineering school has got a really cool addition, that showcases beautifully what engineering is all about – conceiving and making things happen.
The crooked house on the balcony corner is on the 7th floor terrace. I love this as a showcase of what engineers do. We are not about pocket protectors and geek talk. Yes we understand math and physics and most of us love to ask questions. And even more we love to think and tinker to find answers to the questions we raised. But we really get excited by things that are unconventional, out of the ordinary, better yet, things that supposedly cannot be done. That’s when we latch on. In short:
But this is not about kudos to engineers, it’s about southern California. And Southern California has the Pacific – the peaceful ocean. This produces a great coast line with excellent beaches. It occurred to me on this trip, why a lot of big dreaming happens in California. It’s because, people want to dream as big as their surroundings. The mountains in the north-east, the desert in the south-east, the ocean in the west. An environment of that magnitude puts man in its place, but it also challenges man to dream big.
When you think about it, the waves here have travelled for thousands of miles from the shores of Japan, China, Indonesia and the Phillippines, that is magnitude. But the environment also invites to play, where – skateboarding, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, diving, swimming, if nothing else just running through the shallow water and getting splashed. It’s where adult indulge their inner five-year-old. And kids can dream – just watch them play.
Or look at the endlessness of this early sunset session overlooking La Jolla. The sun dipping California in this warm honey golden light. Views like this are invigorating, inspiring, they give me ideas.
Randy’s Donuts dreamt big to sell mundane donuts. We can talk about the quality and taste of the donuts, but by golly, did Randy dream big – slapped a cartoonishly oversized donut on the roof and voila, you have yourself a landmark.
The last image for today is how California inspired me during the recent visit. The subject itself is mundane, but the place inspired the vision you see below – stark contrast and clear lines.
I love the juxtaposition of order from the matrix of bricks and the disorder coming from the different brick colors. The ladders and their shadows crate further disarray. Yet, the bodyboard hints live – people living there. I saw the image and all these thoughts and more raced through my head.
O.K., enough of this little esoterically excursion – perhaps I am still suffering from sleep deprivation and an inner clock turned upside down. Regardless, it was a good trip with lots of impressions.
Until the next, keep it real.
* = Obviously, I include physists and other natural scientist in the supergroup of engineers as well. That and Joe.