sanfran20071194041820cliff-house-at-ocean-beachIt is officially “rainy season” in the Bay Area, but it has gotten off to a very dry start. We need the rain, but I must admit I prefer the sunshine.

One of my best friends in life is about to relocate to San Francisco. I’m excited about it, but a bit apprehensive — hope I don’t seem to “odd” socially. I fear that, for now, I do.

Anyway, I’m very excited that she and her husband are moving here.

It was actually raining this morning. And, that was adding to my “blah” feeling. I owed her a return phone call. So, as I approached the beach I pulled out my phone and pressed for her number. It was interesting becausing just as her line began to ring the sun came out. I got her voicemail.

After leaving her a message, I took a stroll on the beach. And, I saw the oddest thing.

At first I thought it was an odd-looking dog. But as I approached I discovered that this was not a dog. It was a pig. The owner was walking it along the shore. It was cute, but I didn’t know how to respond to this charming animal. I found myself staring at him as he pushed his snout into the soft sand.

The owner must have sensed my discomfort and said, “This is my pig!”

“Cool!” I responded with a smile.

I wish I had been able to take a picture. I did have my phone, but that thought did not cross my scrambled mind until I reached the boardwalk (or, pavement) and the pig was long gone down the beach.

The clouds/fog rolled back in and it began to sprinkle.

February 5, 2009. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized.


  1. The Sagittarian replied:

    What a sight! I used to like watching the Muppets “Pigs in Spaaaace” but a pig in sand? That is something I would like to have seen.

  2. hot-lunch replied:

    A best friend moving to town? How fun! I’m sure even if you are odd socially, it’ll be fine because what else are best friends for?

  3. matty03 replied:

    Sagittarian! Yeah, it was really rather surreal! I so wish I had thought to take my phone out and capture an image! I was back at the beach this morning looking to see if he and his pig might be out and about again — but, no such luck. But, it is raining today. …Rainy season. blah. I shouldn’t complain. We mostly have had perfect sunny days and we need the rain — and, all the poor people dealing with massive snow and ice. I don’t know from bad weather!

  4. matty03 replied:

    …or pigs on the beach.

  5. matty03 replied:

    Hot Lunch! Yeah, I’m really excited that she and her hubby are moving here. I hope you’re right, but I’ve already lost a friend over my, hopefully, temporary limitations — and, seem to have lost an online friend, too. …I seem to have an odd irrational fear of the phone. ? Doctor seems to think it “normal” considering the bigger scope of the problem with which I’m dealing — but it is not so easy for friends to understand. …or me, for that matter.

  6. ginabeab replied:

    the rainy season. the friend coming. the sun out. a pig on a beach. what more? YOU!

    enjoy what’s here.


  7. Steve's Rebooted replied:

    When I lived in Seattle, the woman who lived across the street had a pet pig. I never got used to it. She’d ‘park’ it in front of the grocery store, along with all the other dogs; while she picked up groceries. How cool to have your friend moving your way! And you’ve got your Mom there too!

  8. matty03 replied:

    Gina! Exceptional advice! …it’s just sometimes harder to apply those concepts than i realize. But, I’m very thankful for what I have.

  9. matty03 replied:

    Steve! Yeah, pigs are cute — but they seem somehow alien-like in places where one is used to seeing dogs. You know?

  10. Red Flashlight replied:

    Get this – I recently met a friendly pet bunny tied up outside a Chinese restaurant in Fort Collins. A rabbit, I mean. Not a girl in pink satin. I have pictures to prove it . . .

  11. matty replied:

    Red Flashlight! Oh, my! Was the bunny afraid?!?!? Poor little thing! Pictures! I wanna see pictures of the rabbit!!!

    love and kisses,

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