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05 October 2011 @ 09:36 pm
Surreal Day  
Because of the gunman, I was listening to news radio when they announced that Steve Jobs has passed away.

Yeah, I think that one sentence kind of sums it all up.

Love him or hate him (or -- depending on your age or opinion on Apple products - both), Steve Jobs was an icon who has always been there making an impact. Or at least he has for all of my life. We've known his days here were getting numbered for a while now, but it was still a bit of a shock hearing that he's gone. Silicon Valley is going to be a strange place come the morning.

Unrelated, but on the strange side was my neighborhood this afternoon. The manhunt for the gunman who killed three people this morning was taking place about two miles from my house. Far enough away to not be any kind of an immediate threat, but close enough to tuck up indoors with the doors firmly locked. The news didn't mention it, but when I drove by it was clear that the high school down the street from me had sent all the kids away. I hadn't entirely parsed before how much traffic they generate, both foot and vehicular, in the evenings. Tonight the street was silent. It wasn't just the kids, though. Usually there are a number of people out jogging or walking the dog. But tonight, none of that. The silence has been a little unnerving.
deirdremoon on October 6th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
It certainly has. Glad the nervousness only lasted a day... I went home early from work because I couldn't be up here above 237 while my family was just up the street from that.
Sandpanthersandpanther on October 7th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, quite glad the nervousness lasted only a day! I'm sorry it had to end with more death, but am relieved that it's over.

It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how spoiled we are here, that a murderer loose in the neighborhood can cause such an uproar. I'm profoundly glad to not be living somewhere where this sort of thing is more common.
Cirdancirdan_havens on October 7th, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
Glad you're ok, though I'm sure it'll have lasting o_O

Kind of missed the gay Apple icon as sis calls it. But yeah, grew up with Apple so Steve Jobs has always been there, always fighting the PC war. I guess it's just part of living here. Basically, everything gets started here.
Sandpanthersandpanther on October 7th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
It was, as I said, a couple of miles away. And I'm a very firm believer in the philosophy that a miss is as good as a mile. Or a miss is better than anything that is not a miss.
jamiesonteg on November 2nd, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
Just want to say what a great blog you got here!