Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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Though I cannot speak authoritatively to the subject, I believe I am qualified to some degree to make this judgment. I've seen sunsets in every hemisphere, in all meteorological conditions, and with every combination of land/water/air conditions (excluding arctic). In Thailand alone I was overwhelmed, with anything less than a masterpiece hardly earning a grunt of approval. In short, I had become a sunset snob.

But this just took my breath away. The depth and range of the colors, the vibrancy of the hues played across the sky... The quiet lavender waves rolling onto the beach, the brilliant gradient of cloud and fire. I was simply unprepared to accept that such things exist in reality. I was humbled before the spectacle, just one of the hushed, awed masses lining the still street in a hypnotic silence.

Perhaps because the long boats fit such a surprising number of passengers, making the life-jacket-to-person ratio quickly tend towards zero.

Incidentally, don't you hate it when you're having a nice and peaceful time, enjoying dinner or a sunset, and someone asks you "Is everything ok? You look so sad." There is just no good answer. Perhaps I should say "I wasn't sad until you accused me of it, but now I am because the moment is ruined." But what I actually say is something like "No, I'm not sad." (Original, eh?) However, you just cannot say that without sounding defensive (or, perhaps, being defensive), which merely exaccerbates the dilemma. On top of that, if someone then twists the knife with "Are you sure?" It's like "Yes, goddamnit, I'm sure I'm not sad. Now shut up and let me watch this frickin' sunset."

No, I did not ask her if she was sad. Indeed, it's hard to imagine how anyone could be in less than a sublime state when heading back to the pristine beaches of ... [more]
One might look at this sunset and say "ahh, that's nice. It doesn't get much better than that." Of course, were one to say that one would be wrong, because in reality this picture was taken approximately one hour before, hands down, the best sunset of the entire trip, and possibly the history of the world.
This picture was taken while sitting in the lobby of a very classy resort after I convinced the friendly staff there to serve me hot tea outside their bland restaurant and instead in their comfortable lobby chairs. So there I am, sipping away, and in the distance I can slowly see the sun setting. It looks pretty, but I've seen so many sunsets at this point I can barely be bothered to pay attention. Eventually, however, I decide that my book can wait and I head back to the beach to take a look.

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