11 Jun 19 We return to the scene of yesterday's episode (Jan is watching another whodunit in the background) albeit 9 months later. Last Friday I attended my 50th Anniversary reunion of my undergraduate college, Seattle Pacific (College) University. It was my first ever class reunion . . . . . . . and my last. Got to meet the jerk President who cancelled my promised professorship and, as it turns out, positions of several others. Good to know that nepotism is still alive and doing well. The commencement speech was given by a full professor who was completing his 46th and last year at the school. He apparently has a even lower opinion of the current president, and he took the opportunity, by implication, to let us know. But his address was one that should be made mandatory listening for every American. His topic was diversity -- diversity of intellect, not any of the other nonsensical uses of the term. A truly refreshing opinion. I would have loved having him for a few classes!! I managed to stay for the entire day but it was painful. At one point I found my way to the bookstore. I of course headed for the life science section where I found at least 6 books on the shelf. And I was blown away. A soft cover A & P text sold for $385; other texts were priced similarly! When I graduated in 1969, the most expensive year of my three years there, the cost of tuition for a single quarter was $365. I know because I looked it up in a '69 catalogue. That's roughly $1100 for a full year. The current cost for tuition only I was informed is currently $44,000 per year. At 4 years that's likely $180,000 for an undergraduate degree. And based on some of the new majors I understand they have recently added, a TOTALLY wasted investment. To say the least I was appalled. It is no longer the institution of higher learning I attended 50 years ago. Very sad! We used to live in a college owned home while I attended which has since been destroyed to put in a parking lot (sounds like a 60s song). I parked in that lot in a slot that would have been our bedroom when we lived there. That at least was a fun part of the day. I left feeling a bit despondent until I made it to the ferry terminal. Of course there was a wait, but there was also a show going on in the sky. So as you can imagine, I got out that modern day Brownie and grabbed a few shots. One I like a bit I've converted into B&W for today. It's just clouds, one in particular, but at least this time it had the courtesy to display its shadow.
Other than the B&W conversion, this is what the camera saw. Collision Course Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 200; 1/800 sec @ f / 9.