Yes, we get fall colors in California. From around Thanksgiving to Christmas. Here are some leaves from the Santa Ynez Valley, taken in Solvang the day before the satellite launch.
Beautiful Saw a preview of "A Beautiful Mind" tonight. I recommend it heartily.
This sense of connection with strangers - the reason why writing is never going to die out, in spite of all the dire predictions that are made about fiction, in particular, but the written word in general. A book, a piece of paper, a piece of printed paper with words on, written by one person addressed to others, is the only place in the world, I believe, that two absolute strangers can meet on the deepest level. It's something that reinforces our common humanity.
Time Machine ...seeing a movie that spanned some 40 years, I checked the continuity of one of the props (was that really around in the 50s?), and found these: Plastic in the 50s, 60s products (thanks to advances in food packaging, we could now get milk in cardboard cartons!), 70s products (remember Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific shampoo?)