a street in Palo Alto
It was arranged for us to come to this town (its the first time that I have ever heard of this name ) to visit what was one of the three places (at that time, if I am not mistaken) where the internet servers connecting the States to the world is located, the other being in Boston and which we were supposed to visit as well bud had to cancel it , and I couldn't remember the other place.
a submarine at the waterfront in SF
view of SF from the bridge
a street in SF
I remember being taken to this place which is huge---as big as maybe a football field, maybe even bigger. And there are neat row of cabinet looking shelves containing consoles and more consoles with blinking lights. Each is protected by a wire-mesh cage and from the steps leading to this place, I could see endless of these contraption ( to me, as far as mt eyes could see) .That was an amazing sight ! To think that each time I get to any web-site in the states, the signals from my computer in my little room in Kuala Lumpur would go through one of thee 'cabinets" . The mind boggles !
What do I remember of Palo Alto.? Its a nice little town with one of the famous universities located there, Stanford University. Managed to find time to take a walk in the campus ! It was a great feeling !
The Golden Bridge
Back to San Francisco, we had a -two-day reprieve and managed a sight seeing tour. The weather was superb and soooo comfortable. Managed to visit the famous Golden Bridge, the water front and saw the famous island of Alcatraz.
my ex-boss next to our limo
in the limo
Then we talked the driver of the limo to take us to that famous portion of SanFrancisco where famous move car-chase shows the cars flying over the hump of a road and hitting the ground with such dramatic impact. But the driver told us it was not possible as the limo would not clear the hump and we would and could actually be stuck on the hump itself. But he did took us to other places.
me at one end of the bridge with San Francisco in the background
At my age and in my mind then , I could just see the hippies of days gone by walking the streets with their flowers, garland, beard and 'ciggies' that San Franciscoo was once so famous for !
I'm goin to stop here and reserve the next posting for thatquaint small town and the University on the highlands of Canada in my next posting !