Driving home through Fort Ord in the evening, I point my camera west without looking through the viewfinder. The lights are coming on in the homes of Seaside. People are just coming in from work, getting dinner ready.
I have no idea who General Jim Moore is, but I’m driving up a street named for him. Everything in this area has a military theme. One of the roads is named “Lightfighter.” Another is named “Bataan.” Reminders of battles, victories, defeats. Just so we know.
I turned the car around for a minute, and pulled over to get a shot of the bay near Monterey and the lights of Seaside. This time, I actually looked through the viewfinder and focused, kind of. I read somewhere–Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s Two Years Before the Mast–that Monterey in the early 19th century was where whaler and sealer ships stopped to refuel–and to party.