Karen and I slipped away to Yosemite for a brief vacation. In the old days, I used to shlep an SLR and half a dozen lenses. Now I just use my iPhone. The truth is the best camera is the one you use and my iPhone, for better or worse, is always there like an extra limb.
When we were first married in 1977, Karen and I used to go camping and indulge in some hair-raising rock climbing. But now our idea of roughing it is staying in the Ahwahnee, a luxury hotel in the heart of Yosemite Valley.
Karen and I could not believe how smoothly the hotel was run. Afterall, Yosemite is a National Park. Is it possible, we asked ourselves, that the federal government is capable of running an efficient and profitable business? Were our Conservative ideals about to be shattered?
Of course not.
Karen did some googling and discovered that the Ahwahnee and all the finely run Yosemite concessions are outsourced to Deleware North Companies, a private corporation.
Which, I suppose, is a great big duh.
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.