It is sometimes difficult for an associate editor to decide on what page to put a story. Instead, we give this wrecked Oakland three chances for broader meaning. It is clearly a WRECK, but it is also an Unintended Effect, and not knowing on whose lawn we have found it, this embarrassment is also somehow confidential, although exposed. Ron Edge contributed this scene, but Ron, for now, is not able to place it, except to note that it comes from a collection of Seattle-based negatives, which are big glass ones. Perhaps some reader can figure the location and make it all less confidential. It seems to me most likely that it is somewhere on the first ridge east of downtown, which is First Hill and Capitol Hill. It is also Ron who calls this unintended wreck an Oakland. He explains that because the original is from a large glass negative he could read the name in a detail of the wheel.
You may find some clues in this mysterious party portrait – or you may not – but when all is described the mystery abides. Who are these people once so confident in their pleasure and now passed or worried perhaps and withdrawn in the past? I may recognize the back of one head – that in the middle background with a hand on its shoulder. However, not wishing to influence your speculations I will not name mine.
Scenes from Seattle – or near it – so confidential we don’t know what they are. Some, we imagine, are erased forever. Others you may know, but we do not.