Or even a good bay. Seeing Star Trek Into Darkness, heavily set in San Francisco, reminded me of my fondness for that area, at least as a place to visit. Now I wish Otis Redding had had more of a chance to live there. I'd forgotten this, but bonnie_rocks reminded me that Redding wrote "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" while staying on a houseboat in Sausalito, north of San Francisco*. It's easier for me to picture the scene the way Redding may have seen it:
Sittin' in the mornin' sun
I'll be sittin' when the evenin' comes
Watchin' the ships roll in
Then I watch 'em roll away again, yeah
I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay
Watchin' the tide roll away, ooo
I'm just sittin' on the dock of the bay
It's a good place and a good way to waste time: be at an edge, look out past that edge. Just picturing this calms me. And reminds me of Douglas Adams's Mostly Harmless:
"We all like to congregate," he went on, "at boundary conditions."
"Really?" said Arthur.
"Where land meets water. Where earth meets air. Where body meets mind. Where space meets time. We like to be on one side, and look at the other."
There are plenty of quality edge places in my area. Rivers. Shores. Bridges. A gorge. Views from hills. Views from mountains -- some of which occasionally explode so we're not allowed too close, some of which haven't exploded in a long time so we're allowed up on them. Places where we have a chance to look at something bigger. Something we can't always be in -- especially when the edge is next to a large body of water, which often is collllld -- but which is there and which simply Is.
This is me trying to be profound-ish as a weekend winds down.
* I mainly know it's north of San Francisco because of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. I also know that Monterey Bay, SOUTH OF SAN FRANCISCO, doubled in that film for Sausalito. Film editing is magic.