This shop had good times, then it had hard times and now it is gone. Certainly there are stories to be written, stories of a patron and his customers, stories of a street, stories of an era, but that’s not my job and not my ambition and certainly not my gift. I am no Steinbeck, I am a photographer, and when I don’t take photographs, I am a programmer.
Apropos programming: Today I have released version 1.2.1 of my Azzyzt JEE Tools, and with that release I have the impression that we’re past all major problems. If you are a programmer (hmm … most photographers today are :)), if you need to implement database-backed web services, if you happen to like Java, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I guess now is a good time. Might save you a lot of work.
And … did I mention it’s free?
“Hard Times” is a Ray Charles classic, today interpreted by Eric Clapton on his 1991 live album “24 Nights”. The version on YouTube is different, but not much, and David Sanborn is a good match. Still, you may prefer Ray Charles and I certainly do. Here is his version.