Sometimes hitchhikers have to stand in the rain for a while. Not every ride you catch takes you exactly where you wanted to go. But that's no reason to quit. Remember the hitchhiker's motto: travel to strange places, meet interesting wines, and drink them.
After spending 24 hours in a Wal-Mart on the day after Christmas, its clear that you cannot understand the store's secret by being inside the beast any more than you can understand the theory of evolution by playing fetch with your dog.
Saying goodbye isn't easy, but it's an important part of life. We explore the Bay Area's evolving relationship with the end of life, from Boomer care and Death with Dignity to the "death midwives" movement.