Friday, October 31, 2014

technology...and stuff

We love all the little World Series stories. The hefty man in the top photo
is handing over the keys to a big red 2015 truck to Mad Bum, the MVP.
Hefty Man was supposed to sing the praises of Chevrolet, but he was
so nervous and intimidated that he sort of mumbled and then just said
that the truck is filled with all kinds of technology and stuff. Then in
today's newspaper, we see that the Chevy Ad Dept. is able to have
a little fun and let's see some more corporate humor along the way, OK?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

and we love the day after too

I'm up early listening to KNBR and reading the Thursday Fish Wrap, as
the Great Plotnik calls our Chron. So touching that KC turned their ballpark
fountains orange after our win last night. The 9th inning was brutally scary
and now time for ALL the stories - the joy and the tears. I'll miss the parade
tomorrow, but I did go two years ago and I'll watch it on TV later. Who 
would have dreamed all those years ago shivering under our plaid blanket
at Candlestick that we would win THREE World Series? Honestly, all
the pain along the way, all those "I hate baseball!" emails, slamming out
of the room after some fatal error (don't ever WALK the first batter!) and
the to/fro texts ("Strikland?" or "18 Innings - are you kidding?") or listening
silently to the game at 2am while we were in Paris. Worth it? Oh yes, even
if we had lost last night. The city has turned orange again and all the
fireworks and honking horns last night after our win was even more 
exciting (in a different way) than in 2010. Congratulations and thanks to
our Giants - yes, we are privileged.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

a haven for Amercan book lovers

one block on Rue de la Bucherie

Dancing Jen loves her books
Shakespeare and Company is in a fabulous location across from Notre Dame.
It's a big old rambling bookstore, the great uncle to our own City Lights.
This glorious shop is filled with books, history, dreams and stories - many
of them true. Even today, aspiring writers can bunk a room upstairs and
stay while they create their masterpieces. An estimaetd 30,000 writers
have slept here over the decades. Founded in 1919 by Sylvia Beach, it
became famous in the 1950's when the beatniks discovered Paris. The
owner, George Whitman, died in 2011 at age 98 and his daughter, Sylvia,
now runs the place and to me, it hadn't changed a bit, except she likes the
computers that her father abhorred.

(World Series update - disastrous loss to KC last night, on to Game #7
tonight and I'm already nervous and resigned. It's just a game...)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

two Parisian weddings

Jardin Des Tuileries

Pont Alexandre III
Such a nice treat, especially for this woman who thinks all the brides in
their wedding gowns in Las Vegas look so tacky. But hey, I'm a snob and
these small wedding groups were a delight to behold. (I LOVE the camera
feature in my new iPhone - it identifies exactly where I was for each shot.
Who needs privacy? Not I.)

Monday, October 27, 2014


The Giants win again last night - congratulations to Madison Bumgarner
who set all sorts of pitching records. I think we are all exhausted today.
in a good way, of course.

walk with me...

Little specialty stores, art galleries, history, the old and the new - who
wouldn't want to stroll through the streets of Paris on a sunny day?
Check out the reflected background behind this bathing beauty shot, I
didn't even aim for that. Bonus!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

the Paris - SF food scene

It's been 25 years or so since we were last in Paris. Much has changed, but one
thing I noticed this time is how much better the food is here in SF than it used
to be. The egg salad sandwich pictured above is from Cano Russo down at
the Ferry Plaza. Scrumptious. I had some good meals in Paris, but the days
of dropping into any tiny hole in the wall cafe and having an exceptional
meal for 5 Euro are long gone. With a couple of the meals I would have
even (nicely) suggested to the waiter that the steak was as tough as nails,
or the omelet was too greasy, if I had been here speaking my own imperfect
English. On the other hand, I didn't spend much money on meals in Paris.
Husbando and I used to do "the big splurge" when we journeyed and those
meals could eat up the entire travel budget. Memorable? Hmmmm, I can't
remember. Yes, the croissants are still flakier, but our home squeezed oj is
tastier. But I do think fondly of those escargot at "The Zinc" and that might
have been my favorite restaurant. But this subject will take a little more time
and thought - so prepare thyselves. In the meantime, a wave of the white
chef hat to the fresh and innovative restaurants here in Frisco.

World Series - exciting game last night. Giants won and the series is
tied 2 to 2. One more game tonight and then back to KC and those blue folk.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

highly recommended


We bought 4-day Museum Passes at the airport for about 54 Euro each. We
probably saved a little money, but more importantly, one can easily avoid
long lines (Versailles was the exception) by flashing the pass. And for me,
it just sort of pushed me inside to view beautiful art when so much of my
very being wanted to walk some more and then sit in secret gardens or the
Tuilaries or an outdoor cafe and really, the museums are enough reason to
justify a trip to Paris. Of course, so is siting and people watching...

World Series update - the Giants are back home from the horrors of Kansas
City and, alas, they lost last night. The series stands with Giants -1, KC - 2.
We need to WIN tonight, pls.