Thursday, April 30, 2015
see NYC bustling by. Yesterday we saw the most wonderful movie about
this elderly genius piano player. The movie is simply called Seymour and
it is currently playing down at the tiny Opera Plaza. What a tremendous
and life-affirming experience this was for us. I don't do it justice, so I just
ask that you see this as soon as possible and enjoy, enjoy...
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
my iPhone (horrors!) so I didn't get a photo of her or any of the
dishes. (The above is a stock photo.) We did have chicken, lamb and
Plottie has taught us about the gobi (cauliflower and potatoes) so
we enjoyed that too. They were busier than usual and for that we
are thankful as the restaurant business is not easy.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
the case last Sunday night when we spent a glorious evening at the
Orpheum Theatre. The Book of Mormon is a joy because it is so full
of energy and the humor is beyond belief. From the first symphony of
doorbells ("Hello!") to the last poignant "Tomorrow is a Latter Day!"
we are reminded that yes, we are our brothers' keepers and part of our
job on this earth is to help the less fortunate.
Along this vein, what is the best way to donate to the victims in Nepal?
Oh, and now we are huge fans of Goldstar. We saved a bundle and our
seats up in the mezzanine were just fine. Go - this is an unforgettable
Monday, April 27, 2015
our salads. When she ordered iced tea the waiter suggested the vodka
martini with strawberries and we declined. Kuleto's is a fine and
quiet spot for girl talk - then I scurried home to get ready for The
Book of Mormon which I will review tomorrow. ***** (5)
Sunday, April 26, 2015
The scent of apple cake
My mother cooked as drudgery
the same fifteen dishes round
and round like a donkey bound
to a millstone grinding dust.
My mother baked as a dance,
the flour falling from the sifter
in a rain of fine white pollen.
The sugar was sweet snow.
The dough beneath her palms
was the warm flesh of a baby
when they were all hers before
their wills sprouted like mushrooms.
Cookies she formed in rows
on the baking sheets, oatmeal,
molasses, lemon, chocolate chip,
delights anyone could love.
Love was in short supply,
but pies were obedient to her
command of their pastry, crisp
holding the sweetness within.
Desserts were her reward for endless
cleaning in the acid yellow cloud
of Detroit, begging dollars from
my father, mending, darning, bleaching.
In the oven she made sweetness
where otherwise there was none.
Made in Detroit
Alfred A. Knopf
Saturday, April 25, 2015
for lunch at Plant (Pier 3) and I tasted turkey bacon for the first time ever
and it was just fine. Then G. and I sat on a bench for a couple of hours (with
our lattes) to let the famous San Francisco Bay calm our souls. Such a nice
day and just what all doctors (and even politicians) everywhere might order for
every single person. Sit, talk, appreciate.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Flix® because we don't get the Sundance channel where it originated.
Two seasons over and already I await the third. Set and filmed in
Georgia, about a murder and a man (forefront) who was in prison for
twenty years and then DNA other than his turns up. A family full of
secrets - just like real life. Great plot, rich characters. You'll see.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Armah - he grew up in the Southall area of London, the son of immigrant
parents from Grenada. Then walking in, hearing Nat King Cole, seeing
the colorful West Indian front room setting and then Let There Be Love
unfolded and by the end of the second act I was scrabbling around for
my Kleenex®. Even though the understudy played the main character
yesterday, he was terrific and so was the play. A black father-daughter
and a white Polish caretaker - three amazing and believable people in
this story of love and redemption. I say, see this if you possible can.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
of writers. I'm glad I'm using these pictures here because when they were
emailed to us two key figures were missing for me: Eric (top photo, bottom
right) and Jane here with her martini glass in the lower right. It's not
normally female vs. male like this, well maybe in some ways...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
still so much interest in the Korean dogs that I suggested they change
the back stories of our basic American canines who have been with
us for too long. The above three are brand new and adorable.
Monday, April 20, 2015
opened March 7th and I haven't been working at the deYoung at all, but
I did yesterday, and appreciated it for the first time. I will return. There
are fifty-five paintings including Sargent (above), Monet, Degas,Vermeer
and Gauguin. It was a bit crowded because it was the last Bouquets to
Art day, and by now I'm used to solo gallery visits, so the show is back on
my To Do list. Closing May 31st - visit this if you can.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
|an Atheist booth!|
|a convention of big, black dogs|
|San Diego celebration too - not just SF|
few of my discoveries that sunny day in the park. Why is that I can sit and
observe when on vacation but at home I always have to be "doing"?
Friday, April 17, 2015
|my hotel was located in Little Italy|
|the Harborview Hotel (with my view of parking lot in back)|
again this morning. I have been working all week but today is a day off
to catch up with Costco, the gym, the nap and then I have class tonight.
That is the shot in the arm that Ellen and I need currently. I now have a
new character named Lori who used to live in San Diego.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Mantel (who knows so much) and she suggested that I start with
Every Day is Mother's Day written back in 1988 (I think). I put
the book on my LindaKindle2® and have been reading it slowly
and enjoying it tremendously. It is dark, funny and tragic and very
well-written, so I'll try some more of Hilary's writing now.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
a great time at the beautiful stadium Saturday night. The dome in the distance
is the new Library where Tanya works and it is impressive and welcoming.
She took me on a quick tour before the game. Then the sun goes down and
the lights of the city come on and it's still warm in San Diego - very special.
See the orange square in the bottom photo? That is an electric SF logo! Sorry
the photo is so poor, but I knew you would want to see that. And of course
the location is ideal, right downtown where the action is.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
|Queenstown Public House|
|Tanya and Scott|
fact that other cities have reasonable restaurant prices and such was the
case at the Queenstown on Columbia Street. I had walked by this house
with wide and shady porches (on the front and side) on a previous walk.
We three had our pre-baseball dinner there on Saturday. Burgers, fries and
and a "Mexicoke" for me. I did love all the walking in San Diego...no
hills, mostly wide sidewalks and surprisingly few other walkers. Some
small cottages and big old houses amidst tall city buildings - I'll save
those pix for later. I have a busy work week starting today because it's
the dreaded Bouquets to Art - thankfully I'm out at the Legion where it
will be business as usual. Quiet business, I hope.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Art San Diego and imagine my delight to find this splendid exhibit by El
Anatsui. The deYoung used to have a big wall hanging by him, but it isn't
there currently. He is African and works with "leftover stuff" like bottle caps,
cigar wrappers, etc. And he doesn't tell the museum staff how to drape or
hang his pieces. I so enjoyed those three rooms. By the way, I get into ALL
museums free by showing my badge - one of the perks of my job which I
so appreciate. And yes, I'm home but I will continue to post San Diego memories
because I had such a fine, fine time.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
I'm here at my Starbucks seat and there is a large bike race right in
front of me. Just finished my apple juice and banana and now some
cofffee as I prepare for my last day here in San Diego. Yesterday was
lovely with coffee and playground with Tanya and Ruby, then back to
Balboa Park and the Photography Museum, which I loved. A late
lunchh at Queenstown Public House on Columbia then we three
walked to the ball park, first hitting the impressive new library where
Tanya works - 9 floors and beautiful. We sat across from it at Petco
Park and that is a game that I don't care to discuss. Poor Giants.
We are dooomed, as notthat might say. We walked home and now
I know where Scott and Tanya met, where the bus station was,
where they each worked and lived before I knew them. This has
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Yesterday I did get to the San Diego Museum of Art and loved it.
This morning I will return for some more museums and some
sitting by the reflection pool ~ people watching is superb at
Tonight is the ball game with Tanya and Scott and Mad Bum
is pitching. Beautiful weather here and I actually slept well
Friday, April 10, 2015
We had a delightful day and now I'm sitting in Balboa Park with a latte and free wi~fi.
Ruby has grown into a sweet three year old and she can spell her name and she
knows EVERY animal at the zoo. Truly. I'm now going to visit a couple of museums,
have a light supper and watch tonight's baseball game on TV. I'm so glad that I'm
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
opens any day now. I think they were $180 each and I was working
on the aged computer at the Legion of Honor and it rebelled when
I clicked on the "pay now" button. I used my computer at home the
next day and the price had jumped to about $200 per ticket and I
got annoyed about that and bowed out. But I've been thinking about
this and yesterday I received an email from Goldstar that we could
purchase orchestra tickets for the Mormons for $75 each. At the
end of this month we will finally see this musical and now I am a
huge Goldstar fan.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
city streets, not some bucolic country road. Despite the drought, the
gardens are filled with color, all native plants that thrive on sun and
gentle morning fog. Our garden needs work and that will happen,
but this morning we awoke to RAIN and more is expected. They
even had snow up in the mountains - oh, hoooooray!
Monday, April 06, 2015
with a touch of morning rain, just to get our hopes up. We did go to the
Asian Art Museum but it was packed with visitors as it was a Free
Sunday. Great parking spot, so that helps. I reworked some Ellen writing
and then later mourned the loss of Lon Simmons, a baseball (and football)
radio announcer who was important to us when we first started falling in love
with the Giants. Ironic - the 2015 Season opens tonight for us in Arizona.
Sunday, April 05, 2015
Saturday, April 04, 2015
|a Jewish man and his wife|
|sam and sarah|
|the host and hostess - note matzoh apron|
Great Plotniks, doesn't it? Barb and Doug go all out and it was even
better (we thought) than the eight previous years. It was a truly fine
evening of symbolism (egg, lamb bone, parsley) and the story of the
Jews escaping oppression in Egypt - we never tire of that one.
Friday, April 03, 2015
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Twin Peaks. My photography never really does justice to the beauty before us.
"Come look!" from me to Husbando or vice versa, because no two days are
ever alike. I often try to capture the downtown buildings reflecting (for just a
minute or two) this amazing, never ending sun majesty. But here is the view
from our left, on our back stoop - and then, gone. Fleeting. And isn't that
such an important part of the glory of it all?
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
a loving dysfunctional family of three brothers and one sister. Soap opera!
Sissy Spacek is the matriarch and Sam Shepard is papa. Also Chloe Savigny
is part of the cast and we love her from Big Love. Escape time.