Monday, October 16, 2017

a little more mayhem

We just started to binge on Mindhunter on the Flix®. This is the story
of a couple of FBI agents back in the 70's, working with criminals and
psychologists to figure out the why? of deranged killers. Good stuff.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

one rough week

Coming home to the orange-ness of Fall in our little house helps so much.
We think about the fire damaged wine country and all those brave people
constantly. How about a light rain up there?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

not easy to watch

This a one-man, one-act play about the Holocaust was written and acted
by Roger Grunwald and directed by Nancy Carlin. It is powerful and
extremely well done. The Great Plotnik took me to the Potrero Stage
last night and he reviewed the play. I dragged out Kleenex® and wondered
once again how people can hate so much.

Friday, October 13, 2017

just for today

(With thanks to Linda Z. on Facebook)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

escapism rocks

A little violence helps one forget the horrible fires up north. The Girl Who
Takes an Eye for an Eye is going to be just fine, as far as I can tell here
on my LindaKindle2.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

what I learned in my science class

Professor Fraknoi presented this tee shirt photo amongst an array of
stars and planets yesterday. I now know all about the death of big stars
and the truth about black holes. They are hard to see...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October in California

Hot, windy, dangerous. All of our thoughts are with our friends in the North
Bay (Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, Silverado Trail) where there was that
HUGE firestorm (actually 14 fires) and something like 1,500 homes were
destroyed. Awful.

Monday, October 09, 2017

an intervention in black and white

Barbecue at San Francisco Playhouse is a fabulous play. See it if you
possibly can. It's the story of a dysfunctional family (first all white,
then all black) who gathers to get one sister into rehab. It is surprising
as well as very funny. The final scene brought tears of happiness to
my eyes.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

straight off the farm

Ceci a

Granddaughter Chef Ceci has been working on a farm up in Nevada City
so she can get more involved in the farm-to-table movement. It is hard
work, no pay and the interns have to use an outhouse. She and Jason (just
a friend) are here for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden
Gate Park and they joined us for breakfast down at the Precita Park Cafe
this morning. Such a delightful grand girl!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Pier 24 ~ new exhibit!

my photo of a photo from the exhibit ~ haven't we all been here?

We met Ginger here yesterday morning ~ such a wonderful place, and
it's free. You must sign up first online so it is never crowded. Here
is what we saw:


April 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018

The Grain of the Present, Pier 24 Photography’s ninth exhibition, examines the work of ten photographers at the core of the Pilara Foundation collection—Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lee Friedlander, Nicholas Nixon, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, and Garry Winogrand—whose works share a commitment to looking at everyday life as it is. Each of these figures defined a distinctive visual language that combines formal concerns with a documentary aesthetic, and all of them participated in one of two landmark exhibitions: New Documents (1967) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, or New Topographics (1975) at the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester.

Friday, October 06, 2017

back to my park

God, I love the Conservatory of Flowers and I did NOT want to miss the
light show that ends October 21st. Of course these night photos don't do
this justice, but it was glorious and perfectly wonderful in every way.
It actually started at 7:18 pm, but we parked right in front about 6:30. A
private party was happening, however the best seats were for us common
folk sitting on benches and on the grass. Thank you again, SF.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

lamb at its best

Here we have The Great Plotnik carving this delicious lamb which we ate
with greed and delight last night. A wonderful evening, as always. Grateful.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

oooooh, a murder mystery

Thanks to Susan (aka the Fevered Brain) for this wonderful novel.
One of those that is difficult to set aside for silly things like chores,
food, conversation, etc. The Dry takes place in Australia and I
will be reading more Jane Harper, that's for sure.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

HOW many more?

It wears us down. When can we have real gun legislation? Ever?
Here is one quote from the carnage in Las Vegas that gives me hope:

Caleb Keeter, the guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, who performed Sunday at the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas, wrote that the tragedy had already changed his mind on the need for gun control. 
"I've been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night," he said. "I cannot express how wrong I was."
Keeter wrote that the band and crew felt utterly powerless and terrified during the shooting, and that crew members who had concealed-carry permits couldn't use them for fear of being mistaken for the shooter.

Monday, October 02, 2017

this fancy resort

Yesterday we went for a great walk in the (almost) wilderness. Right on
the bay. Candlestick Recreational Park has been here forever and now
that the whole Bay View Hunters Point area is being gentrified, it is
tempting to go and explore. The big difference, we think, is the Third
Street Muni system that runs the whole length, all the way up to the
baseball park. People were fishing, walking, barbecuing and relaxing
out here at the park yesterday ~ easy parking too. Beautiful.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

new Apple product

Buffalo, New York

Trader Joe's San Francisco

lunch on Mullen Avenue 

Rob and Sarah were ecstatic about the Sweet Tango ~ a new university-
produced apple. I brought two home from the fun downtown Trader Joe's
and told Husbando that I asked for bubble wrap at checkout. $1.29 each.
Worth it? Oh, my yes. The best apple EVER. Treat yourself.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

a poster from the past

Saw this at Moma ~ from the Nixon era. I don't know about the Honor
part, but I think we can easily resurrect the basic idea.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Walker Evans at SF Moma

Carlini and I went to the opening of this exhibit last night. It is HUGE. The
above are two of my favorites but I wasn't really all that impressed. I do
prefer photography shows at Pier 24 because there is so much room.
Maybe the best part of the event was running into Dancing Jen ~ that
and the pre-dinner dessert and coffee. Then dinner at the ramen joint at
Westfield. Fun evening and yes, you should go. Thru Feb. 4th...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

way up north

Marsha and Rosa

Patrice and Marsha checking a label

We three museum friends met up in Rohnert Park yesterday. Imagine sitting
outside in a real back yard. There were four little dogs who did some growling
and fake nipping until they all settled down while we three women covered
the problems of the world. Many thanks to Marsha who drove and to
Patrice who fed us such a glorious lunch.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

not easy then or now

We watched an episode of The Vietnam War by Ken Burns last night
on PBS. Sleep was elusive. So many memories, mostly horrible, and
so much sorrow. The idea that our government thought this was a
war worth fighting still boggles the mind. For many of us the current
Resistance started way back when and I will always believe that
the anti-war movement stopped that horrendous conflict. That and
the constant TV coverage with some great reporting and photography.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tom and Rob

When stepson Rob and Saint Sarah were at SFO yesterday they met this
man wearing one of Rob's golf shirts. Hello Thomas Friedman ~ with
his New York Times. Rob talks to EVERYONE important or not.
This one = impressive.

Monday, September 25, 2017

it's starting to look a lot like...

...St. Patrick's Day. We did just a little green last night, but we did enjoy
the corned beef and cabbage with The Great Plotniks and Rob/Sarah. Last
March we had to miss our traditional celebration because Husbando wasn't
feeling up to snuff. Friday we trotted off to Roberts for the brisket. I had
been lazy salad-wise (I love the Costco kits) for about 3 weeks so last
night I went ALL out and saved this marriage. Lovely evening and only
six months or so until the next Irish celebration. Yes, it is the Jewish
New Year. So there.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

more missing children

It seems like the Brits are always missing kids in their crime dramas and
The Five is no exception. There are 10 episodes on Netflix and I'm not
sure that we will get through them all. So I can't recommend, sorry...

Saturday, September 23, 2017

and more family time

Rob and Sarah don't get GOOD Mexican food in Buffalo so we took them
to this place that the Great Plotniks introduced us to. Again it was quiet
when we entered at 6pm and packed by 7. Regalito has the best food
and such a helpful and pleasant staff ~ we were all happy when we left.
Then we walked to the "chocolate place" for coffee and sweets. Valencia
Street was alive with activity and it was warm enough that we could
sit out under some lights and drink in the vibrant scene with the extra
delicious coffee and cookies/candy. A lovely evening indeed.

Friday, September 22, 2017

family, calzone, pizza!

Wonderful dinner last night at Tommaso's in North Beach. We love when
the old restaurants of SF stay great. We were early and got a booth, but
by 7pm the joint was jumping. Sarah and Rob (youngest son) are here
from Buffalo and this makes us both VERY happy. Yes, our freezer is
now full for Fall and Winter.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

so far, so good

I'm liking this new novel Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta ~ it's on my
LindaKindle2 and seems to be an easy and engaging read at this point.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

late for class!

First time, most likely, but that's OK, everyone was because Fulton Street
was blocked and traffic was terrible. There was a huge and colorful
funeral for a fire department battalion chief (I had to google this) at 9am
yesterday. You can barely see the hundreds of firemen and women there
on the front steps of St. Iggy. An impressive turnout. Parker Street
was lined with fire engines from SF, San Mateo, Marin and Daly City.
I like the flag held aloft by ladders and the attendees who wore white gloves.
Pomp still works.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

return to The House

Yes, that was poor reporting from Commano last week. The VERY
colorful and interesting home in my nabe is at 25th Street and York.
Right on the corner. Even people with bad eyes (me) can see it
from Bryant Street. Why is the Panda there?

Monday, September 18, 2017

John at John's Grill

Our Bossman John (right, above) is leaving SF and we said
goodbye, good luck yesterday at John's Grill, the scene
of many Borders celebrations. He will be missed and
certainly made his mark on this city.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

here it is!

I knew this house existed but where? Imagine my surprise to see it last
Monday when I walked to the #33 bus on 25th Street. The owner/painter
pays homage to the musicians in the Mission. It is a riot of wonderful
color and images and we haven't seen the last of it.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

my trip to San Leandro

On Thursday I hopped on BART to visit Meriel in SL. But first I needed
my dog fix so here we have Wapo and Sam. Wonderful x 2.  We had lunch
at a little Greek place on 14th Street. That small town is becoming a
big and bustling little city these days with good food and still low
prices. Especially compared to MY city.

Friday, September 15, 2017

thank you, Cassini

It took this space craft seven years (!) to reach Saturn and it spun around
for thirteen years taking gobs of photos and samples and sending them
back to our scientists. Today Cassini ran out of fuel and purposefully
crashed into Saturn, still taking photos and making us proud. Prof.
Fraknoi had prepared me for today so I jumped up to make sure that
everything went according to plan this morning. I did.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

about time, HBO

The Deuce is slang for 42nd Street. Here we have Maggie Gyllenhaal
and James Franco who star in this gritty NYC drama that we watched
last Sunday night. So far, so good.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

meet my teachers!

Jon Rothmann (at KGO radio)

Andrew Fraknoi loves our universe

School started Monday at Fromm and I am where I should be. Professor
Rothmann teaches T.R. to Trump: Changing Nature of the American
Presidency and then Professor Fraknoi is our tour guide to the Universe:
Mars to the Stars (and Galaxies). The classes are packed with the over
60 set and I feel deep gratitude to be back in the classrooms again.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

when love walked in

I met this dog last week. He is HUGE and has some pit in the mixture
and I was a little taken aback. Then he came over to me and leaned
against my thigh, looked up and smiled. I worried about him all week
because he is such a big guy and he is also deaf. Well, he was adopted
during the week by a hefty man with two teen (I think) sons and they are
NOT going to change his name. Have a happy forever life sweet
and gentle Marshmallow.

Monday, September 11, 2017

remembering Jane

I think about her every day. She changed my life, helped me become
a writer. Going through some old papers I find this poem. I well up.


This morning I pretended
to be sleeping
when you went to the kitchen
I listened
as you made coffee, toasted
your English muffin.

I knew you were also making a cup for me, my portion of
the daily grind
carefully measured
and spooned into the filter.

After you'd gone, I shuffled
over cold linoleum
pour the heated water
filled my cup, glad
to call the house my own
until dusk.

Years ago,
Two autumnal people
tired of being alone, we
took no vows,
pooled our stuff,
got a pup,
let the chips fall.

Waiting at the window now,
funny how long it takes for dusk to come.

Ah, there you are. Our old dog
pounds her tail. Your arrival wraps itself
around my wintry shoulders.

 _ Jane Underwood

Sunday, September 10, 2017

don't believe the rumors

Husbando and I made the mistake of going to Serramonte MALL
yesterday. The American MALL is not dead. This one was thriving
and horrible and everything I hate about shopping. We had not been
here in probably ten years and will never go again. From now on it's
downtown or online. God help us, this was worse than Football.