Tuesday, October 31, 2017
It's fun being on the USF campus for Fromm ~ the unexpected. During
the lunch break there is a young woman student helping us with all
our electronics and although I haven't needed her, there are usually
people waiting to talk to her with their devices in hand. No charge.
(For the retirees without handy grandchildren I guess.)
And then this line of pumpkins smiling and frowning at us as we
walked to the student cafeteria yesterday. The American History class
yesterday was fabulous ~ the professor is enthralled with the Mueller
indictments and cautions us to keep our eyes on the Republicans, not
the Democrats during this process. It is up to them...
Monday, October 30, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Usually the special exhibits are downstairs, so I was impressed with the
Klimt installation at the LOH, upstairs with the Rodin pieces. Both
artists loved the female form and everything works beautifully here.
There are three rooms of Klimt art including the more colorful
pieces that we all know and love, but I was especially impressed
with the panel pictured above. And yes, I will return. (Through 1/28/18)
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Yesterday we celebrated the birthday of the Great Plotnik in style. New,
industrial style. Alta MSP is right next door to the Minnesota Street Art
Project and reflects that clean urban design beautifully. Husbando had
read the restaurant review and clipped it out for Doug's b.day.
A thick blanket of aged cheddar clings to the thick, medium-rare
patty enhanced with bacon, lettuce, slices of bread and butter pickles,
aioli and a well-toasted bun. The usual SF price of $17 per burger.
Doug had a fried chicken sandwich which was also outstanding.
Oh, and warmed olives. Yum. A lovely outing with good friends.
Friday, October 27, 2017
I just started this book and I understand that it is waaaaaay better
than the movie. The Reluctant Fundamentalist tells the story of
a Pakistani man who is educated at Princeton and moves to NYC
for a great job. I like it a lot. By the way, do not bother with that
Eye for an Eye book I recently read ~ ridiculous.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Here is a bad photo of the Great Plotnik over at Suzy's last night. We
celebrated him and his b.day and watched in horror as his baseball
team down south blew a decent lead and lost the game. Good grief.
But we had fun anyway with chips, guacamole, tacos and birthday
cake with ice cream.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
When I think of Texas I think of Rick Perry and small minds, so we
are hoping that the Dodgers win the World Series and then explode.
The Great Plotnik is a Great Dodger Fan, so this will be fun and
scary for him. Maybe LA will take the series in four and we can
all relax and watch Netflix again.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
On October 6th there was a commentary in the Washington Post written
by Newton N. Minow who served under all five Presidents pictured above.
It is long, but well worth your google time. Here is an excerpt:
I ask the five of you to combine your wisdom, your courage and your
patriotism. You can speak out together against current abuses and
reaffirm constitutional values. You can lead the nation to explore
informal and formal next steps.
Yesterday Professor Rothmann told us about Mr. Minow's letter and
pictured the five ex-Presidents going to the Senate to supply the
leadership that our country is missing. Yes, Trump is unstable and
very dangerous. Yes, there is hope...
Monday, October 23, 2017
Lily Cai teaches dance in North Beach and is a friend of Marsha's and
yesterday we went to her home season concert in Cowell Theatre, Fort
Mason. I had never seen Chinese dancing before and I was overwhelmed
with the beauty and elegant movement of the six dancers. They also
use many colorful props (umbrellas, scarves, fans) and glorious back-
ground music. What a treat!
Sunday, October 22, 2017
what love isn'tIt is not a five-star stay. It is not
compliments and it is never ever
It is solid. Not sweet but always
always herb, always salt. Sometimes
It is now and till the end. It is never a
slither, never a little
it is a full serving
it is much
too much and real
never pretty or clean. It stinks—you can
smell it coming
it is weight
it is weight and it is too heavy to feel
good sometimes. It is discomfort—it is
not what the films say. Only songs
get it right
it is irregular
it is difficult
and always, always
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017
I met Marsha before this fun play at The Strand last night ~ this is such
a great little theater. Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl takes place
at a silent retreat somewhere on the East Coast. It makes fun of everyone
who seeks the pursuit of enlightenment and happiness by participating
in the search for spiritual peace during these digital times. Highly recommended!
Thursday, October 19, 2017
I missed this back in the day. Yesterday there was a free showing at
Fromm and I met Ginger for coffee and this movie and it was really
amazing. It takes place in 2019 (ahem) when we have ruined the
environment and it rains 24/7. The wealthy people live way up
in tall buildings and Blade Runners capture and kill (retire) the
"aliens" (it's a long story) and now I will go to see the new one
soon. Harrison Ford has aged well.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
|The Coffee Cantata|
Yesterday after studying the stars (how timely that two just collided a
million light years or so ago) I walked down to Haight Street and enjoyed
a delicious latte at Coffee Cantata. I'm pretty sure that this was the first
real coffee house in SF back in the days of free love, hippies and pot.
Today the Haight Ashbury is filled with tourists and druggies and very
expensive homes on the neighboring streets. The stores do a brisk
business selling beads, fringe clothing, boots and Frisco merchandise.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
|Ruby and Tanya 2012|
|Ruby in 2017|
Our little Ruby darling is now in school in San Diego. Her mama texted
me this photo last week and I was just waiting for a Tuesday so I could
share it with my faithful readers. I miss them both and think of them
everyday when I walk down Precita Avenue to Mission Street.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
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
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Monday, October 09, 2017
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
Sunday, October 08, 2017
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
|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:
THE GRAIN OF THE PRESENT
Friday, October 06, 2017
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
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
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
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
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
|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.