Monday, July 27, 2015

Annals of Wishy-Washy Dating --- Day 4/179

Walk: JCC, Trader Joe's
Distance: 2 miles and 2 yoga practices (JCC blah sub, home)

So Ciwt met a cute guy who started talking to her at a museum.  He called and he and Ciwt talked about a time/place to get together. We settled on mid-afternoon.  Somehow Ciwt mentioned something about having a cat.

Him: Did you say cat?  I'm allergic.  I was looking to spend some time in the city.
Ciwt: Well, then I guess that's kind of it..
Him: Not necessarily.
Ciwt: Hmm. Well, my place would have a cat.
Him: Any thoughts on where we could meet?
Ciwt: I have some thoughts on places just across the Golden Gate bridge since you're across the bay.
Him: That's two tolls for me.
Ciwt: It's by far the most convenient.
Him: Each one is $5.  The Bay Bridge is a pain but only one toll.
Ciwt: Silent.
Him: We'd have to be careful with the price wherever we go.
Ciwt: A cup of coffee or glass of wine shouldn't be that much.  Or you can have water; it will be mid afternoon.

On and on it went like this.  Every Ciwt suggestion was instantly removed from the table.  Including the one where he made the selection and she'd show up - even in Marin.  His response to that was: "Oh god, I'll probably spend all weekend trying to decide."

Eventually Ciwt decided to be firm about her original assessment: That's kind of it.  He seemed to be mystified about why she thought that but sort of accepted it.  "Well, okay..."

Cute guy (used to be a child star); kind of sad.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Go, Jake! --- Day 4/178

Walk: Sundance Kabuki (Southpaw)
Distance: 2 miles and home yoga

Can You Get Through Watching Jake Gyllenhaal Training For "Southpaw" Without Feeling Things?

After seeing a buff Southpaw this summer an emaciated but sleek Nightcrawler* last fall , Ciwt is getting close to being officially in love with Jake Gyllenhaal.  She's certainly totally impressed with his determined effort (and success) at
upping the quality - and memorability - of his performances.  In the intensely visceral and bloody boxing movie, Southpaw, Gyllenhaal plays right up next to the great Forest Whitaker and matches him line by line, expression by expression, body language for body language.  Not easy.  Image result for jake gyllenhaal southpaw  Also not a great movie, but filled with excellence from many of the actors.

*See CIWT 3/393

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Homebody: One Virtue --- Day 177

Walk: No

 Great Wall of China
              Venice, ItalyRelated image
                              The Vatican, Italy

                       Barcelona, Spain
And, once again, Venice, Italy

Ciwt is feeling better and better about her non-traveling ways these days. - for herself and the beleaguered destinations.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Notes from Retirement --- Day 4/176

Walk: JCC, T. Joe's, Fingers all over the computer and dial
Distance: 2 miles, yoga class, and multiple finger movements

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One of those days when Ciwt sits down at her computer with telephone at her side and gets through all those emails, appointment and reservation bookings, business type phone conversations.  Oh boy, wait til you hit retirement if you're not there. Your own life has so many details to attend to you'll wonder how you ever found time to work.  Oh, and your cat will find you boring.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Review Set Free --- Day 4/175

Walk:  Fillmore, Corte Madera, Mostly Driving
Distance: 1 mile

One of the greatest English painters of the nineteenth century, J.M.W. Turner 
was celebrated for his brilliant depictions of light, the virtuosity of his technique, 
and his extraordinary Romantic imagination. Experience the first major survey 
of Turner’s late career, when the artist displayed a fierce engagement with 
grand themes of nature, history, and religion.             (

Ciwt realized the other day she hasn't returned to the Turner show at the de Young since her brief late afternoon spin through it a month or so ago.  Usually when a local museum has a show she finds stimulating, Ciwt goes multiple times so her actions have spoken: the show didn't really speak to her.

It's a wonderful opportunity to see Turner's works, very few of which are in the States.  So, for that reason alone, the show is recommended.  But, it's thin. Several paintings - perhaps the best - from the original Tate/London show didn't come across the Pond.  What is here is just barely, barely enough paintings to make it seem like an important show.  They fill a couple of rooms before the many watercolors and other works on paper begin.  Then, in the last rooms a few more paintings - a whole wall of which Turner would have called unfinished even though the Tate doesn't seem to.  

It is difficult for Ciwt to pinpoint where the draw for her isn't.  Surely the Tate had ambitions for an interesting, educational show as you can see from this video on their website.  Maybe it is because Turner's work is so romantically and often emotionally strong and his colors speak so vividly that Ciwt didn't really want to study each one intimately and closely.  None of the works really prompted her to think or care about how old he was when he painted them or to get more informed. (Maybe it would have helped if there had been representative works from other times in his life to compare with the late works.  But, truth be told, his late works weren't all that amazingly different from his early works).   Each of Turner's finished works speaks for itself, has the capacity to move the viewer at face value.  Just one painting - watercolor or oil -  imparts so much. But many together, one after another, somehow break his spell or diminish his impact.

Ciwt will return again next week with a friend, and perhaps will modify her judgment to date.  CIWT readers will be the first to know.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tired Today --- Day 4/174

Walk: JCC, Van Ness
Distance: 4 miles and pilates mat class

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Image result for grey misty san francisco weather   Maybe it's our summer weather..........

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ambivalent Company --- Day 4/173

Walk: Union Square/SF Playhouse (Company)
Distance: 8 blocks

Tonight Ciwt had a good seat at small SF theater for a so-so 'classic' Sondheim musical (Company).
She came, she saw, she went home which meant she had more direction than the play which basically went nowhere in a pleasant enough way.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Retrieve Me This --- Day 4/172

Walk: Monday yoga/errand loop
Distance: 4 miles and yoga class

Ciwt grew up with hunting dogs Image result for dogs that retrieve (Golden Retriever)Image result for chesapeake bay retriever hunting (Chesapeake Bay Retriever) and, it turns out, the mistaken idea that these large dogs were the only ones that retrieve.  Now she lives near one of the few remaining San Francisco parks that allow off-leash running.  And she sees all sorts of dogs retrieving whatever their owners throw out  Related imageRelated imageRelated imageRelated image,Related image, even German Shepherds Image result for small dogs that retrieve!
And more....

So Wonderful to watch!!!
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