Friday, April 29, 2016

Brave New World -- Day 5/71

Walk: Piedmont
Distance: 2 miles and small yoga

Image result for kitchens

Take out expert Ciwt branched out today to take a kitchen tour.  Lots of 'Millennial Grey' on view.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

No What? --- Day 5/70

Walk: garage, hood
Distance: 3 miles and small yoga

Ciwt's usual garage is being retrofitted (for earthquake) so she's renting one almost a mile away. Even before having to walk so far to her car, she was using hers less and less - as little as once a week. BUT she still considered herself a teenage boy about cars at heart.  Totally identified with them, road trips, keeping up with car news, etc.

But, like yellow maybe (see a couple of days ago), something seems to be changing.  A part of her can seriously imagine life without a car.  Well, not quite, but life without much never mind about her car.  Well, not that either exactly.  Hard to define the shift, but, whatever it is, she senses it.

And the car-less idea surrounds her:  A friend just send her an article about the glories of living without a car/being driven; the person she is renting her garage from is a 30ish techie-type who doesn't own a car at all; she's becoming aware of more and more techie types and a few others who have absolutely no interest in owning a car - ever.  There's the bike brigade, but these people aren't that; they are Uber riders, when they think of going anywhere, they are thinking Uber. Along with paying for everything on line, using all their apps for what they are intended to do.

Maybe more another day, but this is such a long way from Ciwt's childhood when she lived for Fall and the new models out of Detroit. I'll be.....

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Live Here Zone --- Day 5/69

Walk: Meant to but computer jail instead
Distance: 0 but got laundry and some website text done anyway and teeny yoga

Ciwt thinks we're all where the arrow is pointing these days.  Take heart; we have fellow travelers and they say it is good for us.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sweet, Tiny Buddhas --- Day 5/68

Walk: Asian Art Museum, Civic Center (City Guides Tour), Twitter Building Market
Distance: 3 miles and small yoga

Seated Buddha, perhaps 1400-1500, Thailand, rock crystal with gold and rubies

Seated Shakyamuni Buddha, 1700-1800, China, lapis lazuli and Nephrite

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dancing the de Young --- Day 5/67

Walk: de Young, Japanese Tea Garden (City Guides Walk)
Distance: 4 miles and small yoga

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1989, enamel on aluminum

Ciwt isn't a big fan of Keith Haring's art, but this sculpture of his outside the austere and sort of self-important de Young Museum building always makes her smile.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Colors of Our Lives --- Day 5/66

Walk: City Guides Tour (Billionaires Row)
Distance: 1 mile and small yoga

Yellow?!  There was a time until recently that Ciwt practically had a ban on yellow flowers in her home. She found them jarring, somehow apart from the rest of her environment. Now she really enjoys the yellow and feels it adds an uplifting presence to her home.

When did the change come? What is it all about?  Anything similar ever happen to you?  Ciwt has a friend whose home was decorated in a plush, serene, olive; when she moved, her carpets were white and so was her furniture (or maybe light blue) - one of her rooms was something like fuschia.   And it was absolutely tasteful and wonderful! (For a while, she tells me, her husband thought the painters must have come to the wrong house).  Go figure.  We evolve; Ciwt finds it marvelous.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Picturing Moi --- Day 5/65

Walk: Presidio (City Guides Presidio Tour)
Distance: 5 miles and small yoga

Ciwt is finding it kind of embarrassing taking selfies around San Francisco.  Today was a glorious weekend day and many people from all over the Bay Area (and beyond judging from accents Ciwt heard) were out exploring.  The City was really showing off - so photogenic that people were stopping to take pictures, not of family and friends, but of its gorgeous scenery and sites.

Except for Ciwt - who was stopping and taking pictures of herself.  As Ciwt readers know by now, she's doing it for her upcoming web site.  But people walking past her didn't know that, and as they saw her standing, posing, aiming,  at least one of them must have thought "What an impossibly self-involved woman!"

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mellowing with Age, Whew --- Day 5/64

Walk: No
Distance: 0, small home yoga

Feels like term paper time around Ciwt's home these days.  Preparing copy for her art business website means sitting at her computer, thinking, typing, thinking again, and again, then a little typing and back to thinking.  At least web content isn't graded by some teacher, and, anyway, Ciwt's inner critic is becoming much more gentle with age.