Thursday, December 18, 2014

Standing Tall --- Day 3/332

Walk: To/From Car
Distance: 6 blocks and home yoga

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Staring Contest --- Day 3/331

Walk: Presidio Post Office, El Polin Spring Presidio
Distance: 3 miles

Ciwt was eye to eye with this Coopers hawk at El Polin Spring in the Presidio today.  Actually he (?)
was up on a wire and Ciwt thought he'd fly away when she walked under it.  But, not at all; he kept staring down at her as she looked up at him.  Turns out there are several pictures of him on line so I guess he's quite secure with El Polin being his home and unfazed by all the visitors.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hardwood!! --- Day 3/330

Walk: Mindful Body
Distance: 10 Blocks and teach yoga class

Ciwt got an early (only?) holiday present today when the artisan who was going to replace the worn carpet just inside her front door pulled it back and found Hardwood!  Salvageable hardwood!!

That means the whole stairway might have it too.  Wow!  She's going to take the next yoga toe step forward  and see what might be possible.  (PS - Her walls are not sour green
except in iphone camera world).

Monday, December 15, 2014

Beginning to Remember Winter -- Day 3/329

Walk: Rainy day Monday.  Hi Tech Nails
Distance: 10 blocks and small home yoga

Farmer John's Almanac predicts colder than usual, maybe rain/snow during Ciwt's January trip to NYC so she was fiddling around today with winter in New York thoughts.  First question: What's snow?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Exceptionalism, Hmmm --- Day 3/328

Walk: Sundance Kabuki (Foxcatcher)
Distance: 2 miles


Ciwt has observed that sometimes something magic happens when an actor known as a comedian plays a serious role. Robin Williams in Dead Poet's Society for instance.  And Steve Carell in Foxcatcher.  Carell is dead on in this portrayal of privileged, shielded-by-immense-wealth, deeply unbalanced heir John E. Du Pont.  An excellent study of the dark realities also (along with the many inspirational glories we're used to seeing in movies) at the heart of of many sports: loneliness, wealth/sponsorship, desperation, isolation, immaturity, exploitation, violence, neediness.  Terrific acting by all three leads: Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo.  Slow, grimly revelatory, probably unpleasant viewing for many. Also a unique opportunity to eyeball the ever shrinking-but-true rarefied/removed old WASP upper crust American lifestyle. (Ie, This is not Ralph Lauren).

Saturday, December 13, 2014

One Foot and Then The Other --- Day 3/327

Walk: Sundance Kabuki (Wild)
Distance: 2 miles
Reese Witherspoon carries her backpack -- nicknamed Monster -- in the movie Wild, about one woman's hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Ciwt thought she should just get it over with.  Reese Witherspoon will be nominated for an Oscar, Ciwt loves Oscar night and makes every attempt to see all the nominees ahead of time. So, today she went to the movie of Wild, a book she has rated a notch or so above Eat, Pray, Love, one of her most disliked.

The good news is Witherspoon's fine, ego-less acting, beautiful glimpses of the Pacific Coast Trail (which Ciwt herself considered hiking many years ago), and the fact that the movie was merely tame rather than annoying.

So now onward on her own personal year end quest goes Ciwt.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Acting is Everything --- Day 3/326

Walk: Vogue Theater (The Theory of Everything), Laurel Village
Distance: 2.5 miles, home yoga

Felicity Jones                          Eddie Redmayne

                                                      Stephen Hawking   Jane Wilde

Ciwt felt particularly lucky to be doing her small yoga practice at home today after returning from The Theory of Everything.  She thinks see this movie for the acting - both husband (Redmayne) and wife (Jones) are superb.  Also there is a tiny sense of physics and quite a bit of twee.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Storms in Light Places --- Day 3/325

Walk: No, Storm
Distance: 0, not even yoga

TempĂȘte Ă  Nice, 1919
Henri Matisse, Storm in Nice, 1919, oil on canvas

Matisse would spend each winter at the Hotel Mediterranee – from October to May – for the next five years, producing a steady stream of noteworthy paintings and drawings. On 2 January 1919 a freak storm broke over Nice which would generate one of Matisse’s most iconic Nice paintings.  In her biography, Matisse The Master, Hilary Spurling writes:
Seas pounded up onto the front, pouring across the promenade and turning the street into a rushing grey river.  Winds tore off the hotel shutters, smashed the windows and shattered a big mirror in the entrance hall.  ‘It’s so extraordinary that I haven’t enough eyes to take it all in, ‘ Matisse wrote to his wife next day, painting the scene from his window with hands that still shook from elation and shock.  The luminous rain-washed atmosphere after a storm always exhilarated him.  The main reason he gave afterwards for coming to Nice was the Mediterranean sunlight: clear, silvery and soft in spite of its phenomenal brilliance.  He said he couldn’t believe his luck when he first realised he would open his eyes every morning on the same light.   ****

****  Courtesy Blog: That's How the Light Gets In