Monday, May 23, 2016

Gap-toothed Celebration --- Day 5/95

Walk: Garage, SPCA x 2
Distance: 2 miles

All went well with Callie's dental procedure - so back to breathing for Ciwt.

And, anyway, they say cats don't actually need many teeth .
                                                                                    (Not Callie)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Brusha, Brusha, Brusha --- Day 5/94

Walk: Trader Joe's, Sundance Kabuki (A Bigger Splash)
Distance: 4 miles


Hopefully Ciwt's Callie will be all clean smiles and lollipop after her dental procedure tomorrow.  (Older cats and anesthesia are not an optimum combination.  Oh dear..).

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Stately Remnant --- Day 5/93

Walk: Palace of Fine Arts (City Guide Tour), Vogue Theater (Money Monster)
Distance: 3 miles

Ever since coming to San Francisco Ciwt has heard about the PPIE (Panama Pacific International Exposition) of 1915.  'So what?  Yawn, Yah, Yah, Yah,' she's thought.  But now that she's dusted off her American Studies BA for her little history and art tour business, she finds the PPIE fascinating and is sorry all that is left of it is the (rebuilt, retrofitted and safe) Palace of Fine Arts.

More to come....

Friday, May 20, 2016

CyberGrrrrr --- Day 5/92

Walk: No, Home Typing and Calling
Distance: 0, Home Yoga

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Grrr, those people who somehow get your credit card information.  In Ciwt's case they tried to buy some very expensive jewelry in Florida.  She got a new card by overnight express delivery, alerted all her auto payment companies, checked her credit score.  So it looks like she's not going to lose her house or total identity or anything but an entire day doing all the necessary updates.  Again, Grrrr.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Impossibly Soaring Icon --- Day 5/91

Walk: PGCC workout room, City Guides Golden Gate Bridge Tour, Garage
Distance: 1.8 miles, machines workout, small yoga 

Continuing her research for her San Francisco art and history tours, Ciwt took a tour of our Golden Gate Bridge today. It was ferociously windy, and Ciwt assumed she'd find a couple of other hardy souls at the meeting place.  But, to the contrary, the visitor area might as well have been the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  It was packed with bike riders, walkers, photographers - and not entirely well marked so we all had to watch out for each other.

The bridge really is an international icon, a popular one as well as an icon among architects and engineers who voted it their most admired man-made structure.  And for good reasons as Ciwt learned today: from an engineering point of view it was deemed nearly impossible, and, in the middle of the depression, so were the funds.  The architect who gets credit for the bridge (Strauss) was essentially a scoundrel whose bridge would have been ugly and collapsed if he'd actually been in charge.  Ellis, the civil engineering hero who designed every stick and detail of the bridge was unsung until very recently.

The many tales of treachery and vast achievement surrounding the bridge were fascinating stuff.  But they were learned in gale force winds.The bridge accommodates the winds by moving and swaying. If you look carefully at the middle span of the Golden Gate picture Ciwt took today, you can see it bowing out to the right/toward the City.  Experiencing that movement and howling wind and loud traffic noise was not for Ciwt, so she slunk off to safety while the rest of the tour ventured on.

Imagine the men who built the bridge in that same wind, high up in the towers!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

While She Naps... --- Day 5/90

Walk: Garage, Cat errands (food, litter)
Distance: 1.5 miles, stairs galore and home yoga
Reopening of the Chat Noir Cabaret, 1896 Giclee Print

Theophile Alexandre Steinlen, (1859-1923), Reopening of the Chat Noir Cabaret, 1896, color litho

Ciwt is enjoying an excellent "I" (as in introversion) day with Callie.  Not sure she has been awake enough to notice. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chair Pose --- Day 5/89

Walk: Union Square (4 Seasons Hotel - luncheon re: Compassion and Choices), Cow Hollow Woodworks, Presidio Golf Club Book Group (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)
Distance: 4.5 miles

The caning on one of Ciwt's chairs ripped through so she had to take it to be repaired.  She picked it up this way, then that way, thought about how to get it into her car, and finally realized why so many people around the world carry things above their heads.  It was by far the easiest solution, so she walked her busted chair down the street for a mile or so and enjoyed at all the funny comments and looks she got.  A nice, silly and highly recommended break from a luncheon about d-e-a-t-h and a book discussion about same.

Monday, May 16, 2016

In the Running --- Day 5/88

Walk: Lamp Repair, Trader Joe's
Distance: 2 miles, Home yoga

"Donald Trump" and "Hillary Clinton" run the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco, California, on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Photo: Connor Radnovich / San Francisco Chronicle

These contestants in yesterday's Bay to Breakers race made Ciwt smile and reminded her how fun and imaginative San Franciscans can be.

(PS - That's Hillary in the lime green pant suit and you know who that other guy is).