Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Proper Goodbye --- Day 6/181

Walk: No, Packing and Last Minute Stuff
Distance: 0, Yoga

So, one minute Ciwt was growing up at home and the next minute she was at boarding school far, far away.  Then this happpened and that happened and now it is now with her life in San Francisco.  It is a wonderful life, but Ciwt has always felt since boarding school (which she Did Not want to go to) it was some sort of a vacation life before going home.

Did she want to leave?  No, that's clear. She was on a pretty strong trajectory.  Would she have chosen to leave if she hadn't been yanked off the stage? What would have happened if she'd been allowed to stay, do things according to her own timing? Those and other questions have always been with her wherever she has lived since then.  Sort of a deep ambiguity and detachment.  Subtle but nagging.

'Who knows? 'is the answer of course - to all those questions. But now Ciwt feels a need to go to that pre-boarding school place and choose her life.  Take charge, say her own proper goodbye to that teenage life that was so prematurely interrupted. Or something.

Tomorrow she'll take that trip, a fortnight.  And she's telling her Ciwt readers all this because posting from ipads and iphones is very limited.  She'll put up pictures with a few comments of some of the various places she will or might go and hopes you'll enjoy them.  Then she'll catch you up when she returns to her San Francisco and CIWT life.

Goodbye for now...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cage Aux Mysteries --- Day 6/180

Walk: Fillmore Errands
Distance: 2 miles, yoga

Some careful CIWT readers (Thank you!) may have noticed that Ciwt totally forgot her Write Every Day challenge last Tuesday, August 15.  Why did she do this? she wondered and then remembered she had gone to  La Cage Aux Folles at SF Playhouse.  Gone with trepidation she should add: she'd seen two movie versions of it, and the play was to be 2.5 hours with one intermission.  Oh well, she could leave at intermission she figured and planned.  But, oh dear, No, No, No!  Cage was so endearing and involving and entertaining that now she's thinking of going to see it again before it closes this San Francisco run

Friday, August 18, 2017

HooRay --- Day 6/179

Walk: SFMOMA, Fillmore
Distance: 5.5 miles, small yoga

Ciwt is deeeelighted to have given her final Munch tour today.  Try as hard as she could to keep things upbeat, she could see the light go out of her tour members' eyes as they looked at painting after morbid painting.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Way Back --- Day 6/178

Walk: Bay Model (Sausalito), Marin Driving Day
Distance: Not far, 2 Yoga Practices

Last art tour (for a while) tomorrow and then Ciwt begins to get ready for a trip back to where she was raised.  Get ready?  No, that's not entirely possible.  She'll start packing - which is.

About going 'home' she once read something along the lines of:  It goes like this: For every day you’re home with your family (or where you grew up) , you lose five years. So you should keep your trip short enough that you’ll be old enough to drive away.  

She doesn't become a teenager again for a few more days, so to be continued....

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Invisibly Intrusive? --- Day 6/177

Walk: Donations and Errands
Distance: 2 miles, home yoga, golf lesson 😐

A friend sent Ciwt pictures of a bunch of nearly invisible (and probably frightfully expensive) houses around the world.  Her reaction: why not just leave the sites alone?  But that's Ciwt; what do you think?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ciwt Forgot.....Day 6/176

A friend πŸ‘Ίjust brought to Ciwt's attention that she totally forgot CIWT on August 15.  So, here it is - because she posts every day - if not on the same day as it turns out....

Monday, August 14, 2017

Views of Fog --- Day 6/175

Walk: No
Distance: 0, Couple of Home Yogas and Exercise Routines

Ciwt spent today in her foggy aerie preparing for her next art tour by focusing on this painting by a renown German painter of Romantic Landscapes.

Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer in a Sea of Fog, @ 1818, o/c

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Taylor Grit --- Day 6/174

Walk: AMC Kabuki (Wind River)
Distance: 2 Miles, Home Yoga

Jermey Renner and (the terrific) Gil Birmingham in Wind River

If you are into modern Westerns, Taylor Sheridan's Hell or High Water set the bar exceptionally high. Wind River doesn't attain that level of script writing, directing or acting.  But if, like Ciwt, you are a fan of Taylor Sheridan movies (Sicario, Hell or High Water), you will probably, as she did, like-not love Wind River.  It's the third in his screen writing trilogy, his directorial debut and very good.

PS - No reviewer mentioned it, but Ciwt found it strange/off-putting that no matter what action Elizabeth Olsen's character was involved in - including blizzards, witnessing gruesome scenes, nearly being exploded - her eye make up was always thick and perfect and her face never broke into a single wrinkle.  Guess it was in her contract - Or Ciwt is a wee jealous.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Limits of Structure --- Day 6/173

Walk: Opera Plaza Cinema (Columbus), Asian Art Museum
Distance:  almost 3 miles, small yoga stretch

The edifying, calming aspects of external artistic structure compared with actual unstructured realities of life.  Ciwt encountered this thought-provoking concept back to back today.  First at the very 'clean' and structured but also internally tumultuous movie, Columbus. and then at the Asian Art Museum. Asian art is carefully ordered according to exacting and honored techniques.  The appearance of most Asian art, artifacts and achitecture is thus very serene.  But not so the histories (and present) of any of the Asian countries.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Annals of Aging 8,769 (or so) --- Day 6/172

Distance: 1.5 miles, Home Yoga

Andy Warhol, Silver Marlon, 1963, oil on canvas

So, today Ciwt's art tour clients were a grandmother with her two, twin about-to-go-to college grandsons.  When we all arrived at the galleries in which the above work was hung, the grandmother asked her grandsons "Who do you think that is?"  Both boys/young men were completely mystified. Had no idea.  

Andy Warhol, Triple Elvis, 1963, oil on canvas

Grandmother and Ciwt were both stunned.  When she then asked who they thought was portrayed in this painting, Ciwt held her breath.  One grandson was silent, the other shuffled around a bit and finally (hesitantly) said/asked, "Elvis?"  When we told him "Right," he was visibly relieved and told us "I was so afraid of being wrong." 

Maybe Ciwt readers were stumped too.  Oh, dear.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Modiste Work --- Day 6/171

Walk: Union Square
Distance: A few blocks, Home Yoga

Edgar Degas (Fr. 1814-1917), The Milliners, ca 1882, oil on canvas

Edgar Degas, The Milliners, ca 1898, oil on canvas

When Ciwt returned to the 'Hat Show'* at the Legion the other day, she was interested in the way Degas portrayed the unromantic actualities of work in the Paris millinery trade at the turn of the 19th century.  In the 1882 painting he gave one of the young workers a colorless, exhausted pallor. Presumably the second milliner girl is no more vibrant.  And in the 1898 work, Degas' last millinery painting of the many he executed over the years, one subject has disappeared as a person into her work and the woman in the foreground is joylessly fatigued.  The contrast between the milliners and the vibrantly colored, festive ribbons and plumes that will adorn the hat creations says it all. In late 19th century the demand for hats was so high, milliners would often work 12 hours a day and 15 to 20 during the peak season. 

Degas's depictions - in their truthfulness - honor these women for their industriousness in the actual unglamorous work world that went into the far-removed and glamorous showrooms. 

*Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade, Legion of Honor, June 24 - September 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Rebuilding in Silence --- Day 6/170

Walk: Fort Mason (Sophie Calle πŸ‘Ž, Greens πŸ‘) Legion of Honor (Degas Hats x2 πŸ˜€)
Distance: 1.5 miles, home yoga

         Ciwt misses having Callie to talk to.  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ciwt Necessities --- Day 6/169

Walk: Fillmore
Distance: 2 miles, Home Yoga

 Matisse, Yoga, Flowers, Color

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ciwt's HAPPY Birthday --- Day 6/168

Walk: SFMOMA, Cotelac
Distance: 2.5 miles, small yoga stretch

Lucky Ciwt to be around for flowers, Matisse, her San Francisco life and another birthday!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

'NO' --- Day 6/167

Walk: No, Another Closet Caper
Distance: 0, Try on Clothes, Home Yoga

Trucks and bikes arrive at Fort Mason every Sunday morning for a big Farmers Market.  A few weeks ago when she was on a long walk Ciwt tried to take pictures of it. Maybe because she's not a foodie, her photos didn't look particularly appetizing.  Like this one, where the 'curator' in the background is already saying 'NO."

PS - She once briefly dated a professional food photographer, and, omg, so precise.  Each shot literally took hours with all sorts of equipment to catch the lighting perfectly.  Ciwt was (sort of) interested for about an hour - but then....  Not a match.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Give Me That Beat --- Day 6/166

Walk: Japantown, Merola Opera (La Cenerentola -  Join a Golf  (etc) Club/Take up Opera)
Distance: 5.5 Miles

Next Lifetime Ciwt is planning to be a Taiko Drummer!  Love! that powerful energy.
                                      And take in more Drive Ins.

Friday, August 4, 2017

New/Old Colors on the Fall Block --- Day 6/165

Walk: Trader Joe's
Distance: 2 miles, Home Yoga

So, while Ciwt was busy at her computer working on logistics for a couple of upcoming events, Fall slipped in. Very quiet, even bringing warm tomato red back into the stores after a long hiatus. 

 (Ciwt loves Fall; it suits her).

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Medium: Travertine; Artist: Nature --- Day 6/164

Walk: Mill Valley, PGCC 
Distance: 8 blocks maybe, small home yoga

After a 'demanding' day of major shopping Spanish lunch with beautiful shopping advisor/friend, and tropical-themed cocktail party at her club, Ciwt felt the need for a beautiful image.  And look what she found!  

Turns out it's Pamukkale.  Ciwt hadn't heard of it, but maybe you have; it's Turkey's most visited attraction and a Unesco World Heritage Site.  

Here's a little information: There are dramatic travertine terraces dotted all around the globe, from China to Iran, the USA to Afghanistan. But nowhere else in the world can visitors enjoy exploring both picturesque travertine formations, built up over the millennia from limestone deposited by the abundant hot springs, and the colonnaded streets, temples, bath houses, necropolis and theatre of the remains of an idyllically located Greek-Roman spa city, Hierapolis. You can even bathe, as the Romans once did, in a picturesque pool filled with warm (around 36C), mineral rich waters and swim amongst submerged columns of great antiquity.

Maybe like Ciwt you're happy just looking at the photo.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Still Out There --- Day 6/163

Walk: Union Square (Haircut), PGCC (Bridge)
Distance: 2.5 miles

    Ciwt's new Out There life continues....

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cut the Clock, Please --- Day 6/162

Walk: Cal Club for bridge
Distance: 3 miles, v. small home yoga

Country house looking, bridge today, bridge tomorrow along with the dreaded haircut, then some party event at club, then prepare for art tours.  Round and round it goes for the usually solitary with cat Ciwt.  

Monday, July 31, 2017

Questions --- Day 6/161

Walk: Sonoma, Santa Rosa Properties
Distance: 1 mile
For Instance
In her quest to make absolutely sure she is ready to be owned by a new cat(s), Ciwt is living a few questions.  Today's was whether she (and her new cat(s) might  enjoy having a second home near San Francisco where the weather is warm, the skies are clear, the parking is abundant, etc.  So she met a realtor in country like that and found, yes, all those things are there And the houses have things like: large yards, multiple bedrooms and baths, large modern kitchens, huge garages, pools, nearby golf, biking and hiking trails.

How nice to be on the land and sense lovely things growing; all this space, beauty, comfort and ease should make Ciwt (and the cat(s)) happy.  But actually, it turned out Ciwt's favorite part of the day was returning to her fog-bound, windy city and aerie condo with its New York sense of space (ie, every inch can/must be used for something).

Hope the cat(s) aren't disappointed...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

C & O and Friends --- Day 6/160 (2)

Walk: Already Noted Today

Ciwt just had to post this feel good pic of Steph Curry at the White House with Barak Obama's dogs Sunny and Bo.  

Such a Pretty City --- Day 6/160

Walk: Marina Up and Over to Ghirardelli Square
Distance: 4 miles, Home Yoga

      Ciwt leaves her heart in San Francisco every time she takes a walk.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

After Out There ... --- Day 6/159

Walk: No, good intentions foiled by wind, cold, fog.  Plus ...(See Below..)
Distance: 0, Home Yoga

Friday, July 28, 2017

No Passing --- Day 6/158

Walk: Biro & Sons Silversmith, Vogue Theater (The Midwife)
Distance: 1.5 miles, Home Yoga

This was dead ahead of Ciwt taking the entire width of the street at base on her usual downtown driving route today. Stright out of a sci-fi movie and one of the reasons navigating San Francisco now takes at least twice the time it used to.

Night at the (Merola) Opera (Training) --- Day 6/157

Walk: Sf Conservatory of Music
Distance: About a mile

In her new out and and about life Ciwt accepted an invitation to a Master Class at Merola Opera Program.  Mer ..what? you might ask.  Ciwt had heard the name but not connected it to a prestigious 'only in San Francisco' summer training program for select young opera singers, accompaniests and set managers.  She, who knows little but is learning about opera music, was fascinated - and anxious for the performers.  With their exceptional vocal 'equipment' each young talent sounded fabulous to Ciwt right from their first recital.  But not so for the world world renowned opera trainer who - in front of the audience - reviewed and critiqued virtually every note and gesture of each singer's aria then instructed them to sing according to his 'suggestions' again and again and again....  They would literally be breathless at the end of their master class- and so would Ciwt.  Amazingly exacting and thrilling stuff...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

All Peopled Out for Today --- Day 6/156

Walk: PGCC for Golf Clinic, then Putter's Clinic, then Lunch with golfers, then Bridge and a glass of wine.
Distance: A mile or so, small yoga

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Remind Me Again Where That Hole Is --- Day 6/155

Walk: PGCC 18 Holes
Distance: @ 6.5 miles (Mostly UPhill ☝), Home Yoga

Ciwt's return to the links was definitely challenging....She's still processing.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Drivin, Drivin --- Day 6/154

Walk: Monday Errands
Distance: 3 miles, Home Yoga

Tomorrow Ciwt will test drive 'the links' after a 50 year hiatus, and she's feeling a bit shakey.  Good luck back, hips, knees, shoulders, elbows and, especially, head πŸ‘§.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dunkirk, What to Say? --- Day 6/153

Walk: Goodwill Donation, Vogue Theater (Dunkirk)
Distance: 3 miles, Home Yoga

Ciwt doesn't know what to say about Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk.  It is an ambitious war movie spectacle by a famous director about one of the most triumphant military retreats in recorded human history. And, somehow, Ciwt could have easily left after ten minutes.  There was a lot of brutal, harrowing action but minimal personal engagement for Ciwt.  The movie is stark, terrifying and arty/poetic at the same time.  Ciwt could feel the mind of the director but couldn't exactly feel for the characters and multiple plot lines that appeared, then went away, then came back.

Maybe this was because Nolan assumed Ciwt and all viewers were already intimately familiar with the "Miracle of Dunkirk'" which is legendary in England.  If you already know what the Dunkirk 'deliverance,' (for lack of a better a word) is all about, then that poetry might be exactly the way to touch your heart in the deepest way.  But if, like Ciwt, you are very familiar with the name Dunkirk but not with the evacuation "Miracle," then you need more specifics, less technique.

Or something. Ciwt was so busy making linear sense of all the cross-cutting while being dazzled by the close-up particular scenes, she cared but couldn't really get into the movie as a whole. Actually, it was sort of a gift not to be that involved because, gawd, what horror - and heroism.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Japantown Collectibles ---Day 6/152

Walk: PGCC, Performing Arts Center (Merola Opera Program), Japantown
Distance: 6.5 miles, Home Yoga, Hit Bucket of Balls

Seems to Ciwt that she has quite a lot of stuff going on these (post-Callie) days...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Busy with Golf Club Bridge --- Day 6/151

Walk: Fillmore Street, PGCC
Distance: 1.5 miles, home yoga, hit balls

No, not that kind.  This kind: 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Now --- Day 6/150

Walk: Sausy/Cibo, PGCC Book Club (Lost City of the Monkey God)
Distance: Basically a non-exercise day; busy on line

1300 people have just finished reading this..

Now it is 1800,  Decide NOW!!!

Ciwt is busy making reservations for a trip back to Midwest summer.

2,000 are now considering every flight she is looking at.....

Gotta act fast.  Catch you tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Head Trip --- Day 6/149

Walk: Union Square
Distance: 4.5 miles, small yoga

Ciwt's trip downtown today was all in her head.

First, her dentist for that $$$$ tooth 

Then on to interview a possible new hairdresser  

Finally on for some fun playing and purchasing some hats at Hats on Post,
her favorite hat store .

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I Think This Might Be The Way --- Day 6/148

Walk: Not Really, PGCC Book Group
Distance: Not Much, Hit Bucket of Balls, Small Yoga Stuff

New Club, New Book Group, New People, Golf on the Horizon,  No Cat.  All good, just kind of temporarily mystifying for Ciwt.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Consider This --- Day 6/147

Walk: High-Tech Nails, PGCC
Distance: 1 mile, Hit Bucket of Balls, Home Yoga

Ciwt doesn't think she's living in the past.  First Breaking Bad (2008-2013), now Harriet Doerr's Stones for Ibarra (winner of the 1985 National Book Award for First Fiction among other honors).  It is a wonderful book, well worth the wait - and inspirational: Doerr was 74 when this debut novel was published.  After that her second novel, Consider This, Senora was a national bestseller.

Ciwt takes heart!!   
                                                                Harriet Doerr

Sunday, July 16, 2017

And There Are Two More Episodes (?!) --- Day 6/146

Walk: PGCC
Distance: A Few Blocks, Hit Bucket of Balls, Small Yoga

A Good man...
Breaking Bad viewers know exactly who Ciwt has pictured above.  To 'console' herself after losing her cat, Callie, Ciwt began binging on BB, which she had never watched.  She certainly knew going in the series is widely regarded as the best TV show ever but, even so, she wasn't entirely prepared for its consistent quality at every level from writing, to acting to directing, to cinematography, you name it.  

Also - frighteningly - its unpredictability.  Viewers go in blind - and even the cleverest of them can't figure out what is coming.  Sometimes the episode is slow, menacing, setting a scene, developing or deepening a character, sometimes it is shocking, unnerving, violent.  But absolutely nothing prepared Ciwt - or critics and viewers in the millions on 9/15/13 when it was it first aired - for Ozimandias. Stunning, gut wrenching, making reveals heartlessly and waaay sooner than reasonably expected (if expected at all).  Listen to critics and viewers:  "the hardest tv episode I have ever watched," "pretty much put the nail in the coffin for viewers holding out hope..," "the greatest Breaking Bad episode Ever.....," "can't get out of my chair...," "can't stop crying..."

Ciwt could go on with the quotes but she'll let reviewer Nick Harley have the last word:  

I cannot think of a single thing that I have ever watched on television that was as good as tonight’s episode of Breaking Bad. Of every television show, series finale, made for TV movie, television broadcast of major motion picture, sporting event, and award show, there is not a single thing that I can point to that kept me in such utter suspense and captivity. For the duration of "Ozymandias," my mouth was agape in pure shock.  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Jumping for Joy --- Day 6/145

Walk: SFMOMA, Fillmore 
Distance: 3 miles, small yoga

Another Tour Completed; More Happy-in-Spite-of-Downer-Art  (They Said) Clients!!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bring in the Clowns - Please --- Day 6/144

Walk: 'The Club'
Distance: A few Blocks, Hit bucket of balls, small yoga

Edvard Munch, The Sick Child, L: 1896, R; 1907, oil on canvas

So how fun can Ciwt make her tour tomorrow with the Edvard Munch exhibition being the centerpiece?  Challenging because every canvas - without exception - depicts true personal scenes of death, despair, get the picture.  And certain particularly wrenching events are painted not just once, but as many as six times in the case of The Sick Child, his depictions of his favorite sister, Sophie's, death.  

Then there is this pairing of the family on that same occasion painted nearly thirty years apart - and very different technically.


Death in the Sick Room, 1893; Death Struggle 1915, oil on canvas

The multiple versions and sameness of subject matter are very good for showing Munch's stylistic changes over time.  But how will the heart-rending topics affect Ciwt's tour members?  She'll find out tomorrow....