Thursday, September 20, 2018

Blank 2 --- Day 7/194

Walk: Sausalito Houseboats, Hood
Distance: 1.5 miles

So, Ciwt's art tour calendar is still happily blank.  

She was beginning to tell you about her Truth and Beauty tour which began an hour late but ended up being with a delightful client.  He was smart as a whip, kind and sensible.  For instance, when we got to paintings such as John Millais' Mariana  which is about 1. the Virgin Mary, 2. Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and 3. some poem by Tennyson, Ciwt could ask if he'd read the book, play or poem.  If he hadn't, he was perfectly content to discuss a few details in the painting and, she assumes, just as happy as Ciwt not to go into a lengthy recounting of the story
along with pointers on how the details of the painting illustrated it.  Ie, he wasn't a nitpicker.

Better yet he was quietly seeing the Pre-Raphaelite art the way Ciwt does.  Ie, Very beautifully executed but basically with the holding power of book illustrations.  She didn't learn this until the end when Ciwt pointed out that after the PRB and largely because of artistic doors they opened (especially Burne-Jones and the amazing William Morris) , the Arts and Crafts movement began in Britain and spread internationally.

"Oh'" he said, "that's why I've been getting to know these artists!  Thank you!"  In other words, he'd likely been thinking but not saying - even as Ciwt did her best to give a positive presentation - "Nice but So What?"  Then after this tacit acknowledgement we'd been the same page all along, he invited Ciwt for coffee and we had an interesting conversation about his wife and children, the boards he sits on, the art work he is just beginning to focus on, Washington, DC where we both lived back in the day, etc.  

And to top it off, when Ciwt came home she had two messages from him on her home phone about being stuck in traffic and possibly being as much as an hour late.  Did she mention he is about Ciwt's age and probably just about as techie? Who slipped up about the difference in her home and cell numbers is anyone's guess.  Anyway, all was forgiven, and now Ciwt is looking forward to no art tours (for a while) and a terrific trip to Nooo York.

Blank!! --- Day 7/192 and 193

Walk: 1. Hood   2. Legion of Honor
Distance: 1. 5 miles, wee yoga  2. Around the Truth and Beauty Show then Home to recover brain cells
Here, after her Truth and Beauty is Ciwt's art tour calendar going forward.  Whew.

How did it go you may ask.  Late for one. Ciwt sat and sat and sat with no word from her client and no clue what else to do.  Happily during that time a docent friend who was giving both the 11:30 and 1:30 tours walked by and reporting was also anxious about her tours. Same problem as Ciwt: tooo many details and stories and techniques and biographies and love affairs, etc. etc.  Overwhelming.  Since Ciwt considers her friend probably the best docent tourer around, Ciwt perked right up. 

Finally, one hour late almost to the minute, her client walked through the Legion door.  And mercifully he was a delight.

More later; Ciwt needs to go to beautiful Sausalito and keep decompressing with her houseboat friend...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Details, Bloody Details --- Days 7/190 and 191

Walk: Hood and Presidio
Distanve: 2.5 and Yoga; 4.6 and yoga

Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Beata Beatrix, 1871/72, Oil on Canvas

So, if there is one thing Ciwt doesn't resonate with, it's details.  And that's why she's been so bogged down preparing for her tour of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood artists.  Just the name of the group drives her a bit up the wall because they actually venerated the very Raphael the name suggests they rejected as well as many artists who followed him or were Post-Raphael.

(Are you still with Ciwt?  She totally understands if you've dropped away).

The PRB, on the other hand, was obsessed with details.  Take the painting above.  Here are a few details: 1. The artist's first name wasn't actually Dante, but he preferred it to his given name because he revered the poet Dante.  2. The painting is based on Dante's unrequited love of Beatrice, a woman he also turned into one of the main characters of  many of his works from the middle ages, including  The Divine Comedy,  The Inferno, Vita Nuova, and a book of poems based on his love for her.  3. She died and Dante wrote that they would be reuinted in heaven.  4. Well, actually this a painting of Rosetti's 'love' Lizzie at the moment of her passing (probably by suicide).  5. He treated her abominably even though he suggests they were madly in love and will meet in heaven.. 6. This is just the beginning of the convolutions involved in the painting not to mention all the technical details about how it is painted.

Has Ciwt ever read Dante? No.  Does she know the story of Beatrice? No. Does she know the names of Rosetti's miriad girlfriends besides Lizzie, most of whom have their portraits by him in the show? No again.  His paintings - and those of the whole, damn PRB, are based on Arthurian legends, Biblical stories, Tennyson poems, Shakespeare plays and a multitude of red-headed models Ciwt knows and cares nothing about.

The key detail Ciwt does care about and can easily retain is that her tour will be over day after tomorrow by noon.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Simply a Crime Comedy --- Day 7/189

Walk: Kabuki Theater (A Simple Favor)
Distance: 3 miles

Simply a fun getaway.  If you're looking for one of those, Ciwt says Go.  

Friday, September 14, 2018

Women, Women, Women --- Days 7/186,7,8

Walk: Legion of Honor and PGCC
Distance: Not much of a total

 John Rodham Spencer Stanhope (British, 1829-1908), Robins of Modern Times, ca 1860, o/c

 William Holman Hunt (British, 1827-1910), Isabella and the Pot of Basil, 1867, o/c

Dante Gabriel Rosetti (British 1828-1882), Beata Beatrix, 1871/1872

 Sandro Botticelli (Italian, 1444-1510), Simonetta Vespucci as Nymph, ca. 1475, tempera on panel

Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Proserpine, 1878, watercolor on paper mounted on wood panel


Careful what you wish for.  Ciwt set out to have a private art tour business and one of her clients has put in a last minute request for a tour of the Truth and Beauty show at the Legion here in San Francisco.  So she's been making daily pilgramages to that museum, looking at the richly colored paintings of the Pre Raphelite Brotherhood and their muses, waiting/hoping to get inspired so she can give a scintillating tour.   Stay tuned....

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Blame It on the Balminess --- Da7 7/185

Walk: Hood
Distance: Just a Mile, Too lovely to do anything except just enjoy the gorgeous day

Where are those ideas for CIWT Ciwt had earlier today?
Guess the good weather stole them. If she lived in the warm
weather South, Ciwt thinks she would be a complete sloth.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Old Enough Now --- Day 7/184

Walk: Presidio, Walgreen's (for those of you who do flu shots, it is that time)
Distance: 4 miles

Fall closet time, and this jacket has made it through at least thirty Ciwt fall capers. The tweed fabric and tailoring were just too excellent to let go. But, even when she retooled it to make it more 'Nehruy' Ciwt didn't wear it.  Her reason:  tweed was just too twee, too aging, too old fashioned period.  Well, no need for concern any more. She's finally of an age to enjoy wearing the great fall jacket that, like her needlepoint Nutcracker, has been hanging around waiting for her. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Backish --- Day 7/182

Walk: Alta Plaza Park Clean Up Day, then Day of Rest
Distance: A few blocks

When Ciwt got injured a year ago she was in a cast that wouldn't allow her to climb stairs.  Since she has a multitude of stairs that meant she needed to spend the first three months while she was in the cast alone in her home.  People were great and helpful, but they weren't around much and neither was Ciwt's cat who mercifully had died just befor Ciwt's accident.  After the cast came off there was intense PT for another two months followed by gradually getting her walking chops back in regular sync. - which took and still takes some concentration.

In a few days the whole healing/recovery 'thing' will have lasted a year. This she learned in increments from her surgeon is the earliest Ciwt's injury is considered truly healed.  Ie, if she were a professional athlete, it would be about now her coach would start thinking about putting her back in the game.

Why is Ciwt writing this; why is it on her mind?  Because she's noticed she's sort of out of practice being with people. She's lived alone for a long time so never considered whether the isolation of the healing would have any effect. But now she notices there's sort of a mental scrim between herself and others; words don't come as easily and there's a weird sensitivity to interactions - whether people like her, how and whether to fit in, that kind of thing -  she doesn't remember from before.  

It's been odd. But, finally in the last few days she's realized all her isolation and individual focus on healing has had its effects.  Among other things it's made Ciwt a dull girl or at least at bit off balance about socializing. She's going to have to work at getting back to people which shouldn't be too hard because, rusty as they may be, she does have people skills.   Whew, and stand back world!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Craftsman Delight --- Day 7/181

Walk: Hood
Distance: 5 Miles, Small Yoga

As you can imagine, walking around scenic San Francisco is an ongoing visual delight.  So often Ciwt finally actually sees buildings or sights she has walked past for years.  Such was the case with this tastefully done craftsman/Victorian house.  So often when people use gold on their homes, the color jumps out at the viewer and comes across as garish.  But the owners here have found a way to use thick layers of gold and bronze paint in a way that is so restfully stately and elegant it gives off quiet vibes that stopped Ciwt in admiration.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Ist CIWT Reporting Award --- Day 7/180

Walk: Marin Driving Day
Distance: A Few Blocks, Yoga

Ciwt doesn't want CIWT to be political, but she does want it to acknowledge good writing when she sees it.  And recently she has seen it twice in the Washington Post.  Each of the following articles simply and comprehensibly lays out what is without bombast or any attempt to stir controversy.

In the first article, the Post's Art and Architecture critic, Steve Kennicott, finally exposes the elephant that has been in the art world living room for over a decade.  Ie, the 'perfect storm' of 1. tax law changes that favor private museums and therefore have directed needed philantrophy away from museums; 2. the resulting financial plight of established museums and their pressure to attract blockbuster crowds; 3. the enormous population growth and 4. the availability of media of all sorts that can reach those crowds.

In the second article, Scott Wilson creates a true picture of how our 'homelessness' situation is playing out in San Francisco.  "Homeless," at least to Ciwt, vaguely suggests a group of people who are ready, willing and able to have a nice home if only they could just find one.  No, for the most if not total part, our homeless are people who are mentally ill, drug addicted, in need of drastic care. And those are the sympathetic ones. They can also be unsanitary, thuggish, criminal and righfully scary.  In all her years living in New York, Washington, DC and San Francisco Ciwt has never been afraid of walking around her city.  Partly that was because she (and everyone) could identify the dangerous neighborhoods - like the old Upper Central Park at night- and avoid them.  But now things have changed and she knows fear.  Old safe blocks have become encampments, and she can even lead you to some places homeless are making their homes in the Presidio.

Anyway, read if you wish, and Kudos to the Washington Post writers for some excellent reporting.

Here are the links again:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What Did YOU Have for Breakfast Today? --- Day 7/179

Walk: Hood
Distance: 2 Miles, Yoga

California Breakfast: Peaches, Blueberries, Shredded Wheat, One Fig and Yoghurt

Non-foodie Ciwt posting a food pic?!  She looked at her breakfast this morning and thought "After 6+ years, Why Not?"  Also, Yum.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Preoccupied --- Day 7/178

Walk: Hood
Distance: 5.2 miles, small yoga

Supreme Court of the United States*
Ciwt is preoccupied with Senate hearings. She doesn't want CIWT to be political, but she used to live in DC, work on the Hill, walk by the Supreme Court Building nearly daily and, like multitudes of others,  really cares about that institution.

*A few facts about the building:
-The basketball court on he fifth floor is referred to amongst the Justices as the Highest Court in the Land.
-Construction was completed in 1935. Before that the Justices met in less auspicious locations, including 135 years in 
the basement of the Capitol Building.
-The architect, Cass Gilbert, was the same man who designed the Woolworth Building in New York City.
-In 2002 a wild fox entered the building and eluded capture for over 24 hours.

Monday, September 3, 2018

In Which Ciwt Takes Her Wonders As They Come --- Day7/177

Walk: Hood
Distance: 3 miles, wrestle with wardrobe, Yoga

Minor Labor Day Miracle on Ciwt's Block: Five Parking Spaces

Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Most Resistant Color --- Day 7/176

Walk: AMC Kabuki (Searching)
Distance: 2 miles, Yoga


September already and Ciwt's Fall closet caper has begun in earnest.  Great progress until...she reached the Blacks. As every City woman knows, Black has a resistance all its own.  Every piece, no matter how many and how old, insists "You need me!"  Since the blacks make up an Ciwt entire closet, she decided to conquer by dividing them into little sections. Then, after trying and trying to cull, she cried "Uncle," and slunk off to see the movie Searching.  Mercifully it was intriguing and well acted enough to get her mind off the know .

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Dark Dressmaker --- Day 7/175

Walk: Embarcadero Cinema (McQueen)
Distance: 3 miles, Small Yoga

Here's Ciwt's movie ticket to McQueen on top of one of her scarves. After seeing the footage of  Alexander (Lee) McQueen in spontaneous action she is convinced that he could take a look at these two objects, pin them to a mannequin and create a garment that would shock Ciwt's sensibilities and stun her with its raw beauty. He did things like that again and again.  If he didn't have any money (which he didn't for years), no matter; he grabbed the things and people around him with the same creative genius he applied to his garments and, essentially from air, produced fashion like no one had ever seen.  Fashion so compelling it took the haughty and resistant haute couture world by storm.

She watched McQueen in action on film for nearly two hours, saw and heard the the movie's presentation of his life and too short career and still has no true understanding of McQueen or his genius.  That's the thing about genius; you can film it in action, write, paint or dance about it, but, no matter what net you choose, you can't capture that elusive, unique spark. There's a certain sadness in this for Ciwt. Sadness that true understanding of the genius is not to be had, but more that the person propelled by genius likely doesn't understand it either.  It appears to be deep and insistent within them but not reliably of them.

Friday, August 31, 2018

He Who Never Whiffed --- Day 7/174

Walk: Opera Plaza Cinema, M.A.C. (John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection)
Distance: 5.2 miles

Just home from and still processing a movie that is essentially 90+ minutes original John McEnroe footage of the four years he was #1 in the world.  No special music, no uplifting plot, just a straight ahead look at what it looks like/takes to be a sports champion. Even with talent coming out your ears, not for the feint of heart and spirit.  (ie, make no mistake, soul grueling)   

To Whiff or Not to Whiff? --- Day 7/173

Walk: Marin Driving Day, Hood
Distance: Just a mile

You probably know the newish racquet sport that is catching on lightening fast all over the U.S. and beyond is pickleball.  Places with tennis courts are under pressure to convert full courts into the smaller pickleball court or to let pickleballers tape temporary lines on the courts.  At the moment it is a seniors game, appealing because of the smaller court, lighter paddle and slower ball.  But, it will surely catch on with all age groups and lose its welcoming innocence .

Ciwt had played a few years ago at her brother's place in Indian Wells, and, when she heard there were courts in Golden Gate Park she went over to check out the local game.  And what a crowd!  People come, line up and wait for an opportunity to get on the court.  The games are short, so you don't have to wait long.  It all seems very democratic, great exercise and a lot of fun!

So, what's the catch?  Answer: Falls 😟 The one time she played,  Ciwt did fall and felt embarrassed thinking that was a rare, klutzy event.  But wnen she talked to the the welcoming pickleballers at the park, four out of five of them said "It's great, but you don't want to fall," or "Be sure to get the right shoes; they are important for not falling," etc. 

So Ciwt went home and researched pickleball and falls and found that, indeed, they are common and often serious. In terms of vulnerability, Ciwt is thinking pickleball might be in the pick-up basketball (ie, not good) category.  Many of her yoga students got to their mats because of basketball injuries, and given the age of the players, cramped court quarters, slipperiness of the hard courts, Ciwt is pretty sure some of the newcomers to yoga might be pickleball injurees.  

Why emphasize the negative?  Well, when she played in Palm Springs it was before her non-pickleball fall that required knee surgery.  Another fall could be catastrophic.  Also she gained a Huge appreciation for the limitations the natural aging process (which begins @25) increasingly puts on all of us, including athletes.  So, much as she would love to once again be involved in a fun racquet sport, Ciwt is thinking the smart move is to whiff.... 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What A Puffy, Colorful Head You Have, MyDear --- Day 7/172

Walk: Audi Mechanic, GG Park
Distance: 6 miles, small yoga

Dalias in full bloom are so dazzling Ciwt couldn't resist spending time admiring them in Golden Gate Park today.  They also have the cutest names. Here is Eden Testarossa, and Ciwt believes the little pinwheels in the front of the group picture are Glenbank Twinkles. She isn't entirely certain, but they aren't Eden Louises or Eden Spiderlings, or any of the other charming names she remembers from their little name tags.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Half Mast --- Day 7/171

Walk: Hood and Presidio
Distance: 5.5 miles, small yoga

The Presidio gets it right for a fallen soldier and statesman

Monday, August 27, 2018

Up --- Day 7/170

Walk: Hood, Then Carpet Cleaning (and perfuming) day
Distance: 2.3 miles, Pedal, small yoga

Ciwt enjoys Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall pose)
 on her Deck while perfumey carpets dry

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Bye, Bye 107 Things --- Day 7/169

Walk: In and out of closets x many, Up/Down stairs x 4
Distance: ?, Yoga

Saturday, August 25, 2018

It Ain't Heavy --- Day 7/168

Walk: AMC Kabuki
Distance: 2 miles, Yoga

Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne, Chris O'Dowd in Juliet, Naked

Ciwt is really enjoying the mini-comeback of rom-coms this summer.  Juliet, Naked doesn't even have a naked moment and totally holds the audience's attention with an unpredictable enough story, enough depth, enough charm and humor.  And terrific acting by three talented actors who are always wonderful to watch: Rose Byrne is just perfectly beautiful, Chris O'Dowd always an engaging presence, and age becomes Ethan Hawke in his recent movies.

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Year Begins --- Day 7/167

Walk: Hood
Distance: 5 miles, Small Yoga

For reasons she couldn't explain Ciwt has been feeling (and dressing) sort of  grey recently.  Then today she remembered! - this is the beginning of a new year.  The school year is starting, the time when she goes back to the drawing boards and applies herself to the lessons this year will bring and teach.  An exciting time of year when she's empty and more aware of the 'things that have never been'* entering. 

Tomorrow she will donate that small pile of grey clothes.

* And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.     
              Rainer Marie Rilke

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Where's That Snooze Button? --- Day 7/166

Walk: Hood
Distance: 2.5 miles, Yoga

So, the weatherpeople are predicting at least another week or two of fog in San Francisco.  That after the last couple of months. With this news, Ciwt is working on modifying her wake up in the San Francisco fog day after day - ie, hibernation - habits..  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

You Never Know --- Day 7/165

Walk: Cliff House Bistro
Distance: 4.5 miles, small yoga

In her 50 plus year association with San Francisco Ciwt has never seen a whale.  Partly because she never wanted to get up at 5 a.m. and had heard all the stories of non-stop seasickness on the whale watching boats.  How could she imagine that her first sighting would be through the fog today while
enjoying a crab omelet at the Cliff House Bistro?. And that it would be a pair of whales.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Hmmm --- Day7/164

Walk: Union Square
Distance: 4 miles, Yoga

Ciwt doesn't seem to have much to say today.  But it was a nice one; hope yours was too.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Nails!!*# --- Day 7/163

Walk: Hood
Distance: 3.5 miles, Pedal, small Yoga

Another nail clipping day survived by Ciwt and groomer.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Brilliant Solution to a Blustery Day --- Day 7/172

Walk: To reading chair
Distance: 0, No Yoga, Just sitting around reading

Ciwt found this a perfect day for finally reading Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Note from Home --- Day 7/171

Walk: Hood
Distance: 4 miles, Yoga

So Ciwt does not want to be one of those predictable geezers who goes on about how much better things used to be in her day.  But as the city she moved to (on and off at the beginning) five (5!) decades ago morphs into its present self there are many disappointments with how it has evolved.  And this has evoked the 'flight or fight" response in Ciwt.

It isn't her nature to occcupy her life fighting city hall even if she knew how to put her thumb in our growth dike.  So flight has won and for several years she has been (vaguely) thinking of moving on.  Reading 'for sale' ads and checking out places on line, that kind of thing.

Today, to get more specific about that place far away with greener grass, she got methodical and made a serious list of what her future place must have. When she was pretty deep into it, it came to her.  OMG the one place that has all the things on her list was.... and she promises you, it really did come as a shock ....the place she lived!  She is already in the best place for her.

But to make it truly perfect for the present Ciwt she must modify her thinking.  1. She needs to stop comparing the city she moved to with the city it is now.  2. She needs to stop lamenting the fact that she can't just dart all over the Bay Area like she and everyone else did 'back in the day.'  Because 3. she needs to realize that over the decades, she has come to make a certain part of the city and the Bay Area her own: her particular, totally walkable hood; close by downtown - sometimes on foot, sometimes on wheels; that 1,200 acre backyard called the Presidio; her proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin.  Those are the only places she actually goes to and enjoys on a daily basis.  So, no Boo-Hoo about the East Bay, Peninsula and other parts of the Bay Area that are difficult to get to now.  She hardly ever went to them ever.  4. Same goes for the highrise 'new' South of Market city, the techies, the desperate homeless problem, gridlock.  These are not her parts of the city.

She also got that it's perfectly appropriate to settle on this narrower stance because she is older now.  She can do little helpful things here and there if they arise, but, really, the future (of her city) is in the hands of younger generations. Over the years she has created exactly the right place for her at her  age now. This is Home.  Who knew?

Friday, August 17, 2018

Charade, the Darkest Version --- Day 7/170

Walk: Hood
Distance: 5.2 miles, small yoga

Some movies, you wonder why they were made.  And some movies, you wonder why Ciwt goes. In this case it was the 100% audience rating for the German film, The Captain (Der Hauptmann).  It is an unrelenting, suspenseful, black & white movie portraying in no uncertain terms the dark side of humanity.  And Ciwt went why, again?  Well, it is a high quality production with excellent acting and, unfortunately, accuracy in its story line and presentation of the outer reaches of where human subservience to authority can lead.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

I Don't --- Day 7/169

Walk: Marin Drving
Distance: A few blocks, small yoga

This is on a telephone pole in front of Ciwt's house.  Think what you will....she does; different scenarios each time she passes by.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Oh, That Crazy Rich --- Day 7/168

Walk: AMCKabuki (Crazy Rich Asians)
Distance: 2 miles, a little yoga

Whenever she saw the Crazy Rich Asians dust jacket, Ciwt would think the book's title was missing a comma.  When she saw the movie today she finally got it.  Crazy Rich, as in obscenely, almost sickenly rich.  And Asian as in porcelain perfect inscrutability mixed with calculated cruelty when deemed necessary.  In other words, over the top in every way.  And Crazy Rich Asians, the movie, is just that: a non-stop, rom-com romp with beautiful people through all that ambitious money can consume.  Turn off your brain and just enjoy the Cinderella fun and dazzle.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wine the Poo --- Day 7/167

Walk: Presidio
Distance: 3 miles, Yoga

Ciwt spotted this new addition to Andy Goldsworthy's Wood Line sculpture today

                                Insert: "Wine the Poo'z House"

Monday, August 13, 2018

Looking for Monday --- Day 7/166

Walk: APP Meeting
Distance: A few blocks, Yoga

Every once in a while Ciwt's ability to seize the day drops to zero.  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A for Adam, C for Black.. --- Day 7/165

Walk: AMC Kabuki (BlackkKlansman), Scopo Divino for oysters
Distance: 2 miles, small yoga

Ciwt could watch Adam Driver forever.  To her he was the best thing about BlackkKlansman, a good not great movie with great moments.  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Discounted Doggies in the Window --- Day 7/164

Walk: Union Square
Distance: 3 miles

Sale: Gumps China Dog ($500) on Dog Pillow ($450)
Well, Ciwt can officially retire her white gloves and gift closet.  150 years of  San Francisco shopping history and specially selected, classy (and pricey!) gifts are going their way.  Eg, away at a bankruptcy-going out of business sale.  Once upon a time when she worked in San Francisco one college summer, Ciwt would drool over the exotic, 'tasteful' gifts at Gumps during her lunch hour (or was it half-hour) and imagine all the City swells who were presenting them to each other.

Tole platter and vases and China chihuahua (Mickey Rourke where are you?)

Looking today Ciwt had no drools, and it was clear to see Gumps was from a by-gone and kind of peculiar shopping era.  But sad too...

Parrot (painted clay?) originally $7500, today $6000.