Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Stationery Armchair --- Day 7/85

Walk: A Little (still cold and windy)
Distance: 1 mile, small yoga, small pt

Rocaille Chair
Henri Matisse felt a strong attachment to the objects that inspired him, even expressing love for one special Rococo style chair. In 1942, when the artist was in his seventies, he was walking by an antique shop in Nice, France when he fell in love… with a chair. He wrote to a friend about it saying, “I was bowled over. It’s splendid. I’m obsessed with it.”

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Flying Armchair p. 3 --- Day 7/84

Walk: No, Still Toooooo Cold and Windy
Distance: Closet Caper, Small Yoga

Round Trip SFO Johannesburg Business Class: $@4600-7600 (surprisingly affordable but then you have to get around the whole, huge continent)
Travel Time: @ 26 hrs.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Flying Armchair, pt. 2 --- Day 7/83

Walk: No, Too cold and windy (again)
Distance: Big Pedal, Big Yoga

    Great Wall of China Section    Photo by Robert Nyman

Ciwt's trip to the Great Wall of China today was surprisingly doable: business class airfare $4,500, travel time to Beijing 12 hr. 5 m.  But still she elected to let her fingers do the walking to another site that has fascinated her for a long time. 

And, she's confident the Wall Street Journal would support her travel decision. One of their articles today was titled Anger Over Tourists Swarming Vacation Hotspots Sparks Global Backlash.

The picture above is beautiful, but here's a video of how the wall might look on other weather days.
Or, if you don't want to click:

Ciwt has to admit this is a hotspot she'd still like to be a tourist at, backlash and all.  It is awesome.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Flying Armchair --- Day 7/82

Walk: Monday Errands
Distance: 8 blocks, long pedal, long yoga

Ciwt has wanted to see the Pyramids since childhood. So today she did.  First she checked the weather in Egypt at this time of year, the plane fares ($12,000+), the length of the flight to Cairo (22 hrs+) and other particulars.  Satisfied with what she discovered, she let her fingers walk immediately to another  computer tab where she found numerous lengthy, beautifully filmed and informative videos of those haunting ancient wonders.  Wow!

And wow in another way because every picture she'd seen of the Pyramids had been shot from the side you see above which makes them look like it even Laurence of Arabia would have been lucky to find them.  But, there in front of Ciwt's screen was the present day reality:

 much more impressive than TransameribaBuilding in San Francisco,                                                                                                                              
but still, there they are, right out your Cairo apartment or car window.

Which, by the way, turned  out to be a truly awesome city.  So off  her fingers went to extended videos of Cairo.  Whew, travel is tiring; time to let her amazing trip sink in.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Lost in Space --- Day 7/81

Walk: No, Home with Tech Devices
Distance: 0, small yoga, small pt, small pedal

After spending the day trying to rig up her tech devices to research Magritte, Ciwt doesn't know what's in and what's out.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Heartwarming --- Day 7/80

Walk: Sloat Garden
Distance: 3.4 miles, PT

Ciwt finds this couple totally heartwarming...

Friday, May 18, 2018

This is a Frame --- Day 7/79

Walk: SFMOMA (Magritte - preparing for upcoming tour)
Distance: 1.5 miles

Rene Magritte (1898-1967, Belgium), Golconda, 1953, oil on canvas

Rene Magritte, La Boite de Pandore, 1951, oil on canvas

So far in her preparations for a Magritte tour Ciwt often finds herself liking the way his paintings are framed as much as much as the paintings themselves.  A whole other art form, proper framing.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Les Hommes --- Day 7/78

Walk: SFMOMA (Magritte)
Distance: 1.5 miles, pedal, small yoga

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It was Red at the Nursery --- Day 7/77

Walk: Hardware Store, Sloat Garden Center
Distance: 3 miles, yoga on the fly, 8 times up/down

Which ones?!  For Ciwt choosing flowers goes the same route as selecting a paint color. 
They look just right at the nursery, but then something drastic happens on the way home
where they are the wrong color or shape or they grow up when Ciwt needs them to grow
down, etc.   (Thank goodness for days when Ciwt thinks she has nothing to do...)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fairy Garden Please --- Day 7/76

Walk: Up and Down, Up and Down Ciwt's 70 steps
Distance: Quite enough, Yoga

Ciwt woke up today thinking she had nothing to do.  Then she remembered her deck - her overgrown deck.  After hours hauling once beautiful plants down her stairs to the compost bin, she couldn't believe she had once felt sorry for herself because she didn't have a Garden As Big As The Ritz.  Now a teeny, tiny, fairy size one seems just right - filled with no-maintenance succulents.*

*See CIWT 4/148 and 4/180

Monday, May 14, 2018

812 Skidoo --- Day 7/75

Walk: Monday Errands
Distance: 2.5 miles, small yoga

Cord 812 Phaeton, 1937, Gordon Buehrig (designer), Auburn Automobile
Company, Auburn, Indiana (manufacturer)  Original Base Price: $2,745

Ciwt can't quite put her finger on why the 'Modernist' American art from the 1910's through the 1940's gets her down.  Its streamlined, futuristic look was everywhere: deco buildings, clocks, radios,
movies (think Charlie Chaplin). 

This car presently starring in the de Young "Cult of the Machine' exhibit offers her some clues. Normally Ciwt is quite dazzled by fine automobiles.  But this one's distinctive, boxy hood was proudly advertised as 'coffin-shaped.' And its doors were known as 'suicide doors' because it was easy to fall out of them. So easy they were especially popular in the gangster era supposedly owing to the ease of pushing passengers out of moving vehicles.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sleek Meets Cold --- Day 7/74

Walk: de Young Museum (Cult of the Machine)
Distance: 4.6 miles, small yoga

Bookcase and Skyscrapers

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Real Frowns with the Beauty --- Day 7/73

Walk: AMC Kabuki Theater (Disobedience)
Distance: 2 miles

The good news is Rachel Weisz is still completely gorgeous - from every angle, in every lighting.  And don't get Ciwt started on her hair. Apparently, at age 49, what you see is what you get as well because she is famously quoted about Botox:  "It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen. Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?"

The medium/ B- news is her latest movie, Disobedience.  Oh wellThe acting is excellent and the low key plot is nevertheless intriguing as it twists and turns until the very end.   

Friday, May 11, 2018

Art in the Presidio? !*# --- Days 7/71 & 72

Walk: 1. Marin Driving and Ciwt Do Nothing Day  2. Presidio and Hood
Distance:  1. 8 Blocks, small yoga      2. 4 miles, Yoga

So, after seven years Ciwt can't remember if she's told you the one about the introduction of Andy Goldsworthy's Spire to the Presidio Powers That Be.  They laughed their heads off.  Spire was still in the idea stage and, as far as the Presidio was concerned, it could stay right there.

The Presidio had recently been demilitarized after over 200 years as an active base and the brand new Presidio Trust was tasked with making the spanking new Presidio National Park economically viable.  Spending money on an artwork was considered ludicrous.  "What does art have to do with a park?!" they hooted.  "No way!" "Hahahaha, Etc." 

Somehow some persuasive soul or souls prevailed and convinced them to go ahead with the art project.  Spire went up in early 2008 and from the very day it was erected, it became THE most visited site in the Presidio*. Since Spire, Goldsworthy has been commissioned to add three more site specific sculptures to the Presidio And there have been several recent Goldsworthy sightings.  Considering that he lives in Scotland, it is very probable that there may be a new Presidio Goldsworthy in the offing.

*When Ciwt was there today, there were several large groups of very respectful young people lunching together at the base of Spire.  She's sure Goldworthy would be pleased and even might enjoy having a last laugh. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Au Revoir --- Day 7/70

Walk: Legion (Casanova, The Seduction of Europe)
Distance: 1 mile, small yoga

Maybe Ciwt is getting a bit like her friend who 'doesn't do' museums.  She tried a couple of times to get interested in the Casanova show just about finis (yay!) at the Legion.  There is just no way Ciwt is ever going to care about this type of art  or this 

 and certainly not this   -   or Casanova.  

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

PSA --- Day 7/69

Walk: Walgreens
Distance: 1.8 miles, small yoga

Ciwt only has a public service to crank out today after getting her second new shingles shot.  Please get it (Shingrix) ; zero side effects and very important.  

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Instrument Lingers On ---- Day 7/68

Walk: SFMOMA, Crown Point Press
Distance: 1.8 miles

Rebecca Horn (German, b. 1944), Seufer der Steine 
(The Sighs of Stones)1996, Violins, bows, stones, and electic motor

Sunday, May 6, 2018

At the Last --- Day 7/67

Walk: Marina (breakfast with visiting friends), SF Ballet (Unbound Program A)
Distance: 7.1(!) miles and icing

    Helgi Tomasson and part of SF Ballet Corps he has brought to greatness
 Ciwt memo to self: Always go to last ballet performance of the season like you did today. Teary sentiment, loud bravos, Palpable energy - and superb dancing of course.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Boundless --- Day 7/66

Walk: PGCC, de Young Museum, SF Ballet
Distance: 4.5 miles

Here in San Francisco Everybody Can Have Their  Dream

SF Ballet is ending their season with a series titled "Unbound," new works that are 'unbound' from classical ballet requirements including steps, costumes, scenery,  and probably other aspects of ballet Ciwt is unaware of.  Ciwt went to Program C today, and wow!  Often in ballet there are a lot of graceful dances and then one or two sequences that have strong men leaping and doing intensely athletic things like Russian squat and kick dances.  The audience goes crazy.

Well, in Program C, virtually every moment of every dance was high stepping, soaring jumps, every athletic move you can think of from dance, yoga, wrestling, skating, you name it as long as it requires high stamina and perfect muscular training.  For the sheer athleticism it was superb, but you wouldn't want all ballet to be like this.  The stage was bare, there were extended periods with only one dancer, no music and no particular understanding what the dancer was up to.  Something gorgeous and precise, but what?  Also a lot of the moves, leaps and carries were clearly more dangerous and theatrical than time-honored classical ones (which are dangerous enough). 

Under the artistic direction of Helgi Tomasson, SF Ballet has moved into world-renowned territoty.  It is consistently, exciting, stimulating, thought-provoking, stunningly elegant and committed - so hats off to them for the courage of taking it 12 new dances further into "Unbound" territory.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Sure, I Can Do That --- Day 7/64&5

Walk;  1. Stuck with Apple Care (see below) 2. Down the block for Park meeting (later)
Distance: Not much, small yoga

So, Ciwt tends to keep her tech devices so long cobwebs begin to grow.  And little unexpected bugs start appearing, like her phone suddenly going completely kaput and then randomly returning to life. This cobweb growing can be problematic when she finally steps up for her next device because the new super duper device has no idea what the old device is saying.  Then some supremely qualified tech has to step in.

Ciwt had sort of forgotten this when she bought her new iphone on line with the intention of setting it up herself.  Well,....three hours on her landline with two Apple Care techs later (she thinks one might have started crying), the conversion from her old phone to her new one was finally accomplished.  Except for a glitch she had to go to the Apple Store today to have solved.

Tonight she goes to a meeting about her local park which is in sore need of upgrades to see if she can be of 'help.'  Stand back!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Red Apple --- Day 7/63

Walk: Hood 
Distance: 2 miles, small pedal

After 8 years and on May Day Ciwt is stepping up to a new iphone - and it is RED.  (At least it's not a sports car - and she didn;'t begin her day dancing around a Maypole like she had to at boarding school).

Monday, April 30, 2018

Lessons Because of Cats --- Day 7/62

Walk: Monday Hood Errands
Distance: 2 miles, Pedal, Yoga

Robo Vacs!  They get under everything: beds, bureaus, couches, chairs, you name it. Plus they are quiet as they whirr around.  And kind of like pets.  We all started wide eyed and hunched against the wall, but soon we were cozying up to the little sweeper that could.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

RBG Forever --- Day 7/61

Walk: Cinema Club (RBG)
Distance: 2 miles

After today's excellent documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Cinema Club Ciwt is busy selecting her RBG tee.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Long but Comfortable --- Day 7/60

Walk: A.C.T. 
Distance: 1 mile, Many Stairs

  Ensemble from Suzan-Lori Parks' play Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1,2&3 at A.C.T.

So when Ciwt tired of carrying boxes, heaters, bags of donation clothes down her stairs today she decided something stimulating was in order.  So, off to A.C.T. for a play by Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Fellowship and general all around genius Suzan-Lori Parks.  

Maybe because of all her Prizes and Awards, nobody dared to edit the playwright.  Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1,2&3 was very good but entirely too long. She felt this and so did the people sitting near her and those she heard talking in line for the Ladies Room after sitting two hours for the first act.  

Still very worthwhile plus when Ciwt went on line to look last minute there was an available frontish, centerish with comfortable seating ticket.  Too long?  Oh well.....

Friday, April 27, 2018

Know Thyself --- Day 7/59

Walk: Errands
Distance: 4 miles, small pedal

          Empty 'storage' boxes and Teacher

So this is what Ciwt's sometimes hidey cat taught her today:  She is not the sort of person who carefully fills empty boxes with seasonal or excess things and slides them under her bed.   Rather, she keeps some 'good' empty boxes, slides them under her bed and then doesn't remember they are there for years.  Until she gets a new cat with a new hiding place. 

Tomorrow they go. (Cat stays).  At least she didn't invest in a whole set or two of expensive Container Store under the bed 'solutions.'

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Going Native 2 --- Day 7/58

Walk: Asian Art Museum, Hayes Valley
Distance: 2.5 miles

Judas Ullulaq (Canadian, Inuit, 1937-1999), Inukshuk (like a person), 
1981-82, Steatite, walrus tusk, and musk ox horn.

Another of Ciwt's favorites from the deYoung Inuit collection.  She loves the strength in simplicity.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Going Native --- Day 7/57

Walk: Pet Store
Distance: 1 mile

David Ruben Piqtoukun (Canadian, Inuit, b. 1950), Bear in Shamanic Transformation,
 ca. 1991, Steatite, bone, alumium and paint.

Ciwt likes many of the pieces from the de Young's  modern Inuit collection.

Here's what the de Young signage has to say about this sculpture: As a young child, the artist of this piece was sent to a distant boarding school, which he calls his 'education in forgetting.' ' The rules were very straight forward for every Inuit or Indian, do not speak your language or even whisper your original language to yourself or anyone elso around you.' 
Piqtoukun learned stone carving from his brother, Abraham Anghik Ruben.  He describes this as 'an education in remembering' and collects Inuit mythologies and stories as sources of inspiration.  This work depicts the Bear-Man, a mighty sham symbolic of the spiritual power that humans sometimes lack.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Clear As Glass --- Day 7/56

Walk: Monday errands
Distance: 3 miles

Thge dark side of home ownership.  Time again for new windows and a little less sparkle for a while.