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 bankrupcy-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 she there were 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.  

Friday, August 10, 2018

Tacoma Debrief --- Day 7/163

Walk: Presidio
Distance: 3.8 miles, Yoga  

Tacoma from Ciwt's hotel window, Mount Ranier rising from the clouds in the distance
Not much of a photo but Ciwt found Tacome to be a stately small city with superb architecture, active seaport,in love with show cars and art, particularly glass art.  A lovely mix of history, enterprise, industry, art and architecture.  Ciwt (and many others she's sure) thinksTacoma is likely one of the next happening places for couples trying to make a family life and priced out of present tech cities as well as retirees (who don't mind a lot of rain in the winter).  If you aren't looking to move and just want a weekend getaway, there is more than enough for art and car lovers to do.  

Stay tuned for more Ciwt in Tacoma (maybe)...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

After 4 Days, Home at Last --- Day 7/162

Walk: Marin Driving Day, Still Walking Fingers at Computer
Distance: A Few Blocks, Wake Up Yoga

Got that license at DMV, Booked those flights, Even found hotel rooms and airport rides, reacclimated cats to Ciwt.  Yay, Ciwt.  Now she looks forward to a good.night's sleep, a nice long walk, maybe even a flick.  You know, home routines.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Oh, You Want A Room Too? --- Day 7/161

9Walk:  No, Travel Agent Day
Distance: 0, Yoga

So, when Ciwt opens her travel agency, you can take her advice right now: Don't Use It.

She spent most of the day booking her flights for a NYC trip while comforted by memories of her last hotel rate in the Big Apple..  Well, probably she should have checked hotels first.

That last trip was in winter and was actually cancelled because of a HUGE blizzard on the East Coast.  IF she had actually taken that trip, her hotel would have been @$200 per night, a soothing price for a very nice hotel in a terrific location.

As it rturns out, Ciwt learned, something happens to New York hotel prices when 1. the snow goes away and 2. the summer heat and humidity do as well: the hotel prices Triple.

Nota Bene if you have any future NYC trips in mind.  And don't even think of using CIWT Travel if you see it open.  Unless you are in search of a walking trip; she's great at those!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Ah, Me --- Day 7/160

Walk: No, Busy putting place back together after trip
Distance: just a little, Yoga

Happy Birthday, Ciwt, with Tulips 

Monday, August 6, 2018

DMV (?!) To The Rescue **--- Day 7/159

Walk: DMV
Distance: 4 miles, small yoga as she waited, and waited...

Even more of a hair-raising experience for everyone at DMV today - BUT read on....

Ciwt is happy to be home.  From her Seattle (Tacoma actually) trip* and especially from her last minute DMV license renewal/new Real ID appointment today.  Not her choice on the renewal timing; she had to do it in person this year and their first appointment time was the day before her expiration/birthday.  

Very clutchy but that was just the beginning.  When she got there the computers were down and it took them Forever to find her on the appointment list.  Turns out their computer omitted telling her to bring her passport so it would have to be just a license renewal today and then DMV return trip (gawd) for Real ID.  Oh well and up against the wall, onward (eventually!) to various registrations. The last of these was by a DMV SAINT who took pity on CIWT (and all of us because of broken computer) and gave her one hour to leave, get her passport and return.  

Uber round trip, back with the passport and on to picture taking before the test taking deadline in 1/2 hour.  Not so fast, Ciwt: Picture machine wouldn't take her thumbprint -gulp!  Saved by Another  DMV SAINT who did a workaround, and on to final requirement.  5 minutes to go and the test taking machine wouldn't take her thumbprint either**##!!  A Third  DMV Saint!!! to Ciwt's rescue.  And, with one minute to spare, Ciwt qualified for the CA Real ID one day before her birthday.

Whew!! And thanks for, who knew, kind and heroic efforts by Three CA DMV ** workers.

*Stay tuned for news on that.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Homeward Bount --- Day 7/158

Walk: SeaTac to SFO
Distance:  ?

Ciwt Returns to San Francisco

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Fragile Viewing --- Day 7/157

Walk: Museum of Glass, Tacoma
Distance: ?

Today Ciwt is visiting Tacoma's Museum of Glass

Friday, August 3, 2018

Seattle Bound --- Day 7/156

Walk: SFO then around Seattle/Tacoma
Distance: ?

Ciwt  lsnds in Seattle for a few days 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

What's a Space Needle? --- Day 7/155

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

All packed and ready to go meet brother in Seattle

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Trip Within the Trip --- Day 7/154

Walk: No, Busy discovering needed updates and hanging out on deck
Distance: A few blocks, Yoga

Because Ciwt doesn't travel (for real) very often (to say the least), every trip acquaints her with little things around her home that need, shall we say, updating.  Good news: many projects ahead when she returns...