Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Crystallization --- Days 10/202 & 203

Walk: 1. SFMOMA to give art tour  2. Hood

Distance: 1. 4 miles, small yoga  2. 4.6 miles

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992, American, also active France), Untitled, 1992, oil on canvas

Probably of  sunflowers, this luminous painting by abstract artist, Joan Mitchell. is possibly her last before dying in 1992.  It is rare to see such vigor and freshness late in an artist's life.  

An inspiring way to end and crystallize Ciwt's recent tour of SFMOMA with a young couple who are eagerly beginning their art journey.  

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Thanksgiving Leftovers --- Days 10/199, 299, 201

Walk: 1. SFMOMA via Cable Car Museum 2. Brief Hood 3. Ditto (busy preparing art tour)

Distance: 1. 9.4! miles 2. 2 miles, yoga 3. 4.7 miles, a little yoga

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Favorite Holiday --- Day 10/198

Walk: Presidio, But mostly day at home feeling thankful for it and many other things & people (like CIWT readers 😊)

Distance: 5 miles, Yoga

Ciwt wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Personal Preparations --- Day 10/197

Walk: Vogue Theater

Distance: 3 miles

Thanksgiving is tomorrow so Ciwt decided to beat the usual throngs at grocery stores by buying her full personal feast yesterday.  And keeping with the same wish to stay away from holiday movie goers (probably not that many this covid influenced year), she joined six other people in random seats scattered throughout her neighborhood Vogue Theater.  Our movie was Kenneth Branaugh's semi-autobiographical Belfast.

Hard to imagine a basically light, tender, loving, family movie about The Troubles in Northern Ireland during the 60's (with flare ups that continue to this day).  But that is what writer-director Branaugh achieves through his innovative script and selection/direction of superior actors including a young newcomer who holds the screen as well as the incomparable Judi Dench. The use of the Irishman, Van Morrison's music throughout is a master stroke - and wonderful for Ciwt to hear again.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Perspective --- Day 10/196

Walk: Pre-Thanksgiving Hood Errands

Distance: 5.5 miles 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Monday and What an Answer! --- Day 10/195

Walk: Presidio

Distance: 4 miles, Yoga

Pacific Avenue, 1929 (notice the brick wall; it's the exact same location!)

Pacific Avenue, 2021

Thank you, internet, for solving yesterday's mystery of the benches on the sidewalk a block above Ciwt's home.   

There's no transportation up there on Pacific now, but, turns out There Was!  A Cable car! And it turned around right on that block of Pacific Avenue!  AND when the line closed in November 1929, it was such a monumental event that its last run was professionally filmed.

There's more!!!   That very film is right here https://www.streetcar.org/incredible-film-cable-cars-on-pacific-ave-1929/  Absolutely must viewing for those of you who love old historical films, railroads, and/or San Francisco.

And here's even more information:

A Movietone Newreel crew spent several days filming the Pacific Avenue cable car line before it closed in November 1929. It was the last line still operating grip and trailer cars, and the crew was particularly intrigued by how they reversed direction at the end of the line. The second half of the film shows the parade marking the end of operations on the line.

The Sutter Avenue Street Railroad had been extended west along Pacific Avenue to Divisadero Street in 1890-91. After the 1906 earthquake, the rest of the line was converted to electric streetcar operation. But the last few blocks at the end were still cable operated, in part because of the grades, and in part because of the affluent neighborhood's objections to "unsightly" overhead wires. The No. 46 grip car and No. 54 trailer car from this line are on display at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum. To read more about the history of this line, go here: http://www.cable-car-guy.com/html/ccs... Thanks to Joel K. and his friend at Market Street Railway for help with identification.

What a treasure trove!!  

https://www.streetcar.org/incredible-film-cable-cars-on-pacific-ave-1929/  (again)

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sunday Mysteries --- Days 10/193 & 194

Walk: 1. Hood  2. Hood

Distance: 1. 3.5 miles  2. 1 mile, Yoga

So Ciwt has walked by this neighborhood house for decades without noticing that it has 4 wood and wrought iron benches embedded in the sidewalk in front of it.  1. Why?*  2. Why hasn't she seen/questioned this before?   Hmmmm...

* No, they aren't for people waiting for buses; there's no transportation anywhere near the house.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Wired Thoughts --- Days 10/189, 190, 191,192

Walk: 1. Hood/Presidio  2. Hood/Presidio  3. Hood/Presidio 4. SFMOMA, West Portal

Distance: 1. 4 miles, yoga  2. 3.7 miles, yoga  3. 2 miles, yoga 4. 4.5 miles

So, Ciwt has an A#1 excuse for playing hooky from CIWT for so many days: The Wire!  

For a while she was feeling guilty, maybe even ashamed to be hooked on an 'ancient' TV show (2002-2008), but turns out she's right on schedule.  Or rather that any time is the right time to shamelessly watch or rewatch The Wire.  In fact, just this month 206 international critics who voted in BBC Culture's poll selected The Wire as the greatest TV series of the 21st Century.  In fact, it might be just about now that The Wire is really coming into its own since the subtitles are much better and the show was overlooked by many viewers when it first aired.  

Part of why it was overlooked was that The Wire demands a great deal of its viewers. There are a myriad of characters speaking their various street vernaculars and involved in elaborately plotted - but acutely authentic and largely unpredictable- activities.  

Watching The Wire is a prolonged event. First there is the initial viewing which is a challenge because your ears are straining to understand the lingo (nearly impossible) while your eyes are reading the streaming subtitle as well as watching the characters brought to life on the screen by uniformly brilliant actors. And, your emotions are all over the place as some beloved favorites are betrayed or endanger themselves or double cross other beloved favorites.

After the viewing, there comes the review reading.  One reviewer in particular is stunningly thorough with right on and long reviews.  Then you might read the readers' comments about the review.  All this while you are absorbing the often difficult and devastating action or chomping at the bit to get back to your screen. 

For the most part, The Wire's drug dealers, drug kingpins, dock workers, cops (renegade or straight arrow), politicians (as clean as possible or downright dirty), dock workers (U.S. or foreign) and other characters are far, far removed from people you (or at least Ciwt) know on a personal basis.  But when you watch The Wire, they become the people in your life, the ones you have passions about, the ones that make you feel like throwing something across the room or bring you to tears, breaking your heart in large and small ways.  (Rest in peace Michael K. Williams).

Okay, enough already on her excuse except to say Ciwt has two more seasons (26 episodes) to go .....