Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Birds Have It --- Day 8/55

Walk: Presidio
Distance: 3 Miles, Yoga

Ciwt's club's Members' Photography was for the birds:

So which photo do you think is the best?  No! Not that one!  Yes, that one!  No! Yes!  (Bird on left is thinking  "Oh, Plueeze)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Parabellum on a Post-It --- Day 8/54

Walk: AMC Kabuki (John Wick 3: Parabellum)
Distance: 2 rainy miles, small yoga

    John Wick (Keanu Reeves) in Very Glam Antique Weapons Room
John Wick (Keanu Reeves in background right) in Ancient Texts Stacks of NY Public Library

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) and 'Friends' in Incredibly Elegant and Masculine Hotel

Ciwt has a friend who is a creative consultant to several successful artists and a movie buff like herself.  When she and he debrief about shows they've seen (he lives south of here), he always finds something positive when Ciwt is ready to pan the whole thing. We both agreed that the plot of John Wick 3: Parabellum could be written in its entirety on a Post-It sticker and that the beautifully choreographed but long and frequent fight scenes became mind-numbing.  But he pointed out that the costumes and settings are Excellent.  Weaving together a look that is both 1940's and futuristic the look of the film is tantalizing, especially as you try to identify their possible locations in New York.
Also riveting in its laconic way is Keanu Reeves with his tall, lean gait, dark stringy hair and non-challant am I in a movie?, oh well way.    

Of course, if you are male and younger than lets's say 40, you will love every fight scene, eat up the sparse dialogue, understand the often non-existent plot and go to Parabellum several times.

Friday, May 17, 2019

My Computer Ate My Homework - and Everything Else --- Day 8/52

Walk: No, Staring at Blank Computer
Distance: 0, Standing Behind Computer Tech with Fingers Crossed

Again and Again and Again, Most of the Day

So Ciwt's computer performed a trick her technician had never seen before: It devoured - or something - its entire contents.  In other words, absolutely everything for years on Ciwt's computer was gone.  Since she's writing this, you already know that after several hours (and many "I've never seen this.  No, that didn't work, I can't believe it, that didn't work either, etc., etc") her tech got things back and running, Ciwt began breathing again, and her computer historyless day was done.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Andy's Back in Town --- Day 8/52

Walk: SFMOMA (Andy Warhol from A to B and Back Again)
Distance: 2 Miles, Yoga Somewhere

Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1961

You know the rest of these iconic images:

Ciwt has to admit there is an undying fascination with Andy Warhol.  No matter that he has been over-exposed in museums, galleries, posters, coffee cups, postcards, tee shirts, pillows, umbrellas, you name it from Here to Timbuktu. There is still no 'over' with Warhol. And honestly that is for good reason: he revolutionized the art world so completely that no one has opened new territory or topped his sweeping impact yet.  Almost 60 years later, modern art is still in the age of Warhol.

'He' just finished a blockbuster show at the Whitney in New York; now he and his show are here at SFMOMA. And it is  a emarkable exhibit: deep, informative, intimate, filled with art you haven't seen or new slants on it.  

Most of the crowd at Members' Opening Day was Ciwt's age, but this is a week/work/rain day.  Will younger generations start flocking to Warhol?  We'll see, but don't count him out. Turns out Warhol believed in resurrection, honestly thought he would live again after he died.  And maybe he was right. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Plastic Yoga Room --- Day 8/51

Walk: Union Square Dentist 😝, PGCC Photo Show Setup, Bridge, Generally Avoiding Home Invasion and rain
Distance:  A few blocks,  No place for yoga

Living Room Yoga Area in Plastic
Older homes are full of character and have great appeal.  Until they develop 'small problems;' usually there is no such thing when you pull back the top coat and look at 100+ year old building materials. Such was the case in the part of Ciwt's living room ceiling that covers her workout area. Luckily there are many people out here who know how to work on the Victorians that abound and give our city character.  Meanwhile Ciwt's character isn't quite so mellow with not enought exercise.  Ommm, this too shall pass.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Back and Forth --- Day 8/50

Walk: Skin Doc, PGcc
Distance: 2 miles, small yoga

     Going to Fillmore

Ciwt's favorite curbside garden.  Always a joy and a brief trip to Italy to walk by.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Stump and Spire --- Day 8/49

Walk: Monday Errands
Distance: 5 miles, yoga stretches

When Andy Goldsworthy first began creating his site specific sculptures, he was asked about maitenance programs to keep them in good repair. "None," was the Scotland-based English artist's reply.  He sees his works as just one surface layer on the many layers of the earth as it evolves and wants them to evolve (devolve actually) according to all the  unpredictable vissisitudes of man and nature.

Along those lines, on her walk today Ciwt noticed that someone has created a new 'viewing seat' to study, contemplate, enjoy, whatever Goldsworthy's Spire off to the left.  Who carved this chair, how long it will last, how many will occupy it and in what position, whether and when it will be destroyed by man or nature, these questions are now out there more or less side-by-side with Spire

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Pre$tigue? No Thank You --- Day 8/48

Walk: No
Distance:  Housework (for ailing cleaning woman), Yoga, Pedal

Ciwt is thinking actual trips these days, so she's also thinking suitcases and the fact that lifting her luggage onto the overhead compartments is getting to be a bit, well, challenging.  The gorgeous and prestigious is probably still being carried by the young billionaires around here and the world (rather by their porters).  But Ciwt recently gave away her prietty and heavy Longchamps luggage in favor of the sturdiest and lightest weight, easiest to keep clean luggage she could find.  And she likes it!


Valextra Costa Suitcase (small) $7,950

Ari and Jacqueline Onassis each owned an entire set.  There is no information on weight, but the suitcase is made of brushed, inked, lacquered leather with molded steel frame so Ciwt images it is quite heavy.  Not that its owner would be the one carrying it.

The owners probably do carry the soft (calfskin) trolley bag ($2800 and also weighty) onto their private transports.  Both bags can be and probably are monogrammed.


Ciwt's soft (reinforced nylon) Lipault Paris Suitcase (4.9 lbs) and 'trolley' bag
(backpack actually.  1.7 lbs)   Ultralightweight easy to carry on and lift.  Oh, and under $350 for both.