Saturday, March 28, 2020

Nice to Read Anyway --- Day 8/353

Walk: No (Rain and Sleepy)

Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald

So, along with many other people, Ciwt received an email copy of a letter from F. Scott Fizgerald while quarantined in the South of France during the Spanish Flu pandemic in the early 1900's. There were all the lyrical sentences, the boozey references, the ongoing frenemy spat with Hemingway. Ciwt has long loved Fitzgerald's writing and was thrilled to read a letter she'd never encountered before.

Unfortunately, the reason she'd never encountered it was that it was actually written
like now by Nick Farriella of the humor website McSweeney's.  But Ciwt is going to post it anyway, for nostalgia's sake.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Look Up Sunshine --- Day 8/351 & 352

Walk: 1. No  2. Presidio
Distance: 1. Pedal, Yoga   2. 3 miles, Pedal, Yoga

There's a young street artist a few blocks down who has a way of gladdening Ciwt's heart.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Walking and Learning --- Day 8/350

Walk: Presidio
Distance: 5 miles

Pershing Square, El Presidio de San Francisco

Pursuing her current interest in history, revived from college major days, Ciwt took a closer look today at Pershing Square on the Main Post of the Presidio.  The flagpole marks the site of General 'Black Jack' Pershing's house while he was briefly Commander of the Presidio in 1913-15.  It commemorates General Pershing's highly distinquished and much decorated career as well, sadly, as the house fire that claimed the lives of his wife and three of his children while Pershing was in Texas pursuing Mexican revolutionary 'Pancho Villa.'

The flagpole is  flanked on either side by cannon. The name of one, El Birgen de Barbaned, wraps around the barrel, and when Ciwt returned home she found it was forged in Lima, Peru, and, along with five other Spanish cannons in the Presidio, is among the oldest artillery in North America.

El Brigen de Barbaned

dated 1693

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Flower Power --- Days 8/348 & 349

Walks: Hood
Distance: Only a mile, yoga

Tulips are Here!!!

Luckily San Francisco, like Ciwt, considers fresh flowers a necessity.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Art Around the World --- Day 8/346

Walk: Hood
Distance: 2.5 miles

You Know Who*

Let Ciwt be maybe the 50th person who has made you aware of on line virtual tours of 2500 museums, world class and otherwise.

And for you opera and classical music buffs these opera and symphony companies are streaming works for you to enjoy from home.

Of course there's online yoga, workouts, brainiac stuff, you name it.  If we have to shelter in place, this seems a good era to be doing it in.

* In case not:

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, known as LEONARDO DA VINCI (Vinci,1452-Amboise,1519),
Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, known as the Mona Lisa, c. 1503-19
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Friday, March 20, 2020

Wouldn't Have Thought of Those Places Myself --- Day 8/345

Walk: Presidio
Distance: 3.5 Miles, small yoga

Cats Have Their Own Ideas About Sheltering in Place

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Presidio Shelter --- Day 8/344

Walk: Presidio
Distance: 2.75 miles, Yoga

Someone's Sheltering in Place Along Andy Goldsworthy's Wood Line

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Inhale, Exhale --- Day 8/343

Walk: No
Distance: Yoga x 3

Thank goodness for indoor exercise.  (But wouldn't it be nice if it were a bit more fun)?