Sunday, February 17, 2019

Blue Tape Brigade --- Days 7/340. 341 &342

Walk: 1. Hood   2. Mostly British Film Festival (Edie, Looking for Lennon)  3. Cinema Club (STYX)
Distance: 1. 3 Rainy, Breezy Miles, yoga  2. 1.5 cold miles  3. 2  chilly miles, Yoga


Blue tape starts small, then gets bigger and bigger as Ciwt gets bolder and more ruthless. For the past few days Ciwt has been deep into her closets, bookshelves, under her bed and noticing again all the things that have been hiding in plain sight over the years.  All the while carrying her roll of blue tape, ripping it and sticking it onto all the objects that will be taken away by a couple of organizer/drill sergeants on Wednesday. 

Lots of her friends have done these deep clean outs over the years in the process of moving to new homes, but this is Ciwt's first experience with an 'almost moving' purge.  She's been pre-selecting with her blue tape in order to practice imagining her place wihout these objects/friends/identity/whatever they may mean to her.  How will it feel when there is empty space where they have been sitting all these years?  Free, open, airy, spacious she hopes, but it is still a bit unnerving.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine Flowers --- Day 7/339

Walk: Not really (Rain/Wind Again), downstairs and to de Young Museum for Monet opening
Distance: A Few Blocks, Yoga

So, Ciwt was at Trader Joe's a couple of days ago and could barely get in because of the crush of flowers and hearts everywhere.  Wah?? she thought.  Then she clicked, Valentine's Day was coming!
 Now today, here it is and what better place to celebrate it than the Cocktail Exhibition Preview of the de Young's new show MONET, the late years .

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Atmospheric River at Ground Level --- Day 7/338

Walk:  No (Another Opportunity Day for Home Projects 😒)
Distance: 0, Yoga

Pretty When Wet




Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Crowning King --- Day 7/337

Walk: Pre-Atmospheric River Errands and SF Playhouse (King of the Lees)
Distance: 4.5 miles

Just home from the first few hours of our latest 'atmospheric river,'  the first few days of SF Playhouse's production of King of the Yees and an after play talk with the actors.  Excellent experience all the way around, but, yawn, now it is late.  Tomorrow. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sun Goes Down on Another Nail Clip --- Day 7/336

Walk: Fillmore
Distance: 8 blocks, Yoga


Sunday, February 10, 2019

The B Word --- Days 7/334 & 5

Walk: 1. No (Cold & Rain & Wind, all day)  2. Later (but still cold and showers)
Distance: 1. 0 and Too Boared, ooops, bored to do yoga 2. 3.4 Forced miles, Forced yoga

Constant (seeming) rain and cold, no new movies, closets capered, book group books read, basically All rainy day projects completed.  No matter how she looks at it Ciwt is B-O-R-E-D.  (She'll recover...)

Friday, February 8, 2019

Keepers???? --- Days 7/331,332 & 333

Walk: 1. Union Square Returns
          2. Keeper Clothes Fittings
          3. Put Dress Up Section Together and To Rest
Distance: 1. 5 Miles and Yoga   2.  3 Miles and Yoga   3.  Rainstorm and Yoga

Sorry for the CIWT gap but Ciwt was busy making her final decisions about all those dresses she ordered on line.  Sadly, the ones above had to go back.  But now they are available for You!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

In A 2-Month Tizzy --- Day 7/330

Walk: Hood Errands Before Tech Appt
Distance: 3 Miles

Preparing for Techman Visit and Somehow Taking Selfie

Really, how does Ciwt's Tech Hero do it?  She's good at preparing a slew of questions between visits.  Then when he arrives, she's excellent at handing him the list of questions all neatly typed. "Oh, Good," he says. "Let's get started.  Explain what you mean by the first question.."

This is when Ciwt starts falling apart. Of course she has totally forgotten the circumstances of that question or how to reconstruct the problem she would like solved and/or how to explain it in a way that makes sense to him.  Then many minutes go by during which we try to arrive at some approximation of what she is asking him to work on.  Because he is nice and patient, he and Ciwt usually get there, and then he solves her problem.

"OK, now what about your second question....."  Question after Question the process repeats.

And the wonder is he Does solve them - every one - all the while remaining nice, kind, patient, even fun.  At that point Ciwt is always appreciative even while her brain is spinning in her head. 

This happens about every 2 months...

Monday, February 4, 2019

All the (Hopefully) Pretty Dresses --- Day 7/329

Walk: No
Distance: Yoga, Dresses On, Off, On, Off

Yay, Boxes to Play In!  
Since joining her club Ciwt has had need for a few new dresses but no desire to spend much for them.  Especially because the small fancy dress part of her closet contains old, mostly unworn and dated garments she remembers spending a pretty penny for.  Enter the internet and the deep discount departments of famous stores.  After spending hours on line pouring through pictures she located a few she will give a try.  They arrived today- in a driving rainstorm.  Perfect weather for the trying on ordeal.  Fingers crossed.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Rainy Days, Movies and Bowl Game --- Day 7/328

Walk: Cinema Club (Woman At War)
Distance:  2 Miles

An excellent film from Iceland with a terrible title.  Ciwt suggests ignoring the latter and going to the film when it comes to your local theater.  It was also an excellent prelude to the annual Men At War in Super Bowl LIII.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Fun (For Some) After the Storm --- Day 7/327

Walk: Crissy Field
Distance: 3 Miles, Wee Yoga

      Crissy Field Beach Usually

                                             Crissy Field Beach Today (is Where?)

The Bay Area had a big blow rainstorm last night so Ciwt went down to Crissy Field today to check out what Mother Nature had wrought.  Turned out basically nothing except an enormously high tide that disappeared the beach and created huge, pond size puddles on the walkway.  Those latter in turn attracted ecstatic dogs and children frolicking, splashing and getting completely soaked. Near them were owners and parents yelling "Stop! Get Out of the Water! No!"  To no avail, of course.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Revival --- Day 7/326

Walk: AMC Metreon Theater (They Shall Not Grow Old)
Distance: 2.6 miles, Yoga

     AMC Metreon, Theater 12 Entrance

Walk right in, sit right down, go back 100 years to the front lines of World War I in Peter Jackson's  movie They Shall Not Grow Old.  Like many people Ciwt has studied World War I history and read some of the greatest books about it like All Quiet on the Western Front, The Guns of August, Birdsong.  So she felt she had some mental picture of that war.  Until today when Jackson showed her the vast difference between intellectually knowing and actually witnessing.

Through sheer love, dedication, technical innovation and peristence Jackson took old WWI film footage and 1960's interviews with survivors 'as is' (ie, shrunken, scratched, nearly black, barely audible and other ravages of age), applied virtual technical wizardry and came up with a coherently  plotted, well paced, narrated, scored 'contemporary' documentary Thanks to him, You Are There, looking directly at and listening to the young soldiers, horses, trenches, battlefields of World War I.  The horrors are all there but handled in such a way that you don't look away, and there is so much more: dailiness, humor and play (yes!), nobility, duty among them none of it sensationalized.   You Are Engrossed, and your horizons and humanity are vastly, vastly expanded.

Thank you,  Mr.Jackson .