Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Halloween* Decoration Contest Winner: Every (Non)Body Wins! --- Day 12/297

Walk: Hood

Distance: 3 miles

And More.  They are all Halloween winners for brightening and frightening Ciwt's Neighborhood.  Happy Halloween, dear readers.    


Why is Halloween celebrated on October 31?

There are two answers to this question: a pagan one and a Christian one.

The ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, which occurred on November 1 but kicked off the evening before, is considered the earliest known root of our secular Halloween traditions. It marked a pivotal time of year when seasons changed, but more importantly, observers also believed the boundary between this world and the next became especially thin, enabling them to connect with the dead. This is also where the history of Halloween gains its "haunted" connotations.

As the etymology of the name suggests, Halloween has Christian roots too. Celebrations of Christian martyrs and saints date back to 4th-century Rome. In the early 7th century, Pope Boniface IV put All Saints' Day on the calendar when he dedicated the Pantheon in Rome to the saints, but the day was May 13. In the next century, Pope Gregory III changed the day to November 1 when he dedicated a chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica to the saints. Yet another century later, Pope Gregory IV added All Saints' Day to the universal Christian calendar, officially extending the celebration from Rome to churches everywhere.

With the Christian celebration of All Saints' Day on November 1 came All Hallows' Eve, or Halloween, on October 31, as well as All Souls' Day on November 2—a three-day holiday collectively called Hallowtide.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Halloween Contest: Treat or Treaters, Don't Bother --- Day 12/294

Walk: Fingers on Keyboard mostly

Distance: 1 mile

No Trick or Treat Spirit in these places!

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Halloween Boy and His Dog --- Day 12/292

Walk: Vet for annual visits

Distance: 3 miles

So, with a picture of a halloween pet, Ciwt celebrates getting both her (yowling) pets to, through and home from their annual wellness visits.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Monday, October 23, 2023

True Masterful Tales: Down and Up --- Day 12/289

Walk: Opera Plaza Cinema & Hood

Distance: 6 miles

So, Ciwt has been catching up on two true life tales told materfully on film.  One a downer, the other the opposite.

First the downer.  Not at all because it isn't told well.  In the case of Martin Scorcese's Killers of the Flower Moon, the word 'masterful' more than applies.  Many are calling his movie a Masterpiece which Ciwt didn't understand because she had a few quibbles with it here and there.  Then she spoke with a friend who is highly educated in film technique and learned that when film experts use 'masterpiece' they are often referring to things like scene set up, lighting, camera choice and angle and other technicalities beyond acting and plot development.  

So, Killers is likely a masterpiece but it is also 3 1/2 hours of watching which is demanding for the viewer. And it tells a bleak and, unfortunately, absolutely true story.

The up story. Nyad,  is a masterpiece of swimming .  Or rather singluarly rugged, nearly inhuman determination, focus, stamina,  courage while in the act of swimming.  Also true.  And also of excellent and courageous acting on the part of two legendary actors of a certain age.  

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Annual Neighborhood Halloween Decoration Contest: Extravaganza! --- Day 12/288

Walk: Hood

Distance: 4 miles

Always a WOW!   These wonderful holiday decorators live on a corner and decorate along both sides of the house, on the sidewalks across from the house, their lawn and their front entry.  Special Commendation from CIWT.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Friday, October 20, 2023

Annual Neighborhood Halloween Decoration Contest: Single Scary Image --- Day 12/286

Walk: Hood

Distance: 4 miles

The Annual Neighborhood Halloween Decoration Contest Returns!!

Thursday, October 19, 2023

You Are NOT Forgotten --- Days 12/275- 285

Walks:  All Around SF

Distances: 3.5 miles average

So, when Ciwt doesn't write please, dear and very important readers, don't think she is just sitting around ignoring you.  Never!  You are always on her mind.  But her mind has a way of getting over stimulated by things like San Francisco attractions, beloved houseguests, still settling into her 'new' home and maybe even a trip or two.  

To catch you up a bit, here are a few of the overstimulation culprits:

Road Trips:

Sonoma Square and Mission



                                                                 Rotunda Room


And of course (thanks to friends prodding her) Opera:

Lohengrin at SF Opera

Plane Trips: 
Oh and a visit to her old/new home town.  Probably you can tell which is which below: