January 23, 2005

Yesterday Carrie & I took an urban hike through the stairway gardens of the Castro. (I love the Urban Explorations site - lots of fun walks with secret hidden San Francisco treats.)We started down at the Sanchez-Liberty loop instead of up by the Castro theatre, and finished our walk with a lovely lunch at Last Supper Club. Clicking on the tiny photos will pop larger ones. Enjoy!

We saw lots of crazy houses - this was one of our favorites. I loved the detailing on the door-windows; Carrie loved the cute Turkish details on the top. We walked down Pemberton Street - a 3 block long street that is a stairway with pretty landings - including a water fountain for both doggies and their people.
We saw so many giant and gorgeous plants. Huge succulents, strange trees and vines, and this guy. I hope to someday have such a garden at my house.I'm going to live up to Carrie's nickname for me on this walk - I'm a big meanie, so I won't tell you precisely which set of stairs was our very favorite. But I will tell you that this charming hobbittey door into someone's yard was only a tiny piece of the charm.
A view from the top of one of the staircases. The rains have left everything so lush this January. If the foliage and beginnings of cherry blossoms are any indication, we're going to have marvellous flowers this spring. I loved all the crazy vertical stepped yards. This strange tree was growing out of a huge ball base that stuck out of a hillside yard. The tree itself grew straight up and over the sidewalk, almost to the height of the house above.
There's a tiny hilltop park up on Twin Peaks. You climb some old wooden stairs, and find a large flat park area with a gorgeous 360 view. Old eucalyptus trees smelled like home, and provided some much-welcom shade

Posted by shock at 09:27 AM
January 21, 2005

We have a passel of symphony tickets for the next few months. Here's what we'll be seeing. Interested in getting a ticket and joining us for an evening out?

27 January - Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

4 February - Oundjian conducts Haydn, Mozart, and Chopin

18 February - Metzmacher conducts Schumann's Das Paradies und die Per

11 March - MTT conducts Mahler's 7th

27 May - MTT conducts Knussen and Prokofiev

3 June - Cleveland Orchestra plays Mozart & Stravinsky

Posted by shock at 09:09 AM
January 20, 2005

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave - O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

I will confess that I cried this morning on my drive to work, listening to the inauguration of a President I don't support who will be at the helm of my country for the next four years. I cried tears of sorrow, tears of rage, and tears of frustration. Bitter, and not at all sweet.

I turned off the radio after the musicians were done. (Our military has some fine, fine musicians.) I loaded a CD - and listened to some Ani D., trying to find an antidote. And I fantasized about what the transcript would look like if Senator Barbara Boxer could give remarks, as she did at Rice's confirmation hearing. I am fiercely proud to be represented by Senator Boxer. The tears turned bittersweet.

And then I reminded myself of my committments just after the election. I still find them best voiced by my friend Dan:

Now begins not only planning for the next campaign four years from now, but the concerted efforts until then to protect our country and the entire world from the actions of our very own government.

For every horrible thing that the Republican regime will do with their new "mandate" is an equal and opposite demand to counter it. Every victim of their crusades is another person that must be helped.

For every LGBT American they demonize, we will fight for their rights.

For every clinic they picket or bomb, we will fight to keep them open.

For every person without health insurance, we will fight to provide it.

For every person kept poor and hungry, we will help to lift them up.

For every forest or wetland they despoil, we will fight to protect and restore them.

For every person unjustly imprisoned, tortured, or harassed, we will fight to free them.

For every soldier or civilian they kill or harm, we will help them to heal and forgive.

For every nation, every culture, every religion they attack and try to destroy, we will reach out to them with understanding and *real* compassion.

The Lambda Fund, Human Rights Campaign, Amnesty International, Oxfam, ACLU, Sierra Club, Red Cross and Red Crescent, American Friends Service Committee, and on and on the list goes.

Bush and the other 51% of America may not be our enemy, but they are our responsibility. What horrors they perpetrate in the name of the United States of America we have the duty to mitigate and undo. For those Americans gifted with some measure of sense, conscience, and compassion, the tasks at hand are clear.

Okay, people - it's time to get to work.

This morning I donated to Planned Parenthood, Scarleteen, and Lambda Legal. This Saturday I plan to participate in the counter-march Logan talks about here. I have mailed my Congressional representatives and told them I stand behind the ACLU's call to action to President Bush, and requested their support. (You can, too. The ACLU makes it easy; you don't have to be a member. Though I encourage you to join, as well.)
I still find myself teary this morning - but I'd rather cry and rage and change things, one step at a time. Thanks so much to my amazing friends, who ground me, and remind me of that, every day, by word & example.

and i suited up for the long walk - back to myself - closer to the ground now - with sorrow and stealth --Ani D.

Posted by shock at 12:09 PM
January 14, 2005

What a glorious morning. The Bernal sunshine is out in force. My sun salutations finally felt good again - like a meditation, instead of a chore. News of two new lemur species from Juliette. I ripped up a bunch of weeds in my yard in my pjs. (They're all on the patio, but who cares? I'll clean them up this weekend.) I planted 2 dozen tulips I brought back from Amsterdam. (Black, black parrot, and fire engine red with yellow streaks.) Much dirt. Then a long shower. A bit of kitchen tidy with my second americano. A lovely talk with my best girl.

I'm looking forward to lunch with an old friend today. And cooking a nice dinner at home tonight. (Beca - you and AJ want to come hang out in the kitchen?) There will be a lot of work in between - but hey - I know how to do that. It's just work.

It's amazing what a little dirt can do for a girl.

Posted by shock at 09:35 AM
January 10, 2005

Massive sheets of rain gusting and falling down floor-to-ceiling glass windows. White bordeaux. Oysters, anchovies, and a white pizza with gorgonzola, mascarpone, pine nuts, and rosemary. A visit from Browse and Shelley. Magical neighbors at the bar; Tom Ammiano celebrating his final swearing-in as supervisor upstairs. Finishing Walk on Water. A decadent piece of chocolate gateaux from my rad waiter.

An evening alone with Russell. Thinking good birthday thoughts for Patrick from the candlelit living room. More rain.

A clean house. The last of the holiday detritus cleared away. Two kinds of soup (celery/celeriac with coriander, and cauliflower fondue.) Pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil, a smiley talky baby, and my best girl. A drink with my dad. (I'm such a daddy's girl.)

And a few solid night's sleep. Bliss.

Posted by shock at 07:02 AM
January 07, 2005

Provided I don't get called in on a work emergency, I plan to be hanging out in the front bar at Zuni tomorrow around 11 or noon with my journal, some oysters, and a book.

Check in via SMS or just stop in to say hi?

Posted by shock at 09:12 AM
January 05, 2005

This morning, Gyre met Oingo Boingo.

Have you seen my garden? It is most peculiar.
Have you seen my garden?
Nothing there that grows looks anything at all like plants.
I hear their voices.

Posted by shock at 10:40 AM
January 02, 2005
105 in 2005

Here we go again! This year's uberlist. I'll be pasting it into my paper journal again for regular watching, and check in here every once in a while. If you're interested in your own, consider signing up for the LJ uberlists community! Other links: About Uberlists -- 104 in 2004

Here we go!

1. Plant a Japanese Maple in the front yard.
2. Price & design a DIY-remodel of the upstairs bathroom.
3. Execute said remodel.
4. Reroof the house.
5. Ditch the last of the pink carpet.
6. Buy goblin an area run for the bedroom.
7. Refinance the house, if it makes sense.
8. Plot the kitchen remodel.
9. Plants in the lightshaft Ė with the drainage planning that entails.
10. Tile the yard.
11. Buy a smoker. Use it.
12. Replace the deck. Itís getting treacherous.
13. Refresh the silver photos.
14. Match the daily flatwear. Buy more forks and butter knives.
15. Find the right rollers for the office chairs, or get new chairs. You are so over the towels.
16. Closet reclamation: under-stairs closet.
17. confidential

18. See Laverne at least once a month. Drop the excuses, already.
19. Host Nathanís baby shower.
20. Grandmaís birthday in February.
21. confidential
22. Be kinder to myself.
23. 6 day trips.
24. Sunday dinners with the Leckmans.
25. Set up that regular Dodd date. Keep to it.
26. Bimonthly: cook with Adam.
27. confidential
28. Have a date with yourself. Once a month.
29. Quarterly donations. Not just end-of-year.

30. Morning sun salutations.
31. Up your yoga practice to twice a week.
32. Weigh 150.
33. When done losing weight, buy a custom corset.
34. Get your moles checked.
35. Get on your bike. Ride it. More than once.
36. More hot tubs.
37. Maintain new dental regimen.
38. confidential
39. confidential

40. Take the fleaclan to the Exploratorium.
41. And the Carlson clan to the zoo.
42. MOMA with Carol F. or Heidi.
43. Asian Art Museum.
44. Visit James, or James us. In person-time, thatís the thing.
45. Take Russell to Yosemite.
46. Travel at least once outside the US. (Paris/Barcelona tix purchased!)
47. Travel to 3 new places in the US.
48. Visit Lo in LA.
49. Visit Danielle in Alaska.
50. Visit Little Anne in Minnesota.
51. Visit Katie in NYC.
52. Sneak away to Mendocino.
53. Road trip in Gyre.
54. Travel by train. Overnight, at minimum.
55. Panning Man!
56. Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge.
57. 3 Urban hikes. Donít be afraid to do Ďem on your own.

58. Have people over for dinner at least once a month.
59. Have Larz & Sparky over for dinner.
60. Get that regular date with Robert and Laureen scheduled. Regularly.
61. Have Aimee & Heidi over for dinner.
62. Hernandez dinner. At least 3.
63. Host two crafty gatherings.
64. Teach some friends 42.
65. Have four 42 evenings.
66. Pastry day with Heather & Naomi.
67. Co-host a dinner party with Tom & William at the Wabe.
68. Lo: getaway weekend.
69. Call in those outstanding dinner gifts: Chris.
70. Call in those outstanding dinner gifts: Heidi.

71. Finish piecing the puppy quilt.
72. Quilt the darned thing.
73. Make an ao dai.
74. Post at least 1 recipe a month to gastronome.
75. Post the timpano, already.
76. Cook at least 1 new thing a month.
77. Collaborate on some stationary designs with Tammy.
78. Make your own damned bath bombs.
79. Finish wedding site. With photos.
80. Make holiday gifts.
81. Ship them in time, already.

82. Learn to knit. Again.
83. Complete a scarf.
84. Learn to bookbind.
85. Make two books.
86. Learn more about food photography & processing.
87. Complete Pimsleur French lessons.
88. Make a torchon of foie gras. Feed it to people.
89. Make jam/preserves this summer. Get over your fear of canning.

90. Go to the farmersí market at least once a month.
91. Read 3 books a month. Minimum.
92. 50 book challenge.
93. You have a branch library right across the street. Use it.
94. Send fun things to the dance card folks.
95. Fresh flowers in the office once a month. They make you happy.
96. Go to the French Laundry with Peter & Nancy.
97. Keep Gyre clean.
98. Encounter live music. (Symphony doesnít count.)
99. Have lunch with Beca in the Gapeteria. (Youíve only been talking about it for how many years?)
100. Be on time. All the time.
101. Perfect mochas.
102. Perfect macchiatos.
103. One more pair of boots.
104. Watch your uberlist.
105. Do it again.

Posted by shock at 01:00 PM
January 01, 2005

I just finished updating my 2004 uberlist - not too bad for my first year out. It's been a wonderful tool this year; a reminder of life goals and whimsy in the back of my journal.

56 items completed; 2 items with half-credit. 3 became inapplicable through various means during the year. 9 are in progress, but not enough for credit. I'll likely carry over 24 items to the 2004 list (four of which were 'complete' this year.)

I'm good with that.

Posted by shock at 10:45 AM