Motion 3: Calgary Olympic Park, Great China in Berkeley, Fillmore Street in San Francisco

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to share photos of things and people in motion.

Here are a few random pictures from self’s various peregrinations:

Calgary Olympic Park

Calgary Olympic Park, April 2015

Great China Restaurant, Berkeley, CA: October 2014

Great China Restaurant, Berkeley, CA: October 2014

Fillmore Street (closed to traffic for the annual jazz festival), July 2014

Fillmore Street (closed to traffic for the annual jazz festival), July 2014

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Afloat 6: Butterflies and Birds

One day last year, self trekked to Golden Gate Park to see an exhibit at the de Young, then stopped by the Conservatory of Flowers to look at the Butterfly habitat:

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Golden Gate Park, Strybing Arboretum, and the Conservatory of Flowers are some of her favorite places to visit.

Not sure what this is. Could be a moth, could be a butterfly.

Not sure what this is. Could be a moth, could be a butterfly.

About a year ago, self went to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and strolled about the grounds. She was entranced by the flocks of birds on the bird feeders.

On the Grounds of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum

On the Grounds of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Blur: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is BLUR.

  • Share a photo that’s a blur.

Self has LOTS of those kinds of pictures!

For some reason, her blurred pictures are some of her most emotional. She thinks it’s because they project a sense of evanescence.

Poems Upon Request: IRT-Lexington Subway Line, Uptown on 51st

Poems Upon Request: This enterprising man charged $10 per poem. Encountered on the IRT-Lexington Subway Line Headed Uptown, 51st Street & Lexington Station

San Francisco, Viewed From Point Richmond: February 2015

San Francisco, Viewed From Point Richmond: February 2015

Captured on my Cell Phone: The Pacific Ocean Viewed From Elk, CA

Captured with Self’s Cell Phone: The Pacific Ocean Viewed From Elk, CA: January 2015. Just looking at this picture makes self dizzy.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Yellow 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The theme this week on The Daily Post Photo Challenge is the color YELLOW.

Self stumbled across this beauty parlor, right across the street from Mitchell’s Ice Cream in San Francisco. They specialize in cutting children’s hair.

Interior, Barber Shop, San Francisco

Interior, Barber Shop, San Francisco

Way to re-cycle old window shutters: paint yellow, fill spaces with cactus. This was the idea of self’s friend, Sandy, who has a number of these lining one wall of her fence.

Sandy Pachaud's creativity knows no bounds.

Sandy Pachaud’s creativity knows no bounds!

And, finally, the classic summer combo: chips and hot dog with mustard.

They sell these at the summer concerts in Stafford Park, just a block and a half from self's home.

They sell these at the summer concerts in Stafford Park, just a block and a half from self’s home.

Who would have thought the prompt this week would be so much fun?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Gone But Not Forgotten 2: This Week’s WordPress Photo Challenge

For this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, we’re asked to commemorate what’s “gone but not forgotten.”

Straw Angels: They were a present from Ying, who passed away Sept. 11, 2008.

Straw Angels: They were a present from Ying, who passed away Sept. 11, 2008.

Self has a lot of doggie tree ornaments. Once upon a time, she had two beagles.

Self has a lot of doggie tree ornaments. That’s because, once upon a time, she had two beagles.

This last photo shows a bench next to Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. Self has passed that particular bench so many times. She only noticed the sign on the bench a month or so ago.

Memorial Bench, Stowe Lake, Golden Gate Park

Memorial Bench, Stowe Lake, Golden Gate Park

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Quote of the Day: From The Happiness Project’s One-Sentence Journal (A Five-Year Record)

Boy oh boy, the toll of staying up to watch Fallon and SNL has certainly taken its toll.  It’s 8:36 p.m. and self is ready for bed.

She drove to the City to meet up with her writers group at Jay’s house. Jay, Lillian, Grace, Caroline, Brian: self adores you. Each meeting makes self soooo happy.

Jay shared the December issue of Wired. The cover story is an article about “Interstellar” director Christopher Nolan.

She drove back home and The Man took her to dinner at Thaibodia on Woodside Road.

Today, Nov. 16, 2014, self listed the following things in her One-Sentence Journal:

  • Submitted “The Red Door” to FRiGG, Gigantic, and PANK.
  • Workshopped six short shorts from Lillian.

The One-Sentence Journal Quote of the Day is:

Because money permits a constant stream of luxuries and indulgences, it can take away their savor; by permitting instant gratification, it shortcuts the happiness of anticipation.

The next writers group meeting is Jan. 18.  By which time self will already be in Mendocino, boo. It’s about a three or four-hour drive each way.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

The Mission: Lit Crawl 2014

Tonight was Lit Crawl in San Francisco’s Mission. Self attended a reading of Saint Mary’s College alumna, one of whom was the fabulous Rashaan Alexis Meneses.

Rashaan read the story that was recently in New Letters, a story that happened to be set in Bonnyrigg, near Hawthornden!  (Rashaan should send a copy to Hamish).

But, before the reading, we met up at local fave Puerto Allegre (546 Valencia St) for some yummy sopes and guacamole, where self met poet Raina J. Leon and got her to sign a copy of her book, Boogeyman Dawn:

Raina J. Leon signing a copy of her book, Boogeyman Dawn, at Puerto Alegre on Valencia St.

Raina J. Leon signing a copy of her book, Boogeyman Dawn, at Puerto Alegre on Valencia St.

This picture of Rashaan reading was unfortunately a little blurred, but you can still get a sense of her energy:

The Fabulous Rashaan, reading at Bay Blend Coffee & Tea, 1905 Mission Street, San Francisco

The Fabulous Rashaan, reading at Bay Blend Coffee & Tea, 1905 Mission Street, San Francisco

She happened to take a seat facing the sidewalk, so that as the reading progressed, she found herself watching a building directly across the street. There was a FOR LEASE sign on the front. The ground floor had this rather fabulous home furnishings store (with real-looking white sheep), very “chi-chi” for the Mission.

As it grew dark, the rooms of each floor of the building lighted up. And self has always, always been fascinated by windows.

She remembers staring out the kitchen window of her brother-in-law’s apartment in New York City, just staring at parallel rows of windows, and seeing people doing different things: talking on the phone, reading the newspaper. Each little square a story.

Mission Street, Across from Bay Coffee & Tea

Mission Street, Across from Bay Blend Coffee & Tea

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Nighttimes 5: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Butterfly Lamp, the hotel in Bacolod

Butterfly Lamp, Hotel in Bacolod, Dear Departed Dad’s Hometown

Ghostly Moon, Backyard

Ghostly Moon, Backyard

Chinatown, San Francisco

Chinatown, San Francisco

Humanity: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s Photo Challenge from the WordPress Daily Post is HUMANITY:  “Although people are different, we are very much the same.”

So, self started looking through her files at old photos, looking for PEOPLE. When she felt a twinge of satisfaction, she’d load the photograph, even though, as in the one below, it’s framed differently:

Skyline College, 2012: Spoke to a class. After, this student stayed to chat, and self just loved her get-up and asked if she could take a picture.

Skyline College, 2012: Spoke to a class. After, this student stayed to chat, and self just loved her get-up and asked if she could take a picture.

Philippine Dance Troupe posing for pictures in Yerba Buena Park, San Francisco, sometime 2012

Philippine Dance Troupe posing for pictures in Yerba Buena Park, San Francisco, sometime 2012

Secretary, GV & Sons, Daku Balay, Bacolod City: This woman has been working for the family for over 30 years, and self still doesn't know her name.

Secretary, GV & Sons, Daku Balay, Bacolod City: This woman has been working for the family for over 30 years, and self can’t remember her name.

Silhouette 4: 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco and an Irish Book on Surfing

Fraiche, on Fillmore Street. The Fillmore Jazz Festival was happening just outside.

Fraiche, on Fillmore Street. The Fillmore Jazz Festival was happening just outside.

Poster for the 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival

Poster for the 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival

And here’s yet another of the thousands and thousands of pictures self took when she was in Ireland, earlier this year.  Self had gone to Sligo to attend a friend’s gallery opening.  The gallery had a very cute restaurant next door, which sold, in addition to tea and locally made chocolates and other gastronomic delights, coffee table books about surfing.  Sligo, self discovered, is at the heart of a surfing culture in Ireland. Who would have thought? (That day in Sligo also just happened to be William Butler Yeats Day).

A Book on Cooking AND Surfing; from a Coffee Shop in Sligo, Ireland

A Book on Cooking AND Surfing; from a Coffee Shop in Sligo, Ireland

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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