Monthly Archives: July 2002

Blogging Course

It seems that UC Berkeley, aka Miss Chelsea Clinton’s alma mater and widely considered to be one of the best schools in California, is planning on offering a blogging course this Fall. I found the fuss contained in the article somewhat amusing, especially the Altamont remark, but I find...

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Love/hate: Art Museums

Love/hate for Friday, July 26, 2002 Art Museums As long as I can remember, I have loved going to art galleries and museums. My father started taking me when I was quite small, and to this day I count a love of art as one of the best gifts...

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Animal etc.

Dichotomy du jour: the guy running up California Street this morning (and I do mean up – it’s one of the steeper hills in the city) with a cigarette in his mouth Bogart-style. Even though I saw him do it, I can still hardly believe that anyone can run...

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Country Weekend, Part II

On Saturday morning, I read the local paper while drinking my coffee to see what was going on in town that day. But I got sidetracked by the police blotter, as always. The paper reports all arrests and so on, and though this may affect the concept of “innocent...

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Country Weekend, Part I

And here’s the story. A few years ago, I was coming home from visiting my brother and sister, and actually on the Golden Gate Bridge before I started looking for the $3 for the toll (you have to pay to get into the city, but not to leave it)....

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Love/hate: Country living

I’m off for a weekend in the country with my brother and sister, so no posting until I’m back. It’s not just the fact that I’m impatient with dial-up (though I am), but that it’s all about outside fun while I’m there in the summer. Swimming, playing with Jed...

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Vanity Fair

My stepmother had her eyelashes permed. Despite being about as vain and silly as they come, I had never hard of this particular frivolity. Here’s how she describes the result: “My eyelashes look just like a baby doll – amazingly long black and curved.” Sounds kind of weird. I...

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Line dynamics

I will never understand line dynamics. Not the math kind, or the geometry kind, or the late unlamented dance craze now moldering wherever dance crazes du jour go before being recycled into yet another one, but why lines of people are the way they are. When we were in...

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Weekend at the Movies

It was a weekend of genius. On Saturday, we went to see Road to Perdition at the nearby Metro, one of the few remaining neighborhood theaters. We followed Kelly’s movie rules to the letter, and had a wonderful time. Great cast (Tom Hanks, Paul Newman), great director (Sam Mendes,...

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In the Bedroom

I followed Gail’s recent recommendation and bought this book. Though I had seen (and very much enjoyed) the movie based on one of stories in the book, I didn’t even realize that it was based on a short story. Nor have I often read anything with the power and...

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Love/hate: packrat-itis

Love/hate for Friday, July 12, 2002 Packrat-itis I seem to be having a hard time lately coming up with good titles. I must be in need of a creative consultant. I’m like this New Yorker cartoon. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. My philosophy is: if you haven’t...

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Candi’s kitten

Yay, Candi has a kitten! Go read the story of how she met him and congratulate her. I’m so excited, you’d think it was my own kitten! I think that anyone who says they don’t like cats just hasn’t met the right one. John said he didn’t like cats...

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Neighbors

According to recent statistics, the population of San Francisco is pretty much evenly divided between women and men. I had expected that there was a severe, post-WWI type of male shortage since it appears that the hideous troll who lives in the apartment under ours actually has a girlfriend....

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Buddy’s birthday

20 years ago today, I fell in love. It was the best kind of love, since it was both unexpected and profound. And it still endures. On this day, 20 years ago, I happened to be visiting my friend Alice when her cat gave birth. Though I knew her...

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Mechanics & Mustangs

I think it’s a fairly well-known fact that mechanics of the male persuasion tend to pad their bills, overcharge, and/or flat out lie to their female clients. In the short time that I have owned a car, the only honest mechanic I have met is my brother. Starting from...

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Love/hate: messy luxury food

Love/hate for Friday, July 5, 2002: Messy luxury food I couldn’t come up with a good title for this one. Basically, it’s about those foods which are lot of mess and work for not that much food, such as lobsters, crab, and artichokes. Although I am not, as a...

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4th of July

“I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” — John Adams, writing to his wife, Abigail,...

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Cat’s Birthday

Am truly a retard. I just called my niece Cat to wish her a happy birthday, and apologized that her present was going to be late, since I’m sending it home with Cat’s Mom on Thursday. Cat then pointed out that if I really wanted her present to be...

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Canada Day

I really shouldn’t let Canada Day pass without good wishes. I realize that my life is full of wonderful Canadians, reformed and unrepentant alike. My husband used to be Canadian until he became an American citizen several years ago. I stole him from Canada and imported him here… …much...

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