Friday fishwrap

So —

My phone, which is my camera, is not cooperating, and I cannot show you any pictures, and I’m quite sad about that.

But here’s what’s going on:

  • We went to the Exploratorium last night and it was so much fun. It stays open til 11. We went for dinner (the food is quite good). Actually, our new movie club met — it was a quite successful meeting. After dinner and our discussion, we played with the exhibits and went outside and watched the Bay Lights come on. It was a warm night and just so lovely. The museum has just moved, and reopened. The new space is gorgeous — right on pier 15 on the Embarcadero in a lovely old warehouse made over for them. My friend A was responsible for moving the exhibits, and her husband A for a lot of the exhibit design, so they are very pleased, and rightly so. Really — it’s so beautiful. The exhibits are so much fun — it’s all hands on science stuff that is very fun to watch, or to play with.
  • All of us in my office are now standing up at our desks, convinced as we are that it is Death to do otherwise. I’ve got my keyboard balanced on an atlas and a ream of paper. It is more tiring, but it actually feels pretty good. You definitely move around a lot more, which is good, according to this article, among others. It does make it difficult to do boring things, though, since it’s hard to maintain the zombie-like state required for that.
  • M and I have been watching Vice youtubes. We particularly like the ones about North Korea. We have no plans to go there at all. One of them, though, was filmed at a lumber camp in Siberia, and the scenery was very much like the scenery in the Long Way Round. I think I might like to go there.
  • M’s pochade box arrived, and paints have been purchased.
  • I think that may be all. (And god, I need to sit down!)

walk at dusk

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M and I went on a small hike last evening.

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I haven’t really been hiking at all lately, and it felt great.

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It seems early to me for the hills to be so golden. But maybe the end of May is normal — it also seems really early for peaches to be in the grocery store, but maybe that’s normal, too. Is it?

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Then we went home and watched The Conversation for our new movie club. Parts of it seemed really dated, but I actually liked it a lot.

It’s summer! Evening walks and movie viewings and have M at home!
I’m in favor.

Short week

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M is just learning to drive. I realize this is late (she’s older than 16), but she’s not the only one. A lot of her friends, and her sister’s friends, and children of friends of mine, don’t drive. I think it’s where we live — you can get around pretty well without driving. It’s not like where I grew up, where you were trapped at home if you didn’t drive, and it often wasn’t easy for friends to come and pick you up, since they may have lived far away.

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We’ve also been speculating that more online communication and texting makes it less tragic to hang out at home. That’s probably more true for some than for others. But we also live in walking distance of downtown. It’s interesting, because I like that a lot, although I think I would also like living out in the woods. But would I really? Something to consider.

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Anyway, the reason I mention is that we’ve been driving around some amazing, unpopulated places, like this old naval base which is full of huge warehouses and parking lots, right on the water.

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Or also, out on country roads, but I have no pictures of that.

She did a good job of avoiding the bicyclists and a roller skater.

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I think it helps that the places she’s practicing are pretty uniformly beautiful.

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To us, anyway.

Long weekend

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Long weekend coming up.

We need to: unpack and put away M’s belongings. This involves incorporating a large number of art works into our decor. The weasel has found a place on the desk under the front window, where he’s out of the sun. That leaves a badger, a horse, and about 80 crows still to house, not to mention some pretty nice prints. Our house does not have a tremendous amount of wall space. Anyway, linked with this is the need to get rid of a bunch of stuff we don’t want. Really. I mean it this time.

The outside needs a bit of work, too. Ahem.

We’ve got to make sure everything is set for M’s trip to Italy. The pochade box! We need to order it! Plus paints, brushes — that stuff she has, or can get locally. I think there are questions, though. And does she have anything to wear? (Probably yes.)

And I’ve got a long hike in mind that I hope I can coax M to come on with me . . .

There’s just a lot — I was just discussing this with my friend L, who said she could retire and she would still have a full time job. It’s a thought.

And then of course there has to be some kind of barbecue — that goes without saying, I think. Which is another reason to get all the spider webs off the outside chairs . . .

Okay, then

Signs of the times

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All over campus, graduates are posing before iconic objects, talking to parents, twiddling with tassels and hats and looking kind of stunned.

I’ve been impatient – dodging around them as they stand in the middle of the sidewalk while their parents think about lunch, or where they parked the car, of how much their feet are hurting as they trail abotu the campus. Today I had to walk down to the main library, though, and the sight of this recent PhD posing for her parents made me smile.

It’s quite an accomplishment!