Monday, May 25, 2015

Holiday weekend

It's a holiday weekend here, but, after living some years on the Swiss German holiday schedule, I just plain forgot about the whole thing.  On Friday at the shops people were wishing each other a 'happy long weekend' and I thought, aha--something's up!  The usual thing seems to be to barbeque, so I rang up some friends to see if they'd like to come over and break in the new grill.  Of course, they had already made plans by this time, and to top it off the San Mateo bridge is closed the entire weekend, making it especially hard for folk to travel to and from this area.

BBQ for two tonight it will be.

BBQing out by the bottlebrush.

 Fish masquerading as pizza wedges.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Nightbreak

In the early/mid-nineties, my Uncle took over ownership of one of the seminal rock clubs on Haight Street in San Francisco.  This was a club that I, a music-obsessed young person, happened to frequent.  Unfortunately, his was not a totally successful run as the previous owner had 'cooked the books' and Ken assumed a massive amount of unknown debt upon taking over the venue.  After only a couple of years, Ken got out of the music club business and he took with him these two, fabulous mementos of his time as owner.

One of many excellent bills at Nightbreak.

And again.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Since moving back to CA two months ago, it's only rained twice and very lightly at that.  This morning saw sprinkles; there were a few, fat drops on the patio furniture when I went outside.

Now, the afternoon sky is filled with thick, grey clouds.  I can only hope it will rain again, but, after four years of drought, I know that one rainfall won't be enough to solve the water shortage.

Let 'er rip!

San Fran

Whenever I'm in the city, I travel by bus almost exclusively for the views afforded me.

From the No. 2 just about to go through Japantown along Sutter Street-

 From the 31 en route to the Richmond District-

I also love walking the city.  Yesterday, I spent a lot of time exploring the Richmond.  I knew I was in the vicinity of this church, but when I turned the corner and there it is was in front of me, I was quite excited & had to snap this picture.

Russian Orthodox church, Outer Richmond