Saturday, September 10, 2016

Reading Challenge 2016 Pt. 4

book challenge 2016
A few more books read since the Summer..

With school in session, there's not a lot of free time to read, but I've managed to pick up a few 'slender' titles that seem interesting (to me) and we'll see how many of these I get finished!
Reading The Artist and the Mathematician (among others!) re-ignited my curiosity about India, its history and rich culture. The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu is a 'hold book' from Berkeley Public.. I put a hold request on the book as soon as I heard it was coming out.. it's an exciting story of preservation I'm looking forward to finishing!

I hope to finish Shah of Shahs first.. It attracted me as relevant to the experience of people I have met in my life growing up as a kid in the 70s..

Da! I found when looking for a Russian grammar book I enjoyed from the SF Public Library. I got into a Russian 1 class at Cal (concurrent enrollment) but I'm not doing that great. If I end up dropping, (which is likely) I'll keep working on the Russian just the same..

I love learning about words, word origins and how language works.. not enough to change my major.. but enough to try and learn Russian on my own and then to go through the red tape to get in this class that I'm sucking in. Yes, everyone is right. I should have stuck with Spanish! Fine.

Heyday's Sidewalking ..I've been wanting to read but BPL hasn't had it.. SF Public finally did, so woot! 132 pages.. I can do that!

I guess we'll see where I get in the next few weeks. I have my school textbooks I'm reading but those are required, of course.. and will only add 2 more titles to my list by October & December, respectively. The challenge for me has been finding the time, the titles that interest me that also aren't too time consuming.. Small volumes that can be read in-between and on BART.. or books with short chapters that can be finished before exhaustion sets in. I don't get many naps these days..

currently reading
current reads..

Monday, August 01, 2016


OZMO at  Polk & Olive St.
mural on Olive and Polk Streets

Seen on my walk Saturday.. headed into the city to return my library books and get a new stack. I have about 3 weeks to read before the Fall Semester starts back up.. But I took a long walk including a side trip to Polk & Pine looking for an old friend.. my first friend I made in San Francisco back in 1997 when I failed to make the move out here.

I don't know what happened to them, but suffice to say wherever they are, I have never forgotten them.. Their kindness has always stayed with me.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Berkeley Walk (going condo)

front gate on College Ave.
Gate on College Avenue..

My "favorite" house on College is going Condo.. It's been this way for a while but today I actually got around to taking pix:

2710 College Ave.

2710 College Ave.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cats of Berkeley 5

Fulton Street Cat..
so this sweet Morris Cat I've run into a few times.. very friendly, but thankfully never follows me beyond its corner..

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Sunny Day on Bancroft

Walking down Bancroft toward Shattuck... I love being able to see so far down the road that you can take the Bay into your scenery..

For someone who's usual view is of the hills, this was a lovely reminder.