Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Latkes!


Christmas Day we bundled up (not enough if you ask me!) and headed up to Saul's for Christmas Latkes! Yes, you heard that right.. So what else do you do when two holidays collide?? (sorry I couldn't help it!)

Christmas Latkes!

the Soufganiyot was ready to go.. but the Latkes were high in demand and hot & fresh, so we had to wait..

Live Band! Lovely music.. people danced (trust me, people were dancing!)

yummy latkes
hot & delicious..

mmmmmm Latkes!

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.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Reading Challenge 2016 Pt. 3

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The Spring semester has had me behind in my reading challenge, and when I *did* manage to read anything, it seems it was mostly school related. I have 2 weeks before Summer classes start.. so we'll see how much I get read before then.. I am (as always) amid at least 10 books, (many of them being library books I've had to return after renewing as much as I could.)

Summer Reading
a few of the books I'm hoping to actually finish sometime this Summer..

I just started reading Orlando Figes' Just Send Me Word (which I thought sounded interesting while reading Revolutionary Russia for some side-reading in my World History class..) I checked it out Sunday during Bay Area Book Fest so I've not gotten into it yet. Some of the source material are some 1500 letters that were written (& left uncensored) while imprisoned in Stalinist gulag. Sounds romantic,yes?

Belarus (Mathew Wilson) is another book I'm having to return to the library after renewing three times.. I'm about 65% through it and up to the 'modern era' but I'll have to wait to check it out again on another visit. So far it's been interesting from a linguistic and geographic point of view, and helped me understand a couple things about 'self identification' (but also brought up a few questions.. ah well.)

Not pictured, The Philosophy of Mathematics (David Bostock.) I'm about halfway through, but have been sharing it with unknown entities as I've had to return it a couple times due to it being 'on hold' for someone else,(when it's not on hold for me!)

Country in the City (Richard Walker) and The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin (which I started twice already) I am having to re-start from the beginning.. Basically I start a book, something happens, I have a different book (for school or otherwise,) getting priority and then I come back to previous book a week later, (if I'm lucky.) Otherwise things get re-shelved, and library books get priority because I have to return them, or I have a paper to write, something.

I spent 20+ hours weekly working on Statistics and feel lucky to pass it (which is a total bummer because I was actually enjoying most of it.. but enjoying it and 'getting it' in a timely manner are different things.).. Therefore reading, unless class related, got pushed aside for much of the semester.

I guess we'll see where I'm at after Summer Session.. Mainly due to my short-comings in Maths, I'll be taking a couple classes this Summer for the first time. I'd like to have my History AA-T at the end of Spring 2017 semester. It can happen!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Walk around Mission

One of the things I like about heading to the city to return/check-out new books, (besides the books part!) is walking around and seeing something new..

Friday I needed to make a side errand to Costco before the library opened.. so I got to see this:
untitled mural by Meagan Spendlove just off 10th Street and Sheridan.

Saint Joseph's Church
St Joseph's Church on 10th Street..

faded building with nice lines next to Harrison Drywall on 10th St.

SF Coffee Company
SF Coffee Company at 13th & Isis..

"people creating a world through their art"
A 2006 community mural project.. "Precita Eyes Muralists" (youth mural project)


"people creating a world through their art"
a really large mural, there are more panels in my flickr set.. the mural runs the length of 13th Street from Bernice to Isis Streets.

I had hoped to meet up with an internet friend to walk with her, but the weather forecast sounded questionable.. So I extended my walk from the Civic Center BART to 10th Street.. to Costco, then South to 13th (where I ran into a freeway) and walked along 13th and back up Mission to 8th, then turned back to Market St and across to the Main Branch Library. Not a lot of walking*, but a nice addition to the 1mile (1/2 mile each way) walk to and from Ashby BART.

*I actually created my route on 'map my walk' and it measures it at about 2.4 miles when I include the walk from the library back to the BART station, so with the 1mi to & from my local BART station, that's not bad for a short trip to the city.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Overlook (views from the Hills)

Last week Friday I spent the morning in Sibley Volcanic Park (part of a lengthy California Geography project I'm working on for school) and we stopped at the overlook on the way back down..

Overlook.. Oakland to SF
You can see Oakland and San Francisco..


Here's the set from Sibley (minus stuff with my face in it..)

The sky was so blue.. something to recall as the rain moves back in the next couple days..

Friday, April 15, 2016

new poetry blog

So I'm migrating (eventually) all the poetry I have on here over to here:

Collecting the Days

That is also where future National Poetry Writing Month items will be posted. Even if it's only once a year, having several poems, etc. posted (where I would rather have Bay Area things) seems a bit much. I may also add older pre-internet things there as well as a back-up to the hard copies I have filed away.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Homework Break..

Alexander wants you to know he's the #1 Cat of Berkeley..

Who am I to question? Photo taken earlier today when he 'demanded' I desist from studying to have a snuggle break. I was lucky to get this image as he likes doing his nails (making 'biscuits') on me.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Morning Moon

Daytime Moon around 7:20AM, Tuesday morning.. on Bancroft near Fulton..
Good Morning Moon!

taken with my iPhone so not so good..

Friday, March 25, 2016

Walk "Fail" =)

Cedar  & Euclid
Walked up Cedar thinking: "..Yeah! today's a great day to go up into the hills!" My calves had other plans.. so I turned around and walked back down..

Oh! but it was worth the short walk uphill..

Golden Gate view..

not so much a 'fail' as a long walk postponed.. the view was still great!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

"Live Outside"

Wednesday the 23rd, a few hours were spent in the city.. including some time at the library to pick up some books.

After the library I was about to head back to the Eastbay and spotted this mural on the side of the Holiday Inn just off Market and 8th..
"Live Outside" by Amandalynn

"Live Outside" by AmandaLynn
The light wasn't ideal on one end so it's a bit over-filtered.. (which is my fault)

Holiday Inn

"Live Outside" by AmandaLynn

with very little research (and making sure to photograph the artist tag at the bottom of the piece) I found out the name of the mural is "Live Outside" and the artist is AmandaLynn..

Friday, March 18, 2016

Library Walk

I had some books due and some I was keen to take a look at, so I headed to the city Friday after lunch.. A librarian at the SF Main branch had recommended I check out the Richmond Branch up near 9th & Geary..

Since my last walk was a success I decided the day was nice enough to walk there.. Oh! but the grade was such that it took me some time!

Exiting the Montgomery BART station, the Hobart Building comes into view:

High Tide Cocktails
Daytime Neon.. passing "High Tide Lounge"

Drive-In Burgers

this hill kicked my butt..

First Unitarian Universalist
First Unitarian Universalist at Gough & Geary.. I totally got confused by this intersection at Gough.. but managed..

It was a straight shot from here to the library.. just a really long uphill walk. I've decided next time I'll take the bus there and then walk home!

The light wasn't ideal for many of the images I wanted to take, so there's very few.. When you see this next one, you'll see what the issue was:

Senator Milton Marks Library
Richmond Branch SF Public Library.. an amazing selection (considering the availability) of Russian Language reading materials.. Including children's book selections.

Once I got to the library I turned around and found I could see our friend Sutro Tower from the steps of the Richmond District Library.. So of course I couldn't end my post here without including it..
Sutro Tower!

..and yes, I did check some books out. I ran into a super nice, helpful young gentleman librarian who helped me find a couple useful books and pointed me in the direction of some other books I could take a look through. I plan to read and work through over the Spring Break. When I return the books hopefully the sun will be at a different angle (time of day at least) so I can try to shoot some photos again..

I managed to run "Map My Walk" during the Geary from Downtown to 9th portion, so I know I walked well over the 4mi. here (for example: to & from home to the BART station back in Berkeley is a half mile each way, and then after the Richmond library I walked to 20th & Geary and back to 16th & Geary for tea before taking the bus back to Market from 17th..)

Map My Walk Geary 18 March 2016
MAP MY WALK: Geary St. (link to route and elevation w/splits, etc..)