Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Another marvelous month of celebrations closes

Memorial Day weekend was great, as was the weekend before that. I spent lots of time with family, especially with people I haven't seen in ages! There were all kinds of celebrations this month - birthdays (mine included muahaha!), Mother's Day, my niece's baptism, my parent's 44th wedding anniversary, my cousin's engagement party, my husband's cousin's graduation from high school, a retirement potluck at work - the list of events seemed endless!

Above - May 26, 1962
My parents - Rose & Tito

Below - May 26, 2006


But tomorrow is June 1st - the start of another month of celebrations and food fests! Lots of June birthdays coming up, especially in the beginning of the month.

Note to self:
Anthony Bourdain
Sur La Table
June 17th

I should get going on
The World is Flat but I know Nasty Bits is going to be better reading material for our upcoming camping trip at the end of the month.

Monday, May 22, 2006

A memory of the Naked Guy

The news broke yesterday that the former Cal student known as the Naked Guy (Andrew Martinez) died in jail. Now it's on Yahoo news and I saw it again on the Today show this morning.

He'd been there since January on charges of battery and assault with a deadly weapon.

I saw him once. A bunch of my friends and I we're attending Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Animation Festival out at Wheeler Hall. He was in attendance but wasn't completely naked. He had boxer shorts on. Everyone whooped and hollered when he walked by, but from what I remember, since he had shorts on, it wasn't really a big deal.

I didn't know he got expelled from Cal. From what little the news has said, it sounds like things went down hill from there though. "Officials are investigating the death as an apparent suicide." He was only 33.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

No longer waterproof

My rain jacket is no longer waterproof. It's a few years old and has been through a number of washings so it was just a matter of time. But today was the day I realized it's no longer waterproof.

Today was also Bay to Breakers. Eric & I have watched the 'woo' people stagger their way down Fell St. since we moved to the neighborhood, but this year we decided after breakfast to just get the house in order and then go to the museum. We wanted to see the International Arts & Crafts
exhibit at the De Young. After breakfast at the Pork Store and chores, we were on our way. The last (or so we thought) batch of laundry was washed and dried and the rain was coming down lightly. I think it was a little after 1PM. We donned our jackets and hats and didn't bother with umbrellas.

The rain was steady but light... until we passed the Conservatory. Then it poured and didn't slow down again until we got to the museum. We were headed in what seemed like the wrong direction. Some costumed Bay to Breakers participants were huddled under trees, waiting for the rain to pass. Others had umbrellas and beers in hand and we caught a few people remarking how the rain sucked. Of course, there were also folks who just didn't care and were determined to have a good time regardless of the rain, like pirates singing their way up Stanyan or the 'cave people' pushing the wooly mammoth through the Park as a 'caveman' was balancing on its back.

We were worried the museum wouldn't let us in. We were SOAKED, front and back, our jeans heavy with rain and a few darker shades of blue. We weren't dripping anywhere, since we were retaining all that water. Our socks and shoes were drenched and of course, our shirts underneath our jackets.

Eventually our jackets did dry off, but underneath, we were still pretty damp. If was it was still raining when we were done, we were going to take the bus home. But the rain stopped and we'd just missed the bus so we ended up walking home. We shopped for dinner and came home at around 5PM. Still damp, down to our underwear, we ended up doing another load of laundry.

It's almost the end of May. What an odd time to shop for a new rain jacket.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Clocks

Tick-tock. Shopping. An American past time? It was the day after my birthday, my 31st birthday. Time passing. My Swatch watch band broke. I need my time fixed. I was on a schedule, didn't have much time to linger at my favorite shops. Needed to be home by 5PM. Tick-tock.
For a few years now, I've been taking myself out on my birthday. Just me, wandering the city, usually playing tourist. I've taken photos of various tourist spots, ridden the cable car and museum hopped.This year I went shopping, mainly window shopping but I did get some rug pads, a new watch band, and candy - household essentials of course.
These are a few clocks in the Union Square - Market Street area. There are 2 others I wanted to take a photos of, but one was broken and another I totally forgot about and when I remembered, I was already on the bus home.





Thursday, May 11, 2006

It's all about me!

Statue atop the Admiral Dewey Monument, Union Square, San Francisco. May 10, 2006.

I can't say that my birthday celebrations started last Friday, but I like to think it did. Eric picked me up from work and we walked to North Beach to have dinner. We walked up and down Columbus and settled on the original US Restaurant (Fresh & de-lish seafood platter for 2!. Then we took home some amaretti & macaroons from Stella Pastry & Cafe to have with tea for dessert. We caught the 30 to the Marina and wandered through Chestnut before taking the 43 home. It was festive, being Cinco de Mayo and all, so folks were spilling out onto the street from the bars and restaurants. A mariachi band was even playing in front of one of the restaurants!

My 'birthday' day on Tuesday the 9th was great, filled with simple pleasures and easy, non-hectic fun. Bread pudding with whiskey sauce. A new orchid. Smith & Hawken gift certificate. Leisurely gin & tonics and a de-lish charcuterie platter before a lovely dinner with Eric. 2 DVDs - Pride & Prejudice and Better Off Dead. (I forgot I have an Amazon wishlist!) Nice voicemails, emails and a few birthday cards wishing me well. It was a nice walk back to Market St. to catch the 38 and then another nice walk home.

The celebrating continued on May 10th as I took the day off.
Wednesday was a bright spring day, warm and still. I cleaned off my desk and filed and sorted through mail. Then I went downtown and treated myself to a hot link from hot dog stand, some See's Toffee-ettes & window shopping. It was a beautiful day to be out and about. I took photos of clock faces in the vicinity, most being on Market Street. I'm still screwing around with them, along with a gob of Yosemite photos so you won't be seeing them for a while, but I liked the way the monument turned out. Then Eric & I had a yummy dinner at my parents' and watched Munich with my brother Joe. (Yes, I know, not a happy film, but I've been wanting to see it since its release and I just never got the chance, until it came out on DVD, as with The Passion of the Christ, which I just saw on Monday.)

The birthday celebrations extend through Saturday. Tonight was a little reception for the Butterfly Exhibit at the Conservatory (membership to the SF Parks Trust was a gift to myself so I can visit the lovely plants anytime I want in the next year). Friday, Eric & I have dinner & Cobb's Comedy Club (Rex Navarrete is in town!) with some of my AT&T friends and finally, Saturday night, we have dinner with my in-laws. Woowoo!

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Rent-a-bag

Yes, you too can look chic with designer handbags that may be out of your budget by becoming a member of Bag Borrow or Steal. Here you can browse and borrow bags and purses at varying levels of memberships and prices. Afterall, "Your dream bag awaits."

If you can't afford it, just look like you can! Ladies won't need to devote closet space for handbags they only occasionally use. With others using the bags, it'll look like you've owned the bag forever, like you've broken it in!
Should you tire of a certain trend, you can always return it for another one.

Wow! What will they think of next?!

Tangent... Just being nosey, I wanted to see how exclusive BB or S's lineup is and looked to see if they offered an Hermes Kelly Bag, which they do not. Then I googled for Hermes Kelly Croc and I came across Fgirl's Flickr account. I don't know who she is but her profile has her as a TV host and producer, former magazine editor. Interesting that some of her contacts chose to represent their profiles with pictures of handbags, one a Louis Vuitton and the other an Hermes. The bag obsession continued with her other contacts and their photos. These are the elite in the Philippines, so I suppose it's understandable they showcase their material wealth like pop and sports stars showcase theirs here.

It's a little odd. Fashionistas should love BB or S, but at the same time, the elite and luxury status of certain items seem diminished, knowing that it's now accessible to anyone. Looking at the selection though, they may want to invest in more unique, classic designs, not just the trendy ones.

ps - Jane Birkin, the inspiration behind Hermes Birkin bag, has recently ditched the thing for a kilt accessory! Read on.

Monopoly Here & Now


Hasbro is updating the Monopoly game, replacing the old Atlantic City Street names and landmarks with names and places from around the country as their flagship version of Monopoly. I was watching Nightline last night and it must have been a slow news night for this piece to make it on. Of course, Atlantic City residents are upset, but oh well, such is life. Besides, the tycoons of the early 21st century don't hang there like their 20th century counterparts did.

Voting continues through May 12.