Back in the ’80’s, when I was yet a young sapling, The Book of Questions was on the NYTimes Best Selling list, and I bought it. It was, in some ways, a coming of age experience at a time in my life when I was beginning to more closely re-examine everything I had been taught […]
Ever since Adobe started renting their software with annual (or monthly) fee-based subscription access, I have been actively looking for a photo editing application I could use to replace Photoshop. Photoshop has become insanely over-priced, poorly supported, and the rental access arrangement sent me over the edge with the company. Affinity Photo will probably be […]
I have saved the snag fixer gift through all of these years and have used it many, many times to save an otherwise ruined piece of clothing. As careful as I try to be, from time to time Conrad the Kat’s back claws will snag the threads of a shirt. Recently he did so to […]
Today I decided to have my big meal at lunch time. Having heard that Evans Fine Foods was going to close after 70 years, I wanted to eat there one last time to say goodbye to everyone (including some of their customer base that ate there as often as I). Once upon a time Evans […]
It’s a place from a by-gone era: the tobacco and pipe shops. However, they still exist, though many of their suppliers are long since out of business. Today, I went to such a shop. Well, I went to 3 of them actually—well, kinda, sorta, maybe.
We were treated to lunch at Boulevard Restaurant (Nancy Oakes executive chef and owner), which is located in the glorious, historic Audiffred building. Apparently the building survived the 1906 fires because the owner promised the fire department barrels of whiskey to save the building. The Boulevard section of the building is just gorgeous!
Everyone who knows me is aware of my ongoing efforts to needle those who claim we have a War of Christmas1. I came across this Facebook post from a mutual friend of ours (Thanks, Bill!) that made me laugh out loud. The idea and the photo are his clever mind, not mine. I just share. […]
Just finishing up the Solstice Newsletter for 2015. I think the picture for this post says it all!
This past weekend we went back to San Francisco for a concert by the San Francisco Symphony, a gift from the French: music from Bizet’s Carmen Suites (1874), Ravel’s 1930 Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet playing), and Saint-Saëns’ 1886 Symphony No. 3, Opus 78, the Organ Symphony (Jonathan Dimmock […]
Today, on Halloween, I receive a survey from the corporate-owned cemetery asking me to rate my “overall cemetery experience” from last month when we buried my mother there. “How many positive recommendations have you given for this cemetery?” Are you serious?! How insensitive and crude! Jeeze!