Jackie Link's Blog

- A blog for no good reason

Friday, July 29, 2005


Yesterday I went to watch the square-rigged ships come in from the fishing pier at Aquatic Park. It took an hour from the time I could see the first one outside the gate until it finally went by me. I then rode to Pier 30 where the two largest were docked and watched as the sailors threw their monkey's paws back and forth and secured the lines. Then I went aboard. Fun.

And in the meantime I'd planned to get a bridge Fastrak transponder from the Caltrans office on The Embarcadero but they needed my car's license number so I rode my bike back home after first getting lunch at Red's. I did a quick turn-around at home, filled out the form, got back to the office and discovered I'd left the form on the kitchen table! Doofus. But I had brought my little address book with the license numbers in it so I was able to get my transponder after all. I don't go over a bridge very often but when I do it will be worth the price to slide through in the Fastrak lane.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Tall Ships & Kites

What a great week in the Bay Area: today there's a parade of square-rigged ships and over the weekend there's a major kite festival in the Berkeley Marina. I do love living here!

Every once in a while I miss sailing on the bay; we had some very good times. This photo was taken at the Master Mariners' Race in 1981, in the fog, as usual.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Blah, blah, blah

Tomorrow morning I'm going to bike to the Golden Gate Bridge to watch the square-rigged sailboats arrive in a big parade. The last time I went to watch a ship arrival I got up before sunrise. I don't remember why.

Finally, bit by bit, I've begun the arduous breakdown of this back room, getting it ready to paint. Today I'll be taking lots of old stuff to the thrift store; the garbage can is full.

Yesterday I backed into an immovable object (which remained unharmed) and heard a crunch. My driver's side fender was shoved in and now obstructs the door. I have to spend part of today getting that fixed.

Last night on KQED I watched an amazing story about RNAi, the thing responsible for turning off the expression of a gene. It's already been used to reverse macular degeneration, successfully restoring sight in one woman, and may be used to reverse nearly every ailment known to man. Too good to be true?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Zorba the Greek

In lieu of watching reruns on T.V. I've been checking out old videos from the library. Last night I watched "Zorba the Greek" again and I'm really stunned that the film was ever made. It depicts life and death in a backward village on Crete, probably sometime between the World Wars, in a less than flattering way. The film holds up, it's still terrific. Very intense. With lives like that, one really must dance or go mad.

Monday, July 25, 2005

One-sided conversations

Three people might read what I have to say, but basically this is a one-sided conversation. I'm thinking of all the 8-year olds out there who've already mastered picture phones and game players and any number of new technological devises while this old lady struggles to learn a bit of HTML. I'm not sure I'll bother to continue this, but what the heck, it's free and it's fun for now (anything to avoid housework!).

Note the turtle on the woman's chest in this detail from Hieronymous Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The end of the ride

I'm having my morning coffee, checking the news to be sure Lance finishes his last ride safely. Every year at the finish of le Tour I remember when Barb and I pulled our bikes out of the airport bus at the Arc de Triomphe, hooked on our panniers and rode the Champs-Elysees, our own little triumph. That was almost 20 years ago.

Then there was the year Greg LeMond won by a nose, truly one of the most exciting finishes ever.

Soon I'll be out there with some Velo Girls, riding across the bridge into Marin and around the Tiburon loop, something I do every Sunday I'm in town.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

My Blog For No Good Reason

I'm trying this format out, have nothing much to say today except it's terribly hot and both my parrot and I are tired of sitting in front of a computer so I'll let this first entry dribble away, saying nothing.