Jackie Link's Blog

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Sitting and listening

Ever been on a jury? It's a full-time job. Every morning I ride my oldest bicycle to the jailhouse, double-lock it out front, get in a long line to go through security, then sit and listen to witnesses all day. I can't discuss it, of course. I can say it hasn't been at all boring so far. I take meticulous notes, watch faces and hands, make no conscious judgments if I can help it. And when I leave for the day I leave it behind.

The trial is expected to go into December.

At lunch hour I ride to the waterfront. The weather has turned gloomy this week and very cold. Today I think I'll eat in a nearby restaurant instead.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Property values

This ad is in my local newspaper; this tiny shack, this ugly so-called cottage is a few doors up my street. Is that not enough to make you throw up?!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Rolling food

Last week I dropped an onion from my grocery bag and watched it roll irretrievably down my hillside street. Bye bye, onion. Then on Sunday morning, what should appear but a cantaloupe sitting against my front wheel. I had to laugh.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Fog in the city

This image is mural-sized and very beautiful, as were all the photographs in this show.
Before going to Film in the Fog I walked over to the Presidio Officer’s Club to see the Robert Cameron, “From Above,” photography retrospective for the second time (it closed Sunday) and he was sitting at the entrance, talking with visitors and signing books. He’s in his 90s, though I wouldn’t have guessed it. Too bad if you missed this show, it was terrific.

Theresa met me to watch “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” and as it got dark it got much colder – the fog had indeed come in – but that film holds up and I found myself being terrified by Gort once again. Before the film they had a newsreel from 1952 and a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

I'm beginning to see parallels between the atom bomb-induced terror of the 50s with what's happening today - and there are at least three new television series based on the old sci-fi notion of extraterrestrial invasions or mutated dangers to Life on Earth! (not to mention the psychic-spiritual-religious threats).

Life goes on, though probably not as we've come to know it, and Aye, there's the rub.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Way too much fun

Oh boy,

Symphony, opera, new season of sitcoms, film festivals, classes, meetings, friends, jury duty, entertaining, cooking, cleaning, shopping, readying the house for winter, museums and galleries, and best of all, today I’ll take my low beach chair, a blanket and a picnic dinner to the Presidio for Film in the Fog, “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

I'm so excited.