Jackie Link's Blog

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Poker in the park

We were walking on the island in Stow Lake this morning - on a photo safari in spite of the dull, overcast sky - and we ran into these teens playing poker in the Chinese Pavilion.

DB asked if they'd mind being photographed - they didn't.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Rabbit ears

and Other technical challenges.

Yesterday, I used my $40.00 coupon to buy a TV Converter Box to tune in HD digital channels, and because my t.v. has a built-in tape player and an add-on DVD player, which has to run its sound through my stereo (don't ask), I now have four (4) remotes, plus the old $8.00 rabbit ears.

I now get lots of new channels and an amazing picture. But the converter's remote doesn't turn on the t.v. (it should) and I have to increase the sound using the t.v's remote on some stations, not others.

And for some reason one network, CBS, won't convert. It will not recognize Channel 5. I went back to the store to see about a quick fix and the guy thought, I'm sure, I was a crazy, inept old lady. But, I figured out how to watch that station: I unplug the rabbit ears from the converter, put them back onto the t.v. - Voila!

Now, to watch a DVD I will have to unplug the cables from the converter and plug in the DVD cables - using its remote, the t.v.'s remote, and the one for the stereo (three remotes for a DVD).

You won't want to try watching t.v. in my house!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Early Monday morning, we stationed ourselves near 24th & Bryant at the staging area for the Carnaval parade on Sunday, which turned out to be a pretty good spot, though the backgrounds weren't too interesting, and from where I stood most good light was in the wrong place, but it was fun trying for a good photo amidst the hustle and bustle.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008


After working in the house too many hours, DB says, wanna go to Chinatown (to shoot)? - so off we went into gray skies, late in the day. We locked up the bikes next to Old St. Mary's and walked the alleys and streets, up and back, stopping for dinner along the way. We were rewarded by two dragons parading along Grant, raising money for the Red Cross relief in China. But I fell in love with these dolls in a shop window.

What fun to get out at weird (for me) hours, acting like the tourist I always am, anyway.

Learning how

I'm converting some images into black & white - lots to learn. I tried a trial print: my photo paper jammed; using plain paper, it was low on black ink and chose to print in red. Yeah. A lot yet to learn. But it's a rainy, gloomy sort of day, so I'm hard at work.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Riding to Watsonville

Last week Judy and I rode down the coast, spending the first night at Pigeon Point Hostel, the next in Watsonville where we joined the Strawberry Fields Forever metric century ride on Sunday. We enjoyed every minute, all three days. DB came down Sunday evening with my car to drive us home, but we spent another night in Watsonville and then drove slowly back up the coast, through Capitola, Santa Cruz and Pescadero.

I took more pictures that I'd like to put here, and I'd like to write more, too, but now I have to make a big pot of beef & vegetable stew to have for the next few nights so we can go out shooting in the late, best light without worrying about dinner all the time. This taking photos on purpose is a different ball of wax; I'm used to catch as catch can stuff, serendipity.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Headin' out

In a short while I'm riding my Cannondale down the coast, with just my sling-back camera bag of bike clothes (including Sunday's Velo Girls' jersey), sans big camera. We're riding the metric Strawberry Fields Forever century on Sunday. Judy will carry the things I'll need at night in her panniers. This is the first time we've ridden somewhere without having a car waiting at the other end, the first time I've ridden the light road bike to tour. DB will drive down to Watsonville on Sunday to pick us up.

It will be hot out there, but better than hot in this cottage. Yesterday was brutal. We had to go downtown to see an optomotrist and it was all we could do to ride back up the hill. I then went out to buy some summer clothes at Ross and spent some quality time in their air conditioning.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A beach and some mansions

Yesterday we drove over to Fort Funston where the wind was howling, and the dogs with their walkers were out in great numbers having a grand time. We sat for a while in the sun, sheltered from the wind, overlooking the sea.

Afterwards, we drove north along the Great Highway, turning inland to Pacific Heights, landing at the head of the Lyon Street steps on Broadway, where we again enjoyed the warm sun and surrounding gardens - and where I was surprised to run into two of the Hearts in San Francisco, one public, one in a private garden.

The day was a smile, through and through.

Now we have to get it together to have early dinners so we can go around the city in the best light, an hour or two before sunset.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Jane, Leah and a SFMOMA day

Jane took the 22-Fillmore to Potrero Hill from home and I picked her up in my car so we could go to see Leah in Oakland - but first we stopped at TJ's for lunch food and some tulips to take to Leah. Salad, pizza, strawberries. It was good food, good time.

And then Jane and I went to SFMOMA to see the Friedlander show. Yes. Yes. Yes! The real deal.

But. I was embarrassed for myself. Either I am horribly derivative (of some of his imagery - shadows, reflections, images within images) - or, great minds think alike. I'll take the latter.

I love SFMOMA, inside and out. I only took my little camera today, but even so, I had fun for a few minutes, pretending I can also make amazing photographs.

I can hardly wait for the great times DB and I will have on photo safaris, as soon as he gets over leaving Paris for our Paris of the West. (Actually, he was totally burnt out with France and glad to be here. But, still. Transitions/changes don't come easy.)

He's out now, walking here on Potrero Hill, camera ready for the good late light.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Between ducks

I haven't been doing the usual things I do every day, outside of classes and riding. It's been quite different having someone else in the house, nice, but different. I haven't gone off wandering the city streets on my bike, taking photos when something interests me, rushing home to process my catch of the day. But I will get back to that soon enough. I have many tasks at hand: turnsheets for rides, bookkeeping projects, house stuff - all time consuming but nothing one needs to write about, unless one has a particular point of view or something interesting to say, not just blah, blah, blah.

DB returns from Seattle tomorrow and another adventure begins.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Yesterday I rode to Pt. Reyes Station from Sausalito; today I rode the Strawberry Point/Tiburon loop, both with the Velo Girls. 108 miles. And I feel darn good.

Soon, I will get back to writing more often.

DB leaves for Seattle in the morning and life in S.F. will get back to what passes for normal. Sibyl and I will miss him.