Jackie Link's Blog

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday, again

Not a good week. Tuesday, while shopping in big box stores for a new T.V., someone hit my car door and did not leave a note. I'm stuck with the deductible for the repair. Other than that, I've just been working on files to make a gallery of Sibyl photos on my pbase website. It's been so overcast every morning that I've spent a lot of time in the house, but I think I'll go out for a city ride today.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Five years ago today

Five years ago today I started this blog. It was a Saturday and it was too hot and I didn't have much of anything to say. I guess I still don't have much of anything to say, but there it is. I still ride a bicycle a lot and take a lot of pictures and do a bit more of this and that. I still read and write and hate housework and swear this year I will clean out my excess junk and make something of this house, really!

I'm happy.

And there you have it.

On another note: I took off the big blue Bandaids on my avulsed shin and after a shower replaced them with a big sheet of Tegaderm, left over from my E.R. days (expiration date 2001), which I used to carry along on bike trips in case of road rash. Works great; lets the wound heal without drying out.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Riding along Market Street towards the Ferry Building yesterday, I was about to stop to go into the S.F. Bicycle Coalition offices just past 5th Street when a car pulled ahead of me, stopped well away from the curb and a backseat passenger opened the door into my leg as I was riding by, stripping me of about 4 inches of skin and knocking me over onto the sidewalk. It hurt like hell. And I said so when a young man stood over me, all apologetic. A woman helped me back up, said her husband had been run down just a few days before, though I don't know if he was hurt. I pulled up my pant leg and could see a swath of missing skin, but it wasn't bleeding (that soon changed) and once I figured out nothing was broken I went on about my errand.

By the time I got up to the SFBC's 10th floor office blood was running down my leg, and sweet Jodie whipped out their First Aid kit and off we went to fix me up.

I don't really want to take my big blue Bandaids off, but guess I'll have to take a shower soon. (It's a very shallow scrape, but will be messy once uncovered, I'm afraid.)

Jill gave me her high-top All Stars and they're by far the best, most comfortable bike shoes I've ever worn, now that I have platform pedals and strapless toeclips on my Miyata . . . no need for cleats on that bike. Thanks, Jill!

Monday, July 12, 2010

A colorful Sunday ride

Cyclists on 24th Street - see the doggie in the window?

I forgot what he was playing on his piano bike, and I don't know how he turns corners, but he was a wondrous sight in his Tom Mix Stetson!

There's a bulb-out sidewalk planted with very colorful flowers at this corner of 21st & Bryant. There are murals on two corner buildings.

I loved the way this odd giant sculpture imposed itself on a scene with thousands of equally odd World Cup fans.

The crowd on the southern side of Civic Center Plaza was at least 90% orange, so when Spain scored there were just a few celebrants leaping up.

I probably didn't ride more than ten miles total all day, but I sure had fun. First on 24th Street in the Mission for Sunday Streets, and then in Civic Center for the World Cup final.

Friday, July 09, 2010

All in one room

David Park's "Two Bathers"
SFMOMA has been celebrating their 75th year by showing works from their permanent collection, many not often seen.

Elmer Bischoff's "Orange Sweater"
My favorites were all hung in one room and I keep going back to them - today I took my camera.

Richard Diebenkorn's "Cityscape 1"

These three paintings were done between 1958 and 1963, years when I thought I was a painter, years when I was associated with the then California School of Fine Arts. I think I'm still stuck on the Figurative works because I wish I'd painted them.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

le Tour in Japanese

I found the French live broadcast of le Tour de France on UStreamLive with Japanese narration and watched the last 20 kilometers of today's race over the cobbles. What a trip!

I purposely did not subscribe to Versus live coverage because it starts at 05:30 and I didn't want to get sucked into it.

But here I am. Sucked into it.

(Thursday update: the JSport connection disappeared due to "copyright infringement.")

Monday, July 05, 2010

3 bikes on 3 days

Did it again: got on the Miyata on Friday, the Cannondale on Saturday, and the Bike Friday today. Tomorrow or Wednesday I'll get the Brompton out for a spin.

Saturday's ride on the Cannondale was the longest, fastest, hardest, when I decided to have one last go with my old team and joined the Velo Girls century training series opener, with the Northern Exposure Tiburon loop. I knew they would drop me before the bridge because I can't warm up for that climb that quickly anymore, but I did see them leaving the bridge north parking lot and was hoping to catch them before Mill Valley (fat chance), and so I kept riding as hard as I could. When they'd already left the first pit stop and were heading over Camino Alto before I got there, I knew the game was lost and decided I'd meet them in Tiburon via Strawberry Pt. And I beat them there by 20 minutes (they rode 22 to my 18 miles; I had fewer climbs). After taking a break, I rode north on Paradise until I met them coming in. Since I'd already taken a long break I didn't stay. I assumed they'd lap me on the return to the city. They didn't.

Coming back over the bridge, though, was worse with too many tourists on rental bikes, thanks to a sunny, nearly windless day, and I nearly got creamed more than once, including having one woman suddenly stop turned across the bike path just enough that I had to clip her as I went by, putting a bit of a hole in my left kneecap. I didn't stop. (She heard about it, expletives loud and clear!)

Today I met Judy and Theresa to ride from the Ferry Bldg. to the beach and back, after which we had lunch (tacos and beer) and then sat in the sun under Gandhi until Theresa's ferry took her back to Larkspur.

I switched my SPD pedals around between the Bike Friday and the Miyata on Friday, putting the dual-purpose pedals on my town bike (Miyata) so I can wear regular shoes when I use it to go to museums and school. But I had to take it over to Noe Valley Cyclery to have Larry loosen the Miyata's pedals because guys always put them on too tight (he says they don't really need to do that and doesn't anymore).

I'm so glad to be out riding.

(I didn't carry a camera any of those days so these are old file photos.)

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Rarin' to ride

This week kinda got away from me without any serious, or even unserious riding. I'll get out the next four days in a row, or die trying.

Every year I think I should get a little flag and shoot this picture. This year I ran into the little flag and the deed is done.


Next year I'll get her to wave it.

Today is her hatch day, she's now 11 years old. Happy Birthday Sibyl.