Jackie Link's Blog

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Boring day

I am so restless after a day spent reading murder mysteries, working on old images from Holland and doing little else. The wind was blowing so hard this morning that I decided not to go riding. That was a mistake. I'm so bored with my own company, sitting in a chair either reading or fuming about my TV, that I could scream. Arrrg!

Yesterday Kit and I went to SFMoMA for the day and had a great time. I didn't have my camera, but when I got home I made two new galleries of old images in pbase: "Museums and Art," and "Murals, Hearts and Street Art."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The view from here

My new table was delivered last Thursday evening and I assembled it in less than two hours, without cursing even once. (Slow but sure, that's me). It's very nice and made with real wood. Solid.

On Monday I had the satellite dish installed and was immediately disappointed to see ghosts in my mostly lousy image. It turns out one needs an HD receiver for the new HDTVs. Since I had a crystal clear picture on this set with my old rabbit ears, albeit on only the one station they pulled in, I simply couldn't accept paying big bucks for a lousy picture; nor could I stomach paying even more for an HD receiver for the crap I knew I'd be getting on my 200+ stations.

After many phone calls and a repeat visit from the installer, I plunked my angry self down in front of the set all day yesterday, watched a DVD for awhile, stewing in the heat wave as my house heated up, and then as I fixed my dinner I could see my huge TV from the kitchen and thought, gosh, it looks better from a distance.

But, oddly enough, on most stations the ghosts are disappearing and the picture, while not crystal clear and wonderful, is more acceptable. They did say in one followup call that it takes up to 24 hours to download, whatever that means.

But I'm going to watch a movie in an air-conditioned theater this afternoon and pray the fog comes back in soon. This has been a summer of cold windy days and then, suddenly, this other extreme. My house was over 90F yesterday; even the fan didn't help much.

later . . . and as I left the movie in Stonestown the fog was on the way back. Whew!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer-la Mission-Commitments

Riding around town in sandals, I know it's finally almost maybe summer in Fog City. Perhaps 74F inside my house doesn't quite make it a heat wave, but considering that I've had to turn on the furnace several times lately, it's warm enough.

I watched the DVD film "La Mission" this week. Knocked me out; it's so good I started it from the beginning again when it ended.

I rode around the Mission this morning and took a few new Mission murals, but it was midday and so I didn't get what I wanted, but the murals will still be there another day (I hope).

After picking up more Tube Times to distribute, and after my super vegetarian taco on Valencia, I crossed the street and bought a new cheap prepaid cell phone. Now I have to enter all the old phone's numbers into it.

And from there I rode around, hemming and hawing about my need for cable service for my new TV, and finally committed to two years with AT&T/DirecTV. Really hurts to pay big bucks to watch c.r.a.p., especially when most of what I'll probably watch has always been free. Grrrrrrr . . . .

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rabbit Ear Blues

I knew I would probably have to break down and get some sort of cable service, but I've put it off for years and years. Last year I grudgingly got the analog to digital converter and better rabbit ears for my old hand-me-down T.V., but it was time to finally get a new flat screen. After much research I bought this 32" Samsung from CostCo today, using Jill's membership.

But using her card meant they would only take cash, and that meant making a trip to my bank. And so that's what we did.

Once back home, we set it up in minutes . . . and only saw a lot of snow, and a message about either a missing connection or a weak signal. I tried punching in channel numbers and the only thing to pop up was Channel 7-1, -2 and -3. My DVD player works fine, but my stereo isn't being recognized.

Now I have to decide which cable company to be fleeced by, and get something better than a typewriter stand to put it on.

So far, I've watched Oprah for the first time ever and endless newscasts, amazed at how some folks look like overly made up plastic action figures (think Schwarzenegger) and others look perfectly normal.

It does hide the rabbit ears---it's too skinny to set them on top.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

What I did today

I'd set the alarm too early and was up at 07:00. I got a message from Ron wanting to postpone today's ride because of our crummy weather, so I went back to bed. I was determined to get out, no matter the gloom, and rode off on my town bike by noon, wearing my high-top sneakers and layers of warm clothes, heading into the Mission along always colorful 24th Street. I kept riding along Valencia, only detouring to the Rainbow Grocery for sunflower seeds for Sibyl (they were out), and then rode via The Wiggle to Golden Gate Park, around the Conservatory of Flowers and north along Arguello, wondering if I had it in me to go up that last steep block into The Presidio (I did).

No sign of sun, anywhere.

I whizzed down hill and stopped at the Officers' Club to see the annual watercolor exhibit. Good stuff. Afterwards, I went into the visitor center shop, and for the very first time noticed the murals all around the room. How could I not have seen them the half-dozen times I've been there?

By then I was hungry and wandered through the Pacific Islanders' event in the old parade grounds without trying to get food (lines too long), thinking I'd go on to In 'n Out Burger in Fishermens Wharf (lines waaaay too long), and kept riding through the Financial District, and SOMA, and finally settled for french fries and a milk shake from the McDonald's near the ballpark. And they were good.

I took my bag of guilty pleasures to a bench near the Mission Bay library along Mission Creek (no sun there, either, but I could see it off to the east), ate, and then got a book and two CDs before heading back up my hill home.

Not the best ride, but I liked it.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

So gloomy!

It has been overcast every single day for weeks and weeks, even in my southeast corner of this foggy city, where the sun usually shines. It's nearly noon and I'm not dressed yet because I can't figure out what I'll be doing today. I like to ride my city bike around town on Saturdays, seeing whatever, photographing stuff, watching tourists and having low-key adventures along the way. Lately I've been riding around with my camera on my back and never taking it out.

. . . . the sun appeared this afternoon, but all too briefly. Hercules made friends with his turtle statue again and then ate the food I put out. I fear he won't gain enough weight for the winter if this cold weather keeps up.