Monday, October 27, 2008

Wings Fundraiser

Went to my friend's fundraiser on Saturday night in Redwood City. She started a nonprofit for children with autism after her son was diagnosed. There was a large crowd at the fundraiser and the auction brought in much-needed funds.

Chance Wind

Caught Patter H's recent show at the Linearis Institute. She paints on Yupo paper, a synthetic acrylic. Her recent works are vibrant, fluid and very contemporary.

Steve W

Farewell party for Steve W, who is leaving the SF Center for Books. He was artistic director since 1996. He will be moving to the Midwest.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Flu Shot in San Francisco

My 80-year old mother arrived from Kobe and found it utterly amusing that they were giving flu shots in a supermarket. In Japan, you would have to go to a doctor or hospital. We got our shots on the spur of the moment and mom asked me to record the event on my Iphone.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Obama fundraiser & telethon at M Tuchow's house in the Avenues.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Santa Fe

Impressions of Santa Fe:
1. Massive amounts of red or green chile sauce, cheese, tortillas and corn on the menu
2. Tasty and beautiful Chimayo chiles and blue corn at a Santa Fe farmer's market
3. Reddish-hued adobe architecture

Chaco Canyon

It was a hot, dusty day at Chaco Canyon. We took a tour of Casa Rinconada, then had a picnic lunch at the one sheltered picnic table in the area. Other tourists were out of luck - they sat on the dirt in full sun. We also did a self-tour of Pueblo Bonito.

Monument Valley & Chaco Canyon

It was a very long drive from Second Mesa to Monument Valley. We didn't get there until just after noon - the hottest & dustiest time for that region. We drove on dusty unpaved roads for about 1.5 hours and that was enough. We also wanted to go to a trading post and just made it to the one at Red Mesa. It was more like a grocery store with one small counter in the back with dusty pawn items.

Meteor Crater & Winslow

We had dinner in the Turquoise Room of La Posada Hotel in Winslow. In the parking lot we ran into a man who was driving his vintage car through every capitol of the continental United States. The hotel has an impressive veranda for viewing trains. The menu selections in the Turquoise Room leaned heavily towards meat. Our companions had steaks while we had venison and pork.
In the morning we went to Meteor Crater, one of the best preserved craters in the US. You really got a sense of the impact from the observation area.

Sky City, Acoma, New Mexico

It was worth paying a photography fee at Acoma as the pueblo buildings and the clouds above them were spectacular. Many of the buildings have been renovated as people still live in them, but they preserve the look and feel of the original structures. I loved the giant white ladders leaning against the hogans.

Ravens Fans in Albuquerque

We arrived in Albuquerque on Saturday night and went to the Frontier for a late dinner. The cafeteria-style restaurant was filled with excited high school students from Rio Grande. Their football team, the Ravens, had just won a game. We enjoyed enchiladas in green sauce and tried to remember when we had this much energy at 10:30 pm.