Sur la plage: Mile Rock Beach

Yes, we went out to Mile Rock Beach at Lands End. Lastech took a few pics with his phone in black & white and I really like them. This post is part one of two. I took the Canon and used it for a bunch of wildlife pics. I wanted Lastech’s photos to stand on their own though as they carry a totally different tone.

Lands end is located in the NW corner of San Francisco. The trail follows an old rail line that was used to bring visitors to Sutro Baths.

The view from Lands End. Mile Rock Beach is located beneath the flat bit of land visible directly below the bridge.

The view from Lands End. Mile Rock Beach is located beneath the flat bit of land visible directly below the bridge.

Trail signs

Trail signs

The trail with the VA hospital visible in the distance

The trail with the VA hospital visible in the distance

On the bluff above Mile Rock Beach looking toward the Golden Gate Bridge

On the bluff above Mile Rock Beach looking toward the Golden Gate Bridge

On the bluff above the beach looking toward the Pacific. Oddly enough, the spray from the wave looks like a pair of cat ears.

On the bluff above the beach looking toward the Pacific. Oddly enough, the spray from the wave looks like a pair of cat ears.

Looking down on Mile Rock Beach

Looking down on Mile Rock Beach

Mile Rock Beach

Mile Rock Beach

Lots of stairs

Lots of stairs

More stairs

More stairs

The Marin Headlands from the trail

The Marin Headlands from the trail

Seagull in flight

Seagull in flight


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Caturday: “Heeeere’s Johnny!”

Yes, I forgot to brain. I had folded up my exercise machine, aka Gazelle Supra, and Lastech was taking it out to the porch so that I had more room indoors for all the packing we’re doing. He was wearing slippers. I was barefoot. I stepped out the door for 3 seconds and the wind blew it shut. It was locked.

I didn’t have a key. Lastech didn’t have a key.

The landlords don’t have a key. We pondered the situation. Then we had the only bright, shining (?) idea anyone might have in that situation.

This is the door after I repaired it

This is the door after I repaired it

It took Lastech about five kicks to crack the paneling (with a lot of cussing) and I punched through the rest of the way. My bad. My very bad and the kittehs weren’t amused.

In addition, PG&E rang our doorbell this morning. There was a major leak (their words) downstairs where the meters are. Now I’m sitting around waiting for the service guy to come turn my gas back on and make sure all is well. I just love having a heart attack before my first cup of coffee. Aaaarrrggghhhh! On side of better news, it looks like we might be moving sometime in the next 90 days or so. :)

Yes, it’s Caturday and now it’s time for the pointy eared people to shine

Watchful Tito

Watchful Tito

Miss Jenny looking lovely as usual

Miss Jenny looking lovely as usual

Titanescu and Miss Jenny's jellybeans

Titanescu and Miss Jenny’s jellybeans

Now for something hilarious. This raccoon wish wash everything you love. LOL I don’t like the very end, but it didn’t seem to affect him adversely.


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Caturday: Sunny day edition

Happy Caturday everyone! It’s a sunny day here. I hope your weather is good where you are. I know there was some awful weather in the Midwest the other day. I miss the rain, but I’ll settle for a sunny day.

The microwave (16 years old) went off the rails and made some really creepy noises. Rather than risk the thing becoming sentient and taking over the world, we chose to pull the plug. Its lonely carcass sits on the porch awaiting a journey to the recycler. We’re not planning on buying a new one.

Today, the pointy eared people have been given another artistic treatment. This time, Lastech used the PaperArtist app on his phone. It’s available for i-Phone and Android.

Tito

Tito

Miss Jenny

Miss Jenny

Titanescu

Titanescu

Now for a bit of fun. Simon’s Cat is back with another episode.


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Caturday: Rain for Easter?

I’m sorry that we’re not around as much. Life is a case of hurry up and wait. I’m still busily going through stuff and donating or dumping and we still don’t know how long we’ll be in this apartment. At this rate it could be one month or another year (I hope not).

The NWS is predicting rain for Easter. While I don’t want the egg hunts rained out, we desperately need it. Our governor has imposed strict water regulations on us. This is great and much needed. However, he managed to leave agriculture unregulated along with the water bottlers. All the regulations in the world won’t help unless they are included. No matter. Lastech and I are doing our share and cutting every gallon that we can manage. We’re hoping for rain in spite of Easter.

Grace commented in our last post asking about photo editors. I decided to include a couple of links. The one I used last week was BeFunky. I used “underpainting” with a few adjustments. Another one that I like a lot is Pixlr Express. It has some fun settings to work with. Last, but not least is iPiccy. I use this one mostly for adding text to my photos. The text section is easier to work with than on the other two. All three are free to use. You can pay to upgrade and get more options, but I’m content to stick with the free stuff.

Now for the pointy eared people. I didn’t use any of the above programs this week as Lastech got some good shots.

Tito hunting for a toy

Tito hunting for a toy

Miss Jenny looking so very lovely

Miss Jenny looking so very lovely

Titanescu with a somewhat relaxed stinkeye

Titanescu with a somewhat relaxed stinkeye

As you know, I’m constantly complaining about the housing crisis here in San Francisco. Every so often some joker posts a funny Craigslist ad in response to it. I’m usually late to the party, but I found this one this morning while I was researching apartment listings. I’m posting the screenshot as the post will wind up being pulled anyway. Have a giggle. Click on the pic for the larger version.

aaa Cozy Mother In Law Garden Apartment copy


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Caturday: The artistic version

Ok, it’s not that artistic. However, this is what you do when the pics are substandard or the backgrounds just really suck.

I found it hard to get enthusiastic this week as the the news was just awful. First there’s a plane crash and then Indiana makes their attempt at taking us back to the Jim Crow era. I’m happy to see the blow back on Indiana. Warning to all bigots: I believe in equal rights for EVERYONE. Yep, I mean everyone. If you operate a business in order to serve the public, then you should NOT get to choose which public you serve. I may not be fond of Mayor Lee, but I was happy to see our city announce a boycott. I hope it sends a message to other states trying the same thing.

Ok, now that I’m done ranting, it’s time for the pointy eared people to shine. :)

Tito

Tito

Titanescu

Titanescu

Miss Nightshade Jenny

Miss Nightshade Jenny

After all that, here’s a vid of some cute owls.


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Caturday: Moving furniture

The poor kitties. I’m glad we have Feliway. I’ve been moving furniture. Most of the furniture is going away, but I’m doing it in stages. The pointy eared people are not amused. However, they ARE happy that I put the cat tower by the window.

As for Lastech and I, our 11th anniversary was on Thursday. Due to his work hours and my thrashing about the apartment, we snuck out on Wednesday evening to celebrate with some good diner food. I had a burger, fries and a real milkshake. Lastech had a Reuben. Then we went to Sutro Heights Park to walk it off.

That was our week. Now it’s time for the pointy eared people to shine.

Miss Jenny looking lovely

Miss Jenny looking lovely

Tito getting scritches from dad

Tito getting scritches from dad

Titanescu watching over his domain

Titanescu watching over his domain

Lastech posted this vid on my Facebook wall. I love it so much I have to post it here. There are quite a few versions of this dancing bird out there, but this is my favorite. The Brazilian music is perfect.


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Caturday: With sheep and a blankie

I’m still working furiously to get rid of all unnecessary “stuff”. However, we succumbed and got the kitties a new blankie that came with a stuffed sheep. The pointy eared people like it. :)

Tito with the sheep. He's making biscuits on the new blankie

Tito with the sheep. He’s making biscuits on the new blankie

This is Tito after the excitement hiding in the blanket fort

This is Tito after the excitement hiding in the blanket fort

Miss Jenny testing the blanket and the sheep

Miss Jenny testing the blanket and the sheep

Miss Jenny likes it! Do take note of that stinkeye that is attempting a photobomb.

Miss Jenny likes it! Do take note of that stinkeye that is attempting a photobomb.

This is Titanescu on the doll bed and he's not giving us the stinkeye...for once.

This is Titanescu on the doll bed and he’s not giving us the stinkeye…for once.

And now, here’s some regrettably vertical video of an adorable husky puppy.


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Alcatraz!

One of the creepiest places I ever set foot in, other than Alcatraz, was an abandoned animal research facility on the Peninsula. Besides the stainless steel surfaces and sinks, the scarred tiles and dissection room drains, it was the smell which made some guys’ hair stand on their neck. Nowadays, the place is loaned to Bay Area police departments to practice room clearing with blank ammunition. As to Alcatraz itself, much of its creepiness has to do with the location I think, sitting as it does between San Francisco’s touristic waterfront and Angel Island State Park. The notion of keeping people in tiny concrete cages in the midst of paradise.

On a lighter note, one of the first things we discovered upon arrival was jellybeans.

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Understandably, the parts of Alcatraz we were most interested in were closed off to the public, such as the old military parade grounds, taken over by migratory birds. From where we stood, however, we could only see and hear the ubiquitous Seagulls, permanent squatters in more and more places around the bay. Starting at the dock where visitors get dropped off, the ascent towards the main prison building is relatively steep, but worth walking, rather than riding up in the wagons shuttling people to and from.

Building 64 is the oldest building on the Alcatraz. It was housing that was built over the top of the army barracks which had been there since the 1860s.

Building 64 is the oldest building on the Alcatraz. It was housing that was built over the top of the army barracks which had been there since the 1860s.

Provided you come on the earliest tour, before 9 am, walking enables you to take in sights more fully and take the occasional picture without getting photo bombed as the island gets pretty crowded with tourists before noon. Most buildings on Alcatraz share much of their visual appeal with other local examples of 19th century institutional architecture found at the Presidio, on Angel Island and Fort Point, to name a few.

The old Post Exchange burned during the Native American occupation of Alcatraz in the 70s.

The old Post Exchange burned during the Native American occupation of Alcatraz in the 70s.

Broken window in the New Industries building

Broken window in the New Industries building

The morgue

The morgue

The prison’s buildings also appear more dilapidated, enhancing the haunted feeling many visitors feel. The warden’s house only retains four walls and the fireplace, for instance, but is positively cheerful, compared to the cell blocks, and especially the few cells dedicated to solitary confinement. The only time these cells were lit was when they were unoccupied.

The prison as seen from the recreation yard

The prison as seen from the exercise yard

Prison window

Prison window

Bill Baker, a former inmate was there selling his book. If you click on his name above, it will take you to an interesting article about him.

Bill Baker, a former inmate was there selling his book. If you click on his name, it will take you to an interesting article about him.

There is currently an art exhibit offered for free on Alcatraz, by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Part of the exhibit is on display in the prison’s hospital which is usually closed to the public.

With Wind by Ai Weiwei

With Wind by Ai Weiwei

This means we got to see more on this trip than most visitors usually get to take in.
An audio tour is available once you enter the main prison building: a recorder is handed to you free of charge, with headphones. Sadly, this means people walk about following the recording’s directions, sometimes stopping abruptly in groups, by this cell, or that, blocking doors and hallways.

Solitary, in cell block D

Solitary, in cell block D

The hospital, normally closed to visitors

The hospital, normally closed to visitors

The hospital

The hospital

Wheelchair in the hospital

Wheelchair in the hospital

At some point in the near future, we will return to the Island, this time for a night tour of Alcatraz, in hopes to experience and capture something different.
Meanwhile we hope you enjoy these images…

The Prison. We didn’t take as many pics inside the prison as it was so awfully crowded.

@Large, is the name of the Weiwei exhibition. The link will take you the website with great descriptions and meanings of the various exhibits.

@Large turns Alcatraz into a space for dialogue about how we define liberty and justice, individual rights and personal responsibility. In artworks that balance political impact with aesthetic grace, the exhibition directly and imaginatively addresses the situation of people around the world who have been deprived of their freedom for speaking out about their beliefs — people like Ai himself.

These are the photos taken everywhere else on the island. The gardens have been lovingly restored by scores of volunteers. The bulk of the garden photos are from the prisoner’s garden adjacent to the exercise yard.

 

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Caturday: weirdness

Well, another Caturday has rolled around and the pointy eared people have exhibited weirdness. Ok, they’re cats. Cats always exhibit weirdness. :)

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Titanescu trying to mix a stinkeye  with a hypnotic stare

Titanescu trying to mix a stinkeye with a hypnotic stare

Tito calling the mother ship

Tito calling the mother ship

Now here is a vid from my favorite animal shelter, Best Friends in Kanab, Utah.

I STILL don’t have the Alcatraz pics up. Today, that will be my mission. Instead of getting rid of stuff today, I’m going to finish sorting photos. In my defense, there are a LOT of photos. I’ll post our favorites and the rest will be put into a couple of slideshows. I’m hoping to have the post up by tomorrow evening at the latest.


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Caturday: With a bonus sunrise

Yes, it’s Caturday and I’m surprised I even have some pictures to post. Given the fact that we are reducing the amount of “stuff” in the apartment and getting rid of furniture too, it’s hard to get nice pics of the kitties. The bookcases are mostly empty with the books either donated or packed away. I have boxes everywhere. I’m making great headway though. :) I’m going to add some sunrise pics to the mix today as I’m still working on the Alcatraz post.

Soooooooo, since it’s Caturday, here are the pointy eared people. Hopefully none of the these are repeats.

The amazing Miss Jenny

The amazing Miss Jenny

Titanescu on the doll bed

Titanescu on the doll bed

Tito with his mousie toy

Tito with his mousie toy

Sleeping beauties

Sleeping beauties

Now for a few sunrise pics. We went out to Aquatic Park and it turned out to be a rather nice morning. I used the Canon and got the vivid orange photos. Lastech used his phone and got the more delicate colors. As before, I really love both.

View of the Transamerica building from a hilltop by Rudha-an

View of the Transamerica building from a hilltop by Rudha-an

Closeup of Coit Tower by Rudha-an

Closeup of Coit Tower by Rudha-an

Coit Tower by Rudha-an

Coit Tower by Rudha-an

Coit, bird and boat by Rudha-an

Coit, bird and boat by Rudha-an

Pastels by Lastech

Pastels by Lastech

Ship by Lastech

Ship by Lastech

More pastels by Lastech

More pastels by Lastech


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