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A is for Aperol 2007


New camera is swell, but not so super-amazing as to be able to take pictures of just one letter on bottles, except when the letters are very large. This is about as close a shot as seems to work. Then again, I haven't finished reading the manual...

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Posted on November 30, 2007 at 09:14 PM in creativity, tools, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

          --Dorothy Nevill

Posted on November 30, 2007 at 01:45 PM in quotes | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tonga Room 2007

Tonga Room band on the boat on the lake in the restaurant


Gotta love the ol' Tonga Room.

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Mai Tai


at the Tonga Room at the Fairmont, San Francisco.

Great presentation, not the world's greatest rum. Headache inducing before even finished. I think I've become even more than a booze snob than I started out as.

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Rev Dan has a very long straw


Hanging out with the lads - Cal, Tom, Dan - at Tonga Room.

Posted on November 29, 2007 at 08:47 PM in Food and Drink, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

Andy Goldsworthy 1995 show poster 2007


And here ends the hasty tour of the art currently up in our apartment.

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Posted on November 28, 2007 at 09:32 PM in creativity | Permalink | Comments (0)

old Nordstrand family souvenir 2007


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Posted on November 28, 2007 at 09:31 PM in creativity | Permalink | Comments (0)

on the dressers 2007

sunset by Joe Gratz



Joe's tryptych


Posted on November 28, 2007 at 09:30 PM in creativity | Permalink | Comments (0)

untitled by Wera Bartels 2007


These three sketches - done by a friend of my great-grandmother's and, interestingly, looking very much like me as a girl - are what I would grab first if I had to evacuate my home.

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Posted on November 28, 2007 at 09:29 PM in creativity | Permalink | Comments (0)

a view of Mt. Fuji 2007


There's probably a better picture of this further back in my photo stream, but this is sort of a placeholder for a project I've been intending to do. I want to get really good pictures of all the art which matters enough to me to have it up in my house, so that if, say, my house burned down, the loss wouldn't be quite as awful. In the meantime, here are some half-assed pictures of the stuff in my house so I at least have something.

Posted on November 28, 2007 at 09:28 PM in creativity | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Tree by bb&ppinc 2007


I bought this at APE (Alternative Press Expo) a couple years ago after walking past it 5 times and having to come back because I kept thinking about it.


Glad I have this one, but I still somewhat also covet this: www.bbandppinc.com/car.jpg

[Website down as of June 2016, but looks like they are still selling some things online via Society6 and have relocated their site to bbandppinc.biz]

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Posted on November 28, 2007 at 09:27 PM in creativity | Permalink | Comments (0)

Untitled by Kim Rifredi 2007


Great piece of abstract art by a friend of my friend B.J.'s that I got from her in the early 1990s as I recall, and had framed years later.

I see koi.

Posted on November 28, 2007 at 09:26 PM in creativity | Permalink | Comments (0)

loot 2007

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The fruit of my errands and the mail.

2 used sweaters from Held Over

new longsleeve undershirt that had been on backorder from J.Jill

2 new longsleeve undershirts from American Apparel

freebies from the dentist: toothpaste, floss, and a cute pink toothbrush

used Combustible Edison cd, Schizophonic!, from Amoeba Records

new channel knife/zester from Sur La Table (this has become my favorite zester)

2 more of my favorite undershirt from American Apparel

one more of my favorite pair of long johns from American Apparel

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Posted on November 28, 2007 at 09:25 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

at the Alembic 2007

Vieux Carre


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duck wonton of the gods


a delicious appetizer offered to the happy hour barflies


Satan's Whiskers (straight)



truth in advertising


"The Alembic: unsurpassed attention (unless we're busy)."

I'd previously had a lackluster experience - perhaps partly attributable to my own mood - on a weekend night. Today, in their first two hours open of a Wednesday evening, I had a very nice time and two excellent drinks.

Posted on November 28, 2007 at 05:49 PM in Food and Drink, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

under sail 2007


plastic bags stuck in a tree

photo taken from inside a bus

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Posted on November 28, 2007 at 02:38 PM in random synaptic firing, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

the big Market Street vent 2007


I don't know why I find this so aesthetically intriguing, but I do.

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Posted on November 28, 2007 at 02:23 PM in random synaptic firing, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

From the dep't of San Francisco buildings not to stand under 2007

Look out for this beige guy...



Edward Gorey would approve

Yes, yes, they really would adorn a building in earthquake country with giant urns on the corner. These puppies must be ten feet tall. What were they thinking?

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Posted on November 28, 2007 at 02:14 PM in San Francisco, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ferry Building 2007

a good mushroom array at Far West


blurry because there was little time to catch the shot due to people coming up to look at the 'shrooms

from Cowgirl Creamery: a bit of cheese


Bellweather Farms Pepato

from Acme Bakery: a loaf of bread


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rounded out with a sausage with mustard and the view


zoom zoom, baby


Yes, the new camera rocks.

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Posted on November 28, 2007 at 01:36 PM in the big room with the blue ceiling, tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

New art on the Embarcadero 2007


I'm guessing by the degree to which it gives me the heebie jeebies, Kristin's not planning any waterfront walks south of the Ferry Building for a while.

Just think of it as a DEAD, lead-coated, thoroughly conquered spider?

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Posted on November 28, 2007 at 01:04 PM in creativity, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

Evening light 2007


from the old camera phone en route back to San Francisco from work

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Posted on November 27, 2007 at 05:18 PM in San Francisco, the big room with the blue ceiling, tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

Things are about to change around here 2007


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Posted on November 27, 2007 at 07:39 AM in tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

screwing around with the new camera 2007


Joe has some really nice new shirts.

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continued messing about with the new camera

[pics uploaded to Flickr on 11/27/2007]

Posted on November 26, 2007 at 09:41 PM in mundania, tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

dinner at Nopa 2007


Flatbread with fennel sausage, carmelized onions, feta, pine nuts & pomegranate seeds; roasted squash; Jack Rose cocktail (heavily featuring Neyah's grenadine)

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By Kitty Puzon at Nopa

Old Pogue, Dubonnet, bitters.

Posted on November 26, 2007 at 07:54 PM in Food and Drink, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

at Nopa 2007

Original Jerry Thomas recipe for Manhattan - including recreated Abbott's Bitters


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A great treat at Nopa. Neyah has made his version of Abbott's and they're absolutely  amazing.

Ward Eight


with Neyah's own grenadine which has now spoiled me for any other.


Posted on November 25, 2007 at 09:42 PM in Food and Drink, history | Permalink | Comments (0)

Goodwill loot 2007


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$1.99/each. :)

Posted on November 25, 2007 at 08:02 PM in Food and Drink | Permalink | Comments (0)

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?

-Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and writer

Posted on November 25, 2007 at 02:26 PM in quotes | Permalink | Comments (0)

spirits 2007

A is for...


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It's getting too hard to find my place in my cocktail set when adding new drinks alphabetically, so I needed to do something to identify where each letter begins.

Looking at the A in Aperol, though, I think I may just use a distinctive piece of typography.

But what the hell, might as well finish documenting the state of my spirits collection as of Nov 2007 since I've taken half the photos already.


B is for...


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Well, and beer too of course, but that's for Joe & guests.

C is for...


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Oops, and forgot the champagne, cider, and Clamato in the fridge.

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D is for...


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F is for...


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G is for...


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H is for...


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K is for...


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L is for...


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M is for...


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O is for...


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P is for...


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R is for...


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S is for...


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And joining this *should* be a proper bottle of sloe gin but I have only just now remembered it and am kicking myself about it. Gerry's in Soho, London, probably had 5 kinds. Gah! Ah well, gotta go back to London again then... ;)

T is for...


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V is for...


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Yes, so I have 5 different vermouths with twice that on the wishlist; ya wanna make something of it?

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W is for...


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Well, and wine too, of course.

why I need a real camera


this is probably try number 5 or 6 to get just the A from the Aperol bottle, but no such luck. Focus bad up close and can't preview the framing enough to know I'm not getting the other letters too. Bah!

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Posted on November 25, 2007 at 02:18 PM in Food and Drink, tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

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