Unpacking

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Drone shot of living room

My suitcase, not some business meeting concept.

Listening “The Hype” – twenty one pilots

OAK → SLC → CVG

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

on the tarmac at Oakland airport

No podcasts, no music, just kept reading Stillness is the Key and looked out the window from time to time.

Oakland shipping container port

out the window of a plane

out the window of a plane

(I’m a very slow reader.)

The cabin(s)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Spent a little time trying to learn how to fly a drone better. Tried it at the cabin down in the holler, at the creek and on top the mountain. I’m getting more confident with piloting, to the point of a few wrecks. (Luckily all at low speed.)

Closed out the night with a roast and a card game called Turn and Burn, which I cannot find any reference to online.

Sadly, this trip to California was fast approaching an end.

Typical mountain day

Monday, February 10, 2020

A bit of hiking, petting animals, enjoying things like cookies that don’t have many net carbs, reading a book while taking a bath outside and ending the day with a few rounds of Sequence after dinner.

Back to the Mountain

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Irelands

I spied a Recovery emblem for the Cullinan Ranch Tidal Restoration along the way. #foreverproud

Erik has almost proper classic hand placement* on the steering wheel. Did you know it’s no longer 10 and 2? It’s apparently 9 and 3 because of airbags.

* That looks like 11 and 1 to me.

Hello old brown van from far away! I feel like you need to be on the road…

Ended up at the mountain! Since the rainy season is over we were able to drive all the way down to the cabin and yurt. That doesn’t sound amazing, but imagine not being able to drive up to your home for 5 months because of the rainy season and having to use an ATV to get to your front door. With groceries.

Good vibes

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Where did we leave off? Ah yes, California. I was navigating BART trains with an extra piece of luggage I picked up in the city. T’was easy-peasy on a Saturday.

I tried to imagine what it was like to be a commuter and read a book, but looking out the window through the shipping containers of Oakland’s shores and all the neighborhoods along the way to Richmond took precedent.

Erik was waiting for me at the station and we hit the road to see his parents and extended fam on the outskirts of Sacramento. There may have been a pit stop at In-N-Out along the way, but it was the homemade pizza, lasagna and good vibes of the evening that linger.

Listening: “The Unlimited” Sufjan Stevens, Lowell Brams

 

Dinner and drinks

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Bay Bridge

This afternoon I toured a company that makes breadbox sized satellites that take photos of earth, strolled through Salesforce Park, had dinner at the water’s edge with friends and capped it all off with a cocktail in a gloriously retro and futuristic hotel lobby.

The Tulip

The Tulip

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Hyatt Regency San Francisco atrium

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Listening: “Angels” by Dark Sky

SFMOMA

Ellsworth Kelly Red Curves

Even if you have just a little window of time to spare? Make time for art. Well, unless you don’t really like art, then do something else.

Me, I popped in to SFMOMA and walked through a good chunk at a determined and brisk pace, visibly sweaty. I still had time to ooo and ahhh, but I could’ve easily spent all day there. It was enough to whet the whistle—to lean in and see the brushstrokes and realize that these pieces were possible, real and lasting.

See oodles more images on Exposure.

artwork from SFMOMA