Yikes, I meant to update this blog more often with exciting adventures, but I have not been feeling it lately . This week I began to realize that I had much less time than I originally anticipated to do all the bike riding, extra-curricular learning, and projects that I planned for the summer, and it started to bum me out. I know it is only mid-June but I feel like I should have done more by now… It turns out it just felt like I had lots of time because I had been constantly busy with school, and work before. Really, I only have a couple days off work a week, and it turns out it takes more time when you’re on your own to make food, keep the cat alive, and maintain the apartment. And I’m going to be working full time again for the next couple of weeks to cover for someone. Anyway I think I am over resenting the absence of new blog posts as evidence of my lack of accomplishments and I am ready to post again. I’m going to try to fit in amazing adventures when I can, but I shouldn’t be pressuring myself to do more. Vacation should be fun!
So here’s what I got:
I filled in for someone last week and worked at a law firm on the second floor of the Ferry Building overlooking the marketplace. [See the last post for an external picture of the Ferry Building] It’s a really neat place so I thought I’d post some pictures. You really have to steel yourself against the temptation of delicious smells wafting in from the shops and restaurants below if you want to get any work done. When I was there the smells would alternate between cinnamon bread, and bacon. And it’s really nice to work in an office with skylights.
Looking down at the market from the bridge connecting either side of the office.
Spying on cupcakes.
View of the Bay Bridge outside the bay side of the building.
And here is a random neat photo from my apartment window of the fog obscuring Sutro tower on the hill behind UCSF.
I intend to do a post on the Cactus and Succulent Fair once I wrestle with the dozens of photos I took of awesome plants. Also maybe a birthday post. Stay tuned.
Well, I did a decent amount of bicycling this week because of the Long Shutdown, as the SF MTA has ominously named it. The N Judah train has been on hiatus for the last 10 days (replaced by buses) so they could replace some of the track. I decided to take this opportunity to ride my bike to work the three days I worked this week. With the additional bike commute I rode 50 miles this week. I was still exhausted when I got home two of the three days, so clearly I need to keep riding regularly and hopefully it will get easier.
I’ve been parking my bike downtown in the BART bicycle cage, which apparently used to be the pay phone bank.
Friday I went to the Ferry Building for lunch and sat outside since it was such a nice day.
On Saturday I went to my regular film archiving group. We’ve been working with 16mm, and it is so much easier to see the images during inspection than it has been with 8mm. I can actually get a decent image of the frames with my iphone camera. I worked on a two black and white reels from 1930. The second one had a whole section of a family working on a bicycle together. It was pretty great.
The 16mm reels have all had neat designs unlike the 8mm reels. The second one I worked on had a heart pattern. And the guideline about reels is: “if you can core it, you can keep it”. So – I put the film on a core for long term storage, and here is the reel. I think the pattern is more stiking when there is film on it though.
After archiving I went to a free book extravaganza across the street from my apartment and picked up these titles.
And I rounded out the day by going to see a new print screening of Grand Illusion at the Castro. Definitely one of my favorite films of all time.
Pretty good day!
Oh, and I’ve already finished a knitting project. A cowl. Alpaca wool. So soft.
Categories: Bike, Film
Tags: 16mm, bicycle, Castro, cowl, Ferry Building, film, Grand Illusion, inspection, knit, reel