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Today in My History

2000:  Safely Home--Eventually
2001:  I'm Moving to Oregon!
2002:  From the Hamster's Wheel
2003:  On Those Summer Nights
2004:  Botox and Other Imponderables
2005:  If You Give Me Your Opinion
2006:   I Love the Internet
2007:  I Hate Them All
2008: Visit from an Old Friend
2009:  An Embarrassment of Riches
2010:  
BLP
2011: 
Listen to this Book
2012: The Zen of Airplane Travel
2013: Almost Normal

2014: Today at Logos...and More
2015: Exhausting Day
2016: The Town of Tiramisu
2017: Well, THAT was disappointing
2018: This and That
2019: Throw Back Thursday
2020:
Saturday 9
2021: 
Sunday Stealing


Books Read in 2022
 Updated 7/21
"Stay Close"
Harlan Coben
(book #34 in 2022)


My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2022
Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020
Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018
Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010


Cast (updated 7/21)
 


Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Pi´┐Żata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person?
Sold!


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HAPPINESS CHALLENGE

8 August 2022

Each day in August you are to post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it doesn't even have to be every day if you don't want it to be. It's a great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in our lives, our communities, and the world.

Well, I learned of this challenge on the 8th of August, so I've already missed a week of happiness, but I think I'll  try for the rest ofthe month.  The rules say one should post every day about something that makes them happy...or if not every day at least some day.  I'll probably aim for "some days"

I'll start with a biggie...San Francisco makes me happy.

Isn't it nice that I was born in my favorite city!  LOL.  I don't know if my love for San Francisco came from my father, who deeply loved it, or if I developed it myself.  I lived in the city for 18 years, until I moved to Berkeley.  I never lived in the city again, but visited very often, and worked there one day a week for five years.

When people come to San Francisco, I always volunteer to take them on a tour, and have my route that takes them to parts of the city that tourists don't usually visit (and stays away from Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf).  Everybody always brings a camera and I probably take more pictures than any of my guests because I always find the city beautiful.

My favorite place in the city is the Palace of Fine Arts.

It was built as part of the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915 and is the only building from that fair that survives.  The Palace is so loved by the city that it was rebuilt in 1964, making it more permanent.  It was designed by Bernard Maybeck, whose structures around the Bay Area are very famous.  Originally, it housed art work, but later part of it was a hands-on science museum and part was a theater.  In 1992 and 1996, Wheel of Fortune was taped there.

I was very fortunate to have grown up just two blocks from the famous Lombard Street, which starts at Hyde Street (where the cable cars run) and ends at Leavenworth Street, where I lived. 

You always find tons of tourists at the bottom of the street trying to get a good picture.

I have driven down that street many times, always with tourists.  Lately it has become so popular, it's no fun to do any more.  But one thing I loved about driving down the street is that when you get to the bottom, there ia an apartment building which is covered with purple bougainvillea, which seems to bloom year round.

The thing about Lombard Street, though, is that if you turn right at the bottom and drive up the hill on Leavenworth (where I lived) and  then turn right to Hyde, and turn right one block, you come to the steepest street in San Francisco, Filbert Street, which tourists don't know about.  Every time I drove someone down that street, they were terrified.

I loved everything about the city when I lived there, and I still love it when I visit, though it's not the same city that I lived in and I wouldn't like to live there now.  But whenever we are driving down the highway and I see San Francisco in the distance, it makes me very happy.
 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

I rode this cable car to school each morning.
The house on the right belonged to my friend Char's aunt

 

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