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the soft paws experiment (or how to piss off a crex in 5 min or less) June 21, 2009

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Since we moved into our apartment in San Francisco Mister B has developed an affinity for scratching the back and sides of the sofa. Somewhat unfortunate since we rent a furnished apartment and that sofa does not belong to him. In an attempt to keep all parties relatively satisfied I decided to give soft paws a whirl. For those of you who don’t know, soft paws are fake rubber fingernails for cats. After a good bit of fighting and cursing on both of our parts I managed to get 8 out of 10 on. Here is the result:

pretty pale blue, to match his eyes

pretty pale blue, to match his eyes

they look like little bear paws! if only he found it half as intriguing as I do!

they look like little bear paws! if only he found it half as intriguing as I do!

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ephemera de primer aniversario June 20, 2009

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letterpress

letterpress lovlies

tin heart from the mission

tin heart from the mission

Vic went traditional (paper) while I went modern (clock). Strangely, neither of us knew this when we picked them out…camelia girl c. 1972 shizo ikeda

camelia girl c. 1972 shizo ikeda

they look good together!

they look good together!

lip mythic

lip mythic - enabling the addiction!

 

it’s a wonderful life! June 19, 2009

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I have a good life. In fact, I can say without reservation that I have a great life. Even so, sometimes there are days where everything is so lovely and perfect that it’s hard to believe that I’m living it. How did I get so lucky? Pictures don’t do justice but they work well as markers for those memories and moments. June 18, 2009 – how appropriate that we were in San Francisco for our first wedding anniversary since that is where we were initially planning to get married…

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Anniversary #1! After an amazing dinner at NOPA we enjoyed a bottle of wine at Crissy Field.

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The view from our blanket - wow!

 

VeRtiGo June 17, 2009

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While Vic was working one afternoon, Mary Beth and I visited Ft Point. Sure it’s a fort from the 1860’s, but more interesting (at least to me) is that it is the location for the famous scene from Vertigo where James Stewart rescues Kim Novak from the icy bay waters.

the spot where James Stewart rescues Kim Novak from a watery grave

Vertigo

a happy day

a happy day

Also, we saw these hands on the fence. A little research (thanks Vic) and the mystery of Hopper’s hands was solved…

hopper's hands

hopper's hands

Ken Hopper is a Golden Gate bridge iron worker who noticed that joggers would stop and touch the fence at Ft Point (the end of the line)  so he had these hands made for them to touch. At the bottom he also added a pair of dog paws. Hopper also volunteered for the suicide watch for many years (a job that only the bridge workers are suited to do) and saved at least 30 people from jumping.

 

good times June 14, 2009

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The last few weeks have been filled with so much activity that I haven’t had a chance to update in a while. We were so lucky to have Mary Beth here for eight great days! Although there are many things I don’t miss about the dirty south (heat and humidity, mosquitoes, rebel flags on over sized pick-ups, roll tide in all it’s forms…), it’s a drag being so far from the family.  In an attempt to make up for lost time we packed several months of adventures into that short week! Too much to list in one post so I’ll be adding as I sort through the pics. Some highlights – Tosca at the War Memorial Opera House, Ft. Point, the wave organ, Monterey Bay and Big Sur, enjoying the vistas at twin peaks, tank hill, cathedral hill, pacific heights (and all the other heights and hills), the castle at Napa Valley, Japantown, Ike’s at Dolores Park and way too many delicious meals to list. I hope this was only the first of many friends and family visits while we are traveling. Come see us if you can catch us!
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admiring the vistas...i love this picture!

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vic points out the landmarks from tank hill. the big tree on the left is just outside our bedroom window.

 

sweet rides June 1, 2009

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woody

spotted a few doors down from our place

volvo

one of my many dream cars

 

when cats conspire May 29, 2009

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bl1

psst...hey, b-man! dude, i am sooooo bored. what can we do?

bl2

bored you say? let's have some fun while the people are out walking the beast! here's what we'll do- listen very closely....*insert a fiendish plot involving toilet water, shards of glass and "chocolate kisses" here *

bl3

right! let's go!

bl4

yikes! i think i hear someone coming!

bl5

yep, we're busted!

bl6

just play it cool, linus. they have no idea what we have planned...