Sunday, April 6, 2008

Reckless behavior, listening in on conversations and wondering about the swingers scene, in no particular order

Dear sisters,

Loved the pictures. I think Yeti looks very good in his hoovering coat.

Last week I woke up with a funny feeling. I have lost my sense of purpose. It was the first week in nearly eight months that I did not have to turn up for a doctors appointment, treatment or blood withdrawal and read out-dated travel magazines in waiting rooms. I wandered aimlessly through the week, a bit like this post.

1. While I was visiting Isabelle and her house with the garden, I spent a few minutes wondering about her mysterious neighbors, she has never seen. The front of the house showcases a fine collection of replica Greek and Roman statues, the drive is permanently filled with at least fifteen cars of all shape, size and age, and the garden, what we can see of it, has two large blue marquee tents set up in it. I am guessing this is the hub of the South Peninsula swingers scene. I will let you know if we ever find out.

2. I was at the Mission police station. I had been given a ticket, because my back brake light didn't work, and I had to have it fixed and signed off by a police officer, to avoid a fine. There was someone in line just in front of me. He looked like he was in his early fifties. It was a sunny day. He was wearing a dark suit and tie, with a long dark overcoat. He was balding on top, neatly cut around the edges, flower pot style;

(names have been altered to protect the innocent)

- "Hello, my name is Father Daniels, this is my id card" he said to the officer, "I want to report a theft"

- "Where did the theft take place?" the officer asked.

- "From my room. 407 Valencia, Morning Sun Hotel."

- "That would be a burglary report, sir. An officer will have to come to the scene of the crime."

- "I am trying to make my way over to the East Bay to see my old mother today, can I make an appointment?"

- "No, when you get home you will have to ring the station and you will be put on a wait list."

- "I don't have a phone."

- "All right, when you return, come by the station and explain you don't have a phone, and that you would like to be put on the wait list and then wait at home."

" There are two women I have become close to in SF, I think they are victims of blackmail and extortion, and they are stealing from me to pay of their blackmailers.."

"Sir, did you understand what I just said?'

- "Yes, yes, I should come by on my way home"

- "Lisa Fernando and Grace Akosua, from Ghana. I lived together with one of the ladies -well not lived together - in the same hotel, and we became very close.."

- "Sir, if you come by on your way home, an officer will come to your home."

- "Yes, I will come by, thank you, goodbye."

The officer signed off on my ticket without checking my brake lights.

3. We dedicated our yoga practice to the homeless this week. While we were hanging upside down, the yoga teacher told us:

"Now, hang loose... that doesn't mean checking OUT, but really taking time to check IN".

4. I bought a rice cooker and have made rice three times.

5. My son's poem has been chosen to be read at the Art and & Literature night of his school this week. The students in his class had to think of a poem based on the letters of their first name.

Okay, don't blink, here it comes:


Talent is bursting at its seams, I think you will agree. We are now working on the delivery of his poem. Being made to recite his poem might just turn out to be the most traumatic event of Jip's life, so far.

6. A and I had a romantic dinner out. It was a nice French restaurant but the service was so efficient we were in the cab again by 9.30 and in bed by 10.30 pm. My reckless behavior, referred to in the title, consisted of drinking caffeinated coffee after a meal, which left me staring at the ceiling from three a.m. onwards.

7. It has been hot in SF. We went out on Friday and drank on the roof of a building overlooking the city. A very rare occasion for it to be clear and warm after dark. It doesn't take more than two beer to make me feel tipsy nowadays, which is good for the budget. You may be interested to learn that A & I are looking into this concept "balancing the budget". It's simple once you know. It could catch on. The aim of the game is to spend less than you receive. Amazing. Did you know you CAN'T have your latte every day AND go out 3x, using a babysitter at $20 an hour AND that little item in the Sale AND go on holiday?


Lots of love,


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

brilliant post S1, thankyou !
Tell your son that his poem is brilliant and that i am sending him a special present in the post for his birthday but unfortunately it will be a bit late due to the Kafka post system over here. All my love and good luck with balancing the budget, i think its a great concept!