codgertations

by Geezer on April 21, 2014

cogitation Spring is a challenge to codgers. It is difficult to maintain a sour, been-there/done-that cynicism when nature is detonating its floral fireworks on every hillside, park and crack in the sidewalk. Reminding our friends and neighbors that things are as lousy as ever, that politicians are parading off to jail, that our phone calls are being recorded, that we still can’t get cheap dental insurance, that the 49ers have packed up, that bridge tolls are hitting $6 and that we are in the middle of a drought, becomes tougher every day the sun shines down on our very, very green and pleasant land.

Excuse me if I’m just a bit skeptical about the onslaught of efforts to extend human life with millions of dollars of investments by Larry Ellison and Google’s Calico. Medically I certainly cheer anything that reduces the suffering of growing older but I am not so sure about having to endure more decades of presidential campaigns. I kind of sympathize with the 108-year old survivor of the ’06 earthquake who did not show up at the annual 6am celebration because he did not feel like getting up that early.

Yes I have tried Airbnb and heartily endorse it. I don’t miss hotel amenities. I am certainly capable of making my own bed and picking my towels up off the bathroom floor. More applause in the travel category goes to Uber where rides come on time and I don’t have to root around in my pockets to pay the driver.

Please do me a favor and try to speak more crisply. As tinnitus takes its toll I appreciate people who enunciate with the precision that my mother, a teacher of the deaf, continually requested. Speaking of hearing impairment, I recommend you immediately learn how to install captioning on your tv. Without it you would have missed Mathew McConaghey’s astonishing psychosphere ramblings on “True Detective”.

Writing checks to good causes should be applauded, but in my experience nothing approaches the satisfaction one gets from hands on public service. The English coaching that I do in a local junior high school is one of the high points of my week and a refutation to all those scoffers who think the younger generation’s minds have been ruined by video games and that they use “like” ten times in every sentence.

Yes, yes, yes I happily embarrassed myself meeting my first grandchild. I know I promised to not to start blithering but it’s harder than I thought to keep my joy fettered. Best I should stop right before I discombobulate myself further.

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baby sitting

by Geezer on April 8, 2014

Emily3-25p3The Geezer will be away next week  while he falls in love with his first grandchild.

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welcome to silicon valley

by Geezer on April 8, 2014

jasperBay seniors are mistaken if they think Silicon Valley is nothing but traffic and techno sprawl. Jasper Ridge is a secret, 1200-acre wilderness, rich in wildlife and, especially in the late afteroon, animal life. It is a vast outdoor laboratory west of the Stanford University campus. Major biological and environmental research occurs here, notably that done by Paul Ehrlich. Don’t plan on just dropping in. You are required to schedule one of the docent-led, two-hour tours which are offered Thursday to Sunday through May. No pets, no children under 14.

 

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you say you want a revolution

April 7, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors who spent college planning revolutions will be stirred by the extraordinary production of Tom Stoppard’s “Coast of Utopia” by the insanely ambitious Shotgun Players in Berkeley. This 3-part saga of 19th century Russian intellectuals mixes idealistic politics with private tragedy. The stage is small but the cast is massive and massively talented. […]

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little sur

April 7, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors know we have a baby Big Sur just south of Pacifica, on that corner of the coast where Highway 1 is habitually closed by rock slides. No longer. With the completion of tunnels a mile away, the former highway is now open for walkers, bicyclists, horses and dogs on leashes. It is […]

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hello spring

April 6, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors can save themselves a trip to Tokyo or Washington DC by checking out the 47th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend in San Francisco. On Post between Laguna and Fillmore you’ll find non-stop servings of Japanese culture – classic folk dancers, demonstrations of  karate, flower arranging, judo, calligraphy, kendo, bonsai,  koto and […]

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more muir

April 1, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors time their visits to Muir Woods to avoid the nature mad throngs. An alternative might be a pilgrimage to the home of the father of the National Park Service in Martinez. The 326 – acre site includes Muir’s home, built in 1883 as a gift from his inlaws for what was a […]

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foodie school

April 1, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors who have no interest in opening a restaurant but wouldn’t mind polishing up their cooking skills might want to consider enrolling at the Culinary Institute in St. Helena, in that massive castle called Greystone.  No, it’s not the curriculum where you end up with a toque on your head. These are classes […]

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click claques

April 1, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors curious to investigate Chinese culture but find ping pong a little too uptempo, might well want to consider taking up the noisy game that was wildly popular with our grandparents 75 years ago – Mah Jongg. Legend claims Confucius himself created it around 500 BC. The 144 tiles are made of bakelite […]

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baycation

March 30, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors whose travel fantasies include a generous dose of romance but no 6 hour drives or airport security are advised to check into the Waters Edge Hotel in Tiburon. Perched on a dock with the SF skyline staring you right in the face, Grand Suites come with water views, others have private decks. […]

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