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I sure wish there was a People magazine for homeless people because I think my hood has the George Clooney and Brad Pitt’s of the homeless world. Case in point, the Dancing Lumberjack…very hip threads and he even added a “pop” of color with his blue shoes. A fashion DO! And don’t tell me those aren’t 6-pack abs…


For the past year my left knee has really been bugging me. It hurt after working out, I couldn’t sit Indian style (cross-legged for you pc folk) for any length of time, and just recently found myself icing it a few times a week hoping for some sort of relief. A couple of weeks ago I went to my doctor and he pretty much confirmed that it’s arthritis. He said there’s not much you can do except use it often so it doesn’t get stiff and manage the pain with ibuprofen (and lose a few pounds). Harumph, I thought!
We then moved on to another topic: SUGAR. I admit it, I have a weakness for sugar. Weakness is probably an understatement considering I invented candy salad! Jelly beans, gummy bears, candy corn…I love it all. Well, after talking with my doc and his explanation of how horribly bad sugar (candy) is for me I decided then and there to give it up. I got home and tossed away all of my candy. I have since gone 2 weeks candy free (except for a little Ben & Jerry’s Greek Yogurt) and you’re never going to believe what happened as a result. My knee pain is completely gone. I can bend it without a problem and, so far, it’s like I have a brand new knee! The only change to my lifestyle has been removing candy/sweets from my diet and after Googling “arthritis & sugar” and perusing all sorts of articles on the subject I am convinced my candy consumption contributed significantly to my knee pain. WHO KNEW?!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor so please consult your own doctor (or one on the Internet) before making any healthy changes to your lifestyle.  



I’ve posted a few unappealing pics recently so here’s one that is beautimous! Some hydrangeas I snagged from Napa this morning…LOVE them!!!


I am thanking my lucky stars that I’m heading up to Napa first thing in the morning. I do not want to see any part of this

For the record, nudity is not illegal in SF; however, nude dining is. This town is freakin’ nuts.


It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on the neighborhood riffraff. There are a couple of reasons – 1) my super sly picture-taking mojo has been off and I either miss the person entirely or end up with only part of their leg and 2) they seem to have gotten scarier so I’ve opted not to risk my life for a snapshot of a local hoodlum. That being said, I did get a shot of this gentlemen on my way home today. He was harassing a group of people on Van Ness while they were waiting for the bus. They tried to get away by moving down the block, but he followed them. I couldn’t understand what he was saying, but it didn’t seem very nice. When I took this pic the group was trying to escape by crossing the street…unfortunately, he was in hot pursuit. I was secretly hoping he’d try to follow me because I was going to head up a hill…don’t think he would have gotten too far. I’m a meanie, I know.

This is a pretty inspirational story and the photos are surprisingly emotional (at least I thought so).

“The mission of The Tutu Project is to raise funds to cover the cost of self-publishing Ballerina. It’s also the story of doing good while doing well; Ballerina is a book all about a man, his pink tutu and raising funds for women with breast cancer.”

Photo by Bob Carey

Last weekend, Pookie and Mini-Pookie came for an SF adventure and a sleepover. We had so much fun! I picked them up at Cal-Train and after dropping their stuff at my apartment we drove down to the wharf. Our first stop was lunch at Alioto’s. Alioto’s just screams SF and I love it. I had the a shrimp cocktail and steamed mussels and Pookie had clam chowder and fish & chips. MP had grilled cheese and fries…hooray for a kids menu! After that we strolled through Musee’ Mechanique and said hello to Laughing Sal who scares children, but makes me laugh. I also noticed that Ms. Pac Man has been added to their collection of antique arcade games. Whatever. After that we visited the sea lions at Pier 39…what lazy creatures. We walked through Pier 39 and then headed toward Ghirardelli, but first had to stop at Boudin Bakery. Pookie had never been. Can you believe it?! We selected a crab shaped bread to have with dinner (it was actually our main course). At $19.99 this was definitely a luxury item, but we sure got a kick out of it! Our last stop for the day was at Ghirardelli. YUM.

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