Wow, even though I had lots of sleep on Sunday, I wasn't moving with much energy today. I could never get it in gear, even after racquetball, and suffered at work, which was very busy with jobs coming from all directions. I came home, had dinner, chatted with Alice, than went straight to bed.
After a pleasant foggy morning in Soquel with Cappy and Melissa, Alice and I headed back to SF around 9:30 a.m. We spent the rest of the day at her house, doing chores, pulling a few weeds, and resting. I slept for two hours in the afternoon. Our evening was quiet and relaxing in preparation for another week of work.
Alice and I spent the day with Cappy and Melissa Pottorff. Cappy and I were roommates in Berkeley back in the early 90s. I'm so glad we still kept in touch. We talked and ate all day, and drank some pretty good red wine. They shared a story about attending a neighborhood church that sounded a bit like walking into a fantasy cult convention. It was something. They have a four-year-old girl they adopted named Sophia and a young dog named Pijo who's big and sweet and full of life. We smoked a big piece of meat and sausage and had a delicious kale salad and corn. We had a great day with them.
First day of summer. Hot and pleasant. Walked around SF during lunch, taking in the activity, the heat, the tourists. Racquetball this morning -- just me and Steve, then Cliff, then T. Work was slow, so I managed to squeeze in a few hours of writing, which was nice. Two stories now. I've had a year to settle into my role at HB and make my mark. Now I can focus on stories for a while. The ideas keep coming and there's no time to work on everything, so if I can just devote enough time to each little vision that pops up and move on and keep up the consistency and discipline, I guess that's all I can ask of myself. Came home and strung my last racquet. It took 80 minutes.
My one-year anniversary at HB. I can't believe I've been there a year. Time flies when you're having fun. Time flies period. It was a breezy day, somewhat busy day. I spent my lunch running along the Embarcadero, a 10K step run. It was so nice. I ran to the China Basin on 3rd St. and back. I always come up with story ideas when I run. Came home and strung the first of two racquets. It took 90 minutes to string. After dinner, I didn't do much of anything, so I called it a night early.
Racquetball just with Steve this morning. We played four singles games to 15. It felt good! I need to string my Dark Star racquets. Both are out of commission. Still reading 42nd Parallel. Writing ideas for a story I've been kicking around. The weather is perfect right now.
Alice and I saw Wonder Woman today. The special effects were good and the story was intriguing (set in WWI era), but it was quite a bit different from regular comic book movies. Lots of exposition in the beginning. Given the praise it has received, I was expecting more, but I guess the bar is set at a particular range for comic book films. It was all right, but just all right. Gal Gadot was fantastic, however.
I went with Alice to UCSF Arthoscopic Center in Mission Bay for a second opinion regarding her hip. The doc said arthritis is the culprit. She had arthritis in her left hip prior to her procedure. Unfortunately, her pain has increased. It was 50-50 that the procedure would be successful and her hip would be pain-free; however, it didn't work out that way. Apparently, a full hip replacement is the only route Alice can take to alleviate the pain. She's processing her options. It's not what we wanted to hear, but at least we now why she's still in such pain. Hmm.
I arrived at work after lunch and the rest of the day went quickly. It's really nice and warm outside. I came home, tidied up, read, and went to bed around 9:30. Warriors parade tomorrow.
Up at 6:15, reading John Dos Passos The 42nd Parallel...
So inventive and full of life. I've always appreciated the USA Trilogy. I picked up this copy when going through the garage last weekend.
Work was fine. I talked with Danielle, our trainer, who returned from her trip to Spain and Portugal yesterday. She was gone two weeks. She went on one of those Rick Steves tours and enjoyed it, but the itinerary was too much for her and her husband. They felt too rushed and wished they had more time in certain cities. Next time, she'll opt for a more leisurely trip.
Came home to Alice's in the evening. We're going to see another doctor tomorrow about her ongoing hip pain.
Up at 4 and to the gym at 5. I felt much better and well-rested. Glenn and I partnered up this morning and ran the tables on our games...nice! At work, I finished a few projects from last week and was completely caught up by early afternoon.
After work, I ordered Yang Chow and watched game 5 with Lisa, Sophie, Miles and his girlfriend Maddy. The Cavs were ahead in the second half and things were looking bleak for a while, until the Cavs eased up on their defense and the Warriors took control of the game. They had a 13-point run toward the end of the 2nd quarter and in the 3rd were up by as much at 17. With a healthy 10-point lead throughout most of the 4th, the Warriors coasted to victory and became champions for the second time in three years tonight. It was nice to see Kevin Durant, series MVP, earn his first NBA championship.
Up at 7 to get Alice her coffee at Starbuck's. We stayed in Oakland last night. I didn't feel well this morning...I don't get headaches but had a nagging head thing going on. Annoying. We met Alice's friends Tammy, Way, Jimmy and Bob at Hong Kong Seafood in Emeryville. We had a very enjoyable dim sum brunch, but I wasn't too hungry. I'd eaten so much the day before that I had next to no appetite. We drove back to Alice's and I crashed on the couch the rest of the day. I slept all afternoon and into the night, hoping my headache would go away.
Warriors were unable to keep up with a Cavs team that proved how good they could be tonight. There's no 16-0 sweep, which would have satisfied every Warriors fan. The Cavs owed one to their fan base and showed the world why they're still the reigning champions. They led the entire game and put on a shooting display that was dazzling and amazing. Now the Warriors return Monday to hopefully close out the series. We don't need anything close to what happened last year. Warriors, take care of business.
Racquetball this morning, then work (busy), then watching the game with Richard, Lisa, Miles and Sophie. Star Pizza, sodas, rootbeer floats, a good night.
Some good racquetball in the a.m., then work, then Warriors at 6 in game 3 of the NBA finals. The Warriors were ahead most of the game until midway through the third quarter when the Cavs took the lead. Kyrie Irving is phenomenal and Lebron James dominated. The Cavs were ahead throughout most of the 4th quarter, then this happened.
It's one for the ages! Champions always find a way to win.
Greg called me at work today, out of the blue. He's moving out of his current apartment and wanted to know if he should get a new place on a short-term basis, or accept that he and Gwen are truly over and should think long-term about his future. I was blunt with him. I told him there was no hope that he and Gwen would ever get back together, and in fact the sooner they both got a divorce the better off everyone would be. I told him to focus on getting a new house and perhaps think about creating a new life with someone else. We'll see if he can do that. We talked about 40 minutes. He kept saying, "It's so sad...it's so sad." It was sad a few years ago, but it's not sad anymore. It's just reality. I hope he's able to accept reality. He needs to.
We went to an Oakland Civic Orchestra concert at the Methodist Church
on Lakeshore Ave and heard a pretty good community orchestra play
Beethoven's 5th, a Beethoven overture, Delibes and Sibelius. Richard
and Lisa joined us.
Then we came to my place to watch game two of the NBA finals. The Warriors looked good and took care of business.
Warriors win 113-91. Kevin Durant was the difference. He's one of the best players ever and was unstoppable in driving to the rim and from 3-point range. Clay Thompson is still off but his defense makes up for his poor shooting. Steph got hot in the second half, scoring several threes and dazzling the crowd with his thrilling ball control. It was a satisfying game to watch. The Warriors look unbeatable. They're 13-0 in the playoffs, amazing!
Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement. He is such a fool. History will punish him for this stupid decision. The US stands alone with Syria and Nicaragua. Unbelievable. I have to believe that he and the entire horrid Republican sell-out party will be punished for this, but you never know in this country.
Went to Alice's and my car was waiting for me in the driveway. Alioto's worked their magic and turned my car back to its former self. They did a great job. The car looks terrific. Talked to Nicole briefly. She's in her new house. They moved in yesterday.
I drove the rental to Alioto's this morning, thinking my MINI would be ready for pickup. Nope, not until the next day. I was driven to work and took Bus B home. I finished Season One of American Horror Story. It was good. Now, I'm ready to fall asleep. I'm processing the changes going on in this world. I'm reading Dos Passos. I'm looking at things from a different perspective. I'm thinking about Syria and Millennium Tower and how to tell this story swirling in my head.
We came over to Oakland around 11 and went to Ikea, then to Grand Ave. for lunch and desserts. At 4 we went to Howard and Leslie's for dinner. Oh, it was fun and so much food! Their friends Tom, Robin, David and Pam were very nice. Alice had fun.