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Friday evening, scrottie took me to the San Francisco Ballet for a performance in three acts. The first act, Seven Sonatas, was for me the visual and auditory equivalent of a beautifully exquisite wedding cake - one of those cakes that manages to both look and taste perfect. The second act, a piece called "Optimistic Tragedy," was danced and performed well (with live orchestra), but was to off-puttingly heteronormative, basically. The final act, "Pas/Parts 2016," was accompanied by jarring digital noises instead of music. My favorite part of it was the set and lighting. The set was a minimalist pair of walls, arranged to emphasize the depth of the stage, providing maximal surface for the lighting to portray tone. I also appreciated getting to ogle the whole War Memorial Opera House. Which leads me to a question: is it common for there to be a buffet dinner available for performance-goers before ballet performances? Or is it something interesting and unusual about performances at this specific venue?


I always feel a sense of relief on weekends where I have a chance to do a goodly bit of cooking. Saturday: more walnut-arugula pesto (so delicious with eggs on toast!) and some Amish turnips for dinner with M&M. Sunday: bran muffins, a loaf of bread, muesli, garden kale sauteed with garlic and lemon (lunch), chocolate-hazelnut spread, and peanut-topped greens with paneer, which used serranos, mustard greens, and turnip greens from the garden. Oh, and I mixed up a homemade rooibos chai tea blend, which allowed me to consolidate more spices. I hope it tastes good. Regardless, I now feel like I can face the week without feeling too preoccupied by kitchen tasks. We still have something close to a 10-year supply of cloves.


In the Department of Fixing Things, I tackled several lingering tasks. The first was the project of cutting down an aluminum threshold for the main entry door to the boathouse. The original threshold was too long, and the piece needed to be cut to the shape of the door molding. While that might seem fairly simple, it wound up being a good opportunity for me to learn more about various options for cutting metal. I did the bulk of the work with a hacksaw and Dremel cutting wheel, but when I got to the boathouse I discovered I'd been too conservative in my estimate of how much aluminum to cut down. And of course I didn't bring along cutting tools to the boathouse. Fishing around in the boathouse toolbox, I found an old, rusty file and figured, what the heck, might as well see if it will be sufficient to finish the job. Even though the file was meant for wood, it worked well enough on the aluminum to convince me to keep going. As I got close to finishing, another club member came along and asked if I'd like any help. It turned out that he'd been involved in the previous project of installing the previous door, so I was happy to have his assistance.

But as with almost all such projects, we eventually hit a hiccup that we couldn't resolve with the tools on hand: the threshold piece now fits, but it sticks up too far along one edge of the door, and the door can't close. So we took the threshold back off and I'll have to try again after bringing in a metal file and some tin snips to finagle the underbits some more. The whole thing is kind of a silly project, but that threshold had been sitting around at the boathouse for who knows how many years, so I adopted it.

What else - I bought some intermediate-weight gloves and stuck some reflective material on them so my hands will stay warm and visible during the intermediately-cool weather here. I also tried to buy some replacement parts for my Camelbak, which is about 10 years old by now, but failed because my Camelback version is now outdated technology. I'm highly annoyed. I also pulled the snap-loop fastener off of my travel neck pillow and sewed it back on in a much better configuration so it will actually hold the pillow around my neck. And did a wee bit of housekeeping.



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Feb. 7th, 2017 06:08 am (UTC)
> some Amish turnips for dinner with M&M.
which I read as the wholly different " some Amish turnips for dinner with M&M's" and thought, huh, that's a very different type of cuisine than I'm used to you choosing.

Wood tools do a quite good job of removing aluminum. They work a bit better if you run them through chalk or soap or something every now and then, to prevent aluminum clogging up the teeth. The aluminum scrapyard where I hang out uses tablesaws, radial arm saws, and chopsaws all intended for wood that they're slicing through inch-thick aluminum with. I don't advise it. For one thing it's a threat to your hearing. For another, a stream of hot aluminum chips comes blasting out and gets in everything. But it does work.
Feb. 7th, 2017 09:00 pm (UTC)
Haha, hmm, that would be quite an odd flavor pairing!

Yeah, that rusty wood file served perfectly well, as I quickly determined on the spot. If I were making a habit of cutting and shaping aluminum, though, I think I'd choose something intended for the job! I made the original cuts with a hacksaw blade intended for cutting metal, and with some metal cut-off discs for the Dremel, and they worked well, although the cut-off discs were loud indeed. And aluminum shavings really aren't my favorite.

The door, however, is steel, so I just don't think the wood file is going to cut it (har har, pun alert!).
Feb. 8th, 2017 06:02 am (UTC)
What travel pillow do you have? Do you recommend it? I hate most travel pillows but always feel like I should probably own one.
Feb. 8th, 2017 05:12 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, well. I have NO IDEA what brand it is because I found it abandoned in an airport (I had a long layover and it sat in the same place for >2 hours without any humans nearby).

It's one of those styrofoam bead-filled ones. I had started out by borrowing one from scrottie that had the snaps in the correct position (snapping the pillow closed around one's neck), and that was enough to convince me that it would provide reasonably good neck support on long trips.

That said - I wouldn't claim to love it. I've actually had the best success sleeping on airplanes by taking my backpack, putting it on the tray table, putting the pillow on top, and leaning forward to sleep on the pile. :^)
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