Blog Posts - AM Musings
 
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Tricycle in Storefront on Fillmore Street, San Francisco
This old tricycle has been beautifully restored and displayed.  Its bright red color striking against a hite background with a piece of natural wood behind the seat.  It reminded me instantly of the tricycle we bought for Katie who is now about to turn 21. 

Tricycles with their three wheels offer a little more stability so the little toddler can take off on their own .  .  .  . somehow I still feel the same way.
 
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The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. Lao Tzu
Chris in on a painting retreat.  Here is her arsenal.



 
 
Nothing expresses the personality and human touch like cursive writing.  As I was sorting though old papers of my Dad, I was struck by the simplicity and elegance of his handwriting.  Although he is no longer here, seeing his handwriting evokes his presence as much as a smiling photograph.

The practice of cursive writing is fading.  With electronic transfers, even checks are going by the wayside.    Is a person's written signature doomed as well?      
 
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Dry Farmed Tomatoes
In summers years back when my parents had a large vegetable garden in the San Joaquin Vally, we would reap the benefits of their hard work in the blistering 100 degrees heat and have the sweetest most flavorful tomatoes I've ever tasted.  Every tomatoe since then has not measured up - except for the dry farmed tomatoes that are now in season at the farmers markets and specialty grocery stores.

A special combination of soil, waterfall, and temperature produce small intensely flavored tomatoes that remind me of my parents' tomatoes.  Being farmed without irrigation results in a smaller tomatoe, but the taste is wonderful.
 
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San Francisco Alemany Farmers Market
Long before Foodies gushed about local, seasonal, and organic food sourced from small farmers, the Alemany Farmers Market was offering this food in a no nonsense straight forward manner.  In contrast, the downtown Ferry Building Farmers Market garners all the publicity and yes -- it is beautiful and chic no question.  The Ferry Building is located next to the iconic Bay Bridge in a historic skylit building while the Alemany Farmers Market is an outdoor barren concrete shed tucked in at the side of the intersection of two freeways.

Here at the Alemany Farmers Market ordinary people shop.

 
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StrEAT Food Park
SOMA StrEAT Food Park opened a while ago.  Its only a couple of blocks from me so I went over to check it out.  There's a changing variety of trucks so there's always something different to try.  Today I had the Salmon Salad (Truck on the right) and the Chairman Bao Baked Pork Belly bun (truck on the left).  Both really good. The sun finally came out so it was pleasant sitting outdoors.
 
This package of frozen dim sum is about $4.00 for a package of 20 pieces or $.20 each. I wonder how much of that went to the worker?
 
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Hup Seng Cream Crackers
I was walking up and down the aisle at 99 Ranch Market the other day checking out all the "exotic" stuff.  I like the old time graphics from Asia. 
 
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Zoroastrian Symbol
The image at the top is a symbol of Zoroastrian Religion, one of the oldest in the world that dates from about 3,500 years ago originating in Persia (Iran).  I saw it in a doorway on Fillmore Street near Union recently and because of my studies at the Asian Art Museum, I  immediately recognized it.  It has the same Zoroastrian symbol.   The silver bowl below is a recent acquisition by the museum and dates from the 19th century and was commissioned in India and made by Burmese artisans. 

I wondered if there was a Zorastrian organization here on Fillmore, but there wasn't any identification other than the symbol.
 
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Dental Instruments
I was at the dentist Tuesday.  Sometimes there's a fine line between pain and pleasure.  Tuesday wasn't one of them.