On Super Bowl Sunday, Carolyn and I drove down to San Mateo where Sutter Health was giving seniors Covid-19 vaccinations—Pfizer. The process stimulated several thoughts.
San Francisco went under “lock down” eleven months ago. Since then, I haven’t been south of the border with Daily City. The farthest north? Giving my car occasional outings, we cruise up Highway 101 to the Mill Valley/Tiburon exit. And turn around.
The only other times Carolyn and I leave the city is to hike the Marin Headlands just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The road to Rodeo Beach is closed, but you can turn left into a parking lot adjacent to the bridge. From there, you can hike the road along the Headlands with its Golden Gate/Pacific/San Francisco views or the Headlands trails, offering great views of the Bay and City. It’s a fabulous escape seven or eight minutes from our house.
While the pandemic has kept us close to home—at 76 and 73, we’re not risking our health or others’—we see people occasionally, including our son and son-in-law, and two grand dogs. We’re masked and distanced—except for Saffy and Stella. Otherwise, FaceTime and Zoom offer workable if imperfect alternatives.
We also walk three times a day, targeting at least four miles total. The Presidio National Park is practically right out the door. Other destinations include Lobos Valley, Baker Beach, Sea Cliff and China Beach—not to mention Golden Gate Park. Cooped up? Hardly.
Then there are trips to Laurel Village—CalMart, Standard 5 & 10 (Ace Hardware), Stan’s Kitchen, Walgreens across the street. We pick up books at Green Apple on Clement, meals at Lokma (Turkish—Clement at 19th Avenue), Heritage on inner Clement, Gordo’s on Geary and sandwiches throughout the neighborhood. We’ve also gotten a few pizzas from Little Star—to me, the best in town.
We’re anything but bored. Carolyn fills her days—and evenings—with acting and singing lessons via Zoom. Monday night cabaret. TV and movie auditions in her home studio. She’s making a music video.
I’m completing a new novel and developing three short-stories, one under 500 words with an unusual structure and content. To come: research for another novel I’ve started to outline.
We also watch some great TV and movies. Last week, I wrote about “The Mandalorian” (and the Jews) on Disney+. We’re finishing Pretend It’s a City (Netflix) with humorist Fran Leibowitz interviewed by Martin Scorsese—very New York. Season four of a great French series, Call My Agent, is underway (Netflix). We’re laughing with the hilarious Ted Lasso (Apple). Now we’ll crunch films for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Tip: See Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself (Hulu), a 90-minute film of his off-Broadway show. Riveting.
Circling back to our vaccinations, the process was smooth and efficient. No side effects.
Sadly, the nation’s vaccine rollout has been spotty given a previous White House administration that denied the pandemic’s seriousness and took little interest in funding a dependable program. The new administration is picking up the pieces.
If you haven’t started the vaccination process, I hope you will soon. Do share information on venues and appointments. We’ll reach herd immunity that much sooner.
Then we can all trade FaceTime for face-to-face.
Happy birthday, Abe Lincoln, even after the clueless San Francisco school board decided to remove your name from the high school in the Sunset District.
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