Sunday, November 10, 2013

Approaching Manchester, NH, By Bus

Manchester looking kind of idyllic when I passed throgh on Wednesday. I thought, I could live here. I've never thought that before, I can assure you. This was the first leg of my grand tour, stopping in Boston, Providence, my hometown of Brockton, Mass., and then back home.
- Gerard Holmes

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tunbridge Fair Ferris Wheel

I've been negligent about this blog, as of late. Life has gotten in the way. Gerard Holmes sending me 60 seconds of ferris wheel footage from the Tunbridge Fair in Vermont was like a poke in the ribs, seeing as how my last clip was shot from a ferris wheel in Brooklyn.

Thanks, G. I love a country fair.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Wonder Wheel

If you're going to ride the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island, the stationary cars should not even be an option. Seriously. Swinging cars, all the way. And screw your fear of heights. If I can put my irrational fears aside, so can you.

- Lana

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Chewy Meets Chico

Our small family friend, Chewy, meets Chico, and becomes overly dramatic when surrounded by puppy cuteness. Nic chimes in. Nic's mom acts as stage director.
- Lana

ComicCom Crowd

Team KPA is at ComicCon, and sent 60 seconds of the crowd. Cosplay galore.
- thanks, Kristine Phoenix-Artinian

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rescued Pup

My nephew, Jason, rescued a pup named Chico who was living under bad circumstances. Time to fatten this pup up, and give him some TLC. Nicolas is obviously thrilled. I wonder how Brooklyn, the pup who's been with them for years, will take having a housemate?

- Lana

Monday, July 15, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A little sisterly competition

KPA's girls, Oh and Zah, enjoying a bit of friendly competition in the pool. Oh swims like a mermaid.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Breakdancing Jean

Jean escaped from her mother's office to pay me a visit and show off her breakdancing skills.
- Lana

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Walk to Fishing Pier

MUNI thwarted my plans to hit the beach, today. I went, instead, for a walk along Lake Merced. I never take that walk without taking the path that leads down to the little fishing pier. It's difficult to believe a place like this exists within the city limits.

Thursday, July 4, 2013


I spent the morning and early afternoon at the pool. It was empty when I got there. As the hours went by, families started showing up, many with kids. While the morning sound was birdsong, the afternoon sound was that of kids frolicking.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Kristine took O and Z on a geocache adventure with their friend, O2. This is Ophelia Artinian's submission, which isn't even close to 60 seconds long, but Ophelia isn't yet 11 yars old, so I'll cut her some slack. She wanted us to see how excited she, her sister, and their friend were to be walking on a foot bridge over the freeway. L.A. kids get excited over the strangest things.

Monday, July 1, 2013


Bay Area Rapid Transit went on strike, this morning. This meant chaos for a lot of straphangers. These folks deserve a fair wage and to have their safety concerns met. I hope their action results in positive change. I'm not a huge union fan, but I give them props for doing what they feel is right and demanding justice.

- Lana

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Carrousel

Another summer evening in Edmonton, Festival City. There are dozens of festivals celebrating music, art, theatre, and ethnic groups every year, both summer and winter. Summers are particularly festive, with different events every week, many overlapping. This is The Carrousel, an instillation at The Works Art and Design Festival. It was created by a trio of Quebec artists called BGL, and it is made from recycled fences and shopping carts. And it's human powered!
- Jim Cej

Friday, June 28, 2013


Sunshine and real summer heat in San Francisco, coupled with me having some free time on a weekday afternoon. It's not often that I see anyone but hardcore surfers in this water. I love the sound of kids squealing as the tide rolls in. Ocean beach is really beautiful.
- Lana

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sunset Park, Brooklyn

First day after school let out, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
-Gerard Holmes

How much do I love you for sending me 60 seconds of Brooklyn? A lot, my friend. A whole lot. 
- L

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hanging with Jean at Yerba Buena Gardens

Just shy of 60 seconds of my little friend and birthday biddy, Jean. We spent a part of the afternoon hanging out together at Yerba Buena Gardens, blowing bubbles and exploring the fountains, while her mom attended an important meeting. There may or may not have been some dipping of bare feet in the fountain.

- Lana

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cliff House Putt Putt

Picture it: Cliff House restaurant in SF. A lovely meal. Sweeping views of the rugged, SF coastline. Dense fog. Cold rain falling....And then a dag with a cowboy hat and a golf club and orange golf ball decides that the cold, wet, concrete patio is the perfect place to get in some putting practice.
 - Lana

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sycamore Mineral Springs Labyrinth

After a week in the Bay Area, Kristine headed home to L.A., making a few stops on the way. This was one of them - the spot where she and Edward were married 13+ years ago. In true kid fashion,  Ophelia and Zabel decided that a contemplative maze made for a competitive challenge.

- Lana (for uncharacteristically wordless Kristine)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Cloud Chamber

The tracks of sub-atomic particles are captured as they leave condensation trails in a cloud chamber. The "rain" is condensing alcohol, and the particle source is a small button of americium-241. Most of the trails are probably alpha particles, others are cosmic rays and stray particles from background radiation.
- Kurt Story

I know the most interesting people with the most diverse hobbies.
- Lana

Sutro Baths

Went with Kristine and the kids to Sutro Baths.  After a downright hot day in Muir Woods, the SF coast was freezing, and the swells were pretty big. Humbling and hypnotic.
- Lana

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Visitors

My apartment was invaded by Artinians.  I've been informed that I could do a much better job in terms of supplying 7 year olds with crafting supplies for spontaneous projects. I TRIED!
- Lana

Friday, June 14, 2013


I hate MUNI, but my morning commute IS about the most scenic commute anyone in SF can have. My first bus takes me past Lake Merced, which is really pretty, and I also see a bit of the sea. My second bus cuts through Golden Gate Park, which is pretty cool. Here's a bit of GGP on a particularly sunny morning.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Drawing Dragons

I spent a week with my family. Nic is my youngest nephew. He's a really great little person. He and I are excellent bunkmates. We spent a lot of time drawing pictures of dragons.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

One minute of Pride

The Pride flags are out in full force in SF. I find SF Pride to be kind of lame and dopey, if you really want to know the truth. I don't take part in any of the festivities, which are mostly about promoting gay-friendly brand names. I do love a flag blowing in the wind, though.
- Lana

Monday, June 10, 2013

My Secret Spot

I LOVE this secret spot...every summer, on my way south, I'd stop here with my dogs for a quick dip & a cool off.  Now that they've all gone to heaven, it's just not the same. I may have to show another friend someday...
- Laurie Warren

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Songs in the Trees

When I'm walking in the forest, I watch how the light filters through the trees while the birds sing.
- Kurt Story

Friday, June 7, 2013

Vermont Blues

Locally esteemed white blues guitarist plays school fundraiser. Balloons fly. Children sway, swing, and slide. Another Friday night in Montpelier, Vermont. 

- Gerard Holmes

Charles E. Fromage

Hell is a real place. And it's rat-infested.
- Kristine Phoenix Artinian

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Rite of Passage

During my visit, I taught Nicolas how to make and throw a paper airplane. We picked up a book of paper with cool printed patterns. His mom may end up hating me, because he's going to want to keep all 100 paper planes. Ah, well. That's why I get to be the aunt, and leave when it turns into work.
- Lana

Monday, June 3, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chewy Chunks

Nicolas and I played an online math game. Our avatar was named Chewy Chunks.
- Lana

Monday, May 27, 2013

Burning Gasoline

A hot rod show and parade comes to downtown. I'm no longer into fast cars, but it's sure a spectacle to see people who do.
- Kurt Story

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Getting Home

Nice to get home after a marathon of grant-writing. And friendly skater boys are ok, in my book.
- Lana

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Haunted Ducks at Hollywood Forever

Aggressive little quacking freaks. So much for being somber and respectful at a place of eternal rest.
- Kristine Phoenix Artinian

Why are the ducks attacking Ellen Degeneres?
- Lana

beach bus

When I take this route home - which is even longer than the usual route - I get to ride on Great Highway for a stretch, right on the beach, really.  The dozens of Porta-Potties are left over from bay to Breakers.  I love the ocean.
- Lana

Monday, May 20, 2013

Brett Sonnenschein

This guy was playing the Batman theme when I got off the bus, then he segued into The Odd Couple, and I thought it would be wrong not to get a clip. Afterwards, when I put a couple of bucks in his cup, he asked why I'd filmed. I told him I knew a guy who was a real Odd Couple enthusiast. He said, "That guy must be good people." Then he told me his name was Rodney Byrd, "Spelled like the Admiral, not the Celtic."

- Lana


Los Angeles and a handful of Facebook friends welcome Amber Sexton. Escargot may or may not have been on the menu.  Is breastfeeding in public ok even when it's not your child?

- Kristine Phoenix Artinian

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hula Hooping

I love the way she just walks away. It's so rock and roll.
- Kristine Phoenix Artinian

Balloon Dance

Someone put up a bunch of balloons as a marker for an event. It was a windy day, and their dance was a nice distraction, as I waited for the bus, which seems to be what I spend half of my life doing. Didn't catch it on film, but a pit bull came by and was terrified of the dancing balloons. Wuss.
- Laa

Friday, May 17, 2013

Cheap Stress Relief

Today was exhausting and stressful, for a whole host of reasons. Thank God for my red Duncan Imperial. It's a sleeper.
- Lana

Zen Garden

I love my dentist. His office is such a pleasure to visit. They serve espresso, and let me watch Netflix on a giant ceiling screen while my teeth are being cleaned. Nicest, though, is that the waiting room looks out on, and opens up to, this lovely little oasis in the middle of the city, complete with water feature and koi pond. Perfect for contemplation before a root canal.

- Lana

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Seven Minutes

To my surprise, just blocks from my home, they are filming a movie today--"Seven Minutes", a bank heist movie starring Kris Kristopherson. Apparently, they are using our courthouse as a bank. Here are a few brief glimpses after a day's filming--I came too late to catch the action.
-  Kurt Story

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spring Morning

Yay! We're back to Spring-like weather in SF. Still a bit chilly, but who cares? The sun was shining, this morning, and the birds were singing. It was a great way to start the day.

- Lana

Oh Busts A Move

After-school roller skating. My phone rang and cut short this 60 second clip. Blame Lana.
- Kristine Phoenix Artinian

Monday, May 13, 2013


I love crows. Always have. And I love this little nursery rhyme about them:

One is for bad news, two is for mirth.
Three is a wedding, four for a birth.
Five is for riches, six is a thief.
Seven a journey, eight is for grief.
Nine is a secret, ten is for sorrow, Eleven is love and twelve is joy on the morrow.

- Lana

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Girl and Her Cat

Not quite 60 seconds, but that's ok, because it's Zah and Jasper.
- Kristine Phoenix Artinian

Just looking at this sets off my allergies. But even I think it's cute, and I hate cats.
- Lana

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Glow of Uranium

The eerie green fluorescence of uranium, caused by the uranyl ion added to this glass "salt dip", from the 1940s. It takes very little uranium to impart this green fluorescence, although this piece is more radioactive than most glass--but still safe to handle. Still, I wouldn't use it for food.

- Kurt Sotry

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Guitar Solo

My neighbor playing his guitar. I think he saw me filming and strode over for a better camera angle.
- Kurt Story

Monday, May 6, 2013

Cow Catcher

I've probably messed my daughter up for life by telling her that was a cow catcher.
- Kristine Phoenix Artinian

This reminds me of Peanuts, when Lucy gives Linus all that wrong information about nature. Fir trees produce animal fur, to be made into coats, except in winter, when they produce wool.

Short Hum

April was a weird of month of highs and lows for me. Thoroughly exhausting. It all sort of came to a head for me earlier today, when I realized just how wiped out I am, and how badly in need of a vacation I am. I was having an especially good time beating myself up over a careless mistake I made out of exhaustion/extended periods of sleeplessness, when this hummingbird appeared. It really made my day. Not quite 60 seconds.

- Lana

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Water Dance

I was mesmerized by this little trig and bit of lichen. It's almost like a dance, so I set it to music by Erik Satie. 
-Kurt Story

Saturday, May 4, 2013


Left Sausalito before the fog caught up with me and froze my ass. Lovely day it was. I wish I could travel everywhere by ferry.
- Lana


Caturday morning with Emma. Forgive my wheezing.
- Amy Barnes

Friday, May 3, 2013


Even a gross beach is still the beach because DOLPHINS!
Kristine Phoenix-Artinian

Goddard Gardens

It hit me suddenly that this is the end of my commute, and that's one reason I'm a damn lucky person.
- Gerard Holmes

This makes my heart ache with a kind of homesickness for you, G, and for sweet, sweet youth.
- Lana 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

My Other Office

Another summery day in SF. I don't get to say that very often. It was my "work from home" day, so I took some work with me to Ocean Beach. The water wasn't even that cold. I NEVER get to say that.
- Lana

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Working Under The Sun

Such a gorgeous day, today. I took some work to Yerba Buena Gardens, and soaked up the rays during my lunch break. Bliss.

- Lana

Monday, April 29, 2013

7 Seconds of Yo Yo Chris

This is only 7 seconds, and this is going to be way more than 60 words, but I have to post it. I stepped off my first bus, this morning, and encountered a 50ish guy having a great time playing with a yo yo, on the corner of Judah and 46th ave. Not just any yo yo, but a Duncan Imperial.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I almost always have a yo yo with me, and that it's always a Duncan Imperial. You don't run into yo yo enthusiasts every day. I stopped and said, "Hey - I love a yo yo guy!" He smiled said, "Thanks..I AM a yo yo guy." I said, "And you have a Duncan Imperial. I never go anywhere without mine. I pulled mine out of my backpack, and Yo Yo guy, who looked really happy to have found a fellow yo yo lover said, "Cool! Would you like an extra string, just in case?" "I'd love an extra string, just in case," I answered. He proceeded to pull a little Moleskin book out of his back pocket. Between the pages were various colors of yo yo string. He gave me a green one. When I asked if I could film him for a bit, he was more than happy to oblige.  Then he introduced himself and we shook hands, and I had to catch the express bus, and be on my way.

Thanks for making my day, YoYo Chris on 46th and Judah! And thanks for the extra string, just in case.

- Lana

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sea, Sand, and Feathered Friends

Lovely day at Ocean Beach. Crows seem to follow me everywhere.
- Lana

Rise and Freakin' Shine

I need to rig up some sort of timer or remote control so that I can get my morning coffee brewed in the Bialetti without having to get out of bed. It's shocking how many grunty noises I make in the morning, as my back adjusts to being upright.
- Lana

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Heading to Work

Coming up the Metro escalator at Metro Center and walking down the street. Hopefully you can hear the musicians.
- Amy Barnes

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tourists, checking the map, along the Potomac River, Alexandria, Virginia.

Nora was getting all into the map today as we walked along the Potomac... haven't gotten into DC yet, but we had tasty banh mi and I had the best summer rolls I've had in years, at a little place on the edge of Old Town Alexandria this afternoon.  We're having dinner with Heidi tomorrow night!
 - Gerard Holmes

Handle With Care

Someone's a little resentful about having to work on such a fine, sunny day in San Francisco. Don't take your anger out on a case of mayo, dude.
- Lana

Sunday, April 21, 2013

People Will Learn

How does one pay to cross the Golden Gate Bridge? This informative and educational video can answer all your questions.
- Lana

Nickie at Point Reyes

Nickie and I went on a wee adventure up to Stinson Beach and then Point Reyes, which was beautiful and very cold and windy. Does she have a cold, or just allergies? Will we ever know?
- Lana

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Fine City of Boston

#BostonStrong: Watch Here

I don't know this guy, but I don't think he'll mind my linking to his video for today's 60 Second spot, especially since it's such a great bit of footage. Boston, this house is clean.

- Lana

Friday, April 19, 2013

Mexican Lunch

I wish I could have beer, because this place has a wide selection, but it's either beer or tortillas, for me, not both. Mexican and Peruvian restaurants in SF tend to play Puerto Rican or Cuban music. I don't know why that is, except maybe that it's the best Spanish language music there is.
- Lana

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Not Quite 60 Seconds in Boston


- Susan Earley

The Magic Treehouse and The Joys of Reading

- Kristine Phoenix Artinian

These little pals of mine are so awesome. When Z is a little stronger as a reader, I highly recommend The Magic Tunnel.

- Lana

Monday, April 15, 2013


This old dude is lovely. He must be pushing 80, and he always listens to his Ipod on the bus, and taps along to whatever music he's listening to. Sometimes he also taps his thumbs.
- Lana

Windy As Shit

It was windy as shit in San Francisco, today - especially by the coast, where I live. Great Highway was closed off to traffic. Gusts of wind were strong enough to almost knock me over. I am not a small woman.  It was sort of fun. Reminded me of living on the Wellington coast.
- Lana

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Poolside. This is what my late morning looked and sounded like. Life is full of things.
- Lana

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Lovely day by Lake Merced. Dragon boats on the water, and birdsong in the air.
- Lana


- One man' it: it really was trash.
- Lana

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Car Wash

It's too damn long! Spring is here. Ten bucks buys you the deluxe wash!
- Faith Anderson


Breakfast on a cloudy Sunday morning. Spinach and tomato omelet, hummus, an indulgent slice of white bread with butter. A piping hot cup of coffee.
- Lana

Friday, April 5, 2013


We've had a fair amount of rain, lately. A fair amount for California, anyhow. Everything is lush.
- Lana

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Mission street on a sunny day, when the shadows caught my eye.
- Lana

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hike to the Top of Catalina

Watching it now I realize that she wasn't shaky at all. Must have been my brains shaking.
- Kristine Phoenix Artinian


Not exactly Spring, but we don't get Spring in SF. Still - plenty warm enough for a walk around Yerba Buena Gardens, as long as one has a jacket. Lovely day.
- Lana

Thursday, March 21, 2013

California Grandmas Pop Some Tags

My friend Sarah and I were vending at City Fest in Ventura, and it was extremely cold and damp all day. When the Thrift Shop song came on, we just started dancing, mostly to stay warm, but we thrift shop together and we like the song. You're never too old to get your groove on while wearing your thrift shop clothes. My husband videoed us toward the end, but it wasn't staged, just spontaneous.

- Barbara Hynes

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Down On The Corner

Just hanging on the corner of Jessie and New Montgomery, watching the lunch crowd.
- Lana

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Willy, Zabel, Ophelia, and Me

Last night's bedtime stories and entertainment came courtesy of Oh and Zah, via Skype. Stories about sperm and hats, bears and swimmers. Very cool kids.
- Lana

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kitchenware Porn

Cookin' is quite possibly the greatest store on earth. Think "Julia Childs' estate sale meets SF thrift shop." It's awesome. Whenever I'm there, I promise myself I'll go back when I have a lot more money to spend.
- Lana

Thursday, March 14, 2013


When most of the water has cooked off, and dimples start to form on the surface of the rice: then, and only then, do you give it a slight stir, moving it into the middle, lower the heat, and cover for 17 minutes.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Knitting lesson

This young woman was knitting on the train - obviously an early stab at it. An old woman - a complete stranger - sat down next to her, and proceeded to give her a long knitting lesson. At one point after I stopped filming, the old woman took the girl's hands in her own and showed her how to use her pinkies to train the yarn, making it an easier flow. Lovely.
- Lana

Street Klezmer

So, this goes on for almost 2 minutes, but it's my blog, and I can do that if I want to. I'm not a stickler for the 60 second rule, anyhow. It was difficult enough stopping when I did - this band was so good. Street Klezmer. Aother great thing about life in an American city.
- Lana

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Snow Globe

A quick snow flurry blew in this evening, and I had to catch a video of all of the fluffy flakes. This is from my kitchen window... You might be able to hear a little Fleetwood Mac on vinyl in the background.
-Kate Dever

Spring is Here

She sang a beautiful song then took a dump. Happy Spring! Maybe she was asking that other bird for toilet paper.

- Kristine Phoenix Artinian

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Rise and Shine Double Header

First off, my waking up and facing the day, complete with groggy, congested morning voice. And, before anyone asks: it's a king-sized bed so, no, I never roll over on top of my laptop and Kindle.

Second, my morning glucose test. I do this a few times a day to keep on track and know when I need to eat. It's a little weird that food has basically become medicine, but there you go. And, no, it doesn't hurt - at this point, I don't even feel it, anymore.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

N Judah Express Bus

It's a rare thing: an empty bus and a friendly driver, at the same time. I like the way this particular bus takes me right down to the Pacific.
- Lana

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Oilive oil, anchovies, onion, garlic, sliced mushroom, Kalamata olives, the tiniest bit of high-fibre pasta, and blanched broccoli.
- Lana

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013


Gorgeous, sunny, late afternoon in the Sunset District. Even this awful corner looks warm and inviting on a day like today.
- Lana

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Things One Stumbles on in an American City

I heard the music as soon as I left my job this afternoon, and followed the sound to an alley that leads to one of SF's most elegant hotels. An Indian wedding procession. Truly joyous. I took lots of footage, but I like this bit the best.
- Lana

Monday, February 25, 2013


I loved how this little guy was able to enjoy his meal, without a care in the world about all of the noise from nearby construction, and typical city hoopla.
- Lana

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Favorite Bump In The Road

It's the little things.
- Kristine Phoenix Artinian

Food Court

Yesterday, I found myself at a shopping mall food court, eating chicken cutlet from Sbarro, while Muzak versions of Bach and Dave Brubeck played on the sound system. The nice ladies at Sbarro couldn't fathom why I didn't want pasta. It was a really strange day.
- Lana

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Matt Pond @ Whole Foods

The song is called Love To Get Used.  Matt Pond is my favorite singer-song writer.  He has toiled in indie oblivion for many years.  I was SHOCKED to hear his voice coming over the muzak system at Whole Foods tonight.  Honestly didn't know what to do.  So I recorded 60 seconds of it.
- S. S. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Step Slide

A girl, her friends, and bunny ears.
-  Keara Giannatti

Not Exactly the Bolshoi

Parents' day at ballet class. Even the teacher isn't taking it too seriously today. -Gerard Holmes

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Stir Fry

Diced Onions
Keep it simple. - Lana

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SF MUNI's Best Driver

Matt always waits for old people to sit down before he starts the bus. He announces the stops in English, Chinese and Spanish. He pronounces "Pacheco" correctly. The automated MUNI announcement doesn't, and this drives me crazy, because Pacheco is one of my family's surnames. Matt rules.
- Lana

It's Fun To Stay at the YMCA

- Kristine Phoenix Artiniain

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

American Booty

Perfect for this bleak corner of SF: a plastic bag not flowing free in the wind, but trapped around a television antenna, atop some strange, storefront church, struggling to break free. Plastic bags, btw, are now illegal in SF.
- Lana

Monday, February 18, 2013

Bracing Day at Ocean Beach

It was cold and windy at Ocean Beach. Too windy for my delta wing kite, so I spent the afternoon taking pictures, instead. I love going to the ocean in the cold weather.
- Lana

Sunday, February 17, 2013

We Went in Search of Frogs

There were no frogs to be found. I'm sure we were just too loud, but that doesn't mean there wasn't still fun to be had.
- Kristine Phoenix Artinian

Lincoln to Cancun

After a family birthday party in Queens, we dropped off my mom at her place in the city.  As we continued homeward, our 11yo was listening to some new favorite music and I was stoked to shoot a clip of one of my favorite NJ things: coming out of the tunnel and seeing the Manhattan skyline at night.
- Shirley S. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Birdsong and Bus Engine

I send a ridiculous amount of my time waiting for buses. I hate it. I really do. This chorus of birdsong made it a bit easier to stomach, today. Too bad the bus that came and made a racket wasn't mine. BTW, this is the same spot where the bird shit all over me a few weeks back.
- Lana

Don't Be An Ass

Geocaching dud. We couldn't access CaƱon de Lana, but we got to see donkeys, so it wasn't a total loss..
- Kristine Pheonix Artinian

Friday, February 15, 2013


I don't go to Chipotle's often, but the people are nice and always remember me.
I felt bad, today, because I didn't have cash, and they don't allow customers to charge a tip to an ATM card.  I told the cashier I felt bad about that, and that I'd drop in next week and leave a few bucks in the jar. He said, "Don't sweat it - you're a friend."

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Coffee Break

This is the closest I can get to home-style cafe con leche outside of my kitchen. A double shot of espresso, topped up with French roast, and a shot of Half-and-Half. I love the women at my coffee spot. They get my espresso going as soon as they see me coming, and they let me pay later,w hen I don't have any cash.
- Lana

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bus Baby

This little guy is my favorite person to run into on my long commute home. We often engage in a silent dialogue about which his mother is clueless. He likes rice cakes.

Monday, February 11, 2013


The hot tub and pool had been closed for renovations for close to six weeks. So psyched the work is done and it's a gorgeous day for a soak. Can't beat soaking in a hot tub when the air is crisp and cold.
- Lana

Friday, February 8, 2013

Snowy Day

We haven't seen snow like this in at least five years.
- Emily Stiver-Grady

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

WPA mural

The building which houses my favorite coffee and brunch spot in SF has a beautiful WPA mural. I have coffee at this place just about once a week, but I never get tired of looking at the mural, or the wonderful mosaic tiling.
- Lana

Beach Horses

Had the day off, and spent a chunk of it at the ocean. Perfect thing to do in the middle of the week.  watched the mounted police giving their horses some exercise.
- Lana

Monday, February 4, 2013

Creaky Branch

Wishbone shaped branch has been hanging and rocking since the "Halloween" storm of 2011.  Hurricane Sandy had nothing on this sucker.  Landlord can't deal.  I hope no one is underneath when it brings the branch it's killing (softly) down.
- Shirley

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Wheels on the Bus

This project is forcing me to take note of just how much time I spend riding buses, especially around Lake Merced, which has got to be the prettiest bus route in SF.
- Lana

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cobb Salad

This place makes the best Cobb salad.I'm not sure if the person behind the counter is a man or a woman. I wish they wore name tags. With my luck, his/her name is Leslie, anyhow.
- Lana

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


I wait for the bus on this corner every work day. It's bleak and depressing. I've seen lots of ugliness here: fights, public drunkenness, people vomiting, public drug use by young people with children. On the flip side, it's also just a few hundred yards from beautiful Ocean Beach, and there are often surfers and nice old ladies.

Monday, January 28, 2013


So, this is a thing for buskers, these days. Play some nice, prerecorded music over a loudspeaker and once in a while, play a few notes on an instrument. The notes may or may not have anything to do with the music. You may or may not know how to actually play said instrument. This is a thing.
- Lana


One thing I love about cities is that one gets to see people doing all sorts of work. What constitutes "work" for me is so different than it is for other people. Most of my "work" involves writing and thinking. These guys break their backs for the rest of us. Thank God for them.
- Lana

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Still in Hollywood

We were in Hollywood this afternoon, so I took a minor detour home so I could :60 the Hollywood Sign.

- Kristine Phoenix-Artinian

Walking in the Snow

I was following my husband and kid in the snow as we walked to the car in the alley. We live in Chicago, and it had snowed earlier in the day.

- Kate Dever

Saturday, January 26, 2013


My daughter just woke up from a very long nap, and she was in a pretty good mood. She started making this face that looks a lot like a toothless old man this week, and "Uh-oh" is the only thing she says on request. It's new.
-Kate Dever

Winter drive

On my way home from picking up a pizza.
- Faith Anderson

Friday, January 25, 2013

Sunny's Snowy Street.

First real snow of the winter. looked outside to see my girl shoveling the neighborhood.
- Keara Giannotti

Mango Candy

My sister, mother, and daughter are trying out Mexican candy that was sent to us by a friend in NYC.
- Kate Dever

Ham Salad and Lays Potato Chips

I've seen Tyson and Tim on this corner since 2006, when I first started working here. We talk just about every day. They're more neighbors to me than anyone who lives in my building. Really decent guys. I asked if I could include them, since they're definitely part of my day. They were happy to oblige.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


I forgot that I took my stove apart to clean it, last night.  Had to scramble (no pun intended) to get two burners up and running just so I could make breakfast. I make the best poached eggs. Stovetop coffee is the only way to go.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

After-School Skating

Tuesday is the day to skate. There's almost no one there.
- Krisinte Phoenix-Artinian

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Strange Bedfellows

My husband never believes me that these two are affectionate to each other most of the time. 
Also I listen to the Ramones on loop while I'm cleaning.  I think the cats like it too.  

- Angela Ganley

Monday, January 21, 2013

Laundry Day

I don't separate darks, lights, and colors, and my stuff never bleeds or fades. 
- Lana

Lady Gaga

That chicken-looking thing is a giant vagina that gave birth to everyone on the stage.
-Kristine Phoenix-Artinian

Sunday, January 20, 2013

One Person's Trash.... my SCORE.
Kid 1 got a new roadside desk last week. Kid 2 was very envious.
The universe was listening and proffered this today.
- Kristine Phoenix-Artinian

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Riding to Walgreen's

Everything is at least a bus ride away from me. Running out of rubber cement in the middle of a project meant taking two buses into "town." At least it's mostly a scenic ride.
-Lana Nieves

Nobody walks in L.A.?

I just walked from the car, didn't I?
- Kristine Phoenix-Artinian

Friday, January 18, 2013

Digby doing laps

This is Digby AFTER his walk.  He's a handful.
-Faith Anderson

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Piano Time

- Kristine Phoenix-Artinian

Child Doing Homework

It's almost 10 pm and she's hashing out her essay on teens and adults sharing responsibility for their technology habits.  She knew she was on camera, and she keeps getting livelier.  The half hour nap before she started knocking this out has helped.
- Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Walking Digby

Morning walk with Digby past some cool houses. Chilly but nice.

- Faith Anderson

Traffic Was a Bear

One minute of a one a.m. return home commute in Montpelier, Vermont, January 16, 2013.

- Peter Kadlec

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lake Merced

The first leg of my commute to work is mostly very scenic. It's not a bad way to start the morning.
- Lana Nieves


-Kristine Phoenix-Artinian
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Monday, January 14, 2013

Morning One, and A Cat

Pat Kiernan is a NYC treasure, I can't say the same for my cat or the traffic reporter.
The subway has never rocked or rolled that I can recall. The cat's still my favorite though.

- Angel Ganley

Sunday, January 13, 2013


I love getting to the theatre early before the show. So many possibilities.

- Jim Cej

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Girl and Her Dog

Child is feeling better--enough to get Dixie to try a few tricks for the camera.
Dixie's a rescue, and spends most of the day sleeping, but seems to get pretty excited about food.

- Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

Sounds From The Back Seat

It's better than fighting.
-Kristine Phoenix-Artinian

Friday, January 11, 2013

Goddard in the Morning

This is me going to get a third cup of coffee this morning. Winter in Plainfield, Vermont. I am now sufficiently caffeinated.

- Gerard Holmes

Lana's note: Be still, my heart. I love this campus and miss it.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


This is dinner, tonight. Smashed potatoes, blackened catfish, and broccoli.  Both my husband and my daughter are sick, and he spent the entire day downstairs trying to stay away from me.  And the kid had school then orchestra.  By the time she got home, I just wanted to spend time with them, sick or not.
- Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

Morning Commute to the City of Dreams

My drive into the glamorous shit hole known as Atlantic City.
 Sometimes it even smells like a rotten eggs & dead fish.
- Tamara Talavera

Morning Ritual

"I'm not getting up til 7:30."
 "You're gonna be cutting it close."
"I'm good at that."
"Well I'm gonna make coffee."
Also, I need to buy more Bustelo.
- Angela Ganley

Wednesday, January 9, 2013