November 18th, 2003



I've been getting up a little earlier most weekdays, walking over the hill to Washington Square Park and jogging for a bit. I run around the park counterclockwise, dodging knots of (mostly) older Chinese people doing Tai Chi. I'm going at a slow pace and only 20 minutes for now, but increasing five minutes a week. If I stick to it, thirty minutes in the park plus the walk over the hill and back should give me a solid 45-50 minutes of exercise.

Jogging around in circles can get a tad boring, so on the weekends I'm getting my exercise through geocaching. Two weeks ago I had my most ambitious quest to date, walking solo from Nob Hill down to Embarcadero Center, up to Coit Tower, and back to the Ferry Building (the last bit in pouring rain), netting five caches along the way. I took lots of pictures, so I may post more details of my adventure later.

In other "movements" - my promised capsule review of the Emanuel Ax concert (November 9). Stellar performance. I don't normally like Debussy, but the "Images for Piano, Book I" were too beautiful to resist. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Chopin Scherzos, especially the B-flat Minor Op. 31, which I have listened to frequently on an Ashkenazy recording.

My next scheduled Cal Performances event is the master violinist Itzhak Perlman in January. I may want to grab tickets to see The Hard Nut by the Mark Morris Dance Group in December though, as boyziggy really likes them. But before that I'm going to see Jonathan Richman at the Great American Music Hall December 5 (anyone want to come with me?), since the usual Messiah Sing benefit at UC Berkeley is cancelled for this year.
  • Current Music
    Nick Drake, "Bryter Layter"