The Bushman of San Francisco and Reading Slumps



I got home from San Francisco yesterday. I had a nice time on the Warf but hated the medical tests I had to endure. I found out I will need heart surgery this summer and found out why I am so tired all the time. I am glad to know what is going on, but not looking forward to the surgery.

While on the Warf I ran into my favorite street performer. In my last post I told the story of the box man who scared the young female tourist; turns out he is now called the Bushman and is a real staple on the Warf. I did not get to ask his real name, but we did talk about the screaming woman incident. He says he has learned not to jump out so hard and yell so loud. Now he asks people to pay when they admit he” got them”. I am not sure this is how I would want to earn a living, but then again he gets to make his own hours and meet people from around the world. If I lived in the city I think we would become friends. I have included some pictures of the Bushman, you will see he is not your normal street performer. He now has his own T-shirts but surprisingly no one has put him on the internet yet. He would be a great YouTube celebrity. I am sure a lot of people would love to watch him scare people over and over again; the same people who like to watch people get hurt doing stupid things.

I had hoped to get a lot of reading done in between medical tests, bout wouldn’t you know it, my reading glasses broke so for the first time in a long time, I did not read for a couple of days. I wanted to read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman as he is one of my favorite authors. I started the book last night but to be honest, this is not one of his bests. Have any of you read it? Is it slow to get going but gets better (oh please oh please let it get better).

January has not been a good month for reading. I have yet to finish a book as so far nothing is grabbing my attention. Has this happened to you dear readers and if so, how do you get out of your reading slump? How many pages do you read before you put a book down? If all else fails I pick up a collection of short stories, but sadly right now I do not have any unread short stories on hand. Guess I will finish Stone Maiden even though it has not thrilled me and will continue with Neverwhere. I am on the library list for some good titles so I keep hoping to find out it is my turn. I want nothing more than to fall into a good book before school starts, and it would be nice to stop thinking about my medical woes even for a little while.

Sunday Weekly rant, I mean wrap up

Well another week has flown by! Can’t even tell you what I did this week; it seems we jumped from Christmas to the New Year in a flash. Thankfully the days are getting longer and soon spring with be upon us. We had record snow this winter, we needed the moisture but I will be glad when all the snow is gone. It is pretty at first, but now we have gray sludge all over town.

Saturday night I watched the wonderful David Tennat as The Dr. in Dr. Who, die and in his place a rather young looking man. I feel as if Harry Potter turned into the Dr. I do not see myself watching this show anymore. Guess this is a sign of age. Speaking of age, I started Susan Fraser’s Stone Maiden. Fraser was kind enough to e-mail me after I reviewed Lady Macbeth and offered this title as my next read. I have to be honest and say, historical romance is not my cup of tea. I know millions of people (women) love it, but I am finding the story rather silly and predictable. My friends who read this genre tell me that the fun of these books is not in their storylines rather it is fun to” watch” the two main characters get together. I don’t know, the dialog is silly and the heroine is far too stubborn to garner sympathy from me. She has an ideal man in her mind and of course the warrior sent to marry and save her clan is not the exact type of man she is looking for; of course I know by books end he will be. Someone should have told her you cannot always get what you want but you get what you need. Oh how well I am learning this!

I want to stay away from doctors but what I need is heart surgery. Tomorrow I am going to San Francisco for some extensive testing in order to determine what kind of heart surgery and when. I really want to be in denial but will face up to my problem and see the doctors in order to solve my problem. While I am there I will visit some familiar places; I grew up near the Bay Area and miss many of its sights and sounds. I will have dinner at Fisherman’s Warf (of course it will be a seafood dinner) then stroll the shops. I have more fun watching the free street performers than I do shopping for trinkets. I plan on taking my camera, and hope to catch some fun photos. One day as I waited for mother to come out of a shop I noticed acute couple walking hand in hand towards me. Just as they passed me and a big box, a huge man jumped out of the box waving a tree branch yelling Boo!! The man of said couple jumped back but what made me laugh till I almost peed was that the woman screamed then ran down the block waving her arms in the air still screaming. The man and I laughed and laughed at the sight while the box man just stood there stunned he scared her that badly. I told the young man he really should go after his girlfriend as she was almost out of site, still screaming. I paid the box man $20.00 because it was one of the funniest things I had ever witnessed. Writing it down it seems mean, guess it was one of those “you had to see it” moments. Hopefully I see something funny and can take a picture; San Francisco is famous for their crazy street performers. I will need a break from all the tests that will be done on Tuesday and want good news afterwards. Let’s hope this time I will get what I want and what I need. I will be back Thursday with news and pictures.

I have loaded up my Ipod with Podcasts in case they let me use it while they do their tests. I am going to catch up on Star Talk hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson. I loaded up an episode from The History Channel’s short series Evolution (I guess I missed this on TV) and will bring Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere to read. See you soon!