Sunday, September 29, 2019

Women Sports Film Festival: Hardball, the Girls of Summer

We went to the final movie screened at the festival, which was called, "Hardball, the Girls of Summer."  It was so disappointing, for multiple reasons:  1) it lacked a clear narrative and long sections were clips from ballgames that had nothing to do with any of the players profiled; 2) it had mixed messages, encouraging women's only baseball teams while providing evidence in the stories told that contradicted the assertion that they are needed; 3) we learned that the official rules for "women's baseball" "dumb down" the game, having these awesome, strong, amazing athletes play only seven innings and on smaller fields and with different bats than the men.  I don't know much about fields or bats, but I do know that every study shows that women have more endurance than men, so the reduced number of innings seems to just pander to a sexist paradigm.  K audibly booed (I know, rude) while the rest of the audience cheered.  I have a lot more to ponder as we process the interesting multi-generational conversations we had following that...

But... it was good to support the idea of making movies about awesome women in sports and it was fun to be together with the women in my life (mother, daughters, and niece) who inspire me.  K has her own local baseball 'firsts' while of course Mom and I are the first mother-daughter team to run marathons on every continent.  Completely different from the amazing athletes who were profiled in the movie, but nice to stand on a red carpet and celebrate the girls/women I personally admire (and love) anyway. 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Visiting the De Young

An exhibit about tattoo art; interesting,but not a favorite overall.  Still, fun to be there together and with great company.  We went out to "Indian pizza" afterward, which was excellent!  Best in the City, so they claim (we agree, but note that they may also be the only one.)

Friday, September 20, 2019

Visiting Gualala

A very quick trip, beautiful weather, and a chance to see two people (and two dogs) we love so much.  We hiked, hit golf balls, hiked some more, played with the dogs, practiced our Spanish, watched a movie, and then raced back home for class/a meeting.  Gorgeous trip in both directions; wonderful visit.

Monday, September 16, 2019

First Rain

I love walking in the rain!  We got two days of rain before it got hot again (ok, both were more like sprinkles, but it was nice).

Came across this Great Blue Heron hanging out with a Night Heron, a Great Egret, and a Snowy Egret, all fishin in close proximity to one another. 

Fall Classes

And with that, our final class had its first session, leaving us with the following for this term (for my records):

Neuroscience (AA)
Math (continued algebra with me; more manipulatives with KK)
US History (AP, CC, and Kris)
American Lit (Open Tent)
Literature with Kalucoga
Marketing (work)
Theater (work)
Baseball (hitting)
Religious Ed/confirmation

Math (beg algebra with me; manipulatives with Kris)
World History of Music (Athenas)
World History of Food (Great Courses)
US History with Kris
Advanced Big Think Literature (AA)
Literature with Kalucoga
Rocky Tidal Ecosystems (term 1) and Marine Ecology (term II)
Mostly Microbes (term 1) and Aquatic Biomes (term II)
Dance (8x/week)
Teaching Dance (preballet 1x/wk)
Religious Ed