dailybell2008: First Week of May

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

First Week of May

This week the Baylink bus has replaced the boat at the Ferry Terminal. And pretty soon this bus won't even be here. I have been going to the Terminal on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at sunrise and have met the driver of the Baylink. He's the only person who has said more than "good morning" to me here so far. He drives the bus away while I am ringing the bell but maybe next week, his departure schedule will allow him some time to spend ringing the bell. On the other mornings, I have stayed at home, and recorded audio only. So there are several audio recordings for your listening pleasure this week. The rest of the time, I merely documented where I was when the sun rose or set. Sad, joyous and mundane.

5/1 AM It’s May Day!
I quietly observed the day in front of my house with an audio recording. I rang 3 little bells as I walked across the street and back. There were a surprising number of people out and about at that time. A few hours later I was looking for the bells from the sunrise ringing and couldn't find them. It turned out that I had left them on the sidewalk next to the telephone pole. Two thoughts immediately: 1-how wonderful people are that saw these lovely little bells and left them where they were and 2- what a sleepy idiot I am at that early hour. I would have felt awful if I lost those bells—One of the bells belonged to Norman’s brother-in-law who is now retired. It had hung over the office door when he was in business, and it’s Norman’s favorite.

5/1 PM 4 STAR SUNSET
We went to a film called “Hollywood Chinese” at the 4-Star Theater with Bernie and Mardi. The movie started at 7:20 so I set my phone to vibrate at a few minutes to 8:00. The 4-Star is a very small theater and several years ago, they made it even smaller by splitting it into a 2-screen theater. It’s my favorite place to see movies—they show at least 6 different films a day and you can stay there all day and watch all of them if you wanted to. The person who sells the tickets, also answers the phone, runs the projectors and makes and sells the popcorn, candy, etc. While the films are running there is a lag and some quiet time for that person and it was during that time that I emerged from the theater to ring the bells. The guy was really sweet and agreed to simply hold a bell up in front of him at his seat by the window since he couldn't really ring it during the show. So I went outside and set the camera on top of the trash can and stood next to the window and rang one of the quiet tinkly bells. I love this photo.

5/2 AM Time out
No ferry building today— I was wiped out. Listen to the audio I recorded in the back.

5/2 PM Bugging People

The neighbors from 2 doors down didn’t want to ring the bells this evening. Fortunately we had a visitor who rang with us. Visitors are one step removed from the captives at the bus stop. But at least your friends have some idea what to expect when they come to visit around sundown. Thanks, Paul.

5/3 AM He Prefers Cat Food
Home again. Norman and I ring for Malcolm. Sometimes I think he doesn’t care about the bells. He just waits for us to finish so we will come in and feed him.

5/3 PM Maker Faire Farewell
Sunset at the Maker Faire was at precisely 8:00 PM. We found a small stage – one of many in the fairgrounds. Three pedaling cyclists powered the PA, and that alone was a good reason to choose that place. Fossil Fool provided the PA and was also the name of one of the bands to perform. When I spoke with the man in charge of Fossil Fool, he said he liked my project and that 8:00 would be a perfect time since that was when he would be performing. There was a band already playing on the stage, and it seemed rather unlikely that any band would stop right on time, but I thought maybe …

Anyway, I came back about 7:45 and the band was still playing- another long song and as it got closer to the time of the sunset and they were still playing I figured we’d better just go with whatever was happening at 8:000. So I went around and passed out bells among the small but happy audience. By some miracle the band stopped playing at about 3 minutes to 8 and I thought wow- what amazing luck. But then they launched into one final number. So we all rang our bells for 5 minutes or so—you could barely hear them over the band but they were there and people were smiling. I collected the bells after the sun went down, while the band was still playing and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the experience. That Maker Faire was a fun day.

5/4 AM Bob's Bell
Audio only out front—I decided to ring Bob’s ship's bell—It’s been great since I discovered that even that fairly loud bell doesn’t carry very far so I can include it in my arsenal of morning bells. Then back to sleep.

5/4 PM Sushi Interrupted

Sally came to visit. She’s been in Miami and will return to Paris where she now lives. We decided to walk down the street and have dinner near our house and we weren’t quite finished eating when it was time for the sunset. So we momentarily left our table at the restaurant to go outside and ring the bells. Thank you, Sally. We miss you.

5/5 PM Bells With Our Beans
Dinner was ready at sundown so we stopped eating for a minute and rang the bells. It was cold and foggy and gray outside and so cozy in the kitchen. I thought an indoor evening ringing might be nice for a change.

5/6 AM Big Pink Guard Dog
Listen to this morning.. We carried the bags and boxes of Ann’s clothes out to the curb at 6:00 this morning. United Cerebral Palsy has a regular schedule for curbside pick up of household goods and clothes. They were scheduled to pick up in our neighborhood sometime today. After we brought all the bags out to the curb, we set a big pink dog on top. It was the saddest heap I ever want to see. Later that morning I had gone out and come back to find the pile still in front of the house but with the pink dog missing. Maybe the little girl next door?

5/6 PM Ocean Beach Sunset (again)
Norman wanted to go down to Ocean Beach this evening. It looked so beautiful and clear outside but it was cold and windy. It usually is in the evening and especially by the ocean. When Norman began ringing the big bell, there was a man in the car next to us that looked over and smiled. I offered him a bell, but he shook his head.

5/7 PM Stretching the Bells
We were running late to go to see “21” at the movies. So it wasn’t until we were halfway there that I realized I had forgotten to bring the bells and any recording device. Fortunately our friend Carl was with us and he had a cell phone that took still photos. The movie had just begun when Norman and I went out to the lobby to observe the sunset. Since I didn’t have any bells, I set the alarm on my cell phone to ring at 8:06 PM. So we took a picture of my ringing phone and followed it up with some jangling keys. Unfortunately, Carl doesn’t know how to send the photos from his phone. And now he’s gone to Venezuela for 3 weeks to attend a wedding. Maybe when he returns… (They’re not that great anyway)

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