dailybell: 1/13/08 - 1/20/08

Saturday, January 19, 2008

SUNSET 1/19/08

Well, blow me down...

The fence nearly blew down in that last big storm we had. So Norman spent all day today fixing it. Because the original owners of this house were unable to walk, neighbors put up this fence many, many years ago. It needs more work but we hope it will make it through the rest of the winter.

SUNRISE 1/19/08

All By Myself

I forgot it was Saturday morning. Nobody that was here yesterday was back today. I don't know whether or not they would ring bells again, but nobody was interested this morning.

Friday, January 18, 2008

SUNSET 1/18/08

Moonrise. Sunset.

Printed Invitation/Business Cards

I spent today making a card to hand out. As more people are starting to ring bells with me, I realize that it might be a good idea for them to have something with “dailybell2008” written on it. It’s too long to remember, especially first thing in the morning. Also the encounters with strangers are very quick, so it will be nice to give them something to take away or hold onto while they consider whether or not they want to participate.

SUNRISE 1/18/08

A Good Sport or Two

Thursday, January 17, 2008

SUNSET 1/17/08


Bells with your coffee?

We played at Starbucks today. That’s where we were when the sun was setting. I could see it coming so I went around to the people at nearby tables and told them the sun was about to set and invited them to ring bells with us. Only one person turned us down. She said she was OK.

We need more bells.

SUNRISE 1/17/08

After all of those mornings ringing the bell by myself, I had the impression that the early morning was very quiet and sparsely populated. Imagine my surprise when I walked up to the corner and saw other people on the street; jogging, talking and waiting for the streetcar. I wasn’t prepared for that so I just took the still photos I had intended to take.

However, I am excited to go back there with my bag of bells tomorrow morning and see who will join in.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SUNSET 1/16/08



Ringing at the Headlands. Thanks, Megan. Better late than never!

End of the Meeting. End of the Day

It might not sound like much, but this evening’s offering is an ensemble via conference call. All bell ringers except for me are on the East coast and they are playing on the phone. This is the end of a Deep Listening board meeting.

Sounds messy, but what fun! Thank you all.

SUNRISE 1/16/08


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

SUNSET 1/15/08

Singing Bowls

I was at the hospital with a dear friend this afternoon. She is quite ill and needed to go in for an infusion and some blood-work. We stayed there much longer than I had anticipated so that by the time we left, I needed to hurry to get to an appointment across the bay. There wasn’t time to get my car or any of my bells so I took public transportation and figured I would do something when the time came to ring the bells. When someone you love is fighting for her life, nothing else seems very important so I wasn’t too concerned. I figured as the very least, I had some jewelry to jingle.

As it turned out, my friend Krys, lived nearby and as she’s also a musician, I knew she would have some bells. I had forgotten that she has one really large, beautiful singing bowl.

SUNRISE 1/15/08

You can hear foghorns in the background.



It’s time to plan some public bell ringing events. How about Feb. 5? If you live in San Francisco, come to Ocean Beach on the Great Highway near the end of Fulton Street. I’ll be there at sunrise and sunset. Bring some bells and let’s ring.

If you don't live in San Francisco, why not plan a little bell ringing where you live? If you do, please share your information here. It would be a great way to start and end such a day.

Monday, January 14, 2008

SUNSET 1/14/08

I was literally running out door to ring the bell this evening when the phone also rang at 5:12PM. In retrospect I should have answered it and included it in this evening’s documentation. Sorry. The day got away from me.

OK. So what's with the red hair?

First of all- vanity. I didn’t like that my hair looked so grey. Second- Lucille Ball.

The last time I kept company with a large bell, I had also dyed my hair red. That was an accident that I came to appreciate. This time, I did it on purpose.

It is my hope that other people will also associate red hair with funny women and with playfulness. And while they are still in that frame of mind, I will already be offering them some bells to ring.

SUNRISE 1/14/08

Norman hates how he looks, but I love that he did this. Thank you, Norm.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

SUNSET 1/13/08


For the first time this year, it was sunny all day long. I can hardly remember ringing the bell this morning, but this evening, my friend Vangie joined me. She had her own bells and we walked over to a park near where she lives and rang them. It’s so nice having company.

SUNRISE 1/13/08

This is not fun