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2006 Oakland Sistahs Steppin' in Pride Parade.

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April 18, 2008

This Existence
Friday. Met at what is now becoming the usual place in San Francisco last night, had a Guinness or two, a shot or two, then a Guinness or two at whatever it was Irish bar we migrated to after. Home before nine where I piddled around doing whatever it is that I did before getting to bed (at a decent hour) up today feeling as if I'd been drinking all night without any sleep. A nice lunch with some of the old crew in downtown Oakland, Ms. A buying be lunch to celebrate my birthday last month, home again to take a nap to balance the nap I'd taken this morning. I don't think I want to repeat this experience for a while. Perhaps a long while as I don't want to admit I've been this stupid.

You didn't go that far off the farm? You really serious?

At this advanced geriatric age of sixty-five I'm thinking I'm no longer in any condition to keep up with these “kids” in their fifties. Got to set a good example for myself if no one else. He said.

I was talked with one of the managers in his office at the company after lunch when he got a call informing him that a friend had been taken to Stanford hospital and was in a breathing machine waiting on a lung transplant. A lung transplant. Did he smoke? Not a lot? A list of others at the company followed, most of them managers whom I knew, but not well, many younger than I who'd recently either cashed in their chips or learned after a doctor's visit that not all was as well with them as they'd been hoping. Where have I heard that before? Suffering from a hangover while listening I was wondering what any of their relationships might have been to say sake and/or Irish bars? Or if they kept an online journal where they bitched nonsense day in and day out? Complicated, this existence.

The photograph was taken at the 2006 Oakland Sistahs Steppin' in Pride Parade a Nikon D2X mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/320th second, f 2.8, ISO 100.