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Under Construction
Jack London Square, Oakland

December 30th, 2003

Do Or Die
A good day. Hard to say, but they seem to be getting better one small sliver at the time, one small incremental step forward (at a time). I'm ready for the year coming to be better than the year ending. Today I'm ready. I hope to be more ready (readier, steadier, headier) tomorrow. Or have we already lost the thread here in this first (short) stumbling paragraph? Probably. Not for the first time.

I'm not sure what the rest of the world is up to anymore. The more I write, the less I seem to read. The more I write, the less I care what anyone thinks, which is good if it leads to trusting the inner Muse and promising experiments. He said. I'm not sure why. Looking for a thread I can pick up and run with, maybe: something about war and peace or seals and fleece and little cats named Emmy.

I mixed up a batch of Kodak fixer last night. I plan to do the film on New Year's Day. Maybe I will, can't see why I won't but it won't surprise me if I don't (as is too often my wont).. Once I've done one roll I'll do a hundred (when I've shot a hundred), but doing the one seems to be an amazing long lived many generational project. I wonder why, me oh my, do or die, here in Oakland.

The photograph was taken in Jack London Square in Oakland with a Nikon F5 and 28 - 70mm f 2.8 Nikon (Nikkor) lens on Kodak TMAX 400. Then again it might have been the 180mm f 2.8 Nikon (Nikkor) lens. I can't quite remember.