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Fairmont Hotel in San Jose

December 25th, 2004

Deep Blue Ocean
Ah, Christmas Day, home after the usual breakfast at the usual cafe, but feeling much better than yesterday, let me tell you. A bit disconcerting, this flu business. It seems to go on and on and just when you think it's over, it isn't. I'm thinking, with this long weekend - three days at work next week, but three lightweight, take a long lunch, come late, leave early days before another three day weekend - can only spell an end to this flu/cold/whatever it is business. Don't you think? Or is this not the first time I've said this?

Pay no attention to me, I just live here.

I haven't posted much this month. Lunch with MSM last Tuesday in San Jose (at the Fairmont Hotel where the picture was taken), a very nice lunch reminiscent of lunches we've had in the past and lunches I hope we will have in the future (the gods willing). At my age you emphasize “the gods willing” and hope lower case and plural don't get you into trouble. Bad enough challenging fate by sitting here eating sea salt potato chips and drinking Coca Cola, something I allow myself on a Christmas, what with the cholesterol and all, but something I don't allow during the rest of the year (except at night, of course: blind drunk, awakening to stale glasses of beer, torn bags of sea salt potato chips and crumpled pizza boxes).

This is drifting. It's Christmas. Say something uplifting and enlightening for Christmas.

The sun is shining, I am feeling pretty chipper and the combination of the two has made me light headed. My foot is tapping. I'm not thinking of anything radical, like stepping outside with a camera, but I am sitting here writing and that's more than I've done in a while. The blank mind white noise tired but can't sleep feeling is gone. This is worth a “Merry Christmas!” not to mention a heartfelt non-sectarian ”Happy Holidays!” when I remember all of the Jewish, Buddhist non-practicing good looking women I've known (or would like to have known) in this life. The guys, well, a little football, some heated basketball repartee, you can skip any other topic altogether. One does not have to drift into traditional forms of theology when you live in a deep blue region of a deep blue state beside a deep blue ocean, after all.

Maybe if you tried taking more vitamins.

The photograph was taken at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose where I had lunch with MSM last Tuesday with a Nikon D2h mounted with a 17-55mm f2.8 Nikkor lens at ISO 1000.