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Oakland 2008 Holiday Parade.

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December 11, 2008

To The Truth
Thursday. Another pretty good morning: blood pressure and all the rest. My goodness. We'll leave it at that.

A walk up to the local privately owned UPS/Post Office store to buy a photo mailer. Six fifty-one for an 8 X 10. A very nice 8 X 10 mailer I might add, but a run then to Office Max to buy half a dozen cardboard mailers for about one fifty apiece with a dogleg online to order a hundred more from New York, fifty cents apiece including tax and shipping. Now, will they be as nice? We'll see. They looked very similar to the ones I just bought, but familiar is not the same thing as the same. Diddle-dee-dame.

We are ten days from the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, the beginning of winter, occuring at four plus a couple of minutes in the morning on the 21st. You seem to get there lickety split (I do notice how early the sun goes down, but notice as a kind of afterthought) and then it takes forever for the days to lengthen again. But that's why it's the beginning of winter, I guess. Right now as I write in the early afternoon the sun is shining and the Yahoo Oakland weather site says it's fifty-eight degrees outside. Warm. Just fine. Wear a t-shirt and a coat, leave the sweater behind that's so necessary to add in the evenings. Life is good. But the days, my buckos, the days sure are short.

In listening to a public radio program just now on newspapers - how no one under thirty is reading them now and won't be reading them in the future - I was thinking about - what else? - newspapers, my own reading habits, the fact I was a techie for a number of years and still spend so much time on a computer - still subscribing to two dailies, as I'm well over thirty and the newspaper habit is quite hard to break - thinking these thoughts, somewhat incoherently in this sixty-five year old brain so I went online and ordered a Kindle.

I have a very nice picture frame digital display sitting in the living room for which I believe I paid more than I did for this Kindle I've just ordered, a device I played with, but finally gave up on and never used, maybe now I'll have a Kindle sitting beside it gathering dust after it arrives. Will I actually use it to read my downloaded newspapers in public over breakfast? How fucking gearhead is that? As bad as wearing a Bluetooth phone plug in your ear? I hope not. Maybe this ease of one-clicking your way into penury on the web has driven me over to the “other” side. I'd say the “dark” side, but then I'd have to admit to the truth.

The photograph was taken at the Oakland 2008 Holiday Parade with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor G lens at 1/3200th second, f 2.8, ISO 200.