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Oakland 2008 Holiday Parade.

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December 12, 2008

We'll See
Pisces (February 18 - March 19): Why be all or nothing when you’d be just as happy with a little of this and a little of that? Your nature is more eclectic than exacting.

Friday. Normally the daily Chronicle horoscope isn't all that interesting, but I liked this morning's well enough. “Eclectic” sounds better than “in a rut”, does it not? There is a certain degree of perfectionism in me, perfectionism showing itself in never getting anything done (because it isn't “quite right”, you understand, “needs more work” and therefore never gets “finished”), but that's nit picking. The eclectic Mr. Prop. A good way to start a Friday, no need for truth to show its fickle face.

Yesterday I took a photograph of the building with its second coat of paint. They've removed the plastic sheeting from the scaffolding, but that's pretty much what its looked like for the last month. Except the paint makes it look nicer, I think.

Oh, and the price of gas is now $1.83 a gallon across the street from my morning breakfast place. What with the economy, the selling of Senate seats in the state of Illinois and the rest, the price of gas doesn't make the news anymore, but that's twenty-two cents shy of being three dollars a gallon less than it was in June and July. They talked about two hundred dollar a barrel oil at the height of the oil thing (it never got there, thank goodness) and I've heard someone say on the news it could go as low as $1.25 a gallon in another few months (which I don't believe either, but it gives you pause whenever you hear this stuff). Who knows? I'm going to drive up to Portland and then Seattle over Christmas. At least the gas will be cheaper than the motels on the way up. Or something like that.

Along the lines of cleaning up various observations and pictures taken over these last few days, I noticed this walking along Grand Avenue just down the way from my apartment earlier this week. There's a nonchalance web site that's been around for a while, originally with something other than the spacy little images that currently reside (if my memory is correct) but this seems interestingly elaborate and probably expensive for graffiti is it not? Well, maybe not. It's well worth calling the toll free number, by the way, to get an idea of how far they've gone with this. Props and the like to these folks, I think.

The day is just starting as I write, breakfast finished at the usual place, the sun shining, some thought to get out of the apartment. We'll see.

The photograph was taken at the Oakland 2008 Holiday Parade with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/250th second, f 2.8, ISO 200.