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Here In Oakland

Art & Life


December 8, 2017


Friday. Yes, lights out early and up a couple of times to take a leak, but awakening then at five minutes to six in time to hear the five minute news before Democracy Now! starts and so an easy enough get ready to walk to breakfast on another clear morning. They're saying it's a spare the air day through the weekend, a good excuse to hibernate here, although I'll head to City Hall if the city workers are still picketing.

The avocado and cheese, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast. Looked as if they hadn't quite cut back as much on the cheese this time, but we'll know soon enough if that's going to be a problem. Read the papers, of course, sad to see Al Franken will resign from the Senate over the accusations of sexual harassment. He was one of the people I sent contributions to on his first run for the Senate. But again, we live in interesting times and it follows its own script.

The usual walk home, the usual set of pictures feeling upbeat. Fortunately far from unusual in the mornings, the good attitude and such, something I do watch in my solitary existence. No complaints. Now let's see if anyone is marching this noon hour in front of the City Hall.

Later. A bus at eleven-twenty to the City Center to see if the city workers and their allies were demonstrating to find them marching in a circle blocking Broadway at 14th and so started taking pictures. I'd brought a camera with a fixed long lens in the backpack and carried the camera with the 24-120mm lens over the shoulder. Out in the open. With the body cam running. Need to further adjust the body cam to get it taking pictures with a level horizon, but it does work quite nicely.

So good, we'll maybe even put together a second section for the web. Took pictures for a while and then headed to the bagel shop in the City Center for a turkey and Swiss bagel sandwich and coffee. Been a long time since I've been there. Too long.

Finished and walked by City Hall and on to where the demonstrators were gathered to have lunch and so more pictures before heading on to the construction site at 17th and Broadway and then a free bus to Grand. The NextBus app said fourteen minutes before a return bus would arrive and so over to the apartment house construction site near Webster to take another set of pictures. I'd seen the crane pumping cement on the way downtown and wanted to document it, returning to the stop to wait for the bus. That didn't come.

OK, a little tired, but a walk and pictures at the Harrison Street off ramp construction site and the Children's Fairyland exit, stopping at the 7-11 look-alike for a package of sour Skittles. Still no Good & Plenty. Home then, the sun by this time quite warm in a winter jacket and so turned on the fan to download and look at the pictures.

Evening. Processed pictures for the rest of the afternoon and now into the evening. I suspect I'll go with a much better single web section, rather than two by stretching the quality a bit, but still have a ways to go before I'll know.

To bed early again, I'm guessing. Tired from all the running around, the sinus-upper palate thing has been acting up all day. Took a second dose of the pain meds an hour or so back, but it doesn't seem to have helped. Eased off a bit, perhaps, but more active than it's been in a while.

The photo up top was taken Wednesday of the city workers strike at the Oakland City Hall with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 24-120mm f 4.0 VR Nikkor lens.