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At a recent lunch in Oakland

February 18th, 2005

Know Soon Enough
Friday. They're doing something with the building tomorrow that required them to turn the power off at 5:00 this afternoon, so we turned off all the computers and left on BART at 3:00 - one cannot be too careful when it comes to one's computers - to hoist a few up the way in Rockridge near the border of Berkeley in a place where, you know, they serve beer. This, I discover, is a good way to end a week.

Back on BART to the office for the car (it was raining this morning, so I drove to work) about 6:00 in time to drive down to Beverages and More and buy three cases of the Rothbury Merlot I've been experimenting with these last couple of weeks, a bargain at $2.99 a bottle. I'm not sure you can make a cork finished wine for less than $2.99, let alone retail one (I was once in charge of the accounting at a Napa winery and knew about such things: the cost of grapes and corks and bottles and bottling lines and such) and this stuff is quite nice for the price. So I bought what for me is a lot of wine and it's sitting in my closet on its side to keep the corks from going dry. Two glasses in the evening? We'll see. Can't buy it by the case if I drift into the habit of drinking it all in one sitting. I say these things and I guess I believe them, but we'll all know soon enough. Here in Oakland.

The photograph was taken at a recent lunch in Oakland with a Nikon D2h mounted with a 17-55mm f2.8 Nikkor lens at f 2.8, 1/20th of a second and ISO 500.