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February 12, 2011

Is My Thought

Saturday. Slept in til seven-thirty, no reason to get up at six. To breakfast and back at the usual place. A Lunar New Year event of some kind starting at noon here in Oakland, another over in Berkeley, I'll check at least one of them out. A party this evening at Ms. R's, haven't been to a party in a while, so the evening will be interesting, Mr. E picking me up at five. A good start to a weekend from the sound of it.

Later. A print making and disk burning session to finish off the headshots this morning so I can deliver them this evening at the party. I was able to practice some of the techniques learned at the Photoshop classes, enough practice so I won't now forget them. Good.

A bus then downtown to see what this Lunar New Year event might be about, heading over to the Chinese Cultural Center where I thought, from the web information, it was supposed to take place starting at noon. Ran across a group of dragon dancers going door to door along the street visiting each of the various shops and restaurants, one after the other. They would enter and dance for a few moments, the proprietor would give the leader of the group a little red envelope for their efforts and then the woman in charge of the firecrackers would light off a package to conclude the ceremony with a little fire and smoke. My kind of ceremony I must admit.

One of the restaurants, however, seems to have provided their own firecrackers, none of this twenty in a package stuff. Nice. Worth the entire trip. The pictures are nice without winning any prizes and I learned some things in shooting. Not a bad day when you learn, don't want to get to a point where I stop.

Anyway, sat and had a green tea ice cream cone in the Asian Cultural Center, walked over to Peet's in front of the old APL building on Broadway to have a cup of coffee, then walked down to 20th and caught a bus. A good outing, not a lot of walking, but enough to say I'd gotten my walking in today and some pictures for the effort. Off to the party in another hour, the attitude good. I say “good” a lot, do I not? Better than bad is my thought.

The photograph was taken of a piece of graffiti stuck to a sidewalk utility box on Grand Avenue with a Nikon D3s mounted with a 24 - 120mm f 3.5 - 5.6 Nikkor VR lens.