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San Francisco Carnaval Parade

January 16th, 2004

It's Clearer Now
Thursday. I felt very good today. My, my. I'm surprised when this happens, not so much for feeling good but by looking back and realizing how far down underground I've been. This could go away on any given day, at any given moment, so best I make the best of it. Sometimes I have an off day. I had off days when I was young. We all have off days, I can live with off days. The off life, an off rest of my life is a different matter. I've been lucky. Knock on wood. Load a camera.

Friday. OK, I talked with MSV today. She outlined the last two episodes of my nine o'clock in the evening Chinese language soap on Channel 26: the one attractive young lady with the red dot between her eyes killed the other attractive young lady with the elaborate blue cosmetic design on her cheek with a sword while everyone else was asleep, having drugged the second attractive young lady and pushed her out to sea as she lay unconscious on a boat (they are stranded on an island). She then stole the old blind Kung Fu master's weird looking sword and whacked it (clang!) with the sword she'd lifted from the young lady on the boat thereby breaking both swords and revealing a description of really powerful Kung Fu knowledge hidden inside the old blind guy's sword (as she'd been instructed to do by her own Kung Fu master who is the disguised queen of Persia whom they'd saved from the pyre in the last episode), returned to the building where the old blind guy and the hero were still sleeping and cleverly took poison to fall down unconscious on her bed just as they awoke.

The old guy and the hero notice the now dead young lady with the elaborate blue cosmetic design on her cheek as well as the young lady perpetrator who has just (unknown to them) taken poison. Through the use of their Kung Fu Mojo they save the nefarious young lady who has taken poison and thus believe from the look of things that the attractive young lady on the boat (who is mightily attracted to the aforementioned hero) is responsible for this (bloody) mess.

Now, the attractive young lady who has been drugged and pushed out to sea on a boat wakes up and notices she's landed near home on the mainland only to learn as she arrives home her father has made a political deal to marry her off to one of the local studs in her absence. This makes her less than happy. They lock her up in her room to prevent her from running away. She attempts to escape with the aid of her brother, but her brother is killed in the escape attempt and she is locked again in her room. She attempts to hang herself (silly girl), but is found near death and revived with some of that good Kung Fu Mojo stuff mentioned earlier.

Prior to being locked up in her room she'd sent a squad of soldiers to rescue her friends on the island, but they were intercepted before they left by the husband to be and told to kill everyone on the island instead. They arrive on the island, but the attractive young lady who caused all the trouble in the first place to obtain the Kung Fu secrets hidden in the sword has been studying these very same secrets and practicing them in a local cave while the old blind guy and the hero (you remember the old blind guy and the hero?) are off somewhere dicking around. When she sees the soldiers coming, she attacks them with the hot new Kung Fu stuff she's been studying and mows them down.

This hadn't been altogether clear to me watching it in Chinese. It's clearer now, don't you think?

The photograph was taken at a San Francisco Carnaval parade with a Nikon F5 and a 135mm f 2.0 Nikon (Nikkor) lens on Kodak Ektachrome 100S.