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San Francisco Carnaval Parade

January 19th, 2004

Ready Tomorrow
A Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Next year I shall be smart enough to arrange the day off, not so much a statement in support of African American friends (as of course it is), but a statement of honor and support for a man who talked peace in a time of war, who fought for the most basic of rights in a land that badly needed to walk the walk after a century of talk. You support Dr. King in the same way you support Mahatma Gandhi, not because you're African American, not because you're Indian but because you're a human being and it's best now and then to stand up and mention the fact. If it's not too uncomfortable, of course, or interrupts your dinner.

So, Kerry and Edwards. Interesting. It's not over until it's over and it may be over, but who's on first? For a political junkie this is interesting stuff. I don't know about Kerry, he's got the old Kennedy haircut and I'm thinking the world has passed the Kennedy period by. Razor cuts passe? I suspect, although old Ted has warmed my heart saying the current administration used 9 - 11 and this war for purely domestic political purposes.

John F. Kennedy marks the beginning of the Vietnam period. What might that period have been without Vietnam? Where might I be now, where might how many of us be now without that fucking war? No way to tell. This election will have an enormous effect on us, up or down, particularly for the young who will be around long enough to fully experience its consequences. I'm hoping this "enormous" effect doesn't take effect until well after I'm gone.

Ah, and when do you plan on leaving?

The hope is later than sooner.

Still no film in the developing tank, but the color is ready for pickup tomorrow.

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 TMAX-400 and processed by Camera Corner in Oakland.