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San Francisco Carnaval Parade

January 29th, 2004

Worth A Try
OK, an aches and pains morning, but a good breakfast, a good later morning, a thought to take a look at these piles of paper on my desk. Where's that dentist's bill? My dental insurance doesn't cover nearly as much as my health insurance does (cheaper to break a leg than break a tooth), but then I don't use the dental insurance much. A crown falls out, replacing it costs something like $1,200, about half of which is on my dime. The original crown, a very good one, was done at a time when I didn't have a nickel, done at the University of San Francisco by one of the dental school professors on the city's tab and I have no complaints. But I've let that bill sit there for a while even though I've have the money to pay it sitting in the bank. A sign of the times.

Later. I went out and rented three movies this afternoon and watched them in one sitting: Sherlock (case of evil), a recent "original screenplay" Sherlock Holmes release that bends the canon a bit - Watson is a doctor conducting autopsies for Scotland Yard and 19th Century groupies arrive in carriages to meet and spend the night with our young and newly famous detective - but still, no worse if no better than many recent "original screenplay" attempts; Once Upon A Time in Mexico which is worth it for the over the top performance by Johnny Depp; and Irreversible, which is backward, weird and disturbing, but a necessary see for a serious film buff who wants to see something a little different. Which means I guess I haven't given up on movies (yet) and makes me think subscribing to an online DVD rental service is worth a try.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco Carnaval Parade with a Nikon F5 and a 135mm f 2.0 Nikon (Nikkor) lens on Kodak Tmax 400.