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At a recent lunch in Oakland

January 1st, 2005

A Long Very Time
Pisces (February 18 - March 19): 2005 is your year! After months of confusion, separate areas of your life come together in an organic way. March and August are pivotal.

I have more than a few friends who are looking forward to a better year this new year just as I am looking forward to a better year for a number of reasons; most of them, perhaps, psychological: stress at work, stress because there is no work, bombs falling on Baghdad, neo-cons running the government; all of us looking to move out of our own particular form of 2004 darkness.

Didn't you say pretty much the same thing last New Year's Day? Moan-groan, wail-whine?

Actually, as I read it, I seem somewhat upbeat. Truth be known I haven't been all that solid since the prostate operation two years ago. Psychologically, anyway. The aching head vertigo thing has kept my attention - who knows what in the hell that is - and although the vertigo seems to be pretty much gone and the area that's aching seems to be shrinking it's still there in the background. I take a little Tylenol now and then. I guess the rule is I'm not dead and I'm mobile, so get on with it. There's only so much time on the beach before the ocean rises.

So I have this plan. To get on with it. I bought the car to get out on the weekends, long weekends with laptop and cameras. Last New Year's Day I said I was going to buy a car before my birthday in March with this very plan in mind. I missed buying it by about five months, but I did eventually buy a car, a new car, and it's sitting in my garage as I write. Now, I've had the car for five months and I have less than fifteen hundred miles on it, but I'm not fretting. No, really: spring is coming, long weekends are coming and I will one day soon top up the tank and pack the cameras.

Which is about what I've been saying now, year in and year out, for a very long time. Hi, ho. 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 ISO 1250.