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San Francisco Carnaval Parade

January 3rd, 2007

Or An End
Wednesday. Maybe I've talked myself into the idea I'm feeling better and maybe I'm feeling better, but either way it's hard to say. Give it time, I guess.

A New Year now starting at the office with a number of people still out on vacation this week, so it still has that holiday feeling as if it's OK to dog it a little: arrive later, leave earlier, spend an extra minute or two surfing the net, the hell with the fact they're tracking your every move on a computer. I'm a short timer. Why yes, I did visit Google News. Four hundred times in one day, you say? You're sure? And you consider that excessive? Good thing I'm a short timer. Easier to just blow me out the door on schedule, better to track others over whom you still hold a hammer.

I guess it's more a feeling that nothing has started yet. They're still finalizing the budget, at least around the edges, and there are people, contractors particularly, who don't know if they'll have a job in another two weeks. Contractors are like push pins. You want to put a picture up on a cork board, you take a push pin and attach it. You decide to fund this or that project, you attach contractors to it, otherwise you show them the door. It can be nervous, being a contractor. I know, since that's how I started.

Then again, that's just another of a number of undercurrents at the moment. An interesting time. When you have six months left, is starting a new year a beginning or an end?

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco Carnaval parade with a Nikon D2X mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR Nikkor lens at 1/1000th, f 2.8, ISO 100.