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The Sole Prop's Sister?
San Francisco 2007 Asian Heritage Street Celebration

July 22, 2007

I Said That
Sunday. Ah well, the day seems better than these last days have been, but I'm still as wobbly as one likes to get. I mentioned one of the ladies at my morning café is leaving after ten years of working there on weekends and today she gave me a small box of chocolates to thank me for being “perhaps their best customer”. Well, I tip too much, but it's not something I do just for them.

Lately, as I've grown older and wiser (or less wise, as there are many ways to kid oneself) I've realized that giving a couple of dollars now and again to a beat up soul on the street, not every beat up soul on the street, you understand, but quite a few beat up souls on the street, is probably the best bang that can be gotten from a buck. Not for any thanks or kind thoughts it might generate - tickets to heaven are bought with a different coin - but in the more cosmic sense: a couple of bucks are useful to me, of course, but not nearly as useful as to someone who's scrambling for something to eat (or smoke or drink or to place a bet). If it adds to my own Karma, well fine, but I suspect that's not how Karma works.

What was that about?

Oh, I was hoping it wasn't totally my tipping habit that brought that smile and a box of chocolates this morning, although I remember during my days as a bus boy in high school that I wasn't adverse to thinking a good tipper just might be (in a cosmic sense) a hell of a lot better fellow than someone who wasn't.

You're digging yourself into a hole with this.

It's so easy to do, so easy to do.

Later. A walk downtown for an iced café latte and a cookie at Peet's. A little wobbly, but I felt the better for it. Back now with Ms. Emmy snoozing at the foot of the bed: “What? Who are you again? Ah, right.” Head back down on her paws, eyes closed. Nice, actually. The day warm, the air reasonably cool, the head wobbly and upset. But then I think I said that.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco 2007 Asian Heritage Street Celebration with a Nikon D2Xs mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/750th second, f 2.8, ISO 100.