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Here In Oakland

Art & Life


July 1, 2017


Saturday. To bed early enough to awaken just after six and get ready to head out to breakfast on another overcast and cool, but not overly cold morning. Set out just after six-thirty, but again, no East Bay Times. Shouldn't be surprised.

A decent enough walk to breakfast, but passing by a bicycle I'd passed yesterday morning, a bright green new looking bike clamped to a stand in front of the Grand Fare Market. I thought to take a picture then, but didn't. Wish I had as I'd wondered, as I was passing, about the vandalized bicycle still clamped to a stand next to it, thinking whomever owned this green bike shouldn't be leaving it overnight. And this morning whomever is now wiser at the cost of their front tire.

Anyway, had the plain waffle with sliced bananas and strawberries, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, read the papers and headed back to the apartment. Still overcast, still cool on this first day of a four day weekend at the beginning of the new month.

Later. The usual did I want to go out, did I want to stay argument, ending in putting on a sweater and a winter coat and heading over to the lake, to find a DJ setup playing music, and so a picture before on by the farmers market to Lakeshore and the bagel shop where they not only had a free table, but had the yogurt cups I like in stock and so yogurt and coffee while sitting out watching the people pass by.

One reason I'd used to talk myself out the door was to take another picture of this morning's vandalized bike with a better lens for closeups on the camera and so walked to the Grand Fare Market to find it had been removed. Whomever it belonged to (I'm assuming whomever it belonged to) had picked it up and taken it away. I've wondered why the owner of the still sitting vandalized bike hadn't bothered to do the same.

Good timing, though, as it had become too warm while I was walking back up my hill, so the sweater and winter coat was the right choice.

Evening. Television and some guitar for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

The photo up top was taken at the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.