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San Francisco Carnaval Parade

June 1st, 2004

The Long Weekend
And then I said to the unhappy man with the fried chicken leg in his left hand and the Smith & Wesson snub nose in his right: "You talkin to me bub?"

Well, yes, I know, cheesy and not very original, but it just came out. The man stopped chewing chicken briefly before he shrugged and pulled the trigger eight deliberate times - a bite of chicken, blam!; another bite of chicken, blam! - the chicken grease getting on his chin. How rude, I thought, staring at the ceiling lights; sixty one years old and I'm shot dead in an Oakland BART station over a lapse of manners: five bullets in the stomach; 3 empty clicks of the hammer on spent ammunition. This, I thought, the light growing dim, had not been my plan.

This before seven over breakfast, head as empty as a brown paper bag. I would rather have been done in by a good woman in a comfortable bed, but I was thinking I'd take either one over crossing the street outside and entering my office building again after the long weekend.

The photograph was taken Sunday at the San Francisco Carnaval parade with a Nikon D2h mounted with a 28 - 70mm f 2.8 Nikkor lens shooting at ISO 200.