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June 15, 2015


Monday. And I did get to bed early and I did turn the lights out well before ten, but then I awoke at five in the morning and couldn't get back to sleep. Feel fine, clear headed (on an overcast, somewhat foggy and cool morning) and as such, no complaints, but another not quite explicable combination of day and night. Best, I guess, to just say OK and get on with it.

Later. I'm not sure if I've been quite this clear headed and energetic in a while. No thought of a nap, whatever amount of sleep I got last night seems to have been more than enough, so a bus downtown at ten to order a prescription refill at the pharmacy, an invented reason to get me up and out the door, before walking up Broadway to photograph Latham Square road construction progress and note the mural on the Cathedral building had been completed. Overcast, not the best light to clearly see the mural, but a picture none the less.

They'd put up signs on the fences saying the project will take the rest of the year to complete and so, whatever this project entails, it's no small task. Do I really want to photograph this thing for the rest of the year? Daily? I'd think not unless I really am cemented into some never ending rut. Similarly with the apartment house construction project that may run through the end of the year, more so in its case because there isn't much to show in the way of day to day progress visible in the photographs taken from the outside on the streets.

All these thoughts a result of the clear head (whatever that means) and the energy of the moment? A bit of a buzz soon to ebb away? I've been thinking the web sites need a redesign, you really can't find anything through the jumbled menus anymore. There are sections that could be eliminated and redone.

It's always been more a work/experimental area than a purely presentation site. What am I trying to do with it/them other than having a place to put photographs, an Internet space in place of prints? Something needs to change. Not stop, but change. He said.

Anyway, buzzing right along, a bus back home by the apartment house construction site to take a few pictures and then back to the apartment to do what? Sit and buzz? Clear headed and buzzing for the rest of the afternoon?

Later still. Some time on the guitar, some time futzing with this and that, recharging batteries and arranging books and magazines sitting in the bedroom. A walk to the 7-11 look-alike for (finally) an ice cream bar and then right back to the apartment. Where has the day gone?

Evening. Not much to show for a day with so much self confessed clarity and energy, but nothing new in that. Nothing on television again, so to bed early (again), we'll take it up (again) tomorrow.

The photo up top was taken at the San Francisco 2015 Carnaval Parade with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.