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Here In Oakland

Art & Life


June 25, 2016


Saturday. Another decent night. Some periods of semi-consciousness, but generally sleeping straight through to awaken just before six, turn on the radio and get ready to walk to breakfast under a clear sky and bright sun. They'd parked a good sized crane in front of the Grand Fare Market and so - what else? - pictures.

Clear headed, the nose and sinuses clear and quiet walking home. There's a No Coal In Oakland demonstration planned in front of the City Hall this afternoon and a free concert in Mosswood Park just beyond the hospital area on Broadway and I'm thinking of photographing the demonstration (against building a coal shipping facility at the port) instead of the concert, the internal discussion over whether or not my travel phobia (Mosswood park is somewhat farther away and takes marginally more effort to reach) is dictating my choice, rather than what would make for the better set of pictures.

Maybe both?

Too much effort to expend today when I have the LGBT Parade to photograph tomorrow.

Later. Opted for the No Coal In Oakland demonstration in front of City Hall and so caught the twelve o'clock bus to the City Center to have a chicken Caesar salad and V-8 out at a table in front of the bagel shop before walking next door to City Hall at quarter to one. Warm, bright sun, and so I'd worn a t-shirt and carried a single camera.

Not as many people as I would have thought given all the props and preparation. They said it would last from one until five this afternoon and so maybe more people will show up later, but after an hour and a half I took a bus home, wondering if I hadn't had too much sun and not enough water.

Some thought to maybe go back and see if they were still at it at three, but we'll save the energy for the Pride Parade in the morning. Good excuse. Feel pretty good, not tired, maybe it will last through the parade tomorrow.

Evening. I remembered, or rather stumbled upon, they run a repeat episode of Elementary on Saturday afternoons starting at five and so I watched. Remembered most of it, although it took a while to recall the twist at the end. I'd say more, but I can't think of a single reason, let alone set of reasons, why I should particularly watch the thing (other than perhaps Ms. Liu). Still, I do. When I remember.

Nothing on television and so to bed. Feel not all that tired, but tired enough to go to bed, even if it only results in spending more time watching stuff (I can't find reasons for watching) on the tablet. Makes life simpler, if not easier.

Simpler for simpletons.

Now, now. The LGBT Pride Parade in the morning and so we'll post much later than usual. A certain tenseness and dread in our anticipation today, but we'll undoubtedly get into it more tomorrow.

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