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San Francisco Cherry Blossom parade

March 11th, 2004

B&H informs me my camera has shipped. My, my. Still no buyer's remorse, but you wouldn't believe what it takes in accessories to make one of these things work. Then again, screwing around here, maybe you would. I'm going to have to buy a DVD writer to store a reasonable number of images on disk, but everyone needs a DVD writer anyway so some things don't count. At least with film you tend to keep everything, film stores fairly efficiently in binders; with digital, with the Coolpix 900 I bought five years ago, I tended to just throw the images away. This thing creates, well, let's let it drop. I haven't even mastered this film scanner yet and here I am adding another complex doohickey to my arsenal.

This is going to be an expensive experiment.

All experiments are expensive. Sometimes it's more expensive to take a pass (except, of course, in the case of an automobile).

Yeah, right. Except when you're wrong. Good luck boy-o.

Indeed. One hopes.

They appear to have blown up a great many people in Spain today. This is not fucking good, particularly after reading Seymour Hersh's article in the March 8th New Yorker last week. We let the Pakistani government off the hook for wholesaling nuclear items to any and all who had dollars in hand in exchange for allowing our forces to cross into Pakistan this spring to track down bin Laden so we could nail his ass before the election. Does it sound weird to anyone else that news people say this - "nailing him before the election (to save the administration's ass)" - and nobody blinks?

There are many things that could go wrong should the Pakistan government be overthrown by radical Pakistanis pissed by this arrangement (it's going to be hard to keep it quiet in Pakistan when we start) that could make our lives even more scary, if not short and miserable. Very short and miserable. We need to nail all the bin Ladens, better today than tomorrow, fuck it if it helps the administration, but you read the article and you think: "these people are gambling our lives on a more dangerous than necessary shortcut to win an election".

We all know about scary, short and miserable, we just don't like to think about it. You might take the hint.

Amen, brother. Amen.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom parade with a Nikon F5 and a 28-70mm f2.8 Nikkor (Nikon) lens on Kodak TMY-400, processed by Camera Corner in Oakland.