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Futzing around in the living room.

Under here.

May 9, 2009

No Excuses
Saturday. A crisp sunny morning, breakfast at the usual place, the day ahead, some thought of setting up the lights to take a photograph replacing my main page artandlife photograph. Interesting task getting them all to work together so they don't produce hot spots in the image. Or so I noticed last night, fidgety as I was, futzing with the cameras. What to do, Mr. Prop? The day is ahead, as the day was ahead yesterday, as the day will be ahead (one hopes) tomorrow. What to do, what to do?

Take a Xanax and chill.

I don't even know what a Xanax does, although I've heard it's widely abused.

You can look it up.

I did. Where are we going with this? My drug of choice is sake and I don't even drink much of it anymore. We started with photography as I recall.

Many things start with photography around here.

Later. A good long walk through the farmer's market area down the way across from the Grand Lake Theater and then a loop around by Trader Joe's and back passing my morning café before returning home. I made it a point to carry the camera in my hand so I'd at least be thinking in terms of photographs and I did take a few, but nothing particularly noteworthy. If you don't carry the camera in your hand you might as well be packing a brick over your shoulder. Nothing wrong with doing that, of course, if you're into bricks.

Later still. A two hour nap, maybe a little longer. I guess they're going to be around for a while. Getting up and on the computer I stumbled across the fact the How Weird Street Faire is being held in San Francisco tomorrow. Why hadn't I known that sooner? Why would I delay knowing until the afternoon before? I've done this in the past. Silly me. So I looked up the major parades and events coming up and entered them on my kitchen wall calendar.

The San Francisco Carnaval Parade is weekend after next. The Asian Heritage Street Celebration is coming up next Saturday. There are others in June, nothing for some reason in July, more in August and September. I'm ready. They've cancelled the Oakland Chinatown StreetFest and moved Art and Soul from the three day Labor Day weekend to another regular old two day weekend to (I suspect) save money. They cancelled Carijama , the Oakland Carnival parade, some time ago.

And, having had a two hour nap, perhaps, the energy flowing, I looked up some of the local attractions. I haven't been to the Oakland Zoo. I'm going. A trip down to the Santa Cruz boardwalk is in order. I'm retired. I have time. Marine World. Great America. That Garlic Festival. Worth one visit at least with a camera. Doesn't take much to make motel reservations. The sun is out, the weather is warm, no excuses.

The photograph was taken futzing around in the living room with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 24 - 70mm f 2.8 Nikkor ED G lens at 1/60 second, f 2.8, ISO 200.