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Oakland Art and Soul Festival

November 20th, 2006

On Sunday
Monday. The data center move seems to have gone pretty well. This is good. This is very good. I spent Sunday at the office from seven in the morning until four in the afternoon catching up, as I mentioned, on an unrelated project. Whether that was a good idea in a cosmic sense or not I don't know. I went into the office on Saturday as well thinking maybe I could get it all done and spend Sunday at home, but I felt like crap and left after an hour and a half.

Saturdays have not been very good lately and I'm wondering if it's the result of having spent the five days preceding in a cubicle farm staring into a computer screen or if I've got some kind of subconscious self defeating masochistic streak blooming in my brain, the body whispering “quit this crap and start acting like an actual human being”. There are those who say spending your life living in a cubicle farm is a less than subtle form of self destructive madness and, although I know many who more or less secretely agree, I also know it's hard to break out without more courage than most people are allowed. So my Saturdays more times than I care to remember have been less than wonderful and I complain a lot.

MRE, on the other hand, reminds me at any given moment somewhere in the world there's a guy my age bent over a chair having the bottoms of his feet whacked to pieces with a bamboo stick, so it's best I remember there are gradations of crappy. Best to cut the crap and get on with “it”. “It” being a leisurely breakfast reading the paper. “It” being a cup of coffee and a conversation later across the street. “It” being lunch with friends accompanied, perhaps, by a beverage before returning to the office to float a bit through the rest of the day. He has a point, but he spent twenty hours in front of a computer screen himself on Sunday.

The photograph was taken at the Oakland Art and Soul festival with a Nikon D2X mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR Nikkor lens at 1/50th, f 2.8, ISO 100.