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Here In Oakland

Art & Life


November 3, 2017


Friday. Lights out before ten to awaken just after six to get up and walk to breakfast to discover we'd had a very light rain last nigh with some more light rain on the way later today and tomorrow, if one is to believe the weather forecast. They're now saying less rain than the light rain they'd been saying, half an inch or so in total which is good, I'd guess. Forest fires and the like.

The oatmeal, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast over the papers. The first cut at the Republican tax package announced yesterday dominating the news, its passage one suspects is going to dominate the news that follows.

The usual walk home with the usual pictures. I'm going to head down and take another picture of the construction going on in the parking lot. From the looks of today's photograph, taken as I walked home, it looks as if yesterday's four holes had been filled. By the rain? The earth they'd removed in their drilling was piled up against the retaining wall yesterday and I didn't think to take a look at it in passing. Is it still there or did they put whatever they were going to put in the holes and then fill them up? People want to know. This people, anyway.

Later. A quick walk to the fence above the parking lot to confirm the soil they'd excavated was still piled up under a tarp against the back wall below my perch. The work crew was gone and they'd covered the two additional areas where they'd been boring the holes and, I suspect, won't return until whatever rains are coming are gone.

Later still. Went over to the burger drive-in and picked up a turkey sandwich to bring home for lunch. For some reason I'd taken a look at my Oakland Occupy Wall Street photographs, haven't done that in a while, and felt most of them were crap. Well, six years ago, maybe I've evolved for the better since. Maybe. For now we'll just stew for a bit.

Evening. Watched Democracy Now! to hear the interview with former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis that I'd missed this morning and then, feeling tired, went to lie down for a while before checking out the Inspector Gently episode and then Charlie Rose at eight. I'd seen the Gently episode, definitely didn't want to see it again and so switched to the Charlie Rose interview on the ongoing Mueller Russian election influence investigation. To bed by nine, lights out by nine-oh-five.

The photo up top was taken Sunday at the Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Festival with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.