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Emeryville Marina

October 27th, 2004

Photo Class Tomorrow
The white muslin background and the Manfrotto stands were waiting for me when I got home Monday night. A long day Monday, a computer class in the city that let out early at 3:00 in the afternoon, three and a half hours to kill before the photography class at 6:30. A long walk with a camera, one or two pictures, none of them worth a shit; the class a lesson of some kind in my obvious lack of preparation. I see why I've avoided photography classes, although I think they're doing me good.

Home this evening after 10:00, unpack the support stands and the background material from B&H, shoot a self portrait (at least it will force me to learn how to use these damned strobes with the digital camera), download the images to the computer and now shit! it's after midnight. I have to get up early to be in San Francisco for class again tomorrow.

Tuesday. Addled this morning. Maybe it was the coffee. They say caffein sits less well with your hiatal hernia than, say, chocolate milk. I am not in the mood for chocolate milk in the morning. I am not in the mood to even think about chocolate milk. I did read, however, something about tea.

It seems that tea has properties that mimic the properties of drugs that forestall the onset of Alzheimer's. Or is it that drugs that forestall Alzheimer's mimic the properties of certain elements in tea? “Tea”, as in “any old” tea. Ordinary tea. Tea tea.

So I wondered, well, tea has caffein, right? So if you forget tea has caffein and you drink tea, the components inside the tea will reverse the effects of your Alzheimer's and you'll remember that tea has caffein, so you'll stop drinking tea; except without the tea, your Alzheimer's will get worse and you'll forget that tea has caffein and start drinking tea again; which will whack back the Alzheimer's; which will allow you to again remember tea has caffein.... Yes, yes: A Tuesday, here in Oakland, printing pictures, taking a computer class in San Francisco, another bleary eyed photography class tomorrow evening. The world goes round (and round) in Oakland.

The banner photograph was taken at the Emeryville Marina with a Nikon F5 mounted with a 135mm f 2.8 Nikkor lens on Tmax-400.