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Blue state car.
San Francisco Gay Pride parade

October 12th, 2005

Fast Lane, Methinks
Tuesday. My main computer went pop last night. I was hoping a power supply, but it was the motherboard and it taught me how addicted I am to computers. I took it down to the local computer store and bought some reasonably high end components - motherboard, CPU, RAM, graphics card, power supply - and paid not a small amount more than what I would have had to pay Dell (with whom we have a special price arrangement at work) in order to get it back up and running this evening.

It's faster, yes. It's quieter, somewhat. It taught me I need to sort out the cables and dust and miscellaneous devices that are piled behind my desk, yes. And it taught me I'm not much of a techie when I essentially hire other folks (who, I am sure, made out very well on the transaction) to take care of my own equipment. But they did it quickly and here I am writing death defying prose after less than a day out of the water.

I did have a thought this morning about going to Laguna Seca this Friday. How about I don't go? How about I stay home and vegetate? I was surprised at the emotional lift I got from the thought. I will think about this for a couple of days. I will go to Laguna Seca and I will shoot some pictures, as I am running low on photographs, but then again maybe I won't. That's enough thinking for one day, don't you think?

Wednesday. Off to work, lunch at a local Mexican restaurant consisting of rice, beans, chips and two bottles of beer. Not a lot of rice, beans and chips, splitting them as I did with MRE and two bottles of beer is about a bottle more than I'd like if I had to actually be productive when I returned, but I've got an early evening conference call that starts at six, so I returned to the apartment to kick back and write this before turning around and heading back (head clear of beer) to the office. Life in the fast lane, methinks.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco Gay Pride parade with a Nikon D2x mounted with a 70-200 f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/500th second at f 3.5 at ISO 200.