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A wedding in Seattle.

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October 4, 2008

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Saturday. It rather conveniently rained last night starting sometime about the time I went to bed (relatively early), cloudy and overcast this morning when I got up (in the dark) at six, threatening, but not raining by the time I got to breakfast, seemingly breaking up with the sun coming out as I sit here at home after eight. How good is that? I'm sure the big Bluegrass festival they're holding on Treasure Island that started Friday is happy. Treasure Island isn't all that far from Oakland (sitting in the middle of the Bay Bridge connecting Oakland to San Francisco), but for some reason I've never had the energy, interest or gumption to attend any of the various festivals they've held there. Sunshine or rain.

They hold a farmer's market down the way across from the Grand Lake theater on Saturdays and they were setting up as I passed on the way to and back from breakfast. I'm sure the lack of rain will make them a lot happier. I have to admit I don't buy much of anything there, occasionally tomatoes and apples in season, but I'm still lost in my less than politically correct visits to Safeway. If you looked inside my refrigerator you'd see some old boxes of film, condiments and a bag of apples. Bachelor territory. Why that seemed important enough to mention I have no idea, perhaps a rumination on my sloth, something I ruminate on excessively.

My sister has posted a new song to her MySpace site, something she's been working on for the last few months. You might give it a listen. She recorded for Verve Folkways when she was in college releasing a couple of 45 singles and has never quite left the business. Once it gets under your skin it's under your skin and you're never quite free, not that you'd want to be.

Nothing much circulating in my own brain at the moment. Hard to write a journal when the head is empty, but the attitude is pretty good. Sometimes, when you've been going along in neutral for quite a long time, you notice little ideas scurrying about at the perimeter, signs of movement you're both aware of and not aware of. Something like that has been happening this week, maybe they'll result in something different, maybe they won't, but my feeling is it's best to be positive.

This credit crisis is interesting to watch, but it's hard to see exactly what's happening to the people around me. I get the impression the business at my breakfast place is a bit off, has been now since the beginning of the year, but it's hard to say. I asked my waitress once and she nodded yes, but a yes more in that they are watching it unsure of what it means, if it means anything. So far nobody I know has freaked, but everybody's thinking about it. There was a fair number of people having breakfast this morning after seven, but not as many, I suspect, as I've seen in the past. Still, it had been raining. How many people go out early to breakfast when it's raining?

People like you, evidently.

Evidently. Other than that, I still have one or two friends who left the old company who haven't found work yet, but mostly because they've been in a position where they haven't needed or wanted to push it. Maybe that's changing, I don't know. Friends have mentioned they haven't liked what's been happening to their 401k's and that's to be expected, but who knows? Every talking head on the news says the financial world is melting and you'd probably better take cover, tighten your belt, but other than that no one seems to know anything about it. Good advice for a retirees - tighten your belt - not that I take advice, of course.

So, ten in the morning, the day ahead. I'm curious to see how it will play out.

The photograph was at a wedding in Seattle with a Nikon D2Xs mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/350th second, f 2.8, ISO 100.