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October 2, 2015

Just Because

Friday. To bed well before nine to turn the lights out early, get up during the night only once (or was it twice?) and awaken at six-thirty after what must have been a good night's sleep. Blurry eyed when starting out into the cooler morning on the way to breakfast, but otherwise in good shape. So good, I guess. Clear skies, sun today and another prescription refill to pick up, so Latham Square later, not sure if anything is going on over the coming weekend.

Later. A camera in the backpack and then a bus to the ATM on Broadway, walking on to Latham Square to take the usual set of pictures and then to the pharmacy to pick up the prescription refill. Just as I'd done yesterday. Crossing Broadway, thinking I'd have a raspberry shortbread cookie and coffee at the Rotunda building to kill time while waiting for the bus, I noticed there was another celebration going in in front of City Hall. Two days in a row?

A walk over to see this was a Republic of China National Day celebration (Taiwan rather than yesterday's People's Republic of China anniversary). The crowd was smaller, but where yesterday's PRC anniversary celebration had consisted primarily of what looked to be students, brought in from local schools, these were older adults with what you would guess were more complicated experiences and histories. Some local mainland China versus Tiawan China politics going on here, I suspect, and, of course, I'd brought just the one camera without a telephoto lens as I'd done yesterday. OK.

Again, as yesterday, I really didn't feel like putting in the energy to shoot the thing and so went to the Rotunda building and had the cookie and coffee, but also a conversation with self about skipping out on the photography. If I'm going to continue this festival/demonstration/parade/event photography business, I'm actually going to have to go out into the world and do it.

Probably the cookie and the coffee kicking in, but back to City Hall to shoot a series of photographs, thinking maybe I'd have just enough when combined with yesterday's pictures to put together a section for the web sites. Clueless, in other words, as this was a Nationalist Chinese Tiawanese celebration, probably done in competition or to balance the PRC anniversary celebrated yesterday. Whatever.

A bus then to the apartment house construction site to finish up with the day's shooting, home now just after one.

Later still. Processed today's photographs through the afternoon, no time otherwise to spend on much of anything else. Edited yesterday's entry to reflect the fact I'd photographed the PRC anniversary three years ago at the City Hall and not last year, the 63rd anniversary and not the 65th, and that was enough to bring us into the evening.

Evening. I did watch this evening's New Tricks at seven and, although I'm not sure how the thing was resolved - who had ended up doing exactly what to whom - I did watch in all the way through. The accents again, yes, but maybe the plot, maybe I missed a critical few minutes as I was drifting off. Whatever, watched it and then decided to bail on Dalziel & Pasco because, well, just because.

The photo up top was taken at the Folsom Street Fair with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.