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Here In Oakland

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October 16, 2016

About It

Sunday. Lights out early to awaken at seven, an hour later than usual. Go figure. Anyway, up and out the door to drive by the Lakeshore ATM on the way to breakfast. No rain, but overcast. Was expecting rain, but it didn't start again until ten, an hour after I'd returned home.

So, raining now. Off to the Oakland California Museum's Dia de los Muertos opening day exhibition later? How to get there without driving so I don't get wet? Take the two cameras, get on the bus and then walk from Broadway to the museum? How many blocks? In the rain?

I think we see where this conversation is going.

It's ten-thirty. No need for a decision yet. Did I mention it's raining?

Later. And indeed it is raining. I packed the two cameras into the larger backpack and headed for the door thinking the thing was heavy and I really wasn't up for the bus and then the walk. And then I saw the rain and returned to the apartment, put the cameras away, turned on the printer and figured I'd make prints. Rainy day, do rainy day things, we'll catch the Dia de los Muertos in Fruitvale next weekend. When they say it will be sunny.

And that's been the afternoon and evening. Nothing on television, one or two things on the tablet, a bath before heading out and then turning back around for the museum. Hungry. Thought about a grilled chicken sandwich, but it was raining. Really. Raining.

Evening. Watched a movie on the tablet I realized I'd seen before, but only after I'd been watching it for half an hour. A movie made in very early 2000, but still? Forgetting it almost totally, except for one or two scenes remembered immediately when they played? Well, what the hell, no reason that shouldn't be true. Maybe others have learned this long ago and I'm just catching up.

Or you're losing your memory. You know, problems they report in the news?

Nothing so far to suggest it. Just noticing what I suspect I'm seeing as an interesting “glitch”. We're into interesting “glitches”, I guess, and have a need to write about it.

The photo up top was taken of an anti-violence demonstration earlier this month in downtown Oakland with a Nikon D500 mounted with a 24-120mm f 4.0 VR Nikkor lens.