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September 24, 2007

Life About?
Monday. I saw In The Valley of Elah this afternoon at the Grand Lake theater not quite sure, from what I'd read, how I might react to it. I wasn't looking for something too over the top, too put your face in the Iraq mess at that moment, but what the hell? It was a matinee pricing Monday through Thursday free popcorn day, what could go wrong? It's very good, not set in Iraq, set in the States; more a police procedural than anything else, but with dark Iraq overtones. Doesn't leave you feeling life is wonderful, but you know you've seen a good movie made and acted by real talent.

The day has been clear since sunup. I'd been walking around just after noon thinking “my but I'm feeling warm, a little dizzy and moderately fucked up” out here on the sidewalk, why don't I just duck into this swell air conditioned theater, sit close to the screen, take off this light but humid jacket and sit in my t-shirt for a couple of hours eating popcorn? It certainly seems to have done the trick, although I just took a dose of the new prescription pain killer to see if it wouldn't knock this aching head back a bit. I skipped them this morning, thinking, well I'm feeling pretty clear headed, still sleepy, but pretty clear headed: let's see how it goes through the morning. Later then, ducking into the theater, I was thinking skipping them might not have been my best move. We'll see how I feel in another hour, see if it did any good. Pain in the butt, um, head, this aching sinus/head/teeth/gums business, but then you knew that from my interminable complaining about it here.

You'd think you'd show some shame.

Fuck it. If you can't complain on the Internet what's life about?

Addendum: I mentioned I'd decide if the pain pills had any effect. I would say yes, not all the way over the goal line, but yes. They and a couple of Ibuprofen seemed to help. I was thinking maybe they need to be taken as prescribed: a dose in the morning, one at noon, one in the evening. We'll try that tomorrow. Why not? I have the time these days to experiment, to make notes, to follow instructions. Here in Oakland.

The photograph was taken of a Store window, Grand Avenue, Oakland with a Nikon D2Xs mounted with a 18 - 200mm f 3.5 - 5.6 Nikkor VR lens at 1/30th second, f 5.0, ISO 100.