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Here In Oakland

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September 5, 2016


Monday. To bed and to sleep early last night to then awaken just before six, wondering if Democracy Now would be broadcast on a Labor Day Monday. Turns out it was and so up to drive to breakfast on a clear morning, Oakland not enforcing its parking meters today. I'd had a question when a Twitter message I'd read last night said they were being enforced in San Francisco. But then that's San Francisco. No parking without being made to pay. Pay to play.

The plain waffle with sliced bananas and strawberries, home then to go over yesterday's entry before posting. Not the greatest, but then when are they ever? Were they ever? Well. In starting this I then ran across three or four obvious errors I'd missed in yesterday's entry, going back and correcting them one at a time as they were found.

Memory glitches. The obviously wrong date displayed, an incorrect description of more than one photograph, all inexplicably missed as I'd been writing. A whole series of glitches. Errors. Yesterday was more spacey than I'd realized. A slow day, I'd said. It was. I was. Be interested to see how we end up today as I've been telling myself I've been feeling pretty good so far this morning. Sharp. For an old tack.

He said.

Later. The one event I was thinking of photographing over by Lake Merritt was canceled at the last minute and rescheduled for an Alameda shore location next weekend. The music festival by Jack London Square I wasn't planning on attending because it wasn't close enough by Jack London Square and driving didn't make any sense either. Some may have noticed my lack of ambition in driving most anywhere anymore.

Still, a walk over to the lake to pass by something called an ergorapido ultra vacuum cleaner handle floating in the lake. Hmm. Who goes through the effort to bring and then throw such a thing into a lake? Perhaps it's passed through several hands and has a story to tell.

On then to the corner across from the Grand Lake theater to catch a bus to the Broadway ATM. No desire to head farther on downtown, thinking most everything would be closed, and so back along the lake to the 7-11 look-alike for an ice cream bar. Haven't had an ice cream bar in a while. Tasted good.

The sky's been clear since early morning, but not as warm as that would usually imply, and so wore a light jacket over a long sleeved cotton shirt. Just warm enough, even in the direct sun, finally getting somewhat warmer as I was climbing up my hill on the last leg home. Pretty good timing but, I'm afraid, the high point of the day unless we're in for something unexpected later in the afternoon or evening. We can skip the unexpected, please. Earthquakes, anyway.

Later still. I'm finding, in watching the limited number of television series I have available without cable, that on some days, like today, I've seen as many as half of them before. I know this from the first scene, but don't remember the particulars, who done it or why if it's a police procedural, and so watch the thing again, often without a problem. A bad sign? Was I this way when I was younger?

You seem to keep asking that question.

So far, so good, unless it gets worse and enters into other less useful areas. I haven't forgotten any family member names. Yet. Some of the more distant relations might give me a momentary pause, but, you know: so far, so good. Otherwise who really cares if you can't remember it was the butler that did it?

Evening. Watched the first half of Democracy Now that I'd listened to this morning, a debate between Robert Reich and Chris Hedges that was taped at the end of the Democratic National Convention, the question being should you vote for Hillary Clinton or vote for a third party candidate?

Reich's position was vote for Clinton, even if you have to hold your nose, rather than allow someone like Trump to prevail. Hedges position was both of them are equally corrupt and you should go with Jill Stein, the Green party candidate.

Sitting here in California I can afford to vote for Stein without any chance California will go for Trump, Clinton having a twenty-two point lead at the moment, but Hedges position still haunts. Where do we stand? Money rules here in the U.S.? Yes. Obvious in watching how our government is run, what it's done, but how do you move to a better place? Unfortunately these candidates don't come with a set of instructions. You know: “Just add water”. Those kind of instructions.

The photo up top was taken Saturday at the Oakland Chinatown StreetFest with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.