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Here In Oakland

Art & Life


January 12, 2019


Saturday. Well, a decent night I guess, awakening at six-fifteen and hustling a bit to set out to walk to breakfast at six forty-five, running into the apartment house manager in the lobby after he'd just parked his car who said he'd experienced rain on his way home and so I decided to drive. Turned out it wasn't raining on the way to or from breakfast, but better safe than sorry. Maybe get out later, although they're saying there's a storm on the way. Arrived at ten minutes to seven to still find the restaurant dark, but the dining area door open.

Had the Eggs Benedict, country potatoes, fruit up and coffee over the papers, finishing up at close to nine, no sign of rain, and so a couple of pictures on the way to the car and before driving home.

Later. The Oakland teachers were holding a strike demonstration in front of the Oakland City Hall later this morning at eleven and I was planning on photographing it and so set out to take the bus to the ATM on Broadway and then walk on to the City Hall, photographing the event and getting lunch. So I did. Slowly. With the mouth dry, the head fuzzy and the mind on stun. Came close to bailing on the way to the bus, after I'd reached the ATM and twice on the walk to the City Hall.

Still, continued down Broadway feeling like crap deciding to go straight to the City Center to have a Chicken Caesar salad and coffee at an outside table at the bagel shop before attempting any photographs of the large crowd that had gathered at the hall. Good decision. Felt a little better after the salad and so walked to the City Hall area and started taking pictures. Felt better as time went along, but this was no way to be taking photographs.


We'll skip the Eggs Benedict on days when we're heading out to take photographs in the future. If we can remember to follow through. I continuously, it seems, forget these breakfasts can and do bite back.

Evening. Watched more television than usual and less tablet than recently before getting to bed after eight and turning the lights out by ten. Television and tablet without any doing any reading at all is, I guess, now the norm.

The photograph was taken at the 2010 Mochi Ceremony at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum with a Nikon D3s mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR II lens.