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San Francisco 2008 Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

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May 6, 2008

Watch The Rest
Tuesday. Today: two primaries. This evening: results. Will we achieve clarity? Will all things become known come nightfall? Have you noticed a lot of clarity sloshing around the national consciousness these last several years? You too? Clarity is probably a fiction, a construct of minds that for some reason need to think in terms of absolutes: black and white, good and evil, Guinness and milk. Not worth the upset: just pick through the headlines and skip any that don't match your own particular perception of the world. They say people who believe in absolutes are happier than those who don't and I'm sure that's true. Unless, of course, it isn't.

You're ducking the issue, if there is an issue.

That was my thought.

A good morning, a walk down the way to read the paper over breakfast, home now thinking of doing a little laundry (as little as possible), tweaking one or two items on artandlife and maybe watching the first few episodes of season three of The Wire which I believe are due to arrive in the mail later this afternoon. No muss, no fuss, a comfortable feeling the rest of the day will go well, a feeling that was hard to come by for some months after I first retired. Then a “click”, a turn of the screw and lethargy seemed to evaporate at some point with the days again holding a promise of old. Too much introspection? Probably, but no need to dwell on it, my bucko. You retire, you have a certain disoriented “what to do now” perspective, after a while it goes away and life continues.

You've achieved clarity?

Now, now.

Later. So, Obama has won North Carolina by a wide margin and Clinton is leading in Indiana as I write, but by a margin small enough that it's still up in the air with ninety-one percent of the vote counted. Which means Clinton hasn't pulled it off and Obama will run against McCain unless the sky falls and rabbits turn into grasshoppers which can happen, yes; but, as you may suspect, usually doesn't.

What have I done to finish out the day? Well, the first two DVD's arrived containing the first four chapters of the third season of The Wire and I watched them both at one sitting. Nothing surprisingly new as the series continues: the stories continue, circumstances change, but still, well worth the watching. No Country for Old Men, the Coen brothers' film, also arrived and I watched maybe the first third before bailing for bed. It's a Coen brothers' film and I like Coen brothers' films, but I can watch the rest of it tomorrow. Another exciting day, here in Oakland.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco 2008 Cherry Blossom Festival Parade with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/2500th second, f 2.8, ISO 200.