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October 25, 2013

Means Anything
Friday. Yes, I stayed up and watched Elementary last night at ten, got to bed at eleven and to sleep reasonably soon thereafter. What can I say? Having looked (very briefly) over time at some of the other network programs available I shouldn't be all that embarrassed. It's a nice little take on the Sherlock Holmes canon. Not great, but not bad I obviously enjoy it. We'll live with it.


Cold this morning. Wore a winter coat for the first time to breakfast at the usual hour (getting up with the alarm), the sun coming through the clouds as I was driving home.

There's an “Urban Shield” demonstration in downtown Oakland today to protest the opening of a sales event for police forces in the Marriott convention hall where they hawk everything from armored cars and automatic weapons to flash light batteries, so we'll go and shoot some pictures around eleven. Feel up for it with the sun shining and all. And all.

Later. One camera in the backpack, one over the shoulder and so onto the bus at eleven-thirty to see if there was anything going on with this Urban Shield business. Nothing happening at City Hall, nothing happening in the City Center (other than coffee and a pastry).

A walk on to the Marriott hotel to find tables, signs, banners and one fellow walking about with a bull horn who was suggesting in a loud amplified voice that things were not altogether right with the world. Oh, and about a hundred policeman keeping an eye on everyone.

So, enough pictures for a new Occupy section - I guess this is where I should place it - which took up the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening to finish. Some thought to return at five as I'd overheard people saying there'd be more happening in front of City Hall, but, well, I didn't need any more pictures and after five I was still working on pictures and, well, you understand.

Evening. Another French detective program at six I've seen before, so I continued with the pictures until they were done around eight. Good. That they're done, not necessarily the pictures themselves, but this isn't unusual.

That the pictures didn't turn out?

That I'm not sure about them. One or two good, the rest OK.

We'll try for some guitar before the evening is over, otherwise we'll get to bed early and say the day has gone well. Good energy and interest while downtown taking pictures, enjoyed working with them when I got home and the head is relatively clear. On a Friday. Not that that means anything in the scheme of all and sundry.

The photo up top was taken at the Global Frackdown demonstration in front of the Oakland City Hall with a Nikon D4 mounted with a 24-120mm f/4.0 VR Nikkor lens.