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San Francisco 2009 Carnaval Parade.

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June 15, 2009

Since It Started
Monday. Up early, but an earlier than usual lunch with some of the old office crew later, so I skipped breakfast and took a long hot bath while listening to the news on the radio. Overcast, as it happens. It's been overcast every morning now since the beginning of whenever. I'm looking forward to summer arriving. The afternoon was excellent yesterday, as I mentioned, with just enough of a breeze to keep us cool in the sun. I wore a broad brimmed hat, clever I, and, although I got some sun on the arms, nothing to worry about. “Nothing to worry about.” Good to say after a long day's outing with the usual crew is my position.

Later. Another Monday photograph of one of the Kangaroo Paws blooming out in front of the old office building. They haven't changed much in these last three weeks, but maybe that's normal, not having had many conversations with Kangaroos about their paws and such in this life without a garden.

Lunch at the Legendary Palace, a dim sum restaurant that's always packed during the long noon hour whatever the financial situation, the usual suspects in attendance. Time is growing short for seven out of eight of them sitting at the table. Their outer mood seemed reasonably good. A walk back to the apartment arriving around two, the day still overcast although without suspicion of rain in the (somewhat humid) air. Maybe kick back and watch the three o'clock news, think about a trip up the coast tomorrow, a day up, a day back, just to see if I can do it. Doodle-dee-dood-it. But I say this all the time and still the car sits in the garage without adding mileage.

I did go by the local used book store to buy another spiral bound journal as the last one is down to its last page. Fifteen ninety-five plus tax. It's nice, but it's not that nice. I once looked them up on the web and found a source for the same spiral bound binder for nine seventy-three. Six dollars difference buying them directly from the publisher. Do I support my local book store or do I order online? Well, I guess I buy one from the local book store as I did this afternoon and buy five more from the publisher online, splitting the difference. Right? No? True, I use maybe one, maybe two in a year, but six bucks is six bucks in this land of instant messaging.

Next you'll be telling these gentle people you're a Philistine and buy books from Amazon.

Since it started.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco 2009 Carnaval Parade with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/640 second, f 2.8, ISO 200.