Photographer's Note

I recently visited a neighborhood in Oakland I'd known during the years long ago, when I lived there, to have breakfast with a friend. Although it was a rather overcast day I brought my camera, thinking I might find a few interesting urban scenes worth photographing.

I was standing outside the restaurant waiting for my friend when I noticed this quite new bicycle whose owner had carefully locked his prized possession to a parking meter. What made the photo interesting to me was the fact the owner of the bicycle had removed the front tire so he could lock that as well as the rear tire and frame to the steel post. Sadly, we've come to a time and Oakland seems to be a place where one's possessions must be protected with special care. My god daughter had her car broken into on Friday in another part of Oakland by theives who ripped the radio and tape deck out of the dash. She drives an old car, so it is very hard to imagine anyone would steal the stereo, but such was the case. They'll sell it for five dollars and she will pay a couple of hundred to replace the broken window and buy an inexpensive replacement. This is a strange world in which we live. And Oakland, for all its beauty is not without its dangers.

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