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25 August 2020

The prepared mind favors chance, we've always believed (as someone in the habit of transposing things). So when some old friends invited us to lunch, we were prepared to say yes.

The Street. Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm II R lens at 17mm and f5.6, 1/1250 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

It's been a slog around here the last few weeks with an extended hospitalization in the immediate family so we welcomed the opportunity to escape for a couple of hours.

This was no experimental outing, though. They'd been to Wursthall in San Mateo a few times recently and pronounced it safe.

And it all went off like clockwork. A cuckoo clock, perhaps, but clockwork all the same.

The German restaurant has rules and you have to listen to them before they invite you to sit down at one of the long tables lining the street. Wear a mask, sit six feet away from other tables and use the QR code at your table to see the menu, order and pay.

The woman was very polite and even charming as she explained how it all works, even pointing out how to get to the restroom.

And it all went off like clockwork. A cuckoo clock, perhaps, but clockwork all the same. Except for the food delivery to our table, we were only in our own company.

Both my friends had tested negative for the coronavirus recently. So it was safe company.

With a family member in the hospital, we didn't want to complicate things.

What we wanted to do was take a few photos. And we happened to remember it was Street Photography Day. So we took a photo of the street, packed with dining tables.

We'll be able to tell you what year we took this photo just by looking at it.

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