Phil: Something is… different.

Rita: Good or bad?

Phil: Anything different is good.”

– Phil Connors, Groundhog Day

There have been a few periods during the last 18 months when it seemed every day was… well…


The last time, it was kinda’ like waking up repeatedly as Phil Connors in the classic Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day – that is, without all the ya’-gotta-die-to-reset-the-clock stuff. It wasn’t monotony. I wasn’t bored. I was actually very active and had plenty of work to do. But, I found myself asking “What day is this?” – a lot! I couldn’t have told you whether it was Tuesday, Thursday, or Christmas. Yeah, I know…the reindeer, (fake) snow, & jolly white dude in the overstuffed red suit would have probably been big hints for the latter.

Anyway… I think it was just the day in, day out, non-varying routine of remote work that was getting to me. You know – get up, make coffee, go into the improvised “office” and sit in zoom meetings for HOURS hoping for at least a bathroom break while swearing that you’re having the same conversations you had the previous day, week, month, or whatever. Then…just rinse & repeat. Hmmm…Is that monotony?

In any case, I’m convinced I was stuck in some sort of time loop. Since I know I can’t possibly be the only one who’s experienced this – if it hasn’t been done already – I’m going to do us all a favor and provide a bit of clarity by naming this the Covid-19 Ground Hog Day Effect. Brilliant, right? For those of you so inclined, please, feel free to start a Facebook group or something for those millions afflicted.

So, there I was, apparently living the same day over & over again and wondering just how to break the cycle. Of course, since my life isn’t a fantasy movie (yet), dying to reset the day like Phil Connors really wasn’t an answer. My Solution…ROADTRIP!

Yes! Of course…a roadtrip!

There’s nothing more effective than random travel to get me out of the house, change the broader venue, & rejuvenate my perspective. But where would I go? San Diego? Naw. Vegas? Maybe. Bakersfield? Why? San Francisco? Yeah…that would do!

I was pretty excited about jumping in my car and driving the, at-the time, less congested California roadways to hang out & take pics in one of my favorite cities. So, I did. Five hours and some change later, I was roaming the surprisingly crowded streets of San Fran looking for interesting people, scenes, and things.

Turns out, Phil was right…Different is good!

So, check out the pics and let me know what ya’ think. I truly hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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Equipment Used

  • Leica M10, M10 Monochrom
  • Leica 28mm f/1.4 Summilux Asph
  • Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux Asph

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