Cape Town's winter can wear you down.
(All photos copyright John Edwin Mason, 2010. Click directly on any of the images to see larger versions.)
It's the weather, mostly. Too many days look just like this -- cold, gray, and wet. (The weather goes a long way toward explaining why so many Captonians spend so much time indoors, hanging out with friends, listening to jazz.)
It can make people grumpy.
Of course, the weather's not the only thing on people's minds. Sporadic street crime can wear you down, too.
Thank God for the Football World Cup. It's put everyone in a much better mood.
Including the good folks at Duma's Falling Leaves Jazz Rendezvous. (That's Duma himself [Gus Ntlokwana], standing second from the left, and my friend Temba Nolutshungu, standing second from the right.)
Viva, Bafana Bafana! Viva!