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April 12, 2017

Done It

Wednesday. Lights out early enough, but falling into an uneven, but still decent night's sleep, to finally awaken at five minutes to six to get up and get out the door to drive to breakfast in the rain, the East Bay Times again not in evidence. Probably for the best as the parking meter was broken and I didn't feel like walking on to find another one and so needed to finish and get underway by the time they kicked in at eight. Leaving at eight wouldn't have left enough time to read all three.

That seems an awfully awkward way to describe something of little interest or consequence.

The body is running, the brain is still trying to catch up.

The oatmeal, rye toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, didn't manage to eat the last piece of toast. My infrequent supermarket runs invariably lead me to overeat for the two or three days that follow, perhaps the appetite is telling me to get my act together and get back on track. Then again, maybe I'm babbling and making it up.

Now, now. The mood is what?

Not all that bad. Comfortable. Coherent. Raining, as mentioned, but things to get done. File the taxes. They basically just need one more go through to be sure I've included everything. Today's the day. Running a little late, if we lived in a more perfect world, but close enough for those of us who tend to, um, drag our feet.

Later. Rain through the rest of the morning and so finished and filed the taxes. Some brief thought to be more careful this coming year in tracking income and expenses, but I always think that. Was it totally accurate? No, but the income is accurate. Adding another deduction or two I may have forgotten isn't going to make a difference and interest income these days is almost too miserable to measure.

Later still. Some intermittent sun now and so a walk to the lake, taking the D500 camera again, but this time with the equivalent of a 120-600mm lens, looking for birds. The lake pretty much clear of birds (with but one or two exceptions), although I did see this one lone cormorant picking up nest making materials in the distance. I've another lens I'm going to bring the next time and try for one in focus.

Back to the apartment to watch more television before heading to the bedroom and continue goofing off on the tablet. Still have another two episodes of Shetland to finish. I did post the section of Oakland Marathon photographs to HereInOakland and artandlife. Again, not my best outing, but figured they were done and I'd post it.

Evening. Democracy Now!, of course. Much of it, anyway. Watched more of the one last episode of Shetland before taking a ten minute break to check out Charlie Rose before bailing and heading back to finish Shetland. Scottish accents. Sound nice, but I miss bits of the story. Then again, given my memory, I wouldn't retain much of it if I had been able to take it all in. Still, nice to have some better idea how it was resolved, not just the final revelation of who done it.

The photo up top was taken at Sunday's San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.