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April 14, 2017


Friday. Lights out by ten to awaken at six minutes to six with some half awake episodes in between. Still, a good night's sleep on this Good Friday and, looking at the sun, it is a good Friday indeed.

A walk to breakfast, passing by the same workmen who are apparently gutting the building that will front on the two residential buildings they're planning to built behind it. An excuse, at least, for a couple of pictures. On to the morning café for oatmeal, toast, fruit cup and coffee, just the Chronicle and Times again in tow. Still, dawdled over the two papers and didn't head home until well after eight, the sun bright and taking the odd picture as I walked in a clear head and decent mood. Another couple of more pictures at the soon to be construction site. I say that too confidently, of course, but what else is new?

I received a suggestion to solve my “couldn't quite make out the Scottish dialogue” in the Shetland series this morning: turn on the English subtitles. Ah. It hadn't occurred to me, although I often watch foreign language programs that require them. I've finished Shetland, but I do believe the subtitled in English option is and was available. Never too old to learn. (Or forget.)

Later. Nice bright sun, but set out bundled up in sweater and winter coat over to the lake with the camera I'd taken yesterday, looking for more pictures of cormorants. A line of them were flying in and then back to the bird sanctuary islands with nesting materials, although I wasn't able to get more than one or two pictures that turned out. Home then to listen to the various PBS television news programs. Doesn't sound like anything any different than any other afternoon these recent weeks/months/years. Except for the sun. Happy to have the sun, sitting here inside or out and about.

A bath and then a nap. At least thinking a nap. Tired for some reason after that bath, the brain now slipping into babble. A babble bath?

Please stop.

Evening. Skipped Democracy Now! to watch Law & Order episodes, one of which I hadn't seen before. Either that or I'd forgotten it altogether. Watched the first Charlie Rose interview at eight where they discussed our history and options with North Korea. I hope Trump isn't planning on doing anything too stupid if the North Koreans act out tomorrow. Although I spent that year in Korea a long time ago, it's never quite dropped off my horizon.

The photo up top was taken at Sunday's San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 24-70mm f 2.8 G Nikkor lens.