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April 22, 2017

At Nine

Saturday. A decent night's sleep. Lights out before ten, awake at quarter after six to get up and out the door to breakfast, the mood good. Clouds, but they're saying no rain and so we'll pack the cameras and head over to the March For Science in San Francisco real soon now. At least that's what I'm saying.

The oatmeal, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast. If we're going to San Francisco we'll take no chances on something ocular turning up in the middle of the crowd. Haven't really had any problems with the ocular stuff in a while, but we'll play it safe.

Was that really on your mind?

Just the briefest thought in passing, the choice more I couldn't think of anything else on the menu I wanted. Sounds sensible, anyway. The ocular thing.

A comfortable take my time walk home, the one remaining pandorea flower gone from the one remaining pandorea vine, a picture by the lake of an exercise group that sets up out of a van. I've seen the van before, first time I've seen them in operation. Is this a new phenomenon - mobile weight lifting classes - or just new to me? I wonder if you can book them on Amazon?

Later. Caught the bus, caught the train just as it arrived at the station and got off at Embarcadero to find a large crowd had already arrived before eleven. A dense crowd that forced you move slowly and so spent quite a bit of time looking for vantage points while taking pictures, focusing on people's signs. Lots and lots of signs.

An hour of shooting was enough. Felt light headed toward the end, the kind of light headedness that's telling you to get something to eat. So back to BART, catching a train to West Oakland and then on to the City Center station, just in time to miss the bus.

So a tuna fish on a bagel sandwich and a Cranapple something or other drink at the City Center bagel shop to take care of the empty stomach while waiting for the bus to arrive, home then to process photographs as I listened to episodes of Law & Order I've seen before running in the background.

Evening. And so the day. Surprised myself in completing the March For Science section, web pages and photographs both, although I'll wait and post them tomorrow. There are one or two pictures yet I'd still like to add and I'm tired, more than ready for bed at nine.

The photo up top was taken at the San Francisco Saint Stupid's Day Parade with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.