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February 5, 2019


Tuesday. Lights out before ten to take some time getting to sleep, the usual glance at the clock to see an hour had passed on by in a flash, to awaken then at five-thirty, a good hour and a half earlier than I had yesterday when I overslept. Felt fine, reasonably wide awake, the sky clear when I checked and so set out walking to breakfast on (what is around here) a really cold morning to arrive at the restaurant earlier than usual, but found it open and their day well underway.

The two strips of bacon, scrambled eggs, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast because that was all that came to mind to then settle in with the papers until just after nine before heading out the door to walk home from breakfast taking the usual pictures including another selfie in the apartment house lobby when I arrived. Still cold, the weather people saying we'd had snow in some of the hills last night in higher elevations.

Need to go by an ATM and so that will get me out of the apartment and, feeling clear headed and up for some change in the routine, we'll manage with little or no effort.

Later. Bright sun, but cold waiting on the bus to arrive this morning, catching it to the ATM on Broadway and then walk by the apartment house construction sites and take the usual three pictures. I'd missed the return bus by a minute after finishing with the ATM and so walked home, picking up a pint of strawberry ice cream on the way. Haven't had ice cream in a while and it called out to me from the 7-11 look-alike as I was passing by. It was quite good.

A bath and the usual time on the tablet. There's an Oakland Teachers Rally later this afternoon starting at four-thirty that I'll undoubtedly skip, not so much as to miss the State of the Union speech, but more because I was too comfortable settled here inside.

Evening. Watched the State of the Union speech, pacing a bit as it played for an hour and a half on television, lied down to listen to the Democrat’s rejoinder on the radio and then watched Senator Sanders’ half hour commentary on Facebook. Enough. Back to the tablet, finishing up to listen to the KQED six minute news broadcast at ten, the day playing out with head pretty much clear since morning with energy to spare. No complaints.

The 2017 San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade taken with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR II lens.