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Here In Oakland

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February 9, 2020


Sunday. Lights out before nine-thirty as there's no BBC News at nine on Saturday nights, to pretty much sleep straight through until ten minutes to six thinking OK, a good night, this day has started well (and we'll be driving instead of walking to breakfast). I know, all my talk about getting in more walking, but Sunday is a day of rest. Arrived at the restaurant before seven to find it dark again but for a light back in the kitchen and so entered through the dining area door to turn on the lights and settle in with the papers.

The avocado and mushroom omelet, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, wading through the papers until nine, finishing up then and heading out the door to the car to drive home. Sitting at the light under the 580 Overpass I noted strong gusts of wind for the first time. The waitress had mentioned how hard and cold the wind had been as she was driving in, something I hadn't noticed as I was driving. Anyway, notable gusts of wind on the way home.

Took the selfie in the lobby while waiting on the elevator to arrive, settled in at the computer and scribbled the evening section into yesterday's entry before posting. I like to say the journal gives a worse impression of how far downhill the mind has gone than the actual reality, even though saying is only saying and who knows how far my horizon has warped and gone off the rails? Not I, I'm afraid.


Not something for concern. We are, after all, just babbling.

Later. Watched the last round of the PGA tournament starting at noon, bailed for an hour before two to watch a series on the tablet, got up then and walked to the 7-11 look-alike to buy an ice cream bar and eat it as I was walking home. The wind was gusting and the sidewalks were covered with small branches from the oak trees overhead. Watched the news when I got home and they reported on the number of power outings caused by wind gusts (sixty mile an hour gusts here in Oakland), trees that had fallen on cars and houses. Seems the wind I'd seen this morning had been busier than I'd imagined this afternoon as I was hibernating here inside.

Evening. To bed before eight to stay awake until just after nine when I turned the lights and radio off to get to sleep.

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.