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January 9, 2020


Thursday. To sleep reasonably early. I think. It's the next morning and I seem to remember that was so. Awoke briefly at five, blinked and it was ten minutes to six and so up to take the blood pressure, a reassuring 114/74, and then out the door to drive to breakfast. It had been raining fairly hard when I first awakened, but it had stopped and the clouds looked hopeful while driving, the restaurant open when I arrived and so in to settle in at my table.

Had the two strips of bacon, scrambled eggs, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee, finishing up at about a quarter to nine. Or was it eight-thirty? Ah, well. A drive home to take a selfie in the lobby, the camera for some reason not zooming in for the picture in the mirror. Doesn't seem to be something I did, we'll see how it goes later. It had rained while eating breakfast, but had stopped by the time I was driving home and they're saying no rain later today, not that that will get me outside. Truth to tell.

Later. A voice mail from Site For Sore Eyes saying one of the two pairs of glasses are in, the second pair not due for another week. I have a dermatologist's appointment tomorrow in the late morning and so I'll take a Broadway bus from there to the shop. They didn't say if it was the reading glasses or the driving glasses, but either way we'll find out.

Took a camera in the backpack at five to the Grand Lake theater to see if the Iran anti-war demonstration was still on to find a crowd had indeed formed and so took pictures. Didn't stay long, didn't take more than two or three pictures I liked, but such is the case these days. Still, nice to get out, nice to see that people had shown up. Walked back to the apartment after maybe twenty minutes of shooting, picking up a bagel with cream cheese for dinner on the way.

Evening. I'd seen the Vera episode that started at eight and so to bed with lights out again by nine-thirty. Didn't remember anything about the episode, of course, other than how it started. Nothing new on the BBC news after listening and reading it all day and nothing on the tablet I wanted to continue watching. Still, a decent day that even included taking a few pictures.

The photograph was taken at the 2010 Mochi Ceremony at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum with a Nikon D3s mounted with an 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR II lens.