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Art & Life


January 12, 2021


Wednesday. To sleep just after ten to awaken for good at six twenty-five. More than enough sleep, one might think. Up to take the blood pressure, find it behaving and so back to bed to listen to Democracy Now! until seven to get up and set out walking to breakfast under clear skies. Got to the bottom of my hill and onto Grand when I passed a person on the street and noticed he was wearing a mask and realized at that moment I'd left without wearing mine.

I've done this before, some small break in the get up and get out the door routine allowing me to space right out and forget. Or not to notice. OK, back to the apartment to get the mask, discovered I'd forgotten the reading glasses and phone as well (they're stored in the same place) and so grabbed the car keys and drove to breakfast, parked by the 7-11 store, entered the restaurant, turned on the lights in the indoor dining area and settled in at my table with the papers.

The avocado and mushroom omelet, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee, not another diner arriving to eat either indoors or out on the patio while I was there, finishing up just before nine to drive home and take the selfie in the lobby, take the blood pressure again (holding well), visit the bathroom (no drama there) and settle in at the computer to cobble together the rest of yesterday's entry, post, process the morning's few pictures and start here, finishing by eleven.

Later. Went through the file cabinets and discovered a file of letters written and received during my time in the army. Had no idea I had them, let alone saved them, but nice to find them after all these years. Otherwise spent the time watching more episodes of Resurrection: Ertugrul until I became extremely bored and stopped. Made in Turkey. Wondered what other movies and related aspects of Turkish art and life are like.

Evening. I'd seen the Midsomer Murders episode on PBS at eight and so went to bed and looked for something to watch on the tablet, putting it away and turning out the lights by just after nine to hunker down under the covers, the mind fogging over not long after.

The photo up top was taken at the 2014 San Francisco Carnaval Parade with a Nikon D4s mounted with an 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.