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March 31, 2021


Wednesday. An uneven night half thinking and dreading going to Emeryville tomorrow evening for the shot, but still getting to sleep at a decent hour to finally awaken for good at five minutes to six to listen to the KPFA News followed by Democracy Now! in the usual routine. Not sure why I should be dreading the trip later this evening. Yes, parking may be a problem, yes the car battery might turn out to be depleted, but I have a portable car starter unit to take care of that.

But what the hell, up to drive to breakfast (yes, the car started without issue), park by the 7-11 store and sit out on the restaurant patio, the first to arrive. Windy driving and arriving, but it settled down enough as I spread out the papers on the table without them blowing away.

The plain waffle with sliced bananas and strawberries, fruit cup and coffee (watching the weight) to finish up before nine, two other tables with customers this time, and set out for the car. Again, started like a shot to drive straight home, take the selfie and settle in here to find I'd not written a word of yesterday's entry after the morning screed. The norm anymore, I'm afraid, fuzzy headed and all that.

Later. Finished watching season two of Secret City and still didn't remember having seen any of it before and so looked it up on the web. There was a Netflix Secret City season one that had been available some time back and I'm thinking I may well have watched it when it was released which means maybe the memory isn't to blame. Better to think the memory is just getting a little flaky and not marching into the dark.

Into the low eighties this afternoon, close to twenty degrees over the norm, with clear skies, the sun bright.

Evening. Drove to the vaccination hospital at six fifty-five, got the shot and returned home, arriving before eight. Took just less than an hour. An easy drive, no real line to wait in this time at the hospital, got the shot, sat in a chair for fifteen minutes as they require before checking out and heading home. It had taken something like two hours for the first one. Easy-peasy. All that seeming angst on my part and the actual doing of it was a breeze. I am getting dingy.

The arm feels fine, just a little sore, but no worse than any other vaccination I've had, although they say the reactions, if they come, show up the next day.

Watched Midsomer Murders at eight, one I hadn't seen before and don't need to see again, to bed then at nine-thirty, lights off at ten, able to lie on my side and the vaccinated shoulder without particular discomfort.

The photo up top was taken at the 2016 San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.