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November 10, 2017


Friday. To bed again early to spend time watching this and that on the tablet, but lights out well before ten to get another uneven, but not all that uneven, night's sleep, awakening though at six forty-one. Fairly late, but at least seemingly clear headed, up and out the door to walk to breakfast. Overcast, more and darker clouds to the southwest than I'd have liked, it had indeed rained last night, but figured it was safe to walk and so out the door and on to the restaurant.

Fine, arrived later than usual, of course, but had the oatmeal, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, looking up at one point twenty minutes in to see it was pouring rain. Serious rain. Hmm. Figured I could leave as a bus was arriving, but finished the papers lucking out and leaving after the rain had stopped, stopped by a good fifteen minutes.

So, luck was with us. Took pictures of the four cent rise in the price of regular and took the by now standard set of pictures while walking along Grand. In passing the parking lot construction area on the way out I saw they'd blacktopped the two holes they'd dug and then filled with cement and so took the usual pictures on the way home. Is there more they're planning on doing? Still have no idea what they'd done other than dig a hole and a trench and fill them with cement.

Still cloudy, although no rain and some hints of sun, so I'm hoping we're clear at least through the Veterans Day parade Sunday morning in San Francisco. I discover I don't have any Veterans Day Parade pictures up on artandlife since the 2013 parade and wouldn't at all mind coming through this year. If it doesn't rain. Or I don't crap out.

Evening. Finished the afternoon watching the news, watching old, seen before, Law & Order episodes, the ones I was willing to wade through again anyway, and didn't write a single word here. Content enough with the day and the afternoon, but again, pretty much zoned out for the entire day.

Watched Democracy Now! at five-thirty, skipped pretty much everything else and went to bed by eight with the tablet, putting it aside and turning out the lights before nine, playing with fire in the sense of taking a chance in waking up too early tomorrow morning. Lights out early means awakening early, if experience means anything.

The photo up top was taken at Lake Merritt in the beginning of September with a Nikon D500 mounted with a 24-120mm f 4.0 VR Nikkor lens.