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November 7, 2019


Thursday. Awoke early at five-thirty. Well awoke, sort of, a number of times after five to finally get up and listen to the five minute KPFA news before six and then Democracy Now! to walk to breakfast on an overcast and somewhat foggy morning, the temperature not so bad under the fog blanket, arriving before seven to find the restaurant open and people inside.

A bacon, avocado and cheese omelet, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, the first time I've had cheese in quite a while as it more often than not caused an ocular migraine in the later morning. Haven't had an ocular migraine (knock on wood) now in a long time, so we threw caution to the wind.

Finished up at close to nine to note the change in gas prices, a six cent a gallon drop, and set out for home in a still low lying fog, passing by the Lakeview school (no flowers) to find two bicyclists waiting on the light under the 580 Overpass, a single Lyft scooter on the sidewalk by the lake and farther along, a shot of a pedestrian and people feeding seagulls just because.

Home to take the selfie and settle in with yesterday's entry, checking FedEx again to see that the monitor card was now out for delivery. Good. The computer and internet have been behaving these last couple of days, loading in a reasonable time and all the various Adobe software upgrades had managed to finish loading late yesterday.

The blood pressure was 133/76 when I first got up, it's now 103/66 at a quarter to eleven, have no idea where it might land tonight. Or, for that matter, if the reading was accurate. We'll assume it was.

Later. The monitor card arrived and so this is being written on the new monitor. Maybe do a little more research before I order one of these things again, the resolution on this thing (2560x1440) makes images and text, um, small. Ah, well. Set it to (2048x1080) and it looks just fine.

A Raiders game on television and so watched it through the afternoon, skipping spending any time on the tablet, but taking an hour to lie down and zone out for an hour on the bed.

Evening. Finished the Raiders game. They won over the Chargers, but it was close. Went back and forth at the end of the game to check out Vera, an episode I haven't seen before, but decided to bail before it ended well before nine. Lights out by nine-thirty, the blood pressure back up to 137/75. No idea why.

The 2014 Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Festival taken with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.