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November 17, 2021


Wednesday. To sleep not long after ten to awaken at five fifty-five just in time to listen to the KPFA five minute news before Democracy Now! started at six. Up to take the blood pressure to find it high enough to take the blood pressure med. I'm always a little worried it will bring it down too much and make the walk home a little dizzying.

Up and out the door to walk to breakfast at the usual time under a bright sun noting all the various forms of vandalism/trash had been cleaned up since yesterday morning, arriving to enter the indoor dining area, settle down at my table and start on the papers.

The beef patty, scrambled eggs, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee, finishing up by nine to walk home, take the usual series of pictures less one, note what looked like a melted trash container of some kind placed for pickup from yesterday's vandalism and thinking maybe I'd better speed up as it felt like I needed to get to a bathroom sooner than later. Ah, well.

Home to take the selfie, hit the bathroom in time, take the blood pressure (low at the edge of being too low) and settle in at the computer to finish and post yesterday's entry, process the morning pictures and start with this. The Xfinity tech is due between noon and two, let's hope he or she makes it happen this time.

Later. The Xfinity tech arrived and ended up connecting the cable to my apartment, trading out the “older” version of the modem they'd sent me for a new one, changed out some cables and after maybe half an hour got the thing up and running. Called AT&T and canceled my account after setting up Xfinity on my computer. Seems to work, although I need to go through more connected devices than you can imagine to be sure all is well. So far, so good.

Spent the rest of the afternoon watching the news and this Korean series I've been mumbling about. For some reason, silly as it is, seems to keep me watching. Maybe because I can't find something better to replace it with.

Or find something that's actually makes the time doing it worthwhile.

Now, now.

Evening. Checked out the beginning of Midsomer Murders as I seem to always do on Wednesday evenings, watched it for ten minutes and then to bed and a Britbox series I'd started on the tablet. This led to staying up watching the thing until almost ten and then having trouble dropping off to sleep until after eleven. No complaints. You stay up this late, you pay the price.

The photo up top was taken in October 2015 at the Oakland Museum of California Día de los Muertos Exhibition with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.