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October 7, 2019


Monday. Awoke for good at five minutes to six, right on target, and so listened to the five minute KPFA news followed by Democracy Now! as I took my time getting ready to head out the door and walk to breakfast on another relatively clear skies morning, the temperature not so bad, although the nose still wanted to leak a bit on the way. No idea after all this time what that's really about.

The restaurant open when I arrived and so settled in with the papers, ordering the plain waffle with sliced bananas and strawberries, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, finishing up early not long after eight. Did I really go through the papers that quickly? I guess I did.

Off home to take another picture of the ongoing construction across the street from the café and wondering at the but four bicycles at the Ford Go-Bike rack on the way (had there been more bikes when I'd passed it by walking in?), similarly wondered at the lack of parked cars when I reached the light at Santa Clara. No cars because it was earlier than usual? Had there been this lack of cars when I walked in?

You really can't remember any of this?

I guess I'm more than half asleep walking to breakfast in the mornings. I say that, but I'm not really sure I'm not half asleep right now in writing this. But we digress.

No scooters by the lake, hadn't been any lined up when I walked in (I do remember that), a piece of graffiti on the sidewalk catching my eye, finishing with the selfie in the lobby before heading up to the apartment.

Later. Tired and so to bed for an hour or so nap. Consistent, at least. Zonked by noon. Eighty degrees at one-thirty, still a little groggy, but an afternoon ahead (in which to listen to the news and watch stuff on the tablet, the series I'm watching I'm not willing to admit to watching to myself, let alone here).

Seventy-nine degrees at five-fifteen, but they're saying much cooler here starting tomorrow. Not cooler in the large areas where they're talking about cutting the power off starting Wednesday morning for as many as five days, much of the Bay Area included due to temperature, winds, low humidity and dry vegetation. They've announced the power will go off in Napa in my old area, others may be announced again by Wednesday morning. What would I do without power for five days?

Evening. I did take a look at the Father Brown episode that started at eight, its first five minutes anyway, before going to bed with lights out and radio off by nine-thirty. Tired after I got home from breakfast yesterday and so took an hour's nap, will the same story be repeated tomorrow? Not sure that seven hours plus an hour's nap isn't just fine, although there's a lot of “feeling tired” packed in there in between.

The photo up top was taken at the 2017 Folsom Street Fair with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.