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Here In Oakland

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September 9, 2020


"Wednesday To sleep not long after ten to awaken just before six without an aching chest on another overcast fog and smoke in the air morning. Still, a decent night's sleep no matter how weird this morning looked. Set out walking to breakfast assuming the air quality wasn't over the top (it was listed as Unhealthy For Some when I checked later), arriving just as they were setting up the patio tables and so settled in with the papers. I'd been wondering if it would be too dark to read with the red sky overcast, but discovered they had lights under the awnings just over my table. So good.

Had the single pork chop, scrambled eggs, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast taking a couple of pictures of the weird dark surroundings that seemed to be becoming even darker as the morning progressed. Finished up by nine and set out walking home and finding it too dark to take pictures of any of the flowers along the way, arriving to take the selfie and then settle in at the computer and go through the usual post yesterday's entry and start on this routine.

One perhaps happier note: the barber shop was preparing to open when I passed it by and so a haircut is in the offing. I didn't stop to see if I could make an appointment, but I will later today or tomorrow.

Later. It's close to noon and it's essentially dark outside lit only by a dim reddish cloud/smoke covered sky. At least the temperature is in the low sixties. Nice. Still surreal though, comfortable or not.

Evening. Watched Midsomer Murders, one of the later ones I'd seen before, but didn't remember the who, what or when, more because I'd had enough of lying on the bed watching whatever on the tablet. To bed by ten to listen to the six minute NPR news and then see when sleep would come.

The photo up top was taken at the 2013 Carnaval Parade with a Nikon D4 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.