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Here In Oakland

Art & Life


September 10, 2020


"Thursday To sleep around eleven to awaken at six with some soreness in the chest, getting up to drive first to the Lakeshore ATM and then on over the hill to the morning restaurant, the sky not rust red as we've had in these last two days (with pictures of it in all the papers and news broadcasts), but with some irritation in the throat due to what I'm assuming was smoke in the air.

In checking, when I returned home, the whole area is listed as Unhealthy For All, so best I'd driven to cut my exposure down, although sitting outside at a table for an hour and a half can't be good. This is reinforced by that throat irritation. Ah well.

The two strips of bacon, scrambled eggs, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, finishing up just after nine to set out for home, but stopping in front of the barbershop to make an appointment for late tomorrow morning. On home to take the selfie and settle in here at the computer to go through the usual routine, posting yesterday's entry and starting here.

Later. Both Unhealthy For All and the worse Very Unhealthy readings here in Oakland and so we're staying buttoned up inside.

A long Zoom session with a video producer in South Carolina who's putting together a documentary on the underground comix scene and how it came together influenced by the college humor magazines of the era. Not sure what I'll be able to contribute, but an interesting conversation interrupted a few times when the Zoom connection failed. Still, my first go around with Zoom, we'll see if we can't do more.

The air quality has remained Very Unhealthy through the entire afternoon. Not sure how much of that has managed to filter into the apartment.

Evening. Watched more of the Danish Borgen series on the tablet, got up to check out Vera to find (of course) I'd seen it before and didn't need to watch more than maybe twenty minutes of it before returning to bed, ending up as usual listening to the six minute NPR news at ten and then turning the radio off to get ready to sleep.

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.