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September 16, 2020

At Ten

"Wednesday Awoke briefly in the middle of the night, but to sleep fairly early and awakening for good at five forty-five to get up and get ready to drive to the Lakeshore ATM and then on to breakfast until I turned the key in the car and found the battery dead. Well, I've been expecting that, wondered just before I turned the key if it would start. OK, walked to breakfast to find my table already taken and so cobbling together another one nearby, finally settling in with the papers.

The two strips of bacon (they brought three), scrambled eggs, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, finishing up just after nine to set out for home under still foggy skies, the temperature reasonable and cool, taking the usual series of pictures along the way. Felt tired, though, more so than I have in a while.

On to pass another group of Lime scooters in the same location and beyond where they'd shown up yesterday, take another picture of a store front and then of a lone Lime scooter near my Grand and Euclid street bus stop before heading up the hill to take the selfie in the lobby and settle down at the computer to finish the morning routine.

I'd left the bedroom windows open last night, closing the balcony door though, thinking/hoping the air would remain essentially smoke free in cooling down the apartment. The Air Quality Index was measured at 10.62 at a point very near my apartment when I checked, so all turned out well.

Later. Hooked the car battery up to the charger at ten. I'll unhook it to drive to the Lakeshore ATM in the morning and then hook it up again when I get back from breakfast. Takes over twenty-four hours to charge the thing.

Evening. An afternoon and evening of watching stuff on the tablet and listening to the news, staying up until eight to check out Midsomer Murders, the television signal wobbly for some reason and so gave up and headed for bed. I'd opened the bedroom windows wide again, the smoke levels in the air continuing to be way down (my sister in Portland is still experiencing numbers in the two and three hundreds), lights out after listening to the six minute NPR news at ten.

The photo up top was taken at the San Francisco 2017 LGBTQ Pride Parade with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.