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April 10, 2015

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Friday. A miserable time getting to sleep last night, watching the clock click off the hours and awakening two hours before the alarm to get up, work on and then post yesterday's entry before returning to bed and awakening finally with the alarm. Yes, I watched Elementary on the tablet last night, turned out the lights after eleven and so deserved all that happened last night.

Still, up and out the door with no problem, feeling pretty good, a walk to the restaurant for breakfast and then back, taking another picture of one of those flowers, a shot of the construction site in better light and then to bed. Where I got in another hour plus sleep. Up again as it was pushing noon feeling better. Go figure.

Didn't really want to go anywhere so a walk to the 7-11 look-alike for an ice cream bar, a walk by and through the apartment house construction site to take the day's snapshots and then home thinking maybe we'll take a look at the tablet, see if we can get in another nap, although I'm not particularly tired. So the day has started well after last night's mess. What the hell, we'll chalk it to the plus side as a necessary test of whatever shreds may be left of our sense of adventure (and the absurd).

Later. Watched more of The Good Wife (Season 2) finally burning out on all the tension, double crosses and flying knives. I'm recognizing it as a kind of distillation of what happens when a new company is put together: smart people spending long hours swimming and maneuvering in the tank with the rest of the sharks. Reminds me of a couple of adventures of my own, long ago, working with a bunch of very smart business school grads all of whom were just starting out.

Nothing wrong with it, I suspect Silicon Valley and all the other startups in their first years function in much the same way, but you need to be there because that's how you're wired together, otherwise best to find a more comfortable place where you in fact belong. Anyway, The Good Wife brings some of that back and is best (by me, at least) watched in small, not too many episodes at a time, doses.

Evening. New Tricks at seven followed by Dalziel & Pascoe at eight. We'll get through New Tricks is my guess, but I suspect we'll get into Dalziel & Pascoe, if ever, at some other date.

The photo up top was taken at the Saint Stupid's Day Parade with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.