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December 5, 2015


Saturday. Got up more often than I'd normally like, last night, more for thinking it best to play it safe with the loose bowels than anything else, but probably a good move as the night went reasonably well, awakening at six. No parking meters in play on Saturdays for the rest of this month, so a drive to breakfast relatively early, arriving at six-forty, some minutes before the person who opens the café arrived. Ah, well. Overcast and cold. Well, cool. It is December, after all.

A decent breakfast, still 151 on the scale first thing this morning, but I assume that will go back up once things return to normal. The farmers market setting up as usual as I passed it by, a good excuse to get me out the door and pick up a 2016 calendar at the book store, maybe then have coffee at the market and taking one or two pictures. Too bad about the Oakland Children's Holiday Parade, but at least I'd checked and didn't become the fool who showed up ready to take pictures.

Things to do today, maybe this relatively dark and overcast weather will put me in a better mood to do them.

Later. Lots of clouds, but a bit of sun peeking through now and again on a cold morning. Cold is the right word, too cold for the sweater and winter jacket I was wearing while walking to the Lakeshore ATM and then back around to Grand and the book store where I bought a 2016 B. Kliban cat calendar. Didn't want the three pages of cat stickers that came with it, but then again, I didn't want to replace it with any of the other calendars they had for sale.

Nothing much in the way of pictures. A shot of the Grand Fare Market, which is now closed, their employees let go. They're saying they spent two million dollars on the thing and kept it open for two or three weeks before shutting the doors. Not a happy Christmas story for the employees or the owners.

No thought to stop at the farmers market, too cold; no desire for coffee at a café on the way home, just a good brisk walk to the ATM, the book store and back to the apartment to sort out what hard drive it is that the Dell diagnostics are saying is failing. This Dell workstation model has diagnostic software that monitors its internal components and, if one starts having a problem, notifies Dell to open a ticket and send you a replacement component while under warranty without you having to lift a finger.

This is the third drive I've had start to fail and a new replacement drive is sitting now on the desk waiting to replace the drive that's failing. Except I'm not at all sure which drive is failing, which drive of the four internal drives is the problem. Which gives us something to do this day so we can ship the damned thing back to them on time.

Evening. Reduced the drives suspected of failing to but two and so we'll finish identifying and replacing that drive tomorrow. I'm hoping it isn't the boot drive, if only for the fact it will take longer to backup and replace, but I'm suspecting it isn't the culprit. But who knows?

Otherwise a walk to the 7-11 look-alike in the late afternoon to buy an ice cream bar and take one or two pictures along the way, the rest of the time since spent watching one or two (or more) things on the tablet. Every now and again you find one that keeps your interest and that's enough to keep you going.

The photo up top was taken yesterday at the apartment house construction site with a Nikon D4 mounted with a 24-120mm f 4.0 VR Nikkor lens.