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December 12, 2016


Monday. Lights out early, having run out of anything amusing on the tablet, to then awaken at six forty-five to get up and head out the door to walk to breakfast: the sky clear, the air cold without being too cold. An easy walk, a decent attitude, a good start to the day.

Read the papers, had the waffle with sliced bananas and strawberries, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, but decided to have butter and syrup with the waffle. Not sure I quite like the taste of butter and syrup with a waffle anymore, we'll eat them plain from here on out.

The attitude remains good, the head remains clear and the sinus-upper palate seems to be in check. No pain meds this morning, I'd put off taking them yesterday until early evening when they seemed needed, so we'll see how long this morning's (hup! hup! we're feeling good business) keeps them at bay now that the sun is shining.

Later. Early afternoon, the weather still reasonably clear, no thought to head out for a walk. Don't want to go downtown or over to the lake or to get anything to eat. A daily refrain, but one we indulge in more often now as time passes on by.

They had a crew in the building today to test the stability of the apartment balconies, this after a balcony failed on a building in Berkeley last year and killed a number of students. The inspection was easy enough: drilling a hole into the balcony above and then inserting a cable that was attached to an electronic measuring unit. Not sure what it did, but the inspector was not pleased. Water damage and the like. I suspect we'll hear more before this is over.

Otherwise, listening to the news and preparing the junk I want to move downstairs tomorrow for pickup on Wednesday.

Which means you can put off any real effort until tomorrow.

Now, now. We've made progress. We'll be ready. Tomorrow.

Evening. Watched Democracy Now! - more talk of Trump climate change denier nominations - and then remembered there'd been an Elementary episode aired last night and so dialed in and watched it on the tablet. No thought to go out and photograph the Stop Eviction Speak out, Rally, and March scheduled to start at six in front of the Grand Lake theater. Again, when it gets dark, I will no longer think of walking along the local sidewalks with a camera. Or without a camera.

A quick check on the Charlie Rose episode that started at eight, a discussion of cyber security and the nasty Russians that I wasn't up for enduring. Too early for bed, not much interested in looking to find something on the tablet. They're saying little chance of rain tomorrow, so maybe think of, if not prepare, more things to trundle downstairs in the morning.

The photo up top was taken today while walking home from breakfast this morning with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 24-120mm f 4.0 VR Nikkor lens.