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December 4, 2017


Monday. The Korean Stranger series on the tablet goes on forever in one hour increments and so, enough of it for the night, last night. Lights out not long after nine to then awaken at six to take my time getting up while listening to Democracy Now! on the radio. Knew the morning café might be opening a little later this morning and so delayed heading out under a clear sky, indeed arriving one minute before the young lady who opens the restaurant arrived. Tied up on the bridge. Lots of stories lately about being tied up on this and that local highway for hours and hours. Best not to be driving.

The avocado and cheese omelet, light on the cheese, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast over Monday's two papers, the usual descriptions of turmoil happening around the world. Still read it with some interest, although I suspect paranoia in large doses it doesn't do us any good.

The walk home under a bright sun, feeling pretty good, the sinuses maintaining a low level peace to arrive and do what little I could to paste together yesterday's entry. Not unlike taking a camera on a tripod to the same spot on a sidewalk at the same time every day and taking the same picture, in this case both written and visual. That's not the idea here, but it seems to be the reality. It's a big world, room for every odd idiot out here with a keyboard and a camera.

As long as it's comfortable and you don't bother yourself with too many questions.

Any old rationalization seems to suffice.

Later. Didn't stick my nose out the door for even a minute, didn't really think about it. Spent most of the day and into the evening watching more of the Korean Stranger series, up to episode twelve of sixteen by the time Democracy Now! rolled around, which I listened to again. Each of the Stranger episodes runs for just over an hour and I seem to be willing to just lie there and watch, one after another.

Evening. Right back to Stranger on the tablet, watching it through the middle of episode fifteen before the eyes/patience/stamina ground to a halt and so turned out the lights, as I did last night, not long after nine.

The photo up top was taken at Lake Merritt two years ago with a Nikon D4 mounted with a 24-120mm f 4.0 VR Nikkor lens.