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February 13, 2017


Monday. To bed and to sleep early again to awaken then at six-twenty, what I'd usually consider a pretty good night's sleep and so up to walk to breakfast on an overcast, but not too cold morning. The oatmeal with toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast and then back to the apartment, taking the usual picture below the Lakeview school and then adding another oddly more interesting visitor hiding in a bush not far beyond.

We talked about getting in more walking yesterday, let's see if we can't talk the talk and walk the lake today. We used to walk the lake during noon hours when I was working at the shipping company for a period of a year or more, maybe we can get back in the habit and maybe I'm just blabbering on in talking about it here.

At least we won't know and thereby have to face the bald fact we're a flake for another couple of hours.

Later. Called Nikon on the stuck 1/8000th of a second shutter speed problem and did, at their instruction, a hard reset. Fixed the problem. My, my. May have to go through the manual and see what it has to say about hard resets, see what it resets and if it applies to their other cameras.

A walk then along the lake to the bagel shop on Lakeshore to have coffee and a pastry before returning to the apartment, which seems to have been enough for now. Probably a mile instead of the three miles I'd have gotten in walking the lake. It for the day? I'm afraid.

Later. Finished and posted the New Year Parade photographs and so the afternoon is almost gone and we have at least one promise kept with the photographs. They're saying another Pineapple Express storm is due by Thursday, so tomorrow and Wednesday may be the only two days available to get in that walk around the lake.

You're digging yourself into the very same hole two hours ago. Maybe just stuff all these “walking the lake” routines.

Evening. Watched Democracy Now where they talked about Andy Puzder, the CEO of Hardee's and Carl's, Jr., both big chains here in California and now Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Labor. Our Secretary of Labor. At least Trump is consistent in the sense he's appointing people who have histories of fighting tooth and nail against the departments they've been nominated to lead.

Spent time then to lie down and flip through stuff on the tablet, but couldn't find a single movie/episode/show I could watch for more than about five minutes. Which is a bit strange way to look for entertainment. At least when you find yourself doing it over and over without results.

You're still not reading?

Other than the news and the news is getting ever more bizarre beyond believing. An episode of Endeavor at eight though that I managed to watch this time. The young Inspector Morse. Seems I'm warmer to the younger Morse in these later episodes.

The photo up top was taken Saturday at the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.