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Here In Oakland

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February 7, 2020


Friday. To sleep before ten (I think. Soon enough, anyway.) awakening at five-forty and taking my time in getting up and getting ready to walk to breakfast on another cold morning under clear skies, arriving before seven to find the restaurant open and people inside with the every now and again Friday morning meeting group now beginning to arrive. OK, settled in at the usual table and started on the papers.

The single pork chop, scrambled eggs, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast because that's what came out of my mouth when I was asked to order, finishing up at close to nine to then document the six cent drop in the price of regular (yes, I'm still doing this for no reason that makes any sense) before setting out for home, a picture of two flowers in the usual planter, another of flowers farther on, of a bicycle rider at the Grand Lake theater light, another bicycle rider at the 580 Overpass light and a line of Lime scooters on their side by the lake. Makes the walk home seem shorter, taking these pictures.

Another selfie in the lobby before settling in at the computer and posting yesterday's truncated entry, thinking about the day ahead. At least take a look up the street at the construction site, as I've been noting all kinds of activity in the mornings when returning to my apartment.

Later. The first half of the afternoon spent watching this and that on the tablet, none of which I care to admit to watching. I'm afraid.

A walk up the way to take a series of pictures of the apartment/condominium construction site just up my street, holding the camera up over my head again to clear the canvas covered fence. Not the best way to get the pictures you want, but a series taken and now back to the apartment.

Evening. Brought the Democratic debate up on the computer and watched it straight through. I'm still a Bernie Saunders supporter, followed by Elisabeth Warren, and nothing really changed my mind after it was done. Moderates, I'm afraid, are my idea of more of the same and I'm looking for policies that will bring back the balance we had in the fifties through the seventies where college tuition was inexpensive, unions still had some clout, air quality was important and wars were unpopular. A Roosevelt New Deal environment, in other words. That and the fact the climate crisis needs all hands on deck if we're to survive right now.

All the news sources are saying Trump is going to be hard to beat come November what with the economy and the like.

Bite your tongue.

The photo up top was taken at yesterday's Trump protest in front of the Grand Lake theater with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 24-120mm f 4.0 VR Nikkor lens.