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July 8, 2014

My, My

Tuesday. To bed early, there really wasn't anything on I wanted to watch on television (or Netflix) and I was tired. Awakened three times that I can remember, the entry points in the operation acting up a bit, but awake half an hour before the alarm. Awake knowing there was no way I was going back to sleep. Go figure. I can't.

Anyway, up early to post early before heading out to breakfast, back at the usual time, the sky looking reasonably clear, a good day ahead. The guitar lesson coming up and some preparation for the road trip that starts tomorrow, need to pack the gear and get ready. I'm dragging my heels, but only a little bit, no more certainly than my foot dragging (heel dragging) when I talk myself into taking a bus downtown.

Later. A walk over to take photographs of the construction site because (I guess) that's what we do in the mid-mornings, more rebar being put in place, a work crew of twenty or more as they seem to run on a regular day today basis. Anyway, pictures, nothing much happening over at the lake.

Back feeling tired. Finally. A lie down on the bed for over an hour while listening to the radio, zoning in a out. Hmm. Complicated following all these ups and downs, outs and arounds.

Later still. A bus downtown to have lunch at Genji, another chicken salad, maybe ten minutes to wait sitting at a table in front of the Cathedral Building in Latham Square before the lesson was due to start. Not bad. We're doing another Creedence Clearwater song for the week, although I'll be on the road starting tomorrow, so for the week following. Good.

The day is sunny, t-shirt weather, I need to make sure the second laptop battery is charged and whatever meds I need are packed and ready. Well, I've already done the meds, charged the primary laptop battery and moved all the web site data over to the laptop. We'll take all this one step at a time. I'm looking forward to the drive, I think. I think. Still it will be good to see the sister again, hear the stories.

Evening. Remembering the last time I headed out on a trip relying on the laptop a year ago now, I decided I'd better test the programs I use, see if I can reach the journal web site and such. Best to know these things while I'm here and have access to passwords and setup instructions. You can tell I've learned this the hard way in the past.

Anyway, copy the files from the main computer to the laptop, update the software, test the FTP program (it failed and needed work), charge the second battery and think about what to pack with the laptop: keyboard, for one, the external mouse. I've been tired for most of the day, but I feel better for this.

Camera gear? Tripod? Batteries? Chargers? T-shirts? Socks?

Cell phone, cell phone charger; tooth brush, charging base; electric shaver, shaver power cord. My, my.

The photo up top was taken at the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.