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July 13, 2016

From There

Wednesday. Awakening just before six to catch the five minute KPFA news headline report before Democracy Now came on at six, up and out the door on a clear, going to be warm, maybe quite warm day. Feeling good. No little aches and pains as the body came up to speed while walking to breakfast. That is good. I'd guess.

Home noting the sign saying the fitness center had no power. The building at the corner of MacArthur and Grand had a fire truck parked out front and its portion of the sidewalk taped off with firemen standing outside as I'd been walking to breakfast wondering, when I got home, if that had anything to do with my DSL Internet connection not working. Hmm.

Oh, and I remembered to take the blood pressure when I got home (107/84), having taken the med last night. More readings to come, of course. I suspect this will not go away for a while. Mumble.

Can one survive without DSL?

We may learn. Called AT&T and their robot voice admitted the service was down.

Later. I seem to recall going by one of the local cafés to access the web when my DSL was down. This time it's down for the area, at least from what the automated system seemed to say when I called, and back then it was my connection here in the apartment. I think. But down it is at five in the afternoon.

A walk after one to the café by the fitness center (the fitness center's power had been restored and they were now open) for an ice cream sandwich and a small coffee, more to get outside for at least a little while and take one or two pictures over at the lake. Which I did.

Found a Snowy Egret by the pergola that, like yesterday's egret, took off as I approached. Somewhat better focus this time, although the shutter speed was too low, but I'm thinking I need to go to the lake tomorrow with a proper lens on the camera and a shutter speed that works and see if I can actually get a decent picture.

The afternoon otherwise spent putting together three sections of Latham Square photographs, bringing the series through the end of May. Another month and a half to go. They'll be done tomorrow and the day after. I hope. Can't post with a dead DSL line, of course.

Evening. Watched the last half of Democracy Now that I'd missed this morning, watched one more episode of Law & Order than any sane person should in the same afternoon into evening and kept checking the DSL line. Still on the fritz. The automated voice had said it was area wide and affected both land line telephone service and DSL. Not good.

Took another blood pressure reading (134/78), which is a little high; a second reading of 120/84 taken five minutes later. We'll take the med tomorrow morning with the rest of the meds and take it from there.

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