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Here In Oakland

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July 26, 2016


Tuesday. Awoke at six after getting to sleep well after ten. Hot during the day here, but cooling off at night. Seems warmer during the day and cooler at night than it did in Oakland, but I wouldn't want to bet on it. Not what I'd have thought for Portland.

Up, but deciding to skip going to Starbucks for coffee and the paper again, worked here on the journal for a bit instead and prepared a light breakfast before lying down again and sleeping for another hour.

Later. Over the bridge to Vancouver to have lunch out on the deck of a restaurant right at the edge of the Columbia River after a walk on a cement path up above the shoreline, my sister and I shooting (what else?) pictures, the shoreline more like an ocean shore with sandy beaches and driftwood. I don't think of shorelines along rivers. A line of townhouses overlooked all this higher up above.

Nice townhouses, although a place that would probably drive me nuts if I were to live in one. Everything of interest to me would require a drive in the car and I'm not sure how long a drive as I don't know Vancouver or its neighborhoods. Still, nice townhouses, nice view above the river.

Had a desert after the meal that turned out to include a fair amount of chocolate and so we'll see if it brings any of the ocular thing on later. A good test of the always present question: could any of the ocular stuff be coming from something in my environment? Could these ocular migraines be caused by something in my apartment? Drives you nuts with these questions. A good cookie with chocolate, though. But again, we'll see, but later.

Evening. No sign of anything from the chocolate. In fact, for the first time since arriving, feel pretty good. Better. That trip was more punishing than I realized.

My sister suggested using a “pillow” while sitting in the car to provide back support and she provided one, making the drive to Vancouver go without a hint of pain or soreness. Wow. I mean really - wow! - I'm no longer dreading the drive home. Whatever it does, whatever it provides, it seems to take much of the grief out of driving.

Didn't do more than watch movies and television episodes on the tablet for the rest of the day. Didn't even think to watch any of the Democratic Convention. Not sure what that says, in the scheme of all things, but an interesting and one hopes not too dark and bizarre an election is now coming.

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