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June 7, 2014

In The Morning

Saturday. And so to bed at ten and to sleep soon after, up with the alarm to set off, feeling I must say, pretty good. Maybe a slight edge of tiredness due to the sake last night, but I can't swear to it. Off to breakfast at the usual time, back to see all kinds of road work equipment being moved into and near my street.

There've been signs posted now for a number of days saying a no parking period would start this morning for road construction/repair and I'd forgotten all about it after I'd set out for breakfast. Managed to drive/dodge my way in between the large trucks and such and into the garage just before they totally closed the street off to traffic, but I won't be using the car later. Not that I really ever do after breakfast.

Anyway, more time and work than I usually apply to the hopelessly long and rambling journal entry before posting, bitching, but not threatening to do anything to correct it - we seem to be a hopeless case here, no thoughts yet to make corrections - getting up now and again as I was working to photograph the road repair activity just below on the street. My, my. They seem serious. Must be an election coming up and the local administration wants to garner our vote.

You don't know that's the reason.

Sounds good, though. Playing pundit, sounding good-plausible is all that really counts.

Later. More pictures as the work crew came by down below scraping off the blacktop to about an inch below the surface, filling holes and then running a street sweeper through to clean up the mess.

Out the door and onto a bus to the ATM on Broadway to turn around and walk back to the Subway on Grand to pick up a sandwich (for having had a large breakfast this morning, I was hungry) and take it over by the Christ the Light Cathedral to eat it out at a table in front of the closed café near the fountain. No one else around, a security person in a blazer in the near distance. Good. A little tired, wouldn't surprise me if it had to do with the sake last night.

A walk then back to the apartment, stopping for a box of Good & Plenty at the 7-11 look-alike to eat as I was walking home, a couple of pictures as I climbed my hill, for the first time no cars parked along either side in both directions. Now to, well, chill. It's warm out there, we'll see if we can't get in a nap.

Evening. More than a nap, but an hour or two of actual sleep to awaken at six-thirty. Don't remember when I went to bed, but I was out for a couple of hours certainly, maybe more, feeling tired and funky.

The street out front is clear and there are cars parked along the sidewalk again, maybe they're coming back to lay down a new surface next weekend, doesn't really matter. Nothing on television I can see, maybe finish the Hellboy movie then, I don't know, go to bed, start it all over again in the morning.

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