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June 7, 2016


Tuesday. Awoke early again, but I guess that's just the way it goes. Lights out at ten, no change in the routine. Up on primary day in California, the subject of every news program in the country, I suspect, and so a walk to breakfast on another overcast morning with sun, they're saying, later in the day.

OK. Perhaps a run by Latham Square later and another look at the footpath paving project over at the lake. Otherwise nothing on today's schedule.

Later. Lied down for a bit and then walked over to the lake to see how the sidewalk was progressing. They're obviously much closer to finishing. A couple of pictures and then a walk right back to the apartment, delaying just briefly, thinking maybe catch the bus downtown to photograph Latham Square, but not willing to wait the eight minutes the phone app was saying it would take before it arrived.

Eight minutes and you bailed?

Just, you know, fighting the idea of heading downtown, the old pull inside your shell/stay in the apartment bit.

Anyway, a sandwich and then finally a bus to Latham Square, the sun coming out just before I left. A quick and easy round trip. They seem to be marking time at the Square, although the few workers present seemed busy. The opening is next month, so it's not like they're pressed against a looming deadline.

They'll start reporting primary results from the east coast starting at five, so something to look forward to. “May you live in interesting times.” What you learn with age is that they've all been “interesting times” in the Chinese sense, it's just that you don't notice when you're young and haven't yet gained a frame of reference.

Later still. Back and forth between processing the pictures and picking up the guitar to go through scales and a couple of songs. Haven't done this in a while, but I am getting better at the scales and those two songs. Don't know how much time it might take to learn new ones. Songs. We'll not worry about which way it will go, picking up the practice or slowing down even more. Just let it happen.

The stumble in the jungle.

Now we both sound like we're starting to lose it.

Evening. Clinton in all the states reporting so far, the California polls closing at eight. Ah, well. No need to hold our breath, just rest easy and take it as it comes.

Hillary Clinton is going to be the candidate, you know.

That's been pretty clear. I've been wondering about California, but now that the polls have closed, it looks as if she's going to take California by a large margin. Our “interesting times” continue.

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