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June 10, 2016

Double Digits

Friday. Quite a bit of time editing yesterday's entry this morning in an attempt to make it readable. Interesting, no, but we still feel a certain need to make it readable. Understandable. An ongoing battle with an obvious ending. Just hope it doesn't come too soon, that ending.

To bed and lights out by ten, awakening at five-thirty, awakening wide awake and feeling reasonably clear headed, clear headed enough not to fight getting up so early and so got up, got ready and set out for breakfast on a bright sunny morning, not a cloud in the sky. Well, no clouds? Was I counting? No. Clear and bright and, if there were clouds, they were hiding.

Yesterday's one last pandorea flower was gone, alas, but a photo or two on the way home. Nice day, feel good, a Friday. We'll see what we do with it. Not a lot of hope for today, but again, a new day has started and another street fair is coming up this weekend.

Later. Lied down on the bed for a while, seemed to be more sleepy than tired, but up finally to head over to the lake to document progress on the path to find the final slab had indeed been laid and they were very close to done. They seem to have knocked it right out, seemingly knowing what they were doing.

Watched television thinking I really hadn't tested the new camera with a properly long lens and so mounted the 80-400mm on the D500 and walked over to the bird sanctuary, taking a picture or two on the way as I stumbled across them. The summer increase in the geese population is now underway and I passed by a carpet filled with a couple of hundred of them.

Found the usual number of Black-crowned night herons in the sanctuary area, although it otherwise seemed to have been taken over by the local geese population who come to Lake Merritt to moult. Some pelicans off by the lake shore itself and people sitting about in and out of the sun.

Back now having processed the photographs, listening to the news. Hungry. Should have gone to Latham Square earlier, not sure why I didn't as they have so many more choices for lunch, but I haven't and by now know I won't. Predictable.

Later still. Lied down on the bed and took a nap. Actual sleep for about thirty minutes with the radio turned down low in the background. Sleepy sleep, not this drag-assed “tired” crap, but actual sleep from which you awake feeling refreshed. Hup!

Just stop. Please.

Evening. Watched Democracy Now, most of it repeating what I'd remembered from listening to it on the radio this morning, but I'd decided to lie down, check out the tablet and turn to the radio periodically to see how the Warriors were doing after getting hammered so badly in their game on Wednesday. Turned out they did just fine as the evening progressed, winning by double digits. Nice feeling, double digits.

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.