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Art & Life


June 20, 2016

Around Here

Monday. Lights out by ten, to sleep soon after to then awaken just before six and get up rather slowly to set out walking to breakfast. I'd had their Crab Cake Benedict yesterday and it was the only thing I'd eaten out of the ordinary that might have brought on yesterday's ocular migraine and so had the plain waffle with sliced fruit this morning, toying with the idea of having it every morning this week to see if that made a difference. Probably grasping at straws, but boy would it be nice to lose this ocular migraine business.

Gets in the way of the photographs.

It gets in the way of the life.

I'm sure there are those who think they're the same in your case.

Now, now. Sunny, a nice cool breeze this early morning walking to and from breakfast, a picture of the same flowers to again futz with the exposure, noting I'd left the exposure dialed two-thirds of a stop down from the last time I'd used the camera. A short discussion with self about the oversight. You don't take the best of pictures when you forget to adjust your camera settings before and after a shot. Ocular migraines or not.

Later. Ah, right, the light bulb flashing. Due to have a blood thinner test today and so out the door to catch a bus to Broadway and then, watching the Broadway bus just leaving in the distance, walk to the lab, the mouth dry, the vision slightly off, not enough off to become upset. Ah, well.

A picture of the construction going on near the lab, a bus back to Grand and then, having missed the bus again by a minute, a walk home, the mouth still dry, but otherwise not too much in the way, but close to the edge. Now at home these symptoms have settled down and I'm sitting here thinking I'd describe myself as clear headed, the sinuses-upper palate not too bad, but walking with them outside they seem to be problematic and in the way. Which means what? Need more exercise? Glasses? To stay inside? We really don't want to stay inside.

Later still. Listening to the News Hour section on the Cleveland win. Cleveland? Yes, they won, but I remembered writing Cincinnati yesterday, mostly because I misspelled it with two t's when I first entered it and then again just now. More a memory glitch than a demonstration of how less than closely I've been following these games. Another demonstration confirming something, I guess.

Feel pretty good, though, no complaints. Certainly better than yesterday, although that's not setting the bar very high.

A walk over to the lake and then on to the burger drive-in to pick up a turkey burger (no onions or cheese) to bring home for dinner, more to get outside and see how the walk, even a short walk, might go. Any vision issues? Anything else? And no, felt fine: clear headed, sharp and only muddled when I paid for the burger, counting out twenty-eight cents in change instead of his clearly stated seven twenty-three.

Just like that?

Just like that.

Evening. Listened to Democracy Now as I (finally) put together the Temescal photographs for the artandlife web site. More work involved in converting them from an earlier cobbled together attempt and it took quite a bit longer to knit them together. So I've been putting it off. But they're now done and join the earlier HereInOakland post.

Nothing I wanted to watch on television and so to bed and the tablet. A pretty good day, I'd have to say, repeating how much better it's been over yesterday's experience. But then we repeat most everything around here.

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.