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June 21, 2016

Our Lips

Tuesday. Warm night, last night, but to bed early enough to pretty much get to sleep at what I recall was a decent hour (they all tend to muddle together, these early mornings, by the two or so hours later when I get back from breakfast), awakening just before six to listen to the first half of Democracy Now as I was getting ready to walk to breakfast. Setting out, the sun up over the hills, but just, the temperature quite comfortable.

Another plain waffle with mixed fruit breakfast, we're watching what we eat this week, which means, given my history, for the first two or three days, anyway, before devolving into something evil like a pork chop with eggs and country potatoes breakfast. But we'll see.

Warmer on the way back, almost too warm in the direct sun, so we're going to see more high temperatures later today. I need to go by Latham Square to see what they've been up to, so we'll shed the light jacket and set out in a t-shirt and shoot for the best.

Later. Out the door easily enough, a bus to Latham Square to take the usual series of pictures. No workmen (or women) present, but they've made more progress. Looks like they're waiting on not much other than the Broadway median lane divider to be finished.

A walk then up Broadway to catch the bus home, getting off, thinking maybe of going by the 7-11 look-alike, which I didn't, then toying with going into the café across from the Avévista apartment house, after an apple fritter and a diet Coke, but didn't want to wait in line, so home to lie down, tired, but clear headed.

Evening. Democracy Now had a long piece on the local Oakland police force, the three “chiefs” who were removed in this last week, an ongoing story everyone's been following now locally for over a decade. Even so, learned more than I knew from the story and so sat and watched and played along on the guitar. Silly, but what the hell?

WPC 56, a BBC series, at seven that I watched for a while. Not bad, but for some reason not one I was able to warm to and so to bed and our on and off relationship with an Apple tablet. A second day now done watching what we were eating, none of the foods or ingredients on the “to be avoided” list have touched our lips. So far, so good.

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.