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June 24, 2016

Five Minutes

Friday. Lights out and to sleep in pretty good order, the Brexit vote having been settled by the time I turned out the lights, awakening at six-thirty this overcast cool morning and walking to breakfast. None of the somewhat stiff and aching muscles, though. Not a sign, going to or coming home, and so we're suspecting, since we didn't get any real exercise yesterday, that earlier twitchy muscle episodes, after running around the day before they appear, maybe mean we're out of shape.

You think?

Later. Tired and holding back, but a walk finally out the door thinking a bus downtown, there was a bus due in two or three minutes, but deciding instead to walk on and try the new French pastry shop that opened a couple of months back, walking right on by the shop and taking a look at the newly paved parking lot in the center of the block across the street. Didn't take a picture and so on to the ice cream shop for two scoops in a cup. We'll attempt to stop making these “I'll stop eating this and that” statements for a couple of weeks days.

Back at the apartment by two. Warm now, bright sun, into the upper seventies and so here at the computer in front of the fan.

Walking home I'd made it a point to go by the sign they have posted at the Lake Merritt pergola listing how many geese you'd find in any given month. I was curious, as I hadn't seen a one going out or coming back. Normally, in the winter months, the count is not far over a hundred, ramping up in the summer through June and July where the count goes as high as fourteen hundred. So where were they?

Maybe down by the bird sanctuary? Too warm in this area of the lake in the sun? I did see, as I was approaching the bird sanctuary area, what looked to be a group in the distance, but didn't go any farther. There'd been a gaggle of a few hundred the last time I'd been to the sanctuary, but this end of the lake was bare (and I was tired).

Evening. A slow day. Watched Democracy Now to hear what I'd missed earlier this morning on the radio, something about an exit vote in Great Britain, and then on to watch New Tricks and the first five minutes of Midsomer Murders. I hadn't seen the New Tricks

episode before as so watched without particular enthusiasm and I've learned I'm rarely good with the Murders for more than the first five minutes.

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.