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June 21, 2017

To Bed

Wednesday. Another good night. I'd guess. Lights out at ten to awaken then at five minutes before six, just in time to listen to the local five minute news and then Democracy Now! as we got ready to head out to breakfast a few minutes later than we usually do and so, perhaps for that reason, to have all three morning papers in tow.

The windows were left wide open all night last night and the temperature seems reasonable. Supposed to be warmer today and then warmer again tomorrow, the weather people warning of hundred degree temperatures inland. We do not live inland.

A bright sun walking to breakfast, the Eggs Benedict, country potatoes, fruit cup and coffee and then a comfortable walk back home in t-shirt and light jacket. A memory glitch or two moving through the breakfast routine, but minor ones I was able to catch, catch all but one, just as they happened.

So a good start?

I'd say. It's still nice out there and so the windows are still open at ten this morning, this first day of summer, the solstice arriving this morning just after midnight.

Later. I had an appointment for a haircut at noon, which I learned when my stylist called to wonder where I was as I wasn't standing there in her shop. Hmm. The kitchen calendar had it written down in large letters: haircut 12:00. And I'd checked the calendar earlier this morning to be sure I'd remembered to enter the Protime test for the month. Which I had, but didn't see the haircut appointment, even though it was more than visible. Ah, well.

She had a two o'clock open and so took the bus to the Broadway ATM and then took advantage of the free shuttle along Broadway to the City Center, as one happened to arrive as I was passing the stop. OK, I'd arrived early and so had a fruit cup and coffee at the bagel shop out in the sun at one of their outside tables to wait before going by the convenience store afterward to buy a box of Good & Plenty, which I ate sitting at a table in front of the stylist's shop.

Missed a return bus by five minutes when the haircut was finished, which was good, as I wanted to take a couple of photographs of the construction site at 17th and Broadway, and so I did. A walk then on to 20th to catch the return bus to the apartment. It was overly warm by then and I was overly warm and dragging.

My, my. I was wondering. You'd gone two whole paragraphs without complaining.

Well, dry mouth, feeling some of the symptoms I'd recently read about that suggested you get out of the sun and drink a lot of water in this weather, the coffee at the bagel shop obviously not enough to replace the required water. Still, felt better after a couple of hours.

Evening. Watched Democracy Now! (expected), watched Dr. Strange (unexpected), opened all the windows, turned out the lights and went to bed.

The photo up top was taken while walking home from breakfast this morning with a Nikon D4 mounted with a 135mm f 2.0 DC Nikkor lens.