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Here In Oakland

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March 20, 2014

By The TV
Thursday. And I did get to bed early to then awaken and get up before the alarm on a day they're saying will top out later in the high sixties to mid seventies. Which I'd have to say is good. Certainly.

The laundry is running, started it when I got back, a little late this time for the laundry, down to my last few pair of (older) shorts. And the last pair of comfortable socks. Never quite sure why I put these things off, but underway it is and they are, we'll be ready to take on the weekend (and the Oakland Marathon that snakes along around the lake) in newly laundered duds.

Later. Laundry done, hung and folded and so downtown on the bus to pick up the prescription they said would finally be in ready today. And it was, although they had to scramble around to find it. Vytorin, for cholesterol, something I've been taking for years. I suspect you can go off it cold turkey for four days and then go back on, but you never know and I'm not sure I want to learn. Whether it's been a good idea to have been taking it these last many years I have no idea.

Getting on the bus I'd walked over to the apartment construction site to take a couple of pictures. It looked as if they were still sinking foundation supports for the outer walls, so after I was back home from the pharmacy I went by again with a longer lens on the camera and took a couple of pictures.

Over then to the lake to find a pelican that's lived there now for years, taken under wing (so to speak) by the sanctuary staff when they found him with a damaged wing. A couple of pictures realizing the lens I'd brought with me had been too long for the construction site pictures and not long enough to get close to the birds, ending up trying to correct it by cropping them in really close. Thus it goes.

Back for a nap, a bit tired, although the head has been clear and the day has gone well. I had a pork chop, no eggs, country potatoes (very few) and toast with coffee for breakfast, something of a gamble there. I was hungry, the scale had read four pounds under the one-sixty target (or one pound over the new one-fifty-five pound target) and having another waffle with sliced fruit again wasn't, well, in the cards. So we had the pork chop.

A small turkey with Swiss cheese sandwich picked up at a Subway on the way back from the downtown and so far there's been nothing too disturbing hiding, waiting, in the shadows. Another three hours and it will be evening and evenings are usually safe from ocular incidents, so again, the day has gone well, this spring-like day, and the guitar calls.

Today is the first day of spring.

After writing that I did look it up.

Evening. Nothing on, not even Elementary later at ten. Seems they're broadcasting some kind of basketball series all evening. Saved by the TV. Again.

The photo up top was taken at the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade last month with a Nikon D4 mounted with a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.