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March 9, 2017


Thursday. To bed early to awaken at ten to six and get ready to walk to breakfast on another clear, sunny and reasonably warm morning to have the oatmeal, toast, fruit cup and coffee breakfast. Because that was what appealed more than any of the other choices. Back home then to wrestle with and post yesterday's entry.

It's been pretty clear from the stories and pictures that yesterdays Women's Strike had a large turnout and I'm suspecting the reason the bus didn't come was, in fact, because, given the number of people heading downtown, the bus wasn't running. Certainly that was the case for the much larger Women's March when I set out much earlier and still was the last person picked up on the last bus to run before it started.

So you're giving yourself an excuse for not taking pictures.

The Saint Patrick's Day Parade is coming up next weekend. At least it's scheduled in the late morning, rather than the early evening, and that will make it easier to get me out the door. I'm a little worried, a little more worried, about all this pulling in the horns business.

Later. A walk to the lake to the sound of someone blowing a sax over at the white column pergola, thinking I didn't want to go in that direction, and so turned around to walk to the bird sanctuary area. Been a while since I've been there. Took some pictures I've taken before, found a bird or two, and then walked to Grand and the 7-11 look-alike. Hadn't had any ice cream yesterday on the birthday and so bought a pint of strawberry and a packet of peanuts. Seemed right.

Wondered about the fire truck and police car approaching on the other side of Grand as I was walking back to the apartment to discover there'd been a fender bender (fender crusher?) at my street and took a couple of snapshots as I crossed.

Evening. Tired and so listened to the PBS News Hour on radio lying on the bed, drowsy, but not able to sleep. Watched the last half of Democracy Now! later on television, the tiredness better, thinking is was probably best they didn't sell sake at the 7-11 look-alike as I would have been tempted.

Ice cream and sake?

And chipotle peanuts.

The photo up top was taken at the Betsy DeVos demonstration outside of the Oakland federal building on January 31st with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.