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May 16, 2015

Strange World

Saturday. I did turn out the lights well before ten last night, had some trouble getting to sleep, but awakened ten minutes before the alarm feeling pretty good. Clear headed, plenty of energy to head off to breakfast, no issues with the vision (yesterday I'd had double vision out to the sides) as I was walking, home now feeling pretty good. Pretty good compared to yesterday, anyway. Up and down seems to be the norm. We vote for up, but our vote isn't always with the majority in this electorate of one.

Anyway, some thought on how to handle the downtown Latham Square street construction project, maybe go by later and scout vantage points, otherwise take the day easy and save energy for the Asian Heritage Street Celebration tomorrow in San Francisco.

Later. And so I learn the Asian Heritage Street Celebration that I had penciled in on the calendar for Sunday is running today. Right now. Not good. Of course I learned this at three in the afternoon, too late to attend. Puts one in a funk, it does. Not good.

A bus downtown around noon to see what was up with Latham Square and found a crew removing a tree and digging up one of the street islands and so took pictures before heading over to Washington Street to have almond Biscotti's and coffee, remembering how it takes some impossible number of gallons of water to grow a single almond. It didn't seem to slow me down.

A walk then back to the apartment. I really do have energy today, a couple of mile walk at a decent clip. Feel pretty good, but again, better to have gone over to San Francisco and photographed the Asian Heritage event. Not sure how that happened, but from now on we double check our calendar entries for mischief in the future.

Evening. And so to the tablet and Netflix and Amazon, back and forth, this movie and that series, some of them holding my attention, but none of them keeping it for long periods of time. Doesn't seem to matter. We live in an age of ear buds and on demand entertainment, gathering momentum as we wend our way into The Matrix. It is a strange world.

The photo up top was taken at the Oakland May Day demonstration and march with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.