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May 20, 2016

In My Ear

Friday. Lights out at ten, yes, but I have no idea how much sleep I may have gotten. I was thinking, if you think in the middle of the night, that I was glancing at the clock too many times to be good, but awakening this morning just after six, seemingly without damage, to get ready for breakfast thinking I'd like to drive instead of walk. My trick is to leave the car keys on the dresser and once I'm out the door there's no chance I'm going to go back to retrieve them. Safely out the door and down the hill, walking to breakfast. No problem walking, usually there isn't once I've left the building.

A sunny morning, some few clouds, but sun all the way to and from breakfast, construction activity starting over at the lake as I was walking home. One or two things going on at Oakland City Hall this afternoon, so maybe some pictures leading into a weekend where there are events scheduled over both days, so we'll be able to give a proper workout for the camera(s).

Later. A walk to the pharmacy on Lakeshore to pick up a prescription refill to find the doctor had phoned in the prescription for the ocular meds as well and I was set. Hadn't counted on that. A walk back then by the lake (after two scoops of ice cream at the Dreyer's shop) to take more pictures to show their progress.

Tired and so to bed for an hour, but up and a bus at noon to head downtown to see what this AltCar Expo is about they've set up in front of City Hall. Got off at Latham Square and shot a group of pictures - I was there, might as well take photographs - and then to City Hall where they had a number of cars parked outside.

Electric cars and fuel cell cars and so another set of pictures. Nothing clever, just, you know, click! click! click! Wondered about the Smart cars, though, having read a Car Talk column recently that suggested you really didn't want to have anything to do with them because, when they needed repair, no one including the dealers knew how to fix them.

Then lunch. I'd missed the return bus and so a salad and a V-8 juice at a table in front of the bagel shop, timing the lunch to the arrival time for the next bus home. Windy today, sun, but a bit chilly. Nice day without being overly warm.

The bus to then lie down again when I got thinking maybe last night's sleep really hadn't gone all that well.

Later still. Some work on today's photographs and then an hour's nap. Tired. Hope it doesn't last through the weekend.

Evening. Processed pictures while listening to Democracy Now in the background. Seems I'd taken another thirty or so photographs today and so processing again took close to three hours.

Watched New Tricks at seven. I'd seen it before, but didn't remember much about it (surprise) to take a took a look at the Midsomer Murders that followed for all of perhaps two minutes. I'd seen it before as well, remembered little other than how it began, but heard a nearby voice say clearly in my ear: time for bed.

The photo up top was taken at this year's How Weird Street Faire with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.