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Art & Life


May 9, 2019


Thursday. Lights out at a decent hour, but an uneven night's sleep, awakening finally at five-fifty in time to listen to the KPFA five minutes news followed by Democracy Now! playing as I got ready to walk to breakfast under another overcast sky, the temperature cool, the nose and eyes behaving. Mostly. The restaurant was open, but just. Still, just is more than enough to settle in comfortably with the papers.

The single pork chop, scrambled eggs, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, the world in its usual turmoil from the reading, finishing up by eight-forty and setting out for home, the Avengers Endgame still playing at the Grand Lake theater, the flowers holding their own below the school and a single bicyclist scooting along on his way to wherever from under the 580 Overpass.

Onward through the fog, as Oat Willie was wont to proclaim. Surprised by the runner turning off Grand, but caught her in a quick snapshot, this time dressed for the weather. Home to snap another selfie before settling in with yesterday's entry before heading out to get the monthly Protime blood thinner test at the lab.

Life in the fast lane.


Later. Out the door with the camera in the backpack at ten forty-five to catch the bus to Valdez, walk by the apartment house construction sites along 23rd at 2302 Valdez, the back side of the 2330 Webster Street site at 23rd and Valdez and then on to Webster and the 2330 Webster site on Webster itself. OK, pictures taken.

On over to Broadway toward 27th when a bus pulled up as I passed a stop and so got on the bus, arriving at the lab at ten minutes after eleven to wait forty-five minutes for my turn with the needle. Not sure what they were drawing/draining from the four people in front of me, but my own turn took all of maybe four minutes. Ah, well. Next time we'll arrive after the lunch hour.

A walk back along Broadway, turning onto 27th and walking to Grand for the rest of the way home. A good outing, a good walk and no all that tired.

Evening. Processed more How Weird Street Faire pictures, stayed up long enough to check out Vera on PBS at eight, thought maybe I'd seen it before, but decided either way I didn't need to stay and watch it again and so to bed well before nine. Tired and so hoped it would be easy enough to drop off to sleep.

The photo up top was taken Sunday at the How Weird Street Faire with a Nikon D500 mounted with a 24-120mm f 4.0 VR Nikkor lens.