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November 12, 2014

Prove Useful

Wednesday. Lights out before ten and to sleep whenever, I don't seem to recall it took all that much time, and then awake a good half hour before the alarm, wide awake, no doubt about it. Fine, take our time to shave and such, out the door to breakfast maybe ten minutes earlier than usual, which gave us more than enough time for a leisurely read through the papers over breakfast. Some overcast, they're saying a chance of rain, but just.

They were indeed pouring cement as I approached the construction site so we'll go over and see how it's going. They'd posted no parking signs yesterday along Grand saying no parking all day today, today only, so I'm assuming they'll pour the entire floor. So pictures.

Still buzzing right along, though. The colder air? Have we been in the middle of a pollen season these last many months? They were saying things were grim in the Central Valley, what with the unusually warm November, people in trouble.

Which is to say you hope this sinus thing and tiredness thing back off now that we're getting more winter-like weather?

Hope springs eternal (in the fall).

Later. The day has trundled right along, no thought to lie down at all before heading out the door and going over to the construction site to take pictures as they were pouring the third story floor. Doesn't look like they're going to finish today, but who knows? For now some pictures and then back to the apartment.

The head of steam still holding firm and so a bus downtown to the City Center to have a turkey sandwich, a donut and coffee out at a table in front of the Bagel shop, a picture of a gull who'd found what I suspect is a chicken bone from somebody's discarded Popeyes chicken meal. Probably not as nutritious as one might like for man or gull.

A walk back to the apartment, stopping by the construction site again to see what kind of progress they'd made now that it was early afternoon. Pictures. Still have quite a bit left to do, but we'll check again before the day is out.

Home to process the photographs and then, well, maybe watch something I'd started last night on the tablet. The sun is out, the sky, the part I can see, looks clear as it approaches two in the afternoon. A good day, a good walk, not a bad bagel sandwich, although I had a reasonably large breakfast before eating a sandwich (and a donut) only four hours later for lunch. Was I hungry? Not sure.

Later still. A walk over to the construction site at four after watching the News Hour and photographing their progress. Most of it done, but it's getting dark and there's still quite a bit left to do. Will they finish? Three cement trucks (big ones) feeding cement into the overhead pump, three waiting their turn in line. It looks like they're prepared to finish it today. We'll know tomorrow.

Evening. Watched this and that on television and then went to bed early, lying on my back with the tablet settled in on my stomach. Comfortable enough, but I ordered a stand for watching one of the things in bed without using your hands, due to arrive tomorrow. Another way to waste money or will it prove useful?

The photo up top was taken at the Fruitvale Dia Del Los Muertos Festival with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.