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November 21, 2015


Saturday. And so last night wound to an end and we turned the lights out before ten to awaken at least twice during the night. OK. Awake and then right back to sleep, finally awakening and getting up at six. Still too early, but early allows me to rationalize driving to breakfast. We have the climate change march later this morning, we'll get more than enough exercise there. Perhaps more than I'm ready for.

A clear sunny day, they're saying temperatures again in the high sixties, low seventies, so the day's shooting should be good. I'm saying this with a straight face. We haven't been out and taken any pictures yet and lately, I'm afraid, I've been spouting about going out to do this or do that and then for some (sometimes good) reason staying inside.

Of course, if there's a picture taken at the demonstration up top, then the question will have already been answered after this was written.

Later. One of the ocular-like incidents started about an hour before setting out across the lake where they were forming up for the climate march and, although I packed up and headed to and then along the lake, I turned around after a short walk and returned to the apartment to lie down and let things settle. Felt and acted like a much older man trudging up that hill to the apartment.

Finally, around one, feeling better, set out with but the one camera over the arm and took the bus downtown to find the demonstration under way in front of City Hall. Maybe an hour's shooting, none of the earlier problems in evidence and so back on a bus home without having gotten enough photographs for a web section. Nice day, shirt sleeve weather as mentioned, but not a lot getting done.

Evening. Worked with some of the pictures, gave up after half a dozen and then ended up lying down on the bed and taking an hour and a half's nap at five thirty. That Crab Cake Benedict for breakfast? Make a rule (which I'll undoubtedly break) to always have the plain waffle with sliced strawberries/bananas for breakfast. Don't think I've ever had a late morning reaction after it. That I can remember.

The photo up top was taken today at the Climate March Demonstration at Oakland City Hall with a Nikon D4 mounted with a 24-120mm f 4.0 VR Nikkor lens.