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November 5, 2016


Saturday. To sleep early last night, early enough to awaken wide awake at five-thirty. Going to be interesting when Daylight Savings ends tomorrow, how early I may then awake. Maybe stay up an hour later tonight? Be sensible? Is that sensible?

Anyway, a decent night to then get up and get out the door, feeling good, none of the chest cold symptoms, the sinus-upper palate behaving (insofar as it's ever really behaving) and arriving at breakfast for the first time in a week with an East Bay Times in tow.

Had the steak with country potatoes for breakfast, haven't done that too long to remember, and taking my time reading the three papers before heading home, still on track, the sinus-upper palate now more aggressive for some (unfortunately not unusual) reason, strong enough to remember I haven't taken any pain meds these last two days.

Later. An artist/musician/song writer of note I once knew in the early seventies is having an art exhibition in Berkeley this afternoon and I've been considering going after learning it was a two minute walk from a bus stop serviced by the bus at the foot of my hill and getting there wouldn't be an issue.

But I crapped out. Maybe go this coming week to see what he's been up to. Figured I should at least get out the door though and at least take one or two pictures, so put a 300mm lens on the camera and headed for the lake, running into this group when I heard drums in the distance and saw them approaching in the distance along the sidewalk.

OK, a better start to a walk than many I've had lately. On to the white column pergola to find a wedding photo session underway. I did have a long lens on the camera and so snapped a couple photographs. I've never wanted to be a wedding photographer, I've photographed enough of them to have learned that, but they do lend themselves to candids.

Evening. Television. Some news, the coming election the only subject anyone is covering, watched one or two Law & Order episodes, the often depressing Special Crimes Unit series episodes, so we've bailed on a few of them.

And Dreamweaver. Dear Dreamweaver. It seems to be getting better. Still hangs for minutes at a time when opening files, but now it's happening less often and I'm wondering if it's finishing up with something it's up to in the background, “fixing” formatting issues and such. We'll know soon enough.

The photo up top was taken this early afternoon by Lake Merritt with a Nikon D500 mounted with a 300mm f 4.0 VR Nikkor lens.