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November 1, 2017


Wednesday. Watched the game, a good game, and then went to bed with lights out before ten to awaken then at six-fifteen. Good. I'd been thinking during the night that I must be having trouble getting to sleep, but realized, when I'd awakened, that I hadn't been awake but dreaming, clearly dreaming. So a light sleep, maybe, but up feeling full of energy and ready for the day. Mostly ready. So I'm guessing we're OK.

The avocado and cheese omelet, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee over the papers. A cool morning with clear skies. Cool but clear. Up for enjoying it.

The usual walk home after documenting the gas prices. Well, documenting the fact they weren't displaying their prices, the cost of regular going up twelve cents a gallon today in state taxes. They say they're going to fix the pot holes.

The usual pictures on the way home to include two of the construction still going on in the parking lot below my apartment. Again, have no idea what they're up to, but it must have my attention as the dreaming I mentioned last night had to do with photographing it. Why dream about something like this? More a technical how to take these particular photographs kind of a dream than about the construction itself, but still. Better than dreaming of some horrible tale of death and mayhem on a Halloween night I would guess.

Need to get another Protime blood thinner test today. I can use the exercise.

Later. Caught the bus to Broadway at twelve-thirty with a camera in the backpack, thinking I'd taken photographs at the 23rd & Valdez apartment house construction site yesterday, the one that had burned, so I'd just skip it today, pass on photographing the construction site at Broadway and 27th, since it was difficult to get decent photographs through the wire fence and settle for a picture or two at the construction across from the lab, see what progress they may have made.

Ended up taking pictures at all three. The Broadway and 27th construction site had at least visually come along the furthest, the giant “hole” now filled to street level and so decided to angle myself through a fence to take two or three pictures. Similarly with the construction on Webster, taking pictures there.

Made it to the lab by one, got the blood drawn and headed back to Grand, catching the bus home. Too warm in a long sleeved shirt and light jacket by the time I arrived, as the temperature had risen to seventy degrees. Good temperature, just not in a jacket. Two o'clock, sat down and processed the images while listening to the news.

Evening. Watched Democracy Now!, totally forgetting there was a baseball game tonight, the seventh game, the push comes to shove game, and so, remembering, dialed in during the fourth inning. The Astros over the Dodgers five to zip. In the fourth.

Five to one in the seventh.

Five to one in the ninth.

The photo up top was taken Sunday at the Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Festival with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.