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November 4, 2017


Saturday. Tired last night and so lights out just after nine to awaken at six-ten to get up and head out the door and drive to breakfast after discovering it was raining. Lightly, but hard enough to skip the walk.

Parked, waited for five minutes in the car before the waiter opening the restaurant arrived, to have the hamburger patty, eggs over medium, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, going through the papers somewhat more quickly than usual in order to leave by eight and avoid getting a parking ticket, taking the usual picture as I got in the car.

Overcast, no rain at the moment, maybe clearing this afternoon the weather people are saying. Maybe go out later, maybe not, but after a nap. Tired and a little bleary eyed at the moment.

Later. Something of a surprise. The dry odd tasting mouth I've had before, the sparkly blob appearing when closing the left eye, a low grade ocular migraine sending us to bed for an hour before it was gone. I'd stopped taking the pill they'd prescribed to get rid of the damned things on Wednesday, as I hadn't had one in so long I couldn't remember the last time, and so took one of the pills after this one appeared. They say ocular migraines usually go away if they start later in life. Evidently not so in my case. Still, felt reasonably sane and whole by eleven. Won't complain about that.

A walk over to the lake after one to take a couple of pictures of the low tide and then on to pass by the young drummer doing his Saturday routine, on farther still through the farmers market and then home, stopping at the café near the fitness center for an ice cream sandwich and coffee. I'd been wearing a sweater in the apartment and came back overheated in but a light jacket under a bright sun. So much for rain, I'm guessing we're good now through the rest of the weekend.

Which you will piss away as you're doing today.

Evening. Found a movie on the tablet that I watched straight through. You do that every now and again, at least I do that every now and again, find one I don't watch in ten minute segments which, I guess, keeps me coming back.

A number of Law & Order episodes I hadn't seen before were running today, but it's the “Special Victims Unit” series that deals with sexual crimes against women and children and I find some of them, maybe half of them, difficult to stomach. Part of the ongoing story line is how do the detectives manage to deal psychologically with these crimes. Hard enough just to watch more than one or two of them without needing to turn them off to detox.

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.