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October 25, 2015


Sunday. To bed early, as mentioned, the tablet asking if I wanted to up grade to the latest iOS, something it does now and again, the last one fairly recent. I thought why not and so started the process. It was still saying it was updating the information in the iCloud this morning, so I suspect it's hung. Stuck. A dead duck. I'm not particularly up for sorting out the problem right now.

Anyway, started the Maigret last night, but decided to turn out the lights early and so only got through the first couple of chapters. No problem with the thing, it again his first book in what turned out to be a very long series, but we'll get to it sooner than later now that the tablet is, um, history. For however long I procrastinate.

Awake at six-thirty, after what I suspect was enough rest, out the door after seven to drive to breakfast, it being a no meter Sunday. A drive then on to the supermarket after breakfast to pick up three two-liter bottles of Diet Coke. Yes, they're cheaper at the supermarket and it's less hassle than buying them at the 7-11 look-alike, although I'm not sure why it was the reason I used to do it.

After yesterday's ocular migraine experience you naturally skipped buying anything on the “to be avoided” list.

No cheddar cheese spread and crackers. I thought about it, but didn't succumb. I did buy two of the single serving bottles of sake, so we're tarnished, but not overly so. We've not had a problem drinking two of these in an evening for some time. Added a large package of bathroom tissue, a container of non-fat cottage cheese and headed home. We have a Dia de los Muertos exhibit that starts this noon hour at the museum, need to get ready.

Later. A bath and then a drive downtown to see how close I might be able to find a parking space near the museum, not wanting to take a bus and then walking with the big backpack with both cameras hidden inside. Lucked out when a space opened up the second time I drove around the block. It took my aversion to walking in less well traveled areas to overcome my antipathy to driving.

Arrived at quarter after twelve, probably too early. Lots of people had already arrived, but again, more people would then have had their faces painted and available for pictures had I arrived later. Still, a good couple of hours with a break for coffee, enough pictures for a section, two sections if I push it. I'm not sure I want to push it.

A drive home, stopping on the way for an ice cream bar at the 7-11 look-alike and now sitting here processing photographs. Some few quite good, some OK, most not making it. Which is pretty much the norm for a photo outing. No complaints.

Evening. Continued with the photographs, we'll probably keep it to one section and post them tomorrow. Fixed the iPad by hooking it up to the computer and installing, then launching, iTunes. I'd given up on iTunes when I upgraded Windows.

The iPad setup did its usual trick of asking for my phone number (so they could send me SMS messages) and wanting me to get into their iCloud. All of which I avoided. I think. Hard to be sure, they're sneaky. Paranoia arrives from too many directions anymore.

To bed around eight. We'll pick up with all this stuff again tomorrow.

The photo up top was taken today at the Oakland Museum of California with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.