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October 17, 2016


Monday. Another decent night's sleep, awakening at six this time, none of yesterday's up an hour late. A walk to breakfast, no signs of rain, the sun coming out as I was eating (a nice safe plain waffle with sliced bananas and strawberries this time) followed by an uneventful walk back home. On a Monday. The beginning of another week.


Start filling in the mail-in ballot today, finish by the end of the week. Many propositions and such, we'll go through just a few every day and get them right. Well, closer to right, we'll undoubtedly make a mistake or two, particularly with the candidates for the lesser known offices. You tend (I tend) to more look for who's supporting them than attempting a detailed analysis of their voting records and such.

A responsible voter.

One pretends to be, at least to oneself.

Later. The sun has arrived. Some clouds earlier, but it looks pretty good and so out for a quick walk to the lake with a lens on the camera I haven't used in a while. Once there, gave up and turned around to go by the burger drive-in and pick up a grilled chicken sandwich to bring home and wolf down. Not that hungry, but the idea of a sandwich appealed and so it's done. And down.

Otherwise time on the tablet, nothing on television, time on the computer and then, eventually, a walk to the 7-11 look-alike for an ice cream bar. Except they were out of ice cream bars. Ate an ice cream sandwich while walking home instead, the vision a little off, a second dose of the pain meds starting to kick in. I use the word pain, but it's really an ache, an ache that gets aggressive now and again. Lately more now than again. The annual physical coming up next month. A story to tell.

With the rain we've been having lately I've been watching some of the local news programs to be introduced to the various ballot proposition advertising being run for the coming election. I'm sure they have an effect, people are undoubtedly influenced by these ads, but does anyone believe even half of them?

And have you done that first batch of propositions on the mail-in ballot you promised to complete today?

Hmm. Hoisted on my own petard. But good, we'll get it done.

Evening. Watched last night's episode of Elementary on the tablet. Weird unbelievable plot, more cartoonish than not, but watched it anyway.

Haven't started on the ballot. I think I need to just do the thing straight through, just do it. Have I had problems in putting it off in the past? No. Am I having problems right now? It isn't due until next month after all. So tomorrow morning? Tomorrow afternoon?

The photo up top was taken at the Oakland Pride Street Festival with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.