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October 3, 2017


Tuesday. To bed early enough, before ten anyway. Up just after six in reasonably decent shape to walk to breakfast with all three papers in tow. Dark, of course, took this wobbly picture just because and then learned a couple of things about white balance and temperature I should have known about with this particular camera when I was processing it later at home. I do need to look at that manual on this small V 1 camera. But we've said that so many times now that it's a joke. Lazy? Brain fried? Who knows?

The plain waffle with sliced bananas and strawberries, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast, the front pages of all the papers covered with photographs and headlines on yesterday's mass shooting in Las Vegas. I'd followed it yesterday, didn't need to fill in any blanks this morning, and so out the door a little early to walk home taking the same set of pictures I've taken so many times on the way.

The day ahead. What haven't I said a hundred times at ten o'clock on a weekday morning about the day ahead?

Even the slow witted eventually figure a way out of their problem, if there's a problem, after enough time has passed.

So it's been said.

Later. A bath. It was time.

Listened to the radio playing through the open door to the bedroom as I was bathing, the president describing the great job he'd done in Puerto Rico. Frustrating, sitting in a bathtub, when you really want/need to get up and change the station.

And now, clicking between all three PBS channels, none of them are broadcasting. Every other station is coming through fine, but a “No Program” message is displaying on channels 9-1, 9-2 and 9-3. My set? My antenna? I doubt it with all the other channels coming through fine. I wonder if it's still broadcasting on cable? This may be turning into a more funky than usual afternoon.

Evening. The PBS channels were back online when I checked at four-thirty. Be interesting if there's anything in the news as to why. Nothing I can find online.

Nothing I can find on the tablet to watch for more than about five minutes before I go to another movie I've been watching in five minute increments since forever. I wonder if other people have the same problem? You find good ones, movies and series, but go right through them and they're gone. Still somewhat amazed at how much these things cost to make and yet how bad most of them turn out.

Might be more a problem with you than with them.

I'd like to say I'd be surprised.

The photo up top was taken Sunday at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.