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October 12, 2017


Thursday. Lights out by nine to awaken then at five forty-five after what I'm assuming was a good night's sleep. Very clear on the time after yesterday's misreading and so listened to the radio in bed until six to then get ready to drive to breakfast. Got a whiff of wood smoke when I picked up the papers in the hallway and used that as an excuse to drive. Knew I was stretching it, but wanted to drive. So there. As long as I don't do the driving bit all that often. He said.

Had another large breakfast, corned beef hash, eggs over medium, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee. When's the last time I've had corned beef hash? Should have had the oatmeal and toast, but it read one-fifty on the scale this morning and so went ahead.

The two local papers were dominated by the wildfire stories, although it was good to see that Calistoga, although still under mandatory evacuation, hadn't sustained damage. Yet. Trump was causing more damage with more damage to come, this from the Times, otherwise the morning over breakfast went just fine.

The drive home to look over yesterday's entry before posting and now to think about that Protime blood thinner test. I could drive and park or I could take a bus to Broadway and walk. I'm guessing drive, but we'll know soon enough.

Later. Just the slightest hint of wood smoke in the air, but surprised myself by taking a bus to Broadway, taking pictures of the apartment house that was burned while under construction and then on to take a couple of pictures of a new construction underway beside it.

Pictures again of the retail-apartment complex they're building at 27th and Broadway and then up Webster to take more pictures of the apartment house complex underway there. So much for building sites and not very inspiring pictures. At least no one stole the camera.

Waited an hour for a five minute blood draw, five people in line ahead of me, just one person doing all the paperwork and testing. A good Zen moment for one's old guy's frustration with waiting in lines complex. Did well, calm through it all. I'd say I passed.

And then a walk home. Got in the exercise for the day, got the Protime test out of the way, got home and spent the rest of the afternoon watching a series on the tablet and following the news to now include any and all local stations covering of the north county fires. Even with all of it, it's hard to get a feeling for what's really happening.

Evening. More of the same. Nothing on television until Charlie Rose (more Trump bumpf) and then, after the first interview, back to the tablet.

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