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October 19, 2017


Thursday. Lights out early. I didn't really feel like watching anything on the tablet, so to sleep at a reasonable hour to then awaken a couple of times during the night, pretty much the usual, to then wake up just after seven. Wasn't expecting that, but up in the usual routine to set out walking to breakfast under an overcast, they're saying a ten percent chance of rain, sky. Cool, but comfortable, in a winter jacket.

The oatmeal, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast because that's what I ordered when I sat down. Tasted fine, but nothing else appealed. Hard to say which has the more forceful hand on any given morning when ordering: the reptile brain or the logical brain, always in combination, but not always letting you know which has the upper hand.

Do you know what you're talking about?

Not really, but it sounds about right.

OK, running later than usual, but a quick and easy walk home taking the usual pictures, nothing on the schedule today, although there's an Amazon delivery due later. That book I ordered. I'm curious to know if I'll read it, even if it's quite good. Can't make any promises.

Later. No rain, they're saying maybe some tonight, but overcast under looks like it could rain clouds and so we've not done a thing all day. All three of the channel nine PBS stations weren't coming through on my set until mid-afternoon. This has happened in the past, not often, but certainly more than once or twice. All the other channels came in fine. Odd. Just noting the fact. Could they actually have been offline? I wouldn't think so, not without some news of the fact slipping out later. I'd think.

You said that the last couple of times it's happened.

Still, why just them and not others?

I did manage to set out twice for the 7-11 look-alike to pick up a pint of ice cream, but never got farther than the downstairs lobby. Odd, but no longer unusual I'm afraid.

Evening. Slept through Democracy Now! this morning and so listened with interest to their piece on the company that makes Oxycontin and its history with the family that owns it and its inventing of campaigns that revolutionized drug promotion, their first major success in spreading Valium throughout the universe by contending it was a good cure for most anything that might cause stress.

Nothing else on television and so watched the Raiders-Kansas City game for a while before giving up and starting a couple of things on the tablet until I could check to see who was being interviewed on Charlie Rose. Turns out it was a discussion of Bitcoin. Didn't have the energy to follow it for me than ten minutes and so back to bed.

The photo up top was taken at the Defend DACA demonstration last month at the Oakland City Hall with Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.