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September 1, 2016

In This

Thursday. Another decent night's sleep to awaken ten minutes after six and head out to breakfast on a low lying cloudy morning, the weather people saying up into the low seventies today. But later, from the look of it. It will take time for the clouds to burn off or scoot or whatever it is they do on any given day.

A decent walk, “decent” defined as any walk that doesn't drag and seems to go right along, setting out and then you're there, not a lot of thinking about how long it's taking during the trip. The plain waffle and sliced bananas and strawberries for breakfast, couldn't think of anything else I wanted to get down, the scale saying a hair over one-fifty this morning. Nothing going on, in other words, any different than it's been going in the recent past.

Nothing on the schedule, of course, so the “where do I go today?” dialogue will soon start.

Later. A bath. At least an accomplishment there. Remembering to pay the rent counts too. Otherwise a poky day, not even all that hungry after what I consider to have been a light breakfast. Still overcast as it now approaches three in the afternoon, listening to news programs and checking this and that on television. Nothing on television. Nothing of all that much interest on the news, truth to be told. Maybe for the best when it comes to the news.

I went through the settings section of the iPhone, hoping I'd turned something on that drained the battery when I'd blocked that robo-caller. Normally it will last two or three days, get down to around 70 percent and I'd plug it in. I charged it yesterday and it displayed a battery down to 20% warning message just now.

I read the batteries only last for a couple of years (I forget exactly what it said about the routine you should use in charging them) and I've had this one now for three or four. Hi, ho. Phones. I mostly use it for the app that tells me when a bus is coming. For bus arrivals we'll go cheap with the next one.

Evening. Democracy Now, of course. Start the evenings with it. Otherwise nothing on television, Charlie Rose spending the hour interviewing a race car driver. Been some time since I've had any awareness of the motor circuit or paid any attention to who's racing what and where. Los of stuff on my “who's doing what and where?” list, I suspect I'm not alone in this.

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