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September 30, 2016


Friday. Lights out by ten. Wasn't later than ten, but I'm not quite sure if it may have been earlier. Anyway, awake at six-thirty to listen to Bill McKibben on Democracy Now as I got ready to head out to breakfast by seven, still dark, with a low lying cloud cover toward the hill line. The plain waffle with sliced strawberries and bananas along with the fruit cup and coffee for breakfast because I couldn't think of anything else I wanted to eat. Still under one forty-nine on the scale, I guess that's now going to be the norm.

So the walk back home to then deal with the journal mess I'd written (or half written) yesterday, the usual thoughts as to why I don't seem to take this writing more seriously, yet spend time in it. Maybe write something about that. Tomorrow. Next month.

I'm not aware of anything to photograph this coming weekend, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is playing in Golden Gate Park - too difficult to get to, less productive of pictures are my spurious excuses for not attending - but we'll take a look around for other stuff on the web, see if there isn't something I missed. Other events coming up in October, but not this weekend.

Later. A walk outside in a long sleeved shirt to find it just on the edge of too cold. OK just standing in the sun without a breeze, but uncomfortable with a wind. So back to the apartment. Not unusual anymore. No desire to go anywhere. Probably not to the good.

And so a couple of hours watching stuff on the tablet until we ran out of gas with that as well, up now to listen to the news at two as I'm writing this. Feel better for it. No trouble with the sinuses, either the half dose pain med this morning is working quite well or the sinuses are in the mood to do just fine with or without it. Either way, it's nice it have it so.

Later still. More time with the tablet, up finally to put it down and put on a sweater. Cold after lying on the bed in a long sleeved shirt. Cold when earlier this week it was too warm to sleep without a fan. We can deal with this level of cold better than we can deal with the heat.

I did see a Twitter feed saying they were celebrating the 67th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in front of the Oakland City Hall, an event I've photographed in the past. So I missed it today. Not all that many people shown celebrating in the Twitter picture, so maybe not a loss, but we'll double check for other events that may be out there tomorrow.

Evening. I'm a sucker for stories on climate change and so watched Democracy Now, even though I'd listened to most of it this morning and then re-listened to it later again this afternoon on the web. It appears to be getting warmer and it hasn't gotten the attention it requires.

Except for yours?

I've been taking pictures, but I haven't joined in any anti-pipeline demonstrations or gotten myself arrested.

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