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September 11, 2017


Monday. To sleep not all that long after ten to awaken then finally at six-fifteen, a good time to awaken and set out, if I want to arrive when the restaurant is open and all the papers have arrived. They don't deliver the East Bay Times on Mondays, although they publish the paper, but today, for some reason, there was an East Bay Times on the doorstep as well. I have no idea why. It's happened maybe once or twice in all the years I've been subscribing.

A nice clear morning, they're saying cooler today than yesterday (yay!), with little or no smoke from the various wildfires that have been (and continue) to burn north and south and east of here.

The avocado, cheese (light on the cheese) omelet, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast for no particular reason, the walk home uneventful (as we always hope it will be uneventful after Wednesday's discombobulation) taking, again, the usual set of pictures.

Home to cobble together yesterday's entry. I hadn't worked on it nearly enough (tired, I guess, after the day's shooting) and ended up making corrections, posting and then reposting it again two or three times after catching errors. Embarrassing more than anything.

Thinking of going by the police department to give them the serial numbers on the camera and lens and then get a flu shot at Rite Aid. Something to keep busy later and get in more walking.

Yeah, right: “more walking.” Give us a break.

Later. Called the police records division to see about entering the serial numbers of the camera and the lens into the theft report. They suggested I do it by entering a “supplemental” addition online at their web site, but in going through the process I discovered you can't. Or at least I wasn't able to figure it out. So we'll do it in person this week.

A bus to the ATM on Broadway, a walk to the Rite Aid for the flu shot, a walk back by the construction site at Broadway at 17th, getting as close for pictures as the various guards would allow and then back home on another bus. I thought about going by police headquarters as well, but decided to do it another day. A good excuse tomorrow or whenever to get out of the apartment. No, really.

It was warm enough (ninety degrees!) to wear just a t-shirt downtown and so decided to put a camera with the 24-120mm lens in the backpack and only take it out when there was something I wanted to photograph. Maybe do that in the mornings, although my walking home taking pictures of the usual subjects is exactly what got me robbed last week. So maybe stick with the smaller V 1 camera under the light jacket for breakfasts. The backpack today seemed to work.

We do go around and around on this.

It's a big change in habit, this not carrying a camera in hand, and so yes: we go around and around.

Evening. Processed more photographs, watched Democracy Now!, checked out Father Brown for about three minutes and then spent the rest of the evening watching this and that on the tablet as thunder and lightening crackled outside. Thunder and lightening?

Processed a fair number of photographs today, but I suspect finishing the DACA and Oakland Pride web sections is going to more time, maybe the rest of the week.

The photo up top was taken at the DEFEND DACA! demonstration Saturday in Frank Ogawa Plaza with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.