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Almost hoodie weather.

Not quite, as Portland's warmed up slightly from this week's cool snap (almost a cold snap, at least compared to the fire-fueling heat we've had), but enough that for the first time since early this year, I broke out my Big-Ass Sandwiches hoodie and went out for the afternoon and evening. Stopped at the Belmont library to return the fun Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar!; bused to a new-to-me Thai restaurant (Pad Thai Kitchen on Belmont) that my friend Mary-Suzanne had recommended to me, and I'm glad she did; bused back to the Belmont library to briefly check online; and bused to the Montavilla neighborhood to begin a long walk.

My reason for traveling like that: I wanted to get the most use out of a 2 1/2-hour bus ticket, and that 2 1/2 hours covered my trip to the restaurant, both trips to the library, and the trip to Montavilla. If you've heard of the Bipartisan Café, the Academy Theater, or the Country Cat brunch restaurant, they're in that neighborhood. I went there knowing it would then be a long, but manageable, walk back to my neighborhood. And walk I did, stopping at another library (the Holgate branch) then backtracking to Essex Park where I sat down and read.

My reading? Eclectic: I first read from Henry and June, which publishes the parts of Anaïs Nin's diaries that she didn't initially publish as they went into detail about her relationships with Henry Miller and June Miller, relationships that had she gone public with them earlier would have hurt Nin's husband Hugh Parker Guiler; I then read from The Essential X-Men Vol. 2. I'm always trying to vary my book diet.

It's been a comfortable day, warm-to-cool with air cleared out; the smoke is elsewhere, though the fires remain on my mind. Home, now.