Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

Enough to drive.

Out! Behind a wheel! Freedom! Not to mention driving practice!

Yeah. I needed to get out. Again. I rested the first half of the day, took care of one particular job thing by looking at a website and calling someone (a nice someone at a catering place), then got a book and my keys and got Out.

Oh, I just reminded myself that I left one of those reasons I went Out in my car. Excuse me. (Written at 5:11)

5:12: Okay! One more thing out of the car. Damn, blogging is USEFUL.

First stop: the one drive-through ATM my bank has reasonably near my place. It seems a weird indulgence to me to use a drive-up, run-by-a-person ATM, which probably tells you how often I do that (answer: maybe twice a year, if that), but indulge I did. Got quarters. (That's what I retrieved a few minutes ago. It's now 5:15, by the way.)

And then, because I didn't get over enough lanes and thus couldn't make the turn I wanted, I braved driving across the Morrison Bridge and into downtown. "It's good I'm not in a hurry," I told myself, and waited for the bridge to close because, what timing, it had been raised for a ship. Once the decking was back in place, we drove. I noticed a cab do the same maneuver that got me pulled over and subjected to agita back in 2008. With that reminder of bad driving fresh in my mind, I drove around downtown for a bit. Saw where a 7-Eleven is going in not far from my office, and actually figured that it was a good place for a 7-Eleven. I guess the owners hope so, too.

I got back across the river (this time via the Burnside), had lunch out at Grendel's, a sandwich/coffee shop on NE 7th and Burnside that I like, then drove over to the library. There was comfortable weather during all this. Sweatshirt-comfortable, I should say. Beautiful out, and I'm so glad I'm well enough again to get out and enjoy that.

Also saw plenty of driving -- quite a bit of traffic this afternoon, even hours before rush hour -- AND saw plenty of bad driving. I did my best not to contribute too much bad driving to that, as there's plenty already.

Mainly I'm glad I got out. I'm also glad I got home and found my November ballot in the mail. Voting is good.

That as some rambling, which now closes at 5:24 p.m. How's by you?
Tags: peregrinations, portland

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