The rain came to Portland today, and it was delicious.
I had a hankrering for one of my One Good Things -- sushi -- so I rode over to Mio for a to-go Sashimi box. (Below: Evidence of participation. Thought this would be more attractive than a shot of me in mid-chew...)
The air was cool and damp, and I rode around until I found a covered spot to enjoy my lunch. I found a nice long bench under cover at the PCC-Cascade bookstore, where I enjoyed my lunch while watching fast-moving clouds come in from the west.
By the time I'd finished, I needed to don my rain gear because the clouds were directly overhead and began sharing water with the ground.
I may be tired of it by March, but the first rains of the fall are always a delight.
On my home, I swung by the Re-Claim It! store, a source for many of my craft projects (some readers may remember the Torah case, or ark, that I built from a reconsctructed planter box and old license plates, most of which I got here).
They are allowing ten people at a time into the shop with masks and distancing, and no one can spend more than ten minutes at a time inside. So I feel pretty safe here.
I didn't have a plan, but hit paydirt when I found these little flooring samples made of recycled rubber. At only 3.5 inches square, they're not useful for much, but I tapped one with the eraser end of a pencil and found enough rebound to act on a hunch. I bought several of them for a dime apiece and took them home.
At home, I pulled out the flooring samples and found that my hunch was a good one: for drummers accustomed to playing high-tension drums, these would serve as portable, very novel miniature practice pads. I'll add a key ring to each one, and they'll make nice gifts for a few of my drummer friends.
I might keep one for myself, too.