I tried posting something Thursday morning explaining my short absence (Dude, you’re gettin’ a Dell…) but it didn’t go live until Saturday night. I ended up getting a new laptop Friday when I got to Portland and now have it up and running. This is my first post using it (well, after getting the Draft from Thursday to go live a few minutes ago).
I am now in Portland for the remainder of the weekend and have the new computer at least to the point where I can use it for basic stuff, and have transferred my trip pictures to it.
Thursday I drove to Portland, picked up my new computer and was invited to spend the night at the home of my sister-in-law’s brother and his wife who moved to Portland from New Jersey several years ago. They were leaving Friday for Tucson to visit Susan’s parents so I am now in an Airbnb for the next three nights. This afternoon I took the Portland light-rail train “MAX” from the northeast side of town where I’m staying to the southeast side of town to have dinner at the restaurant where my niece (who attends college in Portland) is working. Traffic was crawling on Interstate 5 when I went south – Friday afternoon rush hour – and it was still crawling when I came back north, so I’m glad I took the train.
After her break was over and I had finished my meal I hopped on the northbound train to head back to where I’m staying. This was the view as we crossed the Willamette River from east to west (downtown Portland is in the background)…
… and then as we crossed it again from west to east about 20 minutes later (after a few stops downtown):
On the far right of the middle photograph you can see the submarine I toured last year while I was visiting Portland (search for “USS Blueback” on the Home page or use the calendar there to go back to posts dated August 9, 2017).