Today was another very illuminating day at the new job. They are so smart about everything, including organizing sit down meetings with the various people in charge of various things to make sure i know what everyone does and what resources are available. For instance, there is a full time investigator/videographer so that we can make little documentaries about our clients for sentencing purposes. There is a huge pool of law students who pump out legal memoranda for various issues, there is an attorney in charge of keeping an extensive in house brief-bank up and running. it just goes on and on.
I had the best matzo ball soup ever for lunch at Mother's. And then i walked around some more after work.
I had heard that Portland had a lot lot of bums and pandhandlers and gutterpunk kids and I have noticed that I lot of people are asking me for money. I don't mind it so much though it has long been my policy not to give money to panhandlers but to instead help in other ways by starting A PEOPLES REVOLUTION NOW. ok not really. but i was sitting in front of Virgo and Pisces and i just started watching all the panhandlers go by and how all the folks were dealing with them. Its part of the rhytym of the neighborhood, it seems to me, and how it is treated, how it is mellow. Today I also saw a guy dressed up like Mary Engalls from little house on the prairie at the whole foods. He politely asked for various samples from the deli (I think it was his dinner) and the staff was super nice about it. even when he engaged them about the radioactive toxins in certain dishes versus others and told the one counterperson she "couldn't get anything right today" when she dropped something. He said all this very politely, asked for one more sample (this time the chopped chicken livers) and moved on.
I am going to see my Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Bob tomorrow, though not under the greatest of circumstances. Their son Roger (my cousin) in having some major 4 hour intestinal surgery at a portland hospital and I am going to go visit there after work. I do not know him all that well at all since those relatives live on the oregon coast and i haven't been out this way so much. but I have heard about Roger's illnesses for years and he has really suffered. so hopefully tomorrow will be a good thing and he will feel better.