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Long, Hot Day! (Poor Marilyn!!!) 
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Today was another day of the Cambia Portland Classic. Marilyn was a VOLUNTEER for the event today -- much of our staff and many of our directors were also volunteering. (Kind of mandatory volunteering...)

For those who don't know, we're in the middle of a heat wave here. Today the official high temperature for Portland, Oregon was 103' (!!!).

Marilyn was set to be working from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. -- on one of our hottest days of the year! Out in the sun, with no CHAIRS provided for volunteers (???!!!) and no tarp overhead or anything. She was working in a parking lot -- very hot and dusty.

She was with Carla and Gary -- and was grateful to have Gary there do a lot of the VERY HEAVY LIFTING that they were required to do. They were providing water for people, which meant CONSTANTLY moving cases of water from the pallet they had to one storage unit full of ice or the second one -- then handing cold bottles out to anyone who came by. It was never ending work -- each time I called to check on them, she had to go immediately to get back to it! I can't even imagine women being assigned such heavy work. (No wonder Marilyn didn't want me to go along today...)

But we had a lot of other volunteers there from the festival (staff and board) who were also in their 60's -- or even in their 70's -- working in this awful heat. It's a wonder nobody got ill from the heat. Marilyn came home exhausted and hungry, with a splitting headache (no surprise, really).

As for me, I had wanted to color my hair, but had no hair color. So I walked from our house down to Freddies, which is quite a hike, by the way. I took along a bag to carry whatever else I got. There was a breeze, thank God! I was out around 1:00...

Anyway, I got some things and headed back again. Finally I caught a bus and rode part of the way. I'm glad, because it was pretty darn HOT out there.

I still managed to get more than 8,000 steps today, anyway. That's a good thing.

I was too tired to face coloring my hair, though. Hahaha. So maybe tomorrow sometime.

Sad thing? I somehow lost our Fred Meyer card while shopping. We'd had that thing for many, many years (one of the old purple cards). I had it to check out, stuck it in my pocket and went to get Starbucks (also in the store). By the time I got there, it was missing. I backtracked, but never found it. And later searched my pockets, the bag and my wallet (but I knew it wasn't there). I had my wallet in an inside pocket for protection and had left my purse home so I didn't have to pack it around. Well, at least I didn't lose my credit card! Hahaha.

We watched our usual METV shows -- but were also watching US Open Tennis (Rafa and Roger), and The Mod Squad on Decades TV (we love that show). A good night.

I made homemade popcorn for a treat.

No word from sister Sue, but she rarely calls when she's at a cribbage tournament.

I need to get to bed soon! It's around 1:30 now...

I hope you have cool, comfortable days and sweet dreams!
September 3, 2017 (Sunday) 12:49 pm (UTC)
I hope you get a break from the heat soon! It's gone on quite a long time!