Portland, Oregon: Temperatures were over 100
degrees in Portland today. I hunkered-down and used the air conditioner. Again.
About noon, some-sort of siren began to screech from the approximate kitchen
area. An unfamiliar siren. Was it a smoke alarm? Someone's phone buzzing?
Burglar alarm? I had never heard this sound before. It took a moment or two to
track-down the the source of the noise - it was Dave's indoor/outdoor weather
center/thermometer hub warning the household about a high heat warning! As far
as we know, this is the first time the heat threshold had been reached and the
first time the alarm had sounded. I had no idea how to work the control center,
so just started pushing buttons and eventually the bleating stopped. Whew. The
sensor read 104.4 degrees.
That's Indio weather.
Happily we were well-rested this morning. No events in track and field this
morning (don't say that in front of race walking fans, okay?), so I luxuriated
in bed until after 7a.
Remember Tokyo won the 1940 Olympic bid, but could not host the games due to
war? The IOC gave Japan another chance in 1964. The Olympic flame cauldron was
lit by Yoshinori Sakai. Sakai was born in Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 - the day
the US dropped an atomic bomb on his birthplace. The 1964 games were the first
hosted in Asia.
The Tokyo games were the last games held on a cinder track. American Billy
Mills, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe in South Dakota, became the first and
still-only American to win the 10000m. Dave's college track coach, Bill
Dellinger, earned the bronze in the 5000m in Tokyo. Joe Frazier won a gold medal
in the heavyweight boxing division.
More crazy controversial drama in Rio tonight. The US men were disqualified in
the 4x100 relay final. Dave feels sure the US will file a protest, so who the
heck knows what the final result may be in the morning. This is just
After all the relay drama yesterday, the US women's team won the 4x100 gold medal,
with Duck English Gardner running a brilliant 3rd leg. Duck Phyllis Francis ran
the last leg of the women's 4x400 relay, easily winning the heat and advancing
to the final tomorrow.
My menu cooperated with the weather tonight. No oven required.
Dave went out to picked-up fresh sushi and later grilled
chicken yakitori. I also served a
sunomono salad and steamed rice.
Cucumber, tuna and avocado rolls
Yakitori Chicken skewers
Meanwhile, down in Los Angeles, Lucy turned two. I know, no
hoopla. Lisa and Lenny chose to just have Leo and Lucy's cousin help her
blow-out the candles this year. (Next year Lucy gets a big party.)
Lucy had a kitty smash cake and cupcakes
Leo and Felix helped Lucy blow-out the candles
Lucy received a new chair from her parents. DT and I gave her a new
backpack. Believe it or don't, but Lucy starts preschool just after Labor
Day and needs a backpack for "school"... (PS: I may have had
something to do with that pink plastic Hello Kitty purse.)
Tomorrow is the last day at the track. Matthew Centrowitz races in the 1500m final
tomorrow and Galen Rupp will run the
TOMORROW: for the last day of my Olympic Week food fest, we go all the way
back to 2012. London!
Until my next update, I remain, your "I feel I am
running a marathon" correspondent.
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