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Posted by on June 7, 2011

Even though we didn’t have to be to work until 9, Tanya and I got up early to go running before it got too warm. The air quality here is rather poor in general but mornings are not so bad.  Many of the cars and trucks here are old and emit a thick black smoke.  I’m sure none of the vehicles could pass the California smog test.  There’s also a lot of sand everywhere so I get very gritty running or biking around.

At work I spent the morning doing data compare from all of the data I entered last week.  It’s not hard, but takes a lot of time because if you find discrepancies between the numbers two people entered, you have to look up the questionnaire to see who was right.  Luckily, it made the morning go by quickly.

After lunch I designed a certificate to give to all of the health care workers who have taken part in our study.  Data collection for one part of the study ends on June 30 and we wanted to give the 90 workers something to show we appreciated their efforts.

Tanya had a phone interview for a job at 5 pm, so we left work around 3 to make sure she had time to prepare for the interview.

There was no power at home when we got back.  It was the heat of the day and there was no breeze at all so it was pretty uncomfortable.  Plus, high tide is not until after dark so swimming in the evening is not really an option for the next few days.

Fortunately, the power came back on around 5:30 and we were able to get the fans going again.

We didn’t have a lot of time to make dinner, so we got a taxi into town, stopping at a grocery store on the way to pick up some milk and granola, and had dinner at the park we went to the previous night.  I tried the vegetable Zanzibari pizza, which is filled with finely chopped onions, carrots, peppers, and tomatoes.  It was pretty good but could have used a bit more spice and salt.  We also had a skewer of shrimp that was grilled for us as we watched.  It was a great meal for $2.50.

We went to the film festival again, which was at a different location than the night before.  This time they showed the Jack and the Beanstalk short again and another short film in Portuguese about a young boy who has a crush on his piano teacher.  The feature film was a bio-pic of Luis Ignacio de la Silva, one of Brazil’s recent presidents.  It was the story of his life from when he was a boy up to when he became the head of the worker’s union in the early 1980s.  It was incredibly interesting since I didn’t know anything about him, but it dragged a bit and I think it could have been 30 minutes shorter.  I had a great time at both nights and am really glad we went.

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