Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown...

Can't say my circle of influence is getting any bigger. Woke early this morning and was hard at it by a little after five. Pounded away for a few hours, then spent the rest of the day looking after small stuff. Managed a wagon ride around the neighborhood, and a visit to the boys across the street, but spent most of the time making sure nobody got into trouble. There was a brief engagement with the kiddy pool, a short trip to the grocery store, but it was an uneventful day all in all. Got a much needed rain around 4:00 pm. Hope the lawn appreciates it, because there isn't supposed to be another in quite a while. Looking at clear skies and temps in the 90s for the next four days or more.

Been thinking about the long piece, worrying there isn't enough direct scene in the opening narrative. Hope I'm wrong. Most of the backstory reads like direct scene so maybe I'm good. Then again, it could be too early to tell either way. Still have a long road ahead and a lot of other issues to attend to first. Rome wasn't burnt in a day, right?

Excited about the fishing trip with J. Hope he likes it. Think it's gonna be a good day. If nothing else, it'll be nice to get out of town.