Meanwhile, back home in Portland, we were awakened at 3 AM this morning by the sounds of heavy trucks and machinery outside our window. This was expected: a high-rise is being built across the street, and the foundation—five feet thick of concrete for an entire city block (about an acre)—needs to be poured before further construction can commence. We were told that this needed to be done early today because only on a Saturday can the factory manufacture enough concrete, which will be trucked to the site at the rate of about 50 loads an hour for about 10 hours. So we were prepared, but annoyed nonetheless. However, when I went out at midmorning to take some pictures, the scene did reflect some of the large-scale drama of modern construction—so maybe it was worth it.