There’s water in Walnut Creek in mid-July, low but steady, and a parking cop to shoo me away from a perfectly good space I saw someone take ten minutes later. But he was on the clock: Me, it was my day off and I was on my way to a massage and a shoeshine before going home with groceries in my trunk.

A look over the edge of a fence into a concrete channel housing part of Walnut Creek next to North Broadway, shaded by trees not far from a restaurant Friday, July 14, 2023 in Walnut Creek, California.

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