Mike had his rear brake pads replaced at Japan Autos in the "industrial" section of San Rafael.
Walking around with coffee cup and camera, he came upon a) a reflective window across the street, with the sun peeking over the roof and hitting Mike's head, causing him to squint, and b) a recession-caused abandoned parking lot.
How come the photorealist people can get people to buy paintings of parking lots, but photographers can't? (More on the photorealist conundrum here.)
Photos: Self-Portrait—Marin County, 2009; Parking Lot—Marin County, 2009