Can Happily Report I Have Started Introducing Myself To Dogs In My Building (And Their Humans) To Make Them Aware Of My Unit Number And My Desire To Dog Sit If Needed.
Sweethearts! Thanks for joining me this fine Monday morning - and I’m a bit self-conscious writing that out. You see, last week a friend of the Missive observed that the cheeriness of my ledes decreases throughout the week, going from GOOD MORNING on Monday to OH GOD, WE SURVIVED on Friday. The secret, however, is not that I go from doe-eyed cheerfulness to sullen by week’s end, but that I am generally neutral with my approach to challenges (stoic work FTW) but that my capacity to outwardly GAF and will a positive outlook amongst the madness is diminished after five days of work. Which is to say, good freaking morning lovely humans, let’s channel this new week energy into butt kicking and daily walk breaks.
A Norwegian COVID-denying conspiracy theorist died of the disease, which he kept secret whilst hosting illegal gatherings that infected dozens. (Insider)
Today, in scary-ass headlines: In the race between Covid-19 vaccines and the virus, hesitancy gives dangerous variants a leg up, expert says (CNN)
And speaking of that scary-ass headline, Defector wrote a great opinion piece that examines the hatred of masks, vaccine hesitancy, and how “the vast majority of people are effectively the hostages of the most selfish people the world has ever seen.”
Methinks my fellow extremely online people will ‘welp’ at this: “A recent study noted that people underestimate their actual daily screen time by about 20%” and “online time, and increased dopamine, make us confused when re-emerging into the ‘real’ world.” (Psychology Today)
And finally, Friend of the Missive Pam Mandel is one of my writing heroes, and this preemptive self-roast is sharply clever but also OOF, hits deep for those of the divorced persuasion: Imagined Notes on My Divorce Memoir Proposal (Nerd’s Eye View)
Be kind to yourselves, be kind to each other, and get the darned vaccine when/if you are able.