Sweethearts! First off, THANK GOD my state didn’t fall into the sea of despair last night: Voters resoundingly defeat recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom (San Francisco Chronicle). The results were called so early in the evening that a colleague in Chicago texted me at 9 pm to congratulate our state for not losing its damned mind. Thank you to every Californian for voting (yay, civic participation!), and special thanks to those who voted to prevent a rightwing radio yahoo from ascending to the governor’s mansion (though of course he’s going full Orange Man and claiming election fraud.) Now, our California politicians had better get to work utilizing the Democrat supermajority to get rid of a stupid direct ballot recall system that will likely have cost the state more than $300 million for a state GOP temper tantrum (ABC7).
More good news in the Golden State: California Becomes One of Only Three States to Exit the CDC's Worst Category for COVID Transmission (SFist)
I cannot stop laughing at this story Friend of the Missive Drew told Billy Penn about his and his wife April’s adventures dealing with a raccoon in their new home: The raccoon with expensive taste (never a dull moment in the Philly suburbs) This one sentence made me absolutely LOL: “By the way, everyone on Twitter is a raccoon expert.”
About freaking time: US Soccer says it has offered men, women identical contracts (Associated Press)
I’m glad I’m getting a dog, because at this point I’m getting closer to fully giving up on humanity: The Fake Vaxx Card Next to You - In the city, counterfeit proof is easy to buy as weed. (NYMag Intelligencer) If I find out someone is carrying a fake vax card at a restaurant, I think I’ll get over my fear of confrontation and fully lose my stuff on them - and you don’t want to see the full rage of a public health-respecting Canadian unleashed.
And finally, a yearly reminder: It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherf**kers (McSweeney’s)
Be kind to yourself, take some time to make yourself a great cup of coffee, and perhaps sit outside for a few moments if you are able!