Happy Monday, I Was This Weekend Years Old When I Learned That Corgi Butts Float In Water.
Poppets! I know I’ve mentioned this a million times, but I’ve been finding this return to normal(ish) more challenging than the top of the pandemic, when we were all in the same boat and the only big project I took on was repairing my KitchenAid mixer. Please don’t get me wrong, I am so damned grateful we in San Francisco are nearing herd immunity, due to a vaccine-friendly populace and amazing public health efforts from our municipal leadership. I had coffee at the Ferry Building yesterday and walked along the Embarcadero and it felt like regular ol’ San Francisco, and hell, I took MUNI for the first time since March 2020 yesterday and it’s never been cleaner!
But I’m also finding myself having a similar conversation with many of my friends after I hug them for the first time, talking about how they themselves are finding this period hard, how they feel like they haven’t processed any trauma, how they’re worried they’re finding themselves rudderless as we embark on our new future. So if this is you, if you’re reading the above and nodding vigorously, know you’re not alone, that there are so many of us feeling unsettled, and remember that we’ve alllllllll got 15 months of stuff to get through, and we’ll get through it when we get through it.
Also, we’ve got another Odd Salon SHORTS coming up next week on June 22nd! Completely virtual (looking at you, Canadian friends!) and themed ‘Love is Love’, the evening will be curated by the fabulous Fellow JR Pepper - it’s going to be so very excellent. Tickets start at $5!
TO THE INTERNET
And again, if you know someone isn’t vaccinated in the US, encourage them to do so, as this Washington Post article details: This is the most dangerous moment to be unvaccinated.
I’m sure you’ve been hearing about a worker shortage across North America. While we don’t talk enough about how we’ve lost nearly 600K people over the last 15 months in the US alone, and if over half a million people dropped out of the labor market at that rate in any other circumstance or point in history we’d be putting that front and center in any economic analysis, a few companies have cracked the code on how to get folks on payroll: pay people a living wage, dammit. These businesses found a way around the worker shortage: Raising wages to $15 an hour or more (also WaPo)
But in good news, WE’VE GOT ANOTHER AMAZING CORONAVIRUS VACCINE! Congrats Novavax on a 90 percent efficacy rate, let’s hope these shots are shipped internationally tout suite. (NYTimes)
Just gonna put this over here: ‘These 25 rainbow flag-waving corporations donated more than $10 million to anti-gay politicians in the last two years’ (Popular Information)
Speaking of hypocrisy, ‘Kayleigh McEnany Claims 'I Never Lied' as Trump's White House Press Secretary, Cites Belief in God’ (Newsweek)
And finally, cuz you all need some McSweeney’s in your life today: ‘It’s Great To Hang Out After Self-Isolating For A Year — I’m Not Acting Weird, Am I?’
You’re all awesome. Drink some water, get some rest, be kind to each other.