I'm Terrible at Bowling, and Other Unsurprising Realities.

Cuties, happy to report I had a perfectly balanced weekend, with just the right ratio of being social to lying in bed on Sunday listening to podcasts. And one of the more fun aspects of my weekend was joining Friends of the Missive Stefana and Teresa for a bowl-a-thon for reproductive health access. Can you figure out which bowler I was based on this final score? You only get one guess…

Anyhoo, we’re still raising money for ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, if you have a couple of dollars to spare, please click that there link and support a great and worthy cause. Especially since the current President of the United States has reached peak screechy scary fearmongering during a rally this weekend, repeating a dangerous lie with weaponized language.

Also, there was another horrific synagogue shooting this weekend, perpetrated by a man active on 8chan. In the words of Twitter user @Marmel, “How many “lone wolves” before we realize they’re a pack?” BTW, If you’re wondering how you can support your local Jewish community, please consider donating to a local synagogue, as measures like private guards, uniformed police presence on Fridays, and improved security systems are expensive and ongoing. Also, if anyone is interested in attending Shabbat services this Friday in San Francisco, I’d love to host you at Sherith Israel.

In other news…

Thank you friend of the Missive Aaron for sharing such an insane long read that it couldn’t wait until Friday: The Raisin Situation (subhead One man wanted to change the raisin industry for the better. He got more than he bargained for.) It is a DOOZY story on an insular industry and the extreme lengths its executives will go to to protect their market share, and includes the following graf.

Let’s talk about open office concepts, and especially Amanda Mull’s take on them in The Atlantic: Workers Love AirPods Because Employers Stole Their Walls. Now as an extrovert, I spent the vast majority of my college library time in the main hall, spread across a table, surrounded by hundreds of others hard at work on their own stuff. I liked being around people, as opposed to tucked away in a carrel in the basement. That being said, it was a LIBRARY. So it was silent, and easy to work in. Fast forward seventeen years (17 years?!? OY) and I find it quite difficult to work without headphones in an open office concept, a concept that (as Mull mentions) was designed ostensibly to “improve collaboration,” but really just leads to disagreements over afternoon music choices.

That’s it, that’s all. Be kind to each other.