Taking Basil to the vet to address his popped boil pimple thing [3-31-19]. (It was a reaction to his flu shot, for which the vaccine manufacturer is expected to compensate Casey. He went home with a cone and some medicine. He’s coping like a good boy.)
Buying a light bulb for my car and getting talked into buying bulb grease along with it.
Turning on the hotel TV to find a sequence of a baby bird falling down the face of a cliff and somehow surviving.
The faux Ancient Greek landscape in the backdrop of a Catholic TV interview show.
How surprising, and heartening, it is to think about the overall relative stability of the world when it’s so easy to make mistakes with far-ish-reaching consequences (and how many people there are to make them). I think about this especially when I’m going to sleep at night and there aren’t any audible signs of bad decision-making or accidents to be heard near me (a basically useless test, but the one I have when I’m falling asleep). I know those things are happening somewhere (and in some places, they happen very often), but it’s a wonder that they aren’t happening everywhere.
The barely audible tape bleed ghost vocal in the break of “So Wrong” by Patsy Cline.
Eating a Taco Ball Cantina veggie burrito for the first time, in a last-minute dinner before playing with Henry at the Whistler.
The impromptu Soul Train dance party we held outside the Whistler after the show, inspired (and facilitated) by the person blasting house music out of their parked minivan. We stayed there, dancing and accosting strangers, for at least thirty minutes.
The leaders of a Swiss internationalist activist group, Operation Libero, describing how they respond to rising far-right populism in their country, in the Guardian:
“‘[…] We set the terms of the debate by portraying the [far-right populist] SVP’s proposal as an attack against fundamental Swiss values. Against the constitution as a pillar of our liberal democracy; the rule of law; equal justice for all. We were the patriots here, because this was an attack on things that every Swiss citizen holds dear.’”
“[Operation Libero] enlists ‘online warriors’, more than 100 at any one time for major campaigns, to engage on social media platforms. These are not trolls, Kleiner insists. They use their own names, offer arguments rather than invective and are under orders to stay polite and never escalate.”
“‘You have to be accurate, honest, understandable. You have to be serious about what you’re doing, responsible – but at the same time keep it fun, light. That’s not always easy. It’s really hard sometimes, actually. And you have to be positive.’”
“‘The SVP say they’re defending ordinary Swiss people against the state and a global elite but they’re actually weakening the structures and institutions that secure those very individuals’ freedoms.’”
“Politics now, Kleiner believes, has moved far beyond the left-right divide, or even the progressive-conservative divide. ‘It’s increasingly, actually, about constructive versus destructive,’ she says. ‘That’s really where we are.’”
Feeling kinda surprised that even super politically conscious, pro-local-business creative people still use Amazon affiliate links in their blogs and newsletters. Wondering how (or whether) someone could provide an alternative program.
Looking to Shen Yun as a model for the promotion of our tiny homegrown farm festival at Avrom Farm (avromfarmparty.com).
The neighborhood clothing store advertising “good stuff, $7.99-$14.99.”
Among all their many horrible offenses, feeling frustrated that white supremacists have co-opted the “OK” hand signal (especially when thumbs-up isn’t adequate, like when you’re signaling a monitor engineer).