Thoroughly Thursday - The "Solidarity" Edition
"This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursday."
- Douglas Adams (via Arthur Dent)
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Solidarity edition.
It's 100 degrees in LA. That would be fine if it wasn't going to be November in six days. Six days! I'm thinking my Halloween costume should be a bedouin complete with camel and heatstroke. I see pictures of people wearing jackets and I'm so jealous. Why can't it be rainy and miserable like Portlandia?
What I'm writing -
This last weekend was the One America Appeal concert and was really struck by this picture. I don't usually get sentimental about politics, especially not lately, but it was heartening to see the ex-Presidents standing together. I wrote a short piece about it here.
What I'm Watching -
I've been a fan of Patton Oswalt for a while now. I think I like his multi-faceted approach to his work (movies, books, comics, Twitter, podcasts). After the death of his wife, Oswalt's openness with his grief was touching as he related his new life as both widower and single Dad. His latest comedy special, Annihilation on Netflix, explores these themes. His comedy never diminishes the tragedy of his loss, but it still makes you laugh.
What I'm Doing -
This weekend I got to be a volunteer at the bingo night at my daughter's high school. I thought I would hate it. But, it's been awhile since I did something completely different and unfamiliar. I wrote a longer piece about here.
What I'm Listening to -
Your Time Capsule on Spotify. I'm always concerned that I'm going to be one of those dads that listens to the Oldies station and starts conversations with "back in my day..." I think it a little too easy to get lost in one's idealized youth. However, what makes it scary was that Spotify's algorithm understood me well enough to create a playlist my from high school Desert Island Discs.
What I'm thinking about -
"What, then, makes a person free from hindrance and self-determining? For wealth doesn't, neither does high-office, state or kingdom - rather, something else must be found... in the case of living, it is the knowledge of how to live." - Epictetus
Who I'm promoting -
My friend Stephanie Nawyn is a Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University and specialist in forced migration. She gave a presentation recently called the Global Refugee Situation: Is It a Crisis? (short answer: yes). In her presentation she makes the case that if refugees are given an opportunity to move out of crisis and resettle, their contribution to their new countries is nearly always positive. She's a great speaker and it was the best thing I watched all week, aside from this endless video of jellyfish.
What I'm Doing (for work) -
I've been a bit swamped lately with multiple projects, but I told a client that I would dress as the Tin Man for Halloween to complete a Wizard of Oz ensemble. This could prove challenging.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
P.S. Go Dodgers!
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