Thoroughly Thursday - the "Extra Absorbent" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Extra Absorbent Edition. A few evenings ago, my wife and I decided to go on a walk with our youngest daughter. We wanted the exercise but, as my daughter pointed, we were short on "supplies" and would need to stop at the store. I should probably inform you that "supplies" is a euphemism for feminine products. When we arrived at the supermarket, both started giggling when we entered the aisle filled with dozens of varieties of Kotex, Tampax, and O.B. Organics and my daughter tried to find her preferred brand. At the checkout line, the cashier asked if we wanted a bag. After a quick debate, I said no thanks, paid, and she quietly handed me the Always Ultra-Longs with a small nod. Walking out, my daughter offered to carry them to save me the mortification of holding them in public.
I’m fine, I said. I’m not Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom (though the store scene is still great), and Maxipads are not frightening. I'm the married father of two teenage girls and have had more conversations about cycles, cramps, and bloodstained undergarments than most people would believe. "This is not the thing that will embarrass me," I told them proudly.
Besides, it was dark out so no one could see what I was carrying. (Winning!)
What I'm Watching - The Great Stone Face's Greatest Film
Recently, I had the opportunity to watch Buster Keaton's 1927 classic The General. The contemporary to Charlie Chaplin, Keaton was hugely famous in the Roaring Twenties, though his subsequent career had far more ups and downs. The plot of the movie is relatively simple: Southern engineer (Keaton) sees his beloved train The General stolen by Union troops, who plan to blow up the rail lines during the Civil War. His efforts to rescue his engine and his fiancée are some of the best scenes of physical comedy ever filmed. If you have never enjoyed a silent movie before The General is the one that you should watch.
What I'm Listening To - The Day Pop-Punk Went Political
I've been a fan of Green Day since the mid-90s when Dookie exploded into the mainstream. Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool were always consummate hit-makers, but fifteen years ago this week Green Day released their concept album, American Idiot. It was a blistering critique of the politics and culture of the post 9/11 years through the eyes of the vulnerable youth that were being formed by it. The album was a huge critical and financial hit at the time (and became a Broadway musical), but sadly, it feels even more relevant today than its initial release. It is one of my favorite albums of all time, and Whatsername always makes me cry.
What I'm Reading - Two Voices Encouraging Optimism
It was a big week in environmental news, especially with the U.N. Climate Change Summit, Friday's Global Climate Strike, and many, many Greta-memes. Though much of it is dour, not everyone is pessimistic. In an interview with David Wallace-Wells, Christiana Figueres, the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, encouraged countries to see de-carbonizing our energy and transport systems as the great boon for their economies instead of a burden to push on each other. Former Vice President Al Gore also writes that a combination of technological advancement and ground roots political will are giving us opportunities to limit climate change that scientists didn't think was possible even five years ago.
Buck up, camper. We're going to get through this.
What I'm Thinking About - The Golden Rule of Friendships
"3 words, 2 meanings: Avoid boring people." - James Watson
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday :)
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