August 16, 2017… Day 209


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Just checked again, and this tweet now has 3.8 million likes:

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Side note. Forgot to say yesterday, in all the commotion–I really appreciate how the women on Hellbent (Sarah Lerner and Devon Handy) model the behavior of white non-fragility. They have a weekly feature where they say what Maxine Waters has been up to and award someone a Maxine Waters Badassery Award (or some such name). And a black woman wrote in and said that this was fetishizing Congresswoman Waters and this was forcing her into this position where she had to be this magical negro that replenishes others’ spirits, etc. etc. And Sarah and Devon were just like “Wow, that made us both really uncomfortable because we recognized the truth in it.” And they ditched that feature. They said they would still talk about Maxine Waters from time to time but they wouldn’t frame it in the same way anymore. And that was that.

I knew there was an element of truth to the criticism right away, because remember how I said that Hellbent reminded me of Baby Geniuses, which is why I like it so much? Well, Baby Geniuses has a weekly feature called Chunch Chat… in which Emily & Lisa hilariously and adorably check in on Martha Stewart’s pony, Banchunch. I don’t think I need to say more.

I too admire Maxine Waters, and I too will take more care with how I talk about her.

P.S. it’s a few hours later now and the Barack Obama tweet is up to 4.0 million likes. The tweet from Twitter–pointing out that Obama’s tweet is the most-liked tweet ever–is itself up to 284,000 likes.


TOWOIT #207: Trump Tower

August 15, 2017… Day 208

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John Kelly looked pained throughout Trump’s unhinged, Nazi-sympathizing press conference in Trump Tower. But he didn’t resign tonight and neither did anyone else (not counting the CEOs fleeing the advisory councils).




(That one is actually funnier without the quoted Paul Ryan tweet)



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No one quit though.

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Thanks for nothing, Chuck.

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Yeah, that’s an uncomfortably large number of people.

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This guy had to stop running for President because he did a weird scream once. Those were the days.



August 14, 2017… Day 207

Protests in NYC and around the country.


The statue in Durham, NC landed on its head and then crumpled under the weight of the concrete pedestal it was attached to. The crowd kicked it.

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The Gallup poll went to new extremes: 34% approval, 61% disapproval. That’s -27% net approval.


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Trump resisted issuing another statement on Virginia. But he did, after being dragged over the coals by fellow Republicans all weekend. He did it begrudgingly and then complained about it afterward.

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He immediately left the podium, ignoring reporters’ questions.

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The former head of the Office of Governmental Ethics (who resigned because of Trump) weighed in:

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He also released a campaign video yesterday calling Democrats and members of the media his enemies. Maxine Waters and April Ryan, two black women, were among those featured in the video.

The administration did a couple other creepy things today:

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And then later he retweeted a racist conspiracy theorist.

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There was a very young white man with sandy hair and blue eyes and chiseled features at the bus stop this morning, wearing a white polo shirt tucked into khakis. Now, that’s a weird outfit for Seattle on a Monday morning. That’s an outfit certain groups of employees will wear for casual Friday. But usually not with a white polo, and not necessarily tucked in. And most places are either too formal for that outfit on a Monday, or way too casual for that outfit any day of the week. Anyway, I had a visceral startle reaction seeing him, because he fit the gestalt of the young men in Charlottesville with tiki torches. The sight of him made me a little nervous, but did he have to feel nervous? I don’t know, but he acted like he owned the block and shouldered in front of me to get on the bus.

Three CEOs left Trump’s manufacturing council today. This morning Trump blasted the first one to leave, a black man. Nine hours later he reiterated the same blast in a new tweet directed at the same man.








TOWOIT #205: Nephew-Nazi

August 13, 2017… Day 206

Come join me on this merry-go-round that spins between rawness and the stress-shadow.

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Heather Heyer, who died in Charlottesville

From Neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer… this is not the worst part but I just took a snap of the part that cast aspersions on all women, rather than the more personal stuff that uses her name (because it’s too painful and specific and depraved).

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Wall-to-wall Charlottesville. The entire opinion section of WaPo online;

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My social media feeds full of lamentations and rage. I flip between my friends on Facebook to the strangers on Twitter.

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Today, the White House released an unsigned statement in which neo-Nazi had auto-corrected to nephew-nazi.


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And this worm is still turning:

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August 11, 2017… Day 204


This infographic is about driving out of a city on Friday at rush hour… FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY…and it is looking pretty damn ominous next to all the North Korea headlines on the from page of the Washington Post. At first glance, you wouldn’t think that the infographic was about mini-breaks (as Bridget Jones called them).

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August 9, 2017… Day 202

Rex Tillerson issued calming statements today about North Korea.

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The following is from interviews with European officials BEFORE the latest nuclear kerfuffle:

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Well, well, well. Predawn raid.

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Lindy West described to the New York Times audience, the smoky days we’re enduring in Seattle. It’s been 8 days. We have at least 3-4 more to go before it might get better. Outside of being at the office, staring out at the smoky vistas, I have been all cooped up in my apartment without air conditioning, going crazy. But every time I venture a different approach, I feel like I smoked a pack of cigarettes and my eyes burn. So I go back to sheltering in place.

Speaking of which, I did this Google search today, just in case:

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I haven’t figured out a good place to go yet, but I did learn this:

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But seriously, I learned that MOST of us can avoid dying with a little planning and public awareness! But I also learned that there’s no planning OR public awareness.

And as my wise older brother says, we’re worrying about people in this order: South Koreans, Japanese, Guam/Hawaii/other Pacific Islanders, and then finally us in SFO/LAX/SEA. We’re worried about the North Korean people too, but that’s a constant. I work closely with a young man whose extended family is in Seoul, so I keep perspective.

So it’s smoky, hot and deathy here. Trump is still president. And yet, I am in love.

Also, I’m not a foodie but sometimes nice things come back to back in my FB timeline.


Parting thought:

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August 7, 2017… Day 200

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Trying, kind of.

Here, look at this picture of Rihanna:


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Not you, Orrin.

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I listened to Sarah Lerner’s podcast Hellbent for the first time, today. It was good. It reminded me of Baby Geniuses.

The parlor game for today on Facebook and Twitter: See whether you’d qualify to be let into into the U.S. under Trump’s newly introduced RAISE Act. My friends aren’t doing very well. I haven’t taken it. I’m worried I’ll pass and I want to stay on the side of the gym where my friends are lined up.

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NYT’s Glenn Thrush, defending Hillary Clinton against someone on Twitter who said she’s only showing her religious faith now after the election is over. She did before too, he said, but…

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Oh Glenn. Hundreds of days late. Millions of dollars short.

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Just a good line:

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WaPo book reviewer objects to the anthologization of angst. Boy, do I hear that.

Let’s all try to take a small vacation… from our problem(s).


This Blog Post Is Meta

I put a very short story up on Medium. I’ve started putting a few things there to have a cleaner platform separate from the daily mishmash I’ve been doing over here. Sorry, I mean the daily meditations I’ve been doing here.

I’m going to put together a collection of essays, with a theme running through them of public spaces in the city, public transit in the city, and a sort of people-watching that often winds up having political and spiritual undercurrents.

This wasn’t part of that, though, it was just a little 600-word story that I found again and put up on Medium. It’s first-person, narrated by a child in Alaska. I’d say it’s about families. It’s also wildly autobiographical. It’s called Clean Sheets.

I’m little-by-little starting to cross-post and creep out of the Internet forest where I’ve been safely hiding for a few years. I’m taking classes, I’m sticking my neck out, I’m starting to pitch ideas again.

I’m turning 40 next year. Have I mentioned that? I’ve been acting like the first person to ever contemplate turning 40. I’ll probably just keep doing that.

Thanks to any fellow travelers who read this!!







August 4, 2017… Day 197

The transcripts of Trump’s January calls to Mexico and Australia are discouraging, but if we don’t laugh we’ll cry, RIGHT? And thank heavens we have the internet.


From the New Yorker piece in which every one who has ever been an official in foreign policy dumped a laundry list of astonished grievances about what a true fucking idiot Trump is:


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This is really low approval, for the 538 poll of polls:

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Gallup was on 36 for the third day in the row. (538 takes a Gallup 36 and counts it as a 37. The Quinnipiac 33 from yesterday was counted as a 35 or 36).

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They are gunning for H.R. McMaster now.

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Comforting thought to end this evening with: Trump is going on a 17-day golf vacation. Robert Mueller is not.

TOWOIT #195: Mueller Time

Mueller impanels a grand jury, and McConnell puts the Senate in “pro forma” session so they can all leave but since they aren’t technically in recess, Trump can’t sneak any appointments in while they are gone. I believe this was done a lot to Obama too.

It felt like there was a celebratory mood tonight…

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(Hey that’s my representative, Pramila. By the way I have no idea what they were actually talking about, I just like how happy they looked)

…even though Preet Bharara was all “hey everyone simmer down” about the grand jury:

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Trump went on the offensive at his rally in West Virginia tonight. Still can’t believe a sitting U.S. president has rallies for himself.

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And a bunch of other stuff happened.

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I sent this tweet yesterday and it only got three likes:

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I still think it’s hilarious.


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Oopsie doopsie… late breaking news:

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TOWOIT #194: C+ Santa Monica Fascist

August 2, 2017… Day 195

Hot and smoky here in Seattle. And most of us don’t have A/C.



Signs of hope:



Signs of shenanigans:

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Trump wuz here:


I wouldn’t normally trust such a prolific author, but she’s right about this. What the hell, Missouri:


This is good:


Trump signs Russian sanctions bill, under protest. Writes in his signing statement that parts of it are obviously unconstitutional, and points out in that same official statement that he himself built up a great business worth billions of dollars.

Russia writes mean tweets. Then Ukraine trolls Russia:


Been down so long, it feels like Trump to me: 


The White House unleashed Stephen Miller (C+ Santa Monica Fascist, h/t Jon Lovett) on the viewing public this afternoon.




Questions asked to Stephen Miller and SHS today:

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