Would they really mind if the exhibition became 99 or 98 oaks? My backyard would love them, and they’d love it back. Happy all around.
There’s a difference between being related and being family.
Family takes time and care and effort,
and meals shared and dishes washed,
and beds made,
and shared history.
—Julia, in Sisters S1E1
An 11K run with the boy, and some gardening in the evening is all it took to get the step and the floors targets.
A long sleep helped. The cool, if humid, weather helped. A happy boy helped. A first week, in a month, of running all four runs helped. Spending all of Friday in bed reading while hugging the boy also helped.
Learnt a new French phrase while reading a book about a gentleman in Moscow. I like the sound of this better than the usual de rien.
Dad: Once, when I was about your age, in 6th or 7th (grade)…
I’m 41! 😭
It’s not that we won’t get through this, we will, but when the battle is won and we go home, our homes won’t be the same.
I love speaking to my parents every morning. I’m also scared everyday about who will I hear about today.
A friend1 recently mentioned how many of our old acquaintances self identify as libertarians, and how comfortable many of them are with authoritarianism.
In my head, this played out as…
I’m smarter than you, don’t tell me what to do, how to live. (Libertarian)
…turns easily into…
I’m smarter than you, I will tell you what to do, how to live. (Authoritarian)
Of course, there’s a big execution gap between telling people what to do, and forcing people to do it. In other words, between being an armchair authoritarian and the real one chaining up the country. Supporting the real one provides a comfortable bridge over that gap.
- The friend is an IIT-IIM grad. The acquaintances are all IIM, if not IIT-IIM grads. Perhaps the superior status signalling provided by these institutions is a trigger for the “I’m smarter than you…” base that leads to the two isms. ↩
BJP lost the elections in Bengal. BJP is taking a hit on their Covid non-response.
The odds have suddenly shortened for religious riots, horrific terrorist attacks, or a short war with Pakistan. Possibly all three. All the things needed to rally the patriots to stay in power.
Wonder if 2024 futures trades are already priced in…
The step target is 10,000 a day. I hit it once before noon, with my run and the boys’ walk. Then I hit it again working in the garden all afternoon and evening.
Parents are shit scared. They realise how bad is the situation. Their network is full of infected and suffering people. They’ve lost friends and acquaintances. They will not hear one word against the God or his organisation.
Friends are shit scared. They’ve suffered and recovered. Their parents and siblings are infected but stable. They’re scared, not of Covid, but of the God who demands and commands this blind loyalty. They’re scared of what’s happening to the nation, the society, and their future and safety in it.
I fear for both.
I’m sad that I’m so far from both.