Hello, Friends. How are you doing? How was your week? Ours was pretty intense. The movers packed and loaded the house onto a truck on Thursday and Friday, and then transferred the truck contents to a shipping container on Friday afternoon. (We didn’t ship our household goods to France with the last move, so this is something new and different and I will definitely write up a post all about it.)
Friday night we checked into a hotel and June got to try out her Mermaid tail and monofin.
Saturday we spent taking care of a few difficult last tasks at the house, and Oscar added a plaque to his Eagle Scout Project. I was feeling quite overwhelmed by the end of the day and went to see a movie — Peanut Butter Falcon — on my own. (I really liked the movie.)
Today (Sunday) is Olive’s birthday. She’s 18!! Ben Blair went to a bakery early this morning so we can do breakfast in bed for Olive as soon as she’s had a chance to sleep in for a bit. : )
We got confirmation that our passports and visas will arrive on Monday. Crossing my fingers that all goes smoothly. On Monday we will also tackle a list of tasks like hand in our van lease, close/transfer our utilities accounts, weigh our luggage, and get snacks for the plane. Monday is also Ralph’s birthday!
Then we fly to France on Tuesday.
I wasn’t online much this last week, but I do have a few things I want to share with you:
–The 1619 Project. A major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.
-For the first time, scientists have coaxed at-risk Atlantic coral into spawning in a lab.
-How The Epoch Times bypassed Facebook’s political advertising transparency rules.
-Pia Klemp — the captain of a controversial ship that rescued thousands of stranded migrants in the Mediterranean Sea — has refused to accept a medal for her work.
-Interpreters in Iraq signed up to work with the U.S. military. They put on uniforms, lived on a base, saved U.S. lives. They made themselves targets. Then, we refused to help them.
-The game we now know as “Monopoly” originally started out as “The Landlord’s Game,” invented by Georgist feminist comedian Lizzie Magie, to satirize capitalist rent-seeking.
-But then the game was stolen by a male capitalist, made even more brutally and un-ironically capitalist, and sold to Parker Brothers, who later abused the legal system to get around copyright laws in a classic case of… capitalist rent-seeking.
–The Amazon is burning. Record wildfires in the region could permanently change the ecosystem there and accelerate climate change across the planet.
-Let’s not forget the involvement of the women whom Jeffrey Epstein used to recruit victims.
Here are some tweets I thought you’d enjoy:
-In this thread, people respond with their most glamorous habits.
-A shadow of a millipede walking.
-Here are Smash Mouth’s “All Star” lyrics translated into Aramaic and then back to English.
I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here next week. I miss you already.