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    avatarBittergaymark
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    Only yesterday, the poisoned Russian Kremlin critic felt he “had” to prove to the worlf he wasn’t afraid, too.

    How’d that work out?

    This week’s ceremony is stupid, foolish, and reckless. If anything bad happens? Eh, at this point I will merely greet it with a bland shrug. Right now I no more patience for willfully clueless politicians — dead or otherwise. Nobody in DC has learned a thing. Nobody.

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    avatarBittergaymark
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    On the plus side, Charley and I have resumed running again. Started gradually after New Years. Now up to three miles just about. It’s been rough. But getting easier, I think. The mask thing is challenging. It’s a fucking bitch. On a few hills… if nobody is around, I pop mine off for a bit to catch my breath. Ran about 9 times far. And about 6 big walks or hikes. Just in from three miles today. Whew.

    I’m terrified of going to the market. And equally terrified of spending money. So I am eating all these lame odds and ends of stuff I just happen to have on hand. How did I wind up with so much rice and frozen vegetables? (Best guess? Friends’ moves last winter before the apocalypse. Soon there shall be very clean cupboards in my kitchen. A good purge I guess. But I am rather sick of tuna.

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    avatarCopa
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    Yeah, I think I’m now doing a light version of dry January. I had a couple glasses of wine on Saturday night. I’m now going back to weekend drinks only, which is more or less how I operated pre-COVID. I’ll probably have a drink on Wednesday. I’m already counting down the hours until Trump is out of the office.

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    avatarBittergaymark
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    It’s strange. I have a bar full of booze but I maybe have a drink once a month at this point. Alcohol only makes me even more tense and stressed out, somehow.

    It’s like… there is no escape. I never feel better.

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    avatarhfantods
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    @TheLadyE, I am so sorry to hear you are going through all that. You didn’t know it wasn’t going to be an outdoors performance and I imagine it would be hard to say no. Hang in there. Are there any performances opportunities online? I know it’s not the same. I have literally gained 20 lb, basically the weight I lost over two years. I am probably 10 lb over my happy weight. 20 lb down I was quite petite even for me. I’m not ready to actively lose again but I am upset about it and I try not to bother my fiancé but I talk about it a lot. Sorry to make this about me. But we are all struggling.

    @BGM, stay safe. I can’t believe the news I read about LA.

    I want to be excited tomorrow even as a Canadian. But I am scared of what might happen.

    #1009116 Reply
    avatarktfran
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    Speaking of California, one of my good friends who lives in SF posted a picture of a crowded park, yet he’s not allowed to open his salon. Why isn’t law enforcement breaking up these gatherings?? Or why isn’t the mayor and/or governor closing parks??

    I haven’t heard of any massive Covid outbreaks from going to a salon. I’ve felt safe in mine. I witness in-between cleaning and mask wearing.

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    avatarMoneypenny
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    Ktfran- I think I know what park you are talking about, I saw some photos yesterday of it as well. It is really popular and constantly packed under normal circumstances and this past weekend temps were in the 70’s… I agree, it’s SO ridiculous. Law enforcement only goes around and tells people to space out and nobody gets fined as far as I have heard. They basically announce these rules (like a 10pm curfew) but don’t actually enforce anything other than “recommending.”
    My general observation is that everyone follows the rules, waiting in line to get into small shops, wearing masks everywhere… But also that people are still throwing private get-togethers and parties. So here we are. And I feel badly for salons- they can follow all the rules that regular shops can (masks, cleaning, limiting people inside) but they have to stay closed.

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    avatarBethany
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    LadyE I’m so sorry you are struggling. These last few months with less daylight have been really hard for my husband and me. I had to up my depression medication and I do feel better.

    I’m so glad that yesterday was soooooooooo predictable and straight up almost a typical DC event – BORING. In the DC metro area we were really worried about something crazy happening that most people worked from home Tuesday.

    I work in a high school (our district is still 100% virtual) but last week we had a positive Covid case who came on campus, but the health department never contacted me – so I guess I’m okay? Although today my boss (the principal of the high school) said she won’t be in today or tomorrow because her partner was in close contact with two epi-linked cases at his work. So I guess she’ll be in Monday if her partner shows no symptoms, but he is being required to quarantine for two weeks and not her? It is all so messed up right now and everyone is taking so many risks to make sure they get a paycheck.

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    avatarPolly
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    Hey, Hunter is in the Whitehouse. Sure it’s all good!
    This will be fun!

    #1009336 Reply
    avatarBittergaymark
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    Not a fan of Hunter. Frankly, at this point I would very much prefer a single, childless President next time around.

    Nothing against Jill. But other than Michelle —- not a single former first lady has ever impressed me very much. That said — Michelle was the lone stand out. She did things with no ulterior motives. And before you all accuse me if being anti-women… the husbands (other than Obama) were all either huge assholes or just disappointments. At this point in my life it is a grim indictment of our nation how thoroughly unimpressive Trump, W, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan all look in the rearview window of life. 🤷‍♂️

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    avatarktfran
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    @Polly, what do you mean “Hunter is in the White House”? I couldn’t find any reports that he’ll play a role in the Biden administration like Ivanka and Jared did in Trump’s. Maybe he’s just hanging out with his family? I dunno. Not sure what point you’re trying to make.

    #1009356 Reply
    avatarLisforLeslie
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    A good politician’s wife has to be charming and inoffensive. They couldn’t have careers and opinions. They had to just smile and make tea. Clinton was the first to give up a career and she knew she was smarter than most of the people in the room and she didn’t know how to downplay her own accomplishments and ideas and it made her unlikeable. Michelle had years of practice holding her anger while people assumed she wasn’t smart or savvy enough. Plus that whole “they go low, we go high” attitude helped.

    But there have been some cool First Ladies – but they got a lot of heat for breaking rules. Dolly Madison; party girl who kept her cool when the WH was burned down.

    Eleanor Roosevelt – she really came into her own after she left the White House but even during her time, she was breaking rules with her East Coast Upper Crust approach.

    Oh and don’t forget about Edith Wilson who literally ran the country after Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke and would pretend that Wilson was reviewing documents and making decisions.

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