Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread and Links

On Wednesday I went for a five-mile walk – down to the Brooklyn pier and back. It’s been over two months since I’ve been on a subway or stepped foot in Manhattan, and I needed to remind myself there’s still a world outside my immediate neighborhood. There is. She’s still there. One day I’ll even be able to see some of it again.

It’s a holiday weekend here in the US, not that that really means much, right? But I hope you have a good one, just the same. Here are a few links you might find interesting:

Is There Any Safe Way to Socialize During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Related: So you really want to see your friends? Here’s how to assess the risk

Also related:

“As it becomes clearer that the country’s pandemic-modified social configurations will need to hold for some time, people are starting to structure their lives in ways that are more sustainable for the long term. Single people are moving in together. I’ve heard of parents hiring quarantine au pairs to help out with kids who can’t go to camp or school. I know one family, long since decamped to a vacation home, that’s letting a colleague from a crowded group house move into its now-vacant primary residence. Me? I’ve formed a pod.”

Some helpful advice for parents here: How to Think Through Choices About Grandparents, Day Care, Summer Camp, and More

Our romantic relationships are actually doing well during the pandemic, study finds

I Have a “Quarantine Bubble” With People Outside My House. You Should Too.

What Single People Are Starting to Realize (About Dating During a Pandemic)

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  • ktfran May 22, 2020, 7:34 pm

    Tomorrow morning, I’m planning to walk to Michigan Avenue. Just because I want to see it. I need to make sure it’s still there. My bus stop going into the office was Illinois and Michigan. I get teary eyed thinking about it. So it’ll about about five miles round trip.

    Happy Memorial Day weekend.

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    • Copa May 23, 2020, 1:28 pm

      I ran to Michigan Ave several weeks ago. I tend to avoid Mag Mile because of the tourists and crowds. That was the only time I’ve ever seen it dead. It was super weird!

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      • ktfran May 23, 2020, 3:22 pm

        It was weird! Especially being able to hang in the middle of the street to take a pic.

      • Kate May 23, 2020, 3:43 pm

        That’s what’s weird about Harvard Square too, it’s usually packed. Really weird to be the only person wandering around in the graveyard.

  • Kate May 22, 2020, 8:16 pm

    I walked down to Harvard Square, which is not that far but a decent walk, and I went into that super old burial ground next to Christ Church (George & Martha Washington worshipped there, and our soldiers slept there during the revolutionary war). The graves are over 300 years old. It was… not spooky or creepy, but, I don’t know, something I can’t describe. Just, the history, and the dead.

    Also, the Common used to go all the way almost to my house, and just at the end of it was where they executed everyone in the county for a couple hundred years I think. Two enslaved people, Mark and Phillis, killed their master with poison, and it wasn’t just murder but “petit treason,” so she was actually burned at the stake and he was hung and then they actually hung his body up in chains in front of what is now a Holiday Inn, and it was hanging there for over 20 years or something. So horrible. Paul Revere described his ride and how he saw some redcoats up ahead so he had to change direction across from where Mark was hung up in chains. WTF!!! People who live on the next street over may or may not know that these executions took place literally in their backyard.

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    • Kate May 22, 2020, 8:19 pm

      The Mark & Phillis story is wild if you’re bored. The trial transcript is even online.

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