I grew up outside of DC, so I know the metro fare has always been steep. And the year I worked at the NIH, I was really thankful that I got a subsidy toward my fare because it cost me $8 daily to commute (not counting parking).  Anyway, I’m flying into Reagan tomorrow and taking the metro to my sister’s job so she can drive me to my parent’s place, and it’s going to cost me $7 one way.  A one-way train ticket in Chicago is $2.25, regardless of distance. I just think that’s ridiculous.

My best friend is getting married in May, and her shower is this weekend. I’m surprising her by flying home for it. I told her I couldn’t afford the flight (which is true, but one of her cousins insisted on buying my ticket so I could be there), so I know she’ll be happy to see me.  Anyway, my contribution to the shower planning (apart from copious amounts of chicken salad, deviled eggs, and baked beans that my mom is helping me make) is to organize a Newlywed Game. I emailed my friend’s fiance several questions about her and their relationship, and I’ve just printed out his answers (question on one side and then I’ll flip it over to reveal his answer after she guesses), and the answers are so sweet and funny. It just makes me so happy for her that she’s found someone who matches her.  I’m also really proud of my shower gift. I looked online for ideas, and I guess a lot of people like to give a date basket, like a “movie night” basket with popcorn, candy, and DVDs or movie tickets.  Or a picnic date basket. Or a wine and cheese basket. Etc. Because I know these two, I designed a Hiking Date basket (they’re both ecologists, he proposed on a hike). It has ponchos, water bottles, granola bars, fancy trail mix, flash lights, etc. I think it’s pretty cute.

And a 3rd guy has come out of the woodwork after disappearing!  Here’s a tip. If you wasted my time texting me nonsense, never manned up and took me on a date, and then disappeared for a month or more, I am not going to reply to you now!

In other news, I have a date tonight. Finally. With a guy who has been texting and calling me constantly for almost 3 weeks now. After our initial plans to meet fell through, he was dragging his feet rescheduling. And finally I was like, bro, you need to make plans to meet me this week or else. I am not looking for a virtual boyfriend. So, coffee tonight. We’ll see.  I went from being super excited about this guy to Meh, over his passivity, so eh, I have low expectations. I mean, I look really, ridiculously good today, just in case, but I’m just not as excited to meet him now.

Oprah’s Teen Pregnancy Leads to a Second Chance

“I remember being taken to the detention home when my mother was going to put me out of the house at the age of 14 and recognizing in that moment that I have been abused since I was 9, raped at 9 years old, abused at 10 years old, molested for all of those years, and now pregnant as a result of all of that. I remember having a moment thinking “now I am officially a bad girl.”

A lot of people hate on Oprah, but I have always loved her.  Growing up poor, black, a woman… in our very unbalanced, prejudiced rape culture… that coulda taken her out.  But it didn’t. And she spent her career shining a light into all of those dark places she personally crawled out of. And reaching back a hand to help others.  She may not be perfect, but dang if she ain’t a phoenix rising from the ashes.

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chauvinistsushi:

newsweek:

wbez:

verosays:

This is what structural racism looks like. 
Chicago, we have to do better.

Media criticism done on a napkin.

This is a great idea for a tumblr…

ON A FUCKING NAPKIN 

All the time man.

chauvinistsushi:

newsweek:

wbez:

verosays:

This is what structural racism looks like. 

Chicago, we have to do better.

Media criticism done on a napkin.

This is a great idea for a tumblr…

ON A FUCKING NAPKIN 

All the time man.

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