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Bro, we literally call it the ‘sock monkey sweater’ 🤣
Nailed it!

This has been a big weekend for me. I scheduled a November trip for Emily and I to go visit our metamour, my new laptop finally arrived, I finished the yoke portion of my sweater, and picked up 3000 lbs of firewood.
More and more, this house is beginning to look like a homestead with a woodpile and two large-ish garden plots.

What have y'all been up to this past week?
I guess I'm also getting on this.

The other week I and a couple of friends all quarantined before having an in person hangout at one of the friend's beach cabins. I had a lot of anticipation going into it to finally see people again, but still hadn't appreciated just how much I needed to see and hug everyone. Also as someone who doesn't own a car, it has been a ride just figuring out how to safely transport myself to anything beyond what I can bike and walk to.

Beside that and this weekend becoming a member at one of our gardens so that I can visit whenever, it's been wonderful to feel a little bit... I suppose intentionality to these trips when everything else keeps feeling like it's not in my control, being able to go on these trips, to plan them, execute them, and then have things work has been really really nice.

Being out 1 week and everyone still not having symptoms doesn't hurt either : )
That sounds so nice! I've definitely been feeling touch-starved during the pandemic. I can see one of my partners regularly, but for safety we've been keeping my house's social bubble small. Especially now that UM students are back and playing beer pong in their yards, I'm getting ready for Ann Arbor to be a lot less safe in about a week and a half.

I couldn't imagine living through the pandemic without a car, I was a big public transit user, but got a car after I tore my ACL and needed easier transportation. The idea of dealing with the stress of busses *on top of* pandemic era shopping sounds awful.

Gotcha, I was missing the context & Background that it was/is other Black activists making the case. The Black Power Fist I understand warranting discussion. I don't understand white people not participating in those particular chants. Do they feel ownership to those chants as white people likely lack the experiences that gave rise to them?

For me, in either case, I think the clear invitation is pretty important. It would feel inappropriate for me to be the one to be the first to throw the Black Power Fist unless we'd already created that in-group behavior as an ok thing, and that could be misinterpreted by someone who wasn't in that particular protesting cohort.

I'm a sucker for context. and it mattering :)
With those two chants in particular, the argument is that we as white people don’t experience that oppression so we shouldn’t participate in them. I have a lot more sympathy for that argument and do feel more ambivalent about participating in those.

However when the group is 50-ish percent white, and the chant leaders are clear about wanting everyone in, I choose to look at it as amplifying Black voices/messaging. As someone who has called chants in the past, it really sucks when you start a new one and participation plummets amd the volume drops noticeably.

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