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My Fifth Apocalypse, Day 11: Apocalypse Garbage

My Fifth Apocalypse, Day 11: Apocalypse Garbage

Yesterday, I woke up, poured a couple mugs of coffee down my throat, and, in a rare bout of self-control, went outside for a jog before I checked my phone or email for news about the world and my dad. My dad's in a memory care facility in Boston where he is in the...

My Fifth Apocalypse, Day 9

The good news is I wrote a thing for The Nervous Breakdown about how awesome blogs are. I'm tired of professionalism. I'm tired of millennialism. I want the real right now. I want details right now. I want to be grounded. And for whatever weird reason, blogs are what...

My Fifth Apocalypse, Day 7: My Apocalypse Outfit

My Fifth Apocalypse, Day 7: My Apocalypse Outfit

So my dad's care facility just announced that a patient on his floor died of COVID yesterday, and they aren't letting my stepmom or anyone have a Zoom meeting with him until the 31st, and they told me on the day my quarantine would've ended that my sister, stepmom,...

My Fifth Apocalypse, Day 6: Super Creepy Piñata Head

My Fifth Apocalypse, Day 6: Super Creepy Piñata Head

Got an email from my dad's memory care facility last night that a worker tested positive. This is ... not ideal. I'm realizing that all of my posts are starting off with "I went for a jog this morning" because this is the highlight of my day. Well, that and watching...

My Fifth Apocalypse, Day 5: Hill Street Blues

My Fifth Apocalypse, Day 5: Hill Street Blues

This morning, I got myself ready to run, knowing I'd go by the LA Fire/National Guard facility which is on the way to Elysian Park, and guessing I'd see something unsettling there. I ran down, enjoying the clean air even though I was right next to the freeway, bracing...

My Fifth Apocalypse, Day 3: The Rainbow Connection

My Fifth Apocalypse, Day 3: The Rainbow Connection

Today was a bit brutal. I'm starting to notice a deadening in people's eyes when I talk to them on Zoom. Tonight, the mayor put us under a half-ass Shelter-in-Place called "Safer At Home" -- Jesus, just call it what it is, that encapsulates everything I hate about...

My Fifth Apocalypse Day 2: Constitutionals

My Fifth Apocalypse Day 2: Constitutionals

(For Day 1, go here). First things first, one very important victory on this first day of working from home with Ashley: she did not kill me when I hung the toilet paper the wrong way.  It’s surprising me, what I’m noticing: the air is clean and the helicopters...

My Fifth Apocalypse

My Fifth Apocalypse

I’m writing this on my first night home since the governor closed all the bars and restaurants, and since they started shelter-in-place up north. It’s hard to write a first sentence about right now that doesn’t sound like the beginning to a dystopian novel where we...

Some thoughts on online teaching

I've been teaching online and in person a loooonnnnggggg ass time. So I thought I'd send out just a couple honest pointers about teaching online in case you suddenly find yourself doing so. And I'm gonna do so from a real perspective, not from the POV of...