A quick story, worth exactly what you paid for it:
I spent last Friday at home, resting up for a climbing trip and protest coverage on successive days.
I slept ‘til 10, started the new House of Cards season and was intentionally unproductive. It felt odd to be so stagnant on a “weekend.”
One of my roommates came home Friday night to see me sitting at the table, eating and gazing into my iPad. We made small talk, he made chili and I eventually made my way out the door for my trip.
My friends and I completed our climb, and I returned home the next afternoon thoroughly exhausted. I scooped myself some ice cream and plopped down at the table once again, returning to Netflix.
My roommate walked through the door, emulating our scenario from the night before. I greeted him, essentially joking that I hadn’t done anything new since he last saw me.
I had done a bunch of other things since then. But he didn’t know about my trip, nor did I explain. His picture of my weekend was true, based on our limited interactions, but incomplete.
It was a good reminder to me, silly as it may seem, that things aren’t necessarily as they appear.
For your consideration…
Read this Outside Magazine story about Lake Superior. Tidbit: “Lake Superior is so cold that if a person dies in it, his or her body is unlikely to resurface. The bacteria that makes a body float grows too slowly here.”
Read this Elle profile of New York Times political reporter Maggie Haberman. Tidbit: Haberman broke a major story while attending her son’s kindergarten graduation last year.
Read this lovely VeloNews look at the Little 500, a bike race in Bloomington, Indiana. Tidbit: I once considered enrolling at Indiana University, whose main campus is in Bloomington. I went to Ohio University instead.
I’m reading Terry Tempest Williams’ “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.” The memoir contains 12 vignettes of the author’s experiences in our nation’s national parks. Tidbit: “For all of us, Acadia is another breathing space. Perhaps that is what parks are—breathing spaces for a society that increasingly holds its breath.”
I covered a stabbing on a light-rail train that left two dead and one injured in late May. The men killed or injured tried to intervene as another man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, including one wearing a hijab, police said.
As always, thanks for reading.