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Confession: I don’t interact with certain people I already follow because they are so smart and so interesting that I have some sort of reverent awe towards them

A lot of people (alas, I include myself among them) take every little objection said to them as a personal attack

Note to self: I should stop posting personal stuff on accounts where people who I am not familiar with are following me

long-ish, about trusting oneself 

One of the things I have trouble doing (and I'm sure I'm not the only one) is to stop thinking that I have still a lot to learn before I am able to call things by their names. I should trust my judgment, as it is based on my experiences, which are not without their value.

For example, I should stop wondering whether someone has been disrespectful to me, and I should start trusting my guts and say: Yes, they were disrespectful to me.

And I should stop asking myself whether certain labels really apply to me, even if I've been thinking about them for a long time. I should just say: Yes, they fit me and I want to adopt them.

second lockdown 

At least I'm glad I had my hair cut a few weeks ago

One of the things I was worried about when I was a kid was believing incorrectly that a certain day was a bank holiday, thus skipping a whole day of lessons. (It has never happened to me, but I used to worry anyway.)

So on the day of my return, I usually asked my classmates how their “loooooong weekend” was. As I saw that no one was puzzled by my question, I took it as a sign that yes, it was really a holiday.

I was in the middle of a two-hour meeting when the sun set and now I’m in a dark room, lit only by the spreadsheet shared by my colleague

thinking about casual tender affection and how loving people unabashedly is not only amazing but also a direct threat to capitalism

To be fair it's the Italian Postal Service, whose unreliability is well-known all around the world. But still, I don't want to find myself postsplaining the Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Addresses

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It's already bad when your house number is weird enough that people will have a hard time finding it on Google Maps, but it gets worse when not even the website of the Postal Service validates your address :psyduck:

inevitable uspol mention 

I'm going to bed soon. I'll learn the outcome of the election after I wake up tomorrow morning.

Goodnight, and may the next hours bring you some ray of hope.

If you are going to launch your own instance, may I suggest you the content of your first toot there: “You have finally reached the bottom of the local timeline”

Goodnight everybody. Please take care of yourselves and of one another :chick_hugging:

Whamageddon during a lockdown 

It’s November 1st, which is the day in which I start my yearly attempt to avoid the song “Last Christmas”. But does it make sense to do it if my plan is to spend almost all the time at home because of the incoming lockdown? When I hear that song, it’s usually as the background music in a shop or restaurant :blobcatthinking:

I have to believe people can change, because I did.

But before they do, I don't have to pretend what they're doing is okay.

⚠️ timing for today’s groupwatch 

@Iuckyduck @Juju @deathmlem @MissSnarkerson @qwazix @nev @generika @pollomostro @Stoof @PostMasterGeneral

I just remembered that this is the week of the year when Europe has already left Daylight Savings Time while North America has not, so some of us will have to watch it at a different time than usual.

If we stick to 19:00 UTC (and if I haven't messed up with the time zones), then we will start at 14:00 CDT / 15:00 EDT / 20:00 CET / 21:00 EET, one hour earlier than usual for us in Europe.

But if someone would like to start at another time, please tell us in time so we can find an agreement!

I wonder if there will be children trick-or-treating to my place this year. I used to live in an apartment building with many young families, so I could expect two or three visits on Halloween night, and that’s why I got the habit of buying lots of sweets by the end of October.

And I am still doing that, even though I moved to another building where there aren’t many children (it’s mostly old couples) and I have never received a trick-or-treat visit in the last three years

second wave of Covid-19, travel 

I just realized that, even if the second wave will be handled properly to the point of making it subside soon (veeeeery big “if”), it will not be safe to travel around the country in the first week of December anyway. That means that I will not be able to go on any trip on that 4-day weekend I have been eyeing for months :blobfrowningbig:

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