I forgot to say Thursday I unintentionally missed the national news and only caught the second airing of the local news. I am not ruling out not catching the TV news as a reason for my having a pretty good day.
It took a while Friday morning for my brain to get into gear, but I finally got warmed up and got some good work done. The cancer center proposal is a big mess, but it’s a complicated document, and each time I go through it to fill in holes, it becomes less messy. I’m going to finish it Saturday I think.
Hawaii had nine new COVID-19 diagnoses yesterday. Nine. I think that’s more than the previous week’s new cases in total. Maybe the previous two weeks’. This is not good. And we opened up restaurants and bars Friday.
I spent most of my evening on final edits for the Hawaii Stories thing. It looks good. I’m proud of the work the writers put in. I’m embarrassed that it took me so long to get their work ready to share. I took more than twice as long as I should have. It’s a bad precedent.
I haven’t heard anyone actually say it, because maybe it doesn’t need to be said, but the NFL’s actually uttering the words, “we were wrong” is enormous. Its admission that the tension, stress, and strife begun four years ago by Colin Kaepernick means the players were right. And it means everyone who sided with the league was wrong. That’s a huge chunk of the customers the NFL is saying was wrong. Is wong.
Drew Brees admitting the same thing, even tweeting directly at you-know-who, says the same thing: you who celebrated my stance were wrong. I was wrong. If you still feel the way you felt, you’re wrong.
Frankly, I’m shocked. When you-know-who called kneeling players sons of bitches who should be yanked from the field, he effectively said the league doesn’t need a player like that. Friday the NFL said, “Without black players, there is no NFL.”
League owners have presented forever as if they make the league happen. And for some reason, working-class Americans who love football and normally side with labor consistently side with management when it comes to sports. I have never understood this.
Now the league is saying it needs these players and it knows its players are right. It’s all just words for now, but they are gigantic words.
One can’t help wondering if the NFL has taken a closer look at the relationship between the NBA and its players. Basketball players are treated much more like the partners they are, one reason coaches like Steve Kerr, Stan van Gundy, and Gregg Popovich have been free to speak out against the White House and its occupant.
I don’t know what’s going to happen, but for the first time in a million years, it feels like something might.
For breakfast Friday, I had a couple of hot dogs with mustard, ketchup, and sauerkraut. I didn’t want to but I just needed something hot and didn’t have time to prepare anything. I had a late snack of tortilla chips and fresh salsa. For lunch, I wilted and crisped a bunch of kale, as I did Thursday, but this time I opened a can of corned beef hash and fried it with the kale. I ate it with brown rice.
It wasn’t my finest kitchen moment. It was edible, sure, but neither ingredient really did much for the other. For dinner, which I just had a little while ago, I ate the other half of the lunch dish. I knew if I put it in the fridge as leftovers, it was eventually going into the trash. I love leftovers, but if the leftovers aren’t great, I procrastinate on them, often until it’s too late.
Okay, so meals were a general fail. I’ll do better Saturday. Maybe get some Korean veggies.
I also didn’t go for a walk so I could get a few things done.
Sylvia texted me first to talk a little about the protests this weekend. Sylvia cannot stay still, so I won’t be surprised if she’s at them all.
Jennifer sent me a photo of this sake she’s into. The packaging is beautiful, I said, and she agreed. I’ve never really gotten into sake although I sometimes think I should.
Crush Girl and I traded a lot of texts about the new phone and some of the options she might consider. Then we talked a little about the nine new cases. Uggggghhhh.
I’ve been staring at the screen for half an hour without typing anything because I feel like I have something else to say, but I can’t think of what it is. I think I’m also dragging my feet before heading to bed because I haven’t slept well in over a week. But here we go. It’s 5:30 and I don’t want to sleep my whole Saturday away, if there is sleep to be had.
If you’re reading this, stay safe and stay healthy, and stay away from people! And reach out if you need someone to connect with. I’m not going anywhere this weekend!