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Gorilla Harassment 🦍
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My love of wild animals was fostered early in my childhood. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom was appointment viewing for my family. I grew up with scenes of hungry cheetahs chasing down baby gazelles that included what’s not included on nature shows today … that moment when the gazelle zigs and the cheetah zigs, leading to no more zags for the former and a full belly for the latter.
So into the animal kingdom was my Father Dearest that, when he explained the birds and the bees to me, he did so using fish as an example. I’m still waiting for Wifey Poo to lay eggs on a rock so I can swim by and fertilize them.
As such, I appreciate zoos. The St. Louis version is good by all national standards and includes the benefit of being free from admission for most things. As a resident of St. Charles County and not St. Louis County, I don’t even have to pay tax dollars to see the zebras and red pandas and lemurs and assorted other exotic creations.
Yesterday, Wifey Poo and I used our weekly date to go to the zoo for a cold-weather visit. Temps were in the upper 30s, at best, and I didn’t expect a lot of the animals to be out and about. Many were. The gorillas, though, were inside. While we were walking toward the indoor viewing area, I noticed some signs on the railings. They asked the human visitors not to annoy or harass the apes, and it gave a phone number that ended in phone letters — K-I-N-D — to report anyone who’s being a jerk.
That such a sign is necessary is a good commentary on the human condition. I mean, these great apes, by virtual of their DNA, are meant to be wild creatures roaming the forests of Africa. We humans have done such a great job fucking up their habitat and killing them for sport and strange ideas of aphrodisiacs and medicine that they’re nearly extinct. The only place 99% of us are every going to see one is in a zoo. … And we’re going to be jerks to them? Really? That’s who we are?
I’ve developed mixed feelings about zoos since COVID. I read a story during lockdown about how the animals in zoos, free from observing humans, were acting differently … more natural … better. They were mating more frequently (bom-chicka-womp-wow) and were generally happier. That makes my presence in a zoo somewhat conflicting for me.
Why? Because I also recognize that zoos raise awareness about conservation efforts and have saved many beautiful creatures from extinction. So there’s that.
But the fact that we need signs to tell us to be, well, good humans? That’s sad.
I went into the indoor ape area. There was a huge silverback just sitting there on the other side of what I assume is pretty thick glass. He turned his gaze to me when I got there, and I sat down by the glass. People who harass animals are similar to the keyboard warriors who troll people online. They’re real brave and funny when they’re separated from that thing that would beat the living crap out of them if the barriers were removed.
I felt bad for the ape. I mean, the indoor enclosure kinda sucks, and at the risk of being a little anthropomorphic, he seemed … sad? Resigned? Indifferent? Barely containing his rage at being humiliated by humans who need a tip line to keep them from being jerks to him? I don’t know.
I sat there awhile and just sorta watched him. Every once in a while, he’d look over, like, “Yup. Still there being a creeper.” But I guess maybe he was OK with that since I wasn’t, ya know, harassing him.
Side note: Have you ever looked at gorilla feet? The rest of the gorilla is really cool and impressive. I am especially proud of my gorilla friend for having such an impressive gut. But ape feet? That thumb-like thing? That just looks weird. I’m telling you that. I would never harass the ape with my opinion.
There were six years in which I thought Boy The Elder would be just “Boy.” Wifey Poo and I had gone through the extremely trying time of losing our first son shortly after he was born in December of 2000, and when BTE came along a few years later, well, that pregnancy was hard. You can’t unknow how fucking cruel and indiscriminate this world can be when it comes to pregnancy once you have to hand the body of your newborn child to a nurse, never to see him again.
There were people who told us that because we’d walked that walk with faith and dignity, we were owed a healthy child. That simply isn’t true. Thanks to that little club we’re in, I’ve seen plenty of people who have gone through the same hell we did more than once.
Every ultrasound was hell. Yes, it was joyous to see our child moving around, to hear his heartbeat, to watch him develop. But the run-up to every ultrasound? Hell. It was at the first ultrasound for Boy The Eldest that we found out something was wrong. That touched off four months of doctor’s appointments, prayers, sadness, slight hope and, ultimately, the end we received.
So have another kid? Do that all over again? No thank you.
Wifey Poo was the first to bring up having another child, and the idea ping-ponged back and forth between us for a little while. I was still in the newspaper industry, the editor of a daily in Minnesota, watching from the front row as the thing I know how to do better than anything else crumbled around me. (Thanks, internet). The thought of bringing another child into that uncertainty seemed nuts.
Worse, I’d started back to school in pursuit of my MBA, planning for my ultimate departure from the newspaper world, but that made things at that moment even more uncertain. I was working 10 hours a day, minimum. I was on call constantly. I would come home at around 7 p.m., eat some dinner with my family, and then head off to do my online classes and projects, which included actual freaking math (ick) and things like statistics and accounting (double ick).
When exactly would I have time to spend with my newborn child? His daddy would be a stranger to him. I couldn’t do that.
Funny how things work out. Less than a year after those thoughts, we rolled into our new Central Missourah Small Town USA, I was no longer in newspapers, Wifey Poo was extremely pregnant. Exactly a month after that day, out came Boy The Younger.
I wouldn’t change a thing.
I say all that to say this: I had no idea what kind of relationship my boys would have. There was seven years between them, and BTE wasn’t exactly thrilled when we’d broken the news that he was going to be a big brother. He wasn’t defiant or angry or anything like that, but he made it known in his own way that he wasn’t sure about this whole big brother thing.
This past week, BTE — now 20, engaged to be married, incredibly intelligent, very logical, very not-emotional and very much a great big brother — called Wifey Poo to ask her what BTY was doing Monday night. She told him he was free. BTE was getting tickets to the Blues hockey game to go with what ultimately turned out to be two of his friends, but the tickets came in lots of 1, 2 or 4. So would BTY be able to go?
The fact that BTE would even think about taking BTY to something like that astounds me. My sister and I haven’t talked in more than a decade, which is a good thing for many reasons. But even when we did, I’m quite sure she never would have thought to invite me to anything, nor I, her.
Yet BTE thought of his brother, and even better, when he talked with the two friends who are going to the game and asked them if they’d be cool with that, both enthusiastically said yes. There’s a reason for that, too. BTY is good to hang around with. He and BTE don’t fight when they’re together, which means they don’t create awkward situations for the people around them. BTY is very much 13, but he’s a respectful, funny kid who can hang with the older boys, especially the older boys BTE has surrounded himself with.
They’re all good kids, though yes, still very much young men/boys who say and do incredibly dumb things. But they’re all good kids, and the fact that my two boys can do things like this together, want to do things like that together … it warms my heart.
It didn’t end there. BTE, his best friend from childhood, his fiance (how weird to type that!) and his cousins all started planning a Friday-after-Thanksgiving visit to the Mizzou football game. Long story short, BTY wasn’t going to go because we didn’t have a ticket for him. He was going to come home with us Thursday after Thanksgiving at Baby Sister-in-Law’s in Columbia, while the rest stayed behind.
BTE wasn’t havin’ it. He talked with Wifey Poo and said he’d feel bad if Jonah was left out like that, and couldn’t we just get him a ticket? So we did.
Last night at dinner, I made a big show of pausing the conversation to ensure that BTY understands and appreciates what he has in an older sibling. I do that because I recognize what it’s like to not have that, and also because BTY is so used to BTE’s kindness that I don’t think he understands how special it is. BTY assures me he does understand that and does appreciate it. I believe he thinks that he does but that he hasn’t looked around enough at other sibling relationships to fully “get” how rare what he and his brother have is.
Listen, I’m not here to say things have always been rosy between the two of them. They haven’t. We once had to stop a young BTY from stabbing BTE in the back with (safety) scissors, and though nothing pops to mind right now, I know there have been times when BTE has suffered groundings for being a jerkface to his brother. They’re brothers, after all, and they spent a lot of time together growing up because of our decision to homeschool.
Yet here they are — one already a fine young man and the other well on his way to becoming the same — and they are amazing together. They constantly think of each other and put the other first. BTY constantly has to be paused from dropping serious bank on gifts for his brother, and he doesn’t quite understand why we’re steering him away from the $70 or $80 or $100 gift he wants to get his bro. Frankly, thinking about it now, neither do I. If that’s a way he wants to show appreciation to his brother and he’s earned that money himself, why exactly am I stopping him from living out his purpose?
Our family has been through a lot. A lot a lot. Yet here we are, and things are … good?
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We are a true-crime family. This is led by Wifey Poo, who, despite the sweet and unassuming exterior, ingests true-crime podcasts and TV shows like they were Pringles. BTE has followed her down that path and, frankly, so have I, though our individual tastes for true crime differ slightly.
Only BTY is so far free from this virus. When Wifey Poo and I sit down to watch a true crime show, he’ll head downstairs with the farewell, “Have fun watching your murder…” It’s quite comical.
The latest case that fascinates us what’s going on in Idaho with the four murdered roommates. Some side notes:
- The town name of Moscow is interesting.
- That the TV station in the area has the call letters KREM is equally interesting. Is that for KREMlin, as in, the government building in Moscow, Russia?
Back to the case: I am obviously in no position to speculate on anything with any sort of authority, and I wouldn’t do so even if I were in such a position. I mean, who am I?
The case is sad and seems to be being handled quite oddly. A 911 call from a roommate who reports only an unconscious person in the apartment, not four people who have been stabbed to death? A police department that first says there is no danger to the public because this was an isolated incident, then walks that back and tells the public to be vigilant? Four people who are said to be stabbed in their sleep but who have defensive wounds?
As someone familiar with crisis communication, how this police department is handling the situation is providing some good examples of what not to do.
I hope they catch the scumbag(s) who did this soon.
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- I want to see how the Idaho thing plays out.
- Mass turkey consumption on Thursday.
- Short work week! Gotta get that holiday pay, yo!
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🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dethroned Queen 👑Gravy Wrestling 🤼♂️Dog Talk 🐕 Don’t fuck with the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival board. That’s a message Abigail Brocwell is learning the hard way. Brocwell was expected to be inaugurated as the queen of the festival in the northern Ohio town earlier this month, but she was stripped of the…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩3, Unassisted ⚾A Sad Day 📅Tracking Your Vagina 🌸 The last time Boy The Younger was on a baseball field, the “coach” of his team removed him from a game in the middle of an inning because I had privately messaged him to not attempt to steal home with my kid…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Hydrogen Issue 🚀Karting 🏎️Lake Life 😌 I was all excited to watch the launch of the moon-bound Artemis 1 rocket this morning, only to see the clock stopped at T-minus 40 minutes because of a “hydrogen issue.” Don’t know about you, but I’m thinking having an issue with hydrogen is a…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Karen in Control ⌚Karting 🏎️What podcast? 🎧 In the winter of 1993, I went to a comedy club with a friend and, in the spur of the moment, decided to be one of those who came forward to join the fun and be hypnotized. This was decidedly out of character for…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Little League Flap ⚾Grandpa Joe 🤦Psychedelics 🍄 Boys are interesting creatures who aren’t easily understood. One of the many, many weird things boys do is mercilessly make fun of their best friends. My closest friends in middle school and early in high school were affectionately nicknamed Goon, Tree Frog, Butt and…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩 Death Cometh Sooner 💀Twitter Security 🔓Game Over 🌑 Average life expectancy in the United States dropped in 2020 by almost two years in 2020, the biggest decline since World War II. Every state and the District of Columbia saw a drop. Guess it was a little bit more than that…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Worm brain 🧠Chicken Big Mac 🐔Eye Twitch 👁️ Caenorhabditis elegans is probably too elegant of a name for something that is really just a disgusting little worm about a millimeter long and most easily found in rotting fruit. It is more commonly known as a lab roundworm and was the first…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩The Agliata Homeschool Academy 🚌Hypnosis 😳Sunburn 🌞🔥 When you tell people you homeschool your children, you typically receive one of three responses: An enthusiastic: “Oh, that’s so cool!” An I’d-rather-be-dipped-in-acid: “Oh wow! I could never do that!” A you’re-one-of-those-weirdos: “Oh… really… homeschooling, huh?” The percentage for each has changed in the…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Indycar 🏎️Best Friends 😎Baseball Irony ⚾ There are certain people who look at car racing as an endless series of left turns. These people are idiots on whom nuance is lost. Boy The Elder and I crossed the border yesterday late-morning to head just past the fine city of East St.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Swine Inflation 🐖Swamp Thing 🎥Phone Calls 📱 Life was different when I went to college in Iowa after growing up in suburban New York City. This isn’t to suggest I was a city kid. I wasn’t. The city was a place we went to a few times a year, and where…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Triple-Threat 🖥️🖥️🖥️Tasmanian Tiger 🐅Video Work 📹 Humans were not meant to stare at laptop screens. At least, humans of a certain age were not meant to stare at laptop screens. I say this after successfully lobbying for a second monitor at work, which effectively turned my laptop screen into a third…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Look Before Brewing ☕Hoop Construction 🏀Nuclear War ☢️ If you’d like an indication of how much of a Monday yesterday was for me, know that I ended up with an orange in my coffee. Well, to be fair, it wasn’t a full-blown orange. It was something called a Cutie, which is…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Weird Date 🪦Nature Walk🌳Bulldog Bath 🐶 If you have a date walking around a cemetery, you’re either weird or goth, and neither Wifey Poo nor I were wearing black today, which I guess tells you all you need to know about us. Old cemeteries are something of a fascination for us,…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩So Long, Kid 👨👦Steak Celebration🥩Chip & Joanna 🪚 Regular readers of my drivel know that I’m kind of an emotional guy, which is like saying that Jack kind of could have fit on the spacious floating door with Rose in Titanic. So it should come as no surprise when I say…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Cash 4 IRS 💰Cash 4 Workers 💸Sound of Silence 🤫 Be extra careful on your taxes this year. The IRS is expected to receive nearly $80 billion when The Inflation Reduction Act eventually becomes law, and its plan is to hire 87,000 full-time workers. More than half of the $80 billion…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Spoon Nose 🥄👃🏻Dump Truck 🚚Twitter Traitor 🐦 Every night, I strap a mask attached to a long hose to my face so I don’t die. Not satisfied with looking kinda like an idiot, I then wrap a flexible Velco-enabled strap around my chin and fasten it on top of my bald…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Thanks, Yankees ⚾Kitchen Moment 👩🍳McDonald’s Glasses 🥛 Wifey Poo and I were recent college graduates and months away from becoming Married Folk when our relationship nearly faced its greatest test. The New York Yankees were rolling toward their first World Series appearance since I played with Matchbox Cars, and the St.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mammoth Dilemma🦣Zombie Pigs🧟🐖Stadium Pals⚾ Finding the fossilized remains of a Wooly Mammoth in New Mexico isn’t exactly news. It seems the furry elephants loved to hang out in the land so frequently visited by aliens. What is news is the condition of the fossils from the latest find. Some of the…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Ankle Shot 🦶🏻Teamwork 🤝🏽Talkspace Stupidity 🤪 Over the years, I’ve played catch with Boy The Younger dozens and dozens of times. From those early days of him aimlessly flinging an oversized soft thing a few feet forward, to now when he’s zipping a real baseball the regulation distance from a pitching…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Creative Desert 🎨So Long, Supra 🏎️Taco Truck 🌮 I have absolutely nothing today. On most days — even the really, really bad days — I can push out something creatively worthwhile. A blog post. A flyer. A video. Not today. Today I have jack shit. This is professionally problematic, considering my…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Hungry=Stupid 😋Strategic Planning 📅Bed Sizes 🛏️ Hunger is a strong motivator. This, most of us know. Yet I witnessed this truth at a whole new level this weekend. Wifey Poo and I traveled up to Hannibal, Missourah, for a few days. Hannibal, for you uncultured folks, is the hometown of Mark…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Change 🌀Me, Different 😷Bad Baseball ⚾ I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Most everything in humanity is governed by two intertwined forces. Supply and demand. Scarcity. Whether its the economy or human emotions, everything about us is geared toward responding to these two things. For example, when there…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Double Standards 🦅Birthday Deals 🎁Video Guy 📹 The United States has a problem with hypocrisy. Don’t worry, though; it’s nothing new. It just happens to be glaringly apparent right now. Our revered Founding Fathers got things off on a really bad foot when they penned the lofty statement that all men…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Revolution 🌍Rain 🌧️Refund 💰 By this time tomorrow, I will have completed 48 trips around the sun. Or is it 47 and I’ll be starting my 48th? Whatever. I’ll be 48 years old tomorrow. I have to admit, I’m feeling kinda blah about it. Looking back, this past revolution was busy…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Bitchy Mother Nature 🌧️⚡Tech Woes 🖥️Maturation 👦 Overnight storms made for a restless night, as waves of rain and thunder rolled through our section of Missourah. Flash flood warnings pinged my phone sometime in the middle of the night, and by the time I left for my drive to work, eastbound…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Rollercoasters 🎢Sad Puppy 🐶News Roundup 🤖 It’s possible to think a lot of thoughts while plummeting 90 feet at a 90-degree angle while staring up at the sun. This I learned yesterday while at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missourah, with the Core Four, Div, Wifey Poo’s baby sister and baby…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Date Day 🤟🏽Prison Justice 👊Universe Questions 🚀 Wifey Poo and I ended up having more than 12 hours to ourselves yesterday here in the Midwest Redneck Mecca of Branson, Missourah. Boys The Elder and Younger, along with BTE’s lovely girlfriend of nearly three years, and Wifey Poo’s baby sister and family…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩WFH WTF? 🧑💼Rebel Ball ⚾Psych Myth 🧠 As a writer/columnist/blogger/thought-spewer, I always enjoy when I get something out there before anyone else. I dug that when I was a newspaper journalist, and I dig it now. That’s why I’m happy to be hearing national publications and sites like Business Insider starting…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Fahrenheit 🌡️Blindingly White ⬜Alone Time 👴 Muricah is very much a reactionary nation. Much of what we do and who we are is because we were pissed off about the way someone else did things. Monarchy? We’ll have a democracy, thank you very much. The metric system? We’ll measure stuff our…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Tryouts ⚾BBQ Sauce🍖TMNT🐢 There is cause for celebration in the Core Four: Boy The Younger has been drafted. Sadly, we’re not talking about the ongoing Major League Baseball draft. Rather, we’re talking about the sick modern world of Little League baseball. Not to get too “Get off my lawn!” on you,…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Growth 💗Dreams 💤Redecorating 🛋️ There are moments in a dad’s life in which he can see the growth of his sons quite clearly. Sometimes that growth is physical. One day, Boy The Elder was a short, stocky little boy and then, boom, he came home from his high school job at…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Burn Pit🔥Alaska Ass🍑Nose Hair🐽 Having a plan is a far different thing from having a plan work out. I’m really good at the former, yet the latter seems to be extremely elusive. Yesterday, my plan was to take the huge pile of chopped-down cedar-tree limbs that have been in my backyard…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Jewel💎First Kiss💋Slow Ahead🐢 Wifey Poo and I are headed out into the sweltering hell that is Missourah this evening to see the woman who, should she knock on my door and say “let’s go,” I am fully empowered to join in the next part of life’s journey. I jest. Sort of.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Parenthood 🚓Alexa 📋Quick-Hitters 👋 Just about every statistic imaginable tells us we shouldn’t have kids — at least, not if we’re concerned about our own happiness, mental health, marriage, career, finances, time or ability to buy a really boss car instead of a freaking minivan. Yet here we are, still a…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Lawrence Pfaff Sr. Sucks 🚓Engagement Talk 🌯Quick-Hitters 👋 From what I know of Lawrence H. Pfaff Sr. of Belmont, NY, he was kind of a douche. The 81-year-old man died on June 27. I never met him. Never even heard of him. Until I read his obit. And about that obit?…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Travelling Companion🚓Free Beans 🌯Unfollowed 👋 Brandy Bottone is either stupid or brilliant. Whichever it is, she’s also right. The Texas woman was traveling in the HOV lane — which, for the country folk out there, stands for High Occupancy Vehicle and is reserved for cars with two or more people to…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Slots 🎰Dude Perfect ⚽Bye Bye Facebook? 👋 My mother-in-law (AKA The Judester) is nearly 81 years old and has knee problems that keep her from getting around too well these days. Watching her stand up from a chair is to feel pain yourself. Yet when I walked into the Ameristar casino…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Reflections on Grandma 👵Kids & Death 👨👦👦Don’t Say It 🤫 My grandma died yesterday, four days shy of her 96th birthday. As it goes with people at that age, it wasn’t a surprise. She had been fading for more than a year and, though she still was breathing, that version of…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sleepwalking 🧨DnD Gang 🎲Gas Idiots 🛢️ If there were a day-by-day measure of the collective output of workers in these here United States of Amuricah (and for all I know, there is), I would venture to guess that July 5 ain’t our most productive day. I base this on my observations…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Stupid Parade 🧨Math Matters ➗What Amazon Reveals 🚚 Not being a hugely patriotic person at this point in my life, I made no plans to go to any Fourth of July parade this year. It seems mighty foolish to be celebrating freedoms that are eroding right before our eyes, though I…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Alone Time, Girl Time 👩👧Picture Hanger🔨What Amazon Reveals 🚚 Wifey Poo and I found ourselves in an interesting position at home today for a little bit: Alone. Boy The Elder took off for Six Flags with his buds, and Boy The Younger left with a friend and his family (Chicken Owner,…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Oil Change 👨🔧Goose Lover🛦Church & State⛪ Based on my history, the last place anyone should ever look for me is underneath a car. Yet that’s where I found myself late this morning, side-by-side with Boy The Elder as he showed me exactly how stupid I’ve been all my life. I’m not…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Media Bias 📰Rudy’s Sandals 🩴Lack of Faith ⚖️ I’ve watched with interest the blowback against newspaper tyrant Gannett following its reminder to its journalists in the wake of the Supreme Court’s undoing of Roe v. Wade that they are not to take sides on social media. “You cannot use social media…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Censorship 🍈🍈Newspaper Talk 📰Toothbrush 🦷 I did my first actual “work” thing at my new job yesterday. The first two-plus days have been filled with meeting new people and learning about the kazillion awesome products we sell so I can talk somewhat intelligently about what we do. But then Nu Bossman…Keep reading