A friend shared an article this week from the Atlantic written by Amanda Mull (The Pandemic Is Resetting Casual Friendships – The Atlantic) about the impact of the pandemic on social ties. The content isn’t revolutionary, cutting-edge, or original, but I really like the way she explains the breakdown. In essence, she uses the standard sociological explanations of people having different types of friendships, acquaintances, etc. radiating out from your “self” and talks about the tier 3 and beyond links that have been severed due to the isolation.
Tier 1 is your immediate social network and would normally include your family and best friends.… Read the rest
For my green goals, I’ve talked about most of them already, or at least the two big ones. I did also vague book about one of the smaller ones, and I’ve now explained in greater detail (Men who like meat!). But the ongoing stuff for green has been relatively absent. I’ve already noted in a previous blog entry that “green” areas are really hard to plan for in some ways, and not conducive to goal setting, tracking, “managing” in normal sense. Case in point — I have no green “bucket list” items to add this year. Let’s start putting the other pieces together though.… Read the rest
On my vaguebooking list, I had an item for men who like meat, and tagged a bunch accordingly. This probably wasn’t that vague for most of them as I started an outing a number of years ago called “MMMMM”. It stood for “Mid-Month Movie Madness for Men”, basically a guys night out to grab some dinner beforehand and then a movie. But attendance varied depending on the movie, location, timing, etc. I tried kickstarting it a few times, but it never really gelled as an outing.
Later, it morphed into an occasional wing night here and there, and the MMMMM transformed into “Mid-month Madness for Men who like Meat”.… Read the rest
Gratitude post for day #3…Today I am feeling grateful for 2 things. First, that Jacob has friends. That probably sounds like a no-brainer to some people, but it isn’t. Jacob is an introvert, has some sensory issues, and wears glasses and walks differently. And he never really bonded with his daycare friends early on, at least not enough that we wanted to do playdates. Add in that we were so tired the first couple of years (more on that later in the year), and the neighbourhood didn’t produce automatic peers, and the result was that he didn’t have a lot of “friends”.… Read the rest