**another treat from the drafts folder while I work on some new stuff! PLUS DOGS**
Because I am extremely bad at utter funemployment, I spent the last many months picking up some dog walking gigs. It’s fun. I get to be outside and meet dogs and befriend concierges across this great city of mine. Unlikely though it may seem, walking dogs has proven to be a crash course in leadership as I learn to negotiate personalities, preferences, and habits. I bequeath to you the secrets I have learned that I will carry forth into other professional endeavors.
Hey, I have been sitting on this post since December so it’s not particularly timely but I want to talk about Moana. (I always want to talk about Moana.)
Did it get play? I’m sure it made tons of money, but it certainly didn’t reach Frozen levels of hype. I’d like to make the case that it should. I’d like to make the case that Moana deserves a whole lot of love and enthusiasm and feminist high-fives. From a representation perspective at least, if you don’t want to give all your dollars to Disney. (Spoilers for sure ahead!)
Oh my love, we’ve had our share of tears
Oh my friend, we’ve had our hopes and fears
Oh my friends, it’s been a long hard year
But now it’s Christmas
Yes it’s Christmas
Thank God it’s Christmas
Happy holidays from me and Queen (who, for some reason, were photoshopped with silly Christmas hats for one still in this video). Be good to someone today and every day.
If you’re a bicyclist in the DC area, I hope you’ve had the good fortune to meet John Pickett. You might have seen him at the 50 States Ride, Friday Coffee Club, or his daily commute on the Mount Vernon Trail. Although he’s an proud introvert, he also knows pretty much everybody and is always making new friends over apple fritters. With retirement in sight, John has a lot of perspective on careers and life that I was grateful to hear right now.
Miguel Vierya had the good fortune/misfortune to live on the same block of P Street as a number of my friends, and when they moved out of Shaw, we osmosed him into our group of friends. Among his many good qualities, Miguel is kind, conscientious, and infinitely patient, essential traits in a person who puts up with us and especially in a social worker employed by the federal government. He’s also an expert planner of terrible bar crawls that end with tearing doors off hinges and/or comparing wingspans after last call, so he throws a great party. In honor of his recent move from U Street to Baltimore, I asked him about being a responsible adult.