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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving

I took this picture through a taxi window: people eating in one of the sidewalk sheds that have become a permanent fixture on the streets of New York since the first lockdown ended. (Indoor dining was still not allowed so all of the restaurants built outdoor spaces.) And almost three years later, they're still here.

As is Covid, though we all seem to be trying our best to forget that. In my chat group of grad students/teachers there are still people posting every week: “Hey everyone who was in Oral Skills on Thursday night, I just tested positive.”) And when I first processed this picture, I thought that the woman in the center was wearing a mask, and I laughed when I realized it was just one of the reflections.

I am thankful for many things this year. I got to leave the country again and see a little of Costa Rica. I got to go to Minneapolis and reconnect with my brother. I kept plowing through the Master's program and now, in just a few weeks, I will be done.

And I just had a chocolate cupcake for breakfast because I'm an adult and no one can tell me not to.

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