This is an update brought to you by Alex.
It has been a busy few weeks. We have been socializing far more than we are used to, which is great, but also exhausting for a pair of introverts. I am being productive in theory while Allison is gone for a few days doing grown-up-type things. I begin work on the 18th and it would be hard to be more excited. Until then I am enjoying my time.
If you don’t mind I am going to take a minute to get a bit political. If you do mind you can just wander on off for a bit, thank you very much.
I learned at library school that as professionals we are either expected to be quiet about politics and social justice, or else very loud. This seems to be a point of contention, especially for archivists, who have to be neutral enough in many cases to be trusted with some hush-hush type documents and collections. I believe very strongly that being neutral is exactly the right way to be for some archivists. But I have decided neutrality is not for me. I love that some of us are vocal and brave about important human rights issues. Librarians and Archivists With Palestine is my personal favorite example of this. Likewise, I have noticed some writers are also very vocal about social issues and politics, while others stay quiet in an effort to either maintain privacy or not alienate readers. I respect their right to their privacy and ability to remain neutral, but again this is not for me. I have thought about this and come to the conclusion that, as I am only here for a short time, I will say what I decide must be said, and fight for what must be fought for, because this is the person that I want to be. I do not want to alienate anyone, but I am choosing to have a voice when it counts.
Today Bernie Sanders conceded to Hillary, something I really hoped he would not do before the national convention. I have not decided if I can vote for her, but I am pretty sure, that in good conscience, I cannot. We are in a tough place right now, as a country, with two of the most disliked candidates in history. Something is seriously wrong with a system where this is allowed to happen. As this beautiful, heart-wrenching article states This Was Never About Bernie Sanders None the less, today is still a heart wrenching day, because Bernie was the vehicle for our hope. A hope, no, a belief, maybe even a certainty that we the people, had the power to fight the systemic corruption, racism and bigotry consuming our country. We will continue to fight, we will continue to try and make the world a better place, but it hurts all the same.
EDIT: It appears Bernie did not concede by endorsing Hillary, and is still going to the convention with his delegates.
As for adventures, let’s see, they have been a bit limited due to in-climate weather. We explored the DAR State Forest in Goshen, MA by accident. We intended to entertain the idea of going for a swim but ended up “lost” in the woods for a few hours instead. It was rainy, which was nice, but then it stopped raining and was humid, which was less nice. Add to that we got quite swarmed by tiny winged vampires, whoops. The rain kept me from getting any very good photos, which is sad because there was quite a bit of gorgeous scenery, wildlife and MUSHROOMS! Despite having chosen the wrong day for that particular adventure we had fun and are absolutely going back.
We stopped by the Book Mill in Montague. It was very neat. Literally an old mill, right on the river, full of books, music, food, and an art gallery selling the works of local artists. I have to admit my archivist/librarian side was screaming internally because all of the windows were open, while it was raining, right on a river, and the humidity was terrible. “NO NOT THE BOOKS! Buy them quickly, save them!”, internal Alex screamed knowing full well the futility.
I also ran into the Comic Creator’ Jam at the Modern Myths and introduced myself, which was less painfully difficult than I imaged, because they were all so freakin’ nice. Allison and I are excited to work on a graphic novel together. I bought “Bitch Planet” volume 1, which I am incredibly excited to read, because hooray, feminism.
Finally, last night, I forced myself out of the house to go to my first Nerd Nite Noho, where I listened to two talks. One about consciousness and the other about the digital preservation of video games via browser emulators. Good talks, and everyone seemed nice, but I was a bit too shy and tired to talk to anyone. I did however, catch some pretty sweet Pokemon. Hoping to start work on some sewing projects this week, will post updates.
I had a dream
You were burnt to the bone
But I crawled in bed beside
And called that bed my home