The Weekly Wrap #83
Do you remember that commercial for UPS with the ditty about loving logistics?
I was thinking about it while I was waiting out a flight delay in Indianapolis caused by dense fog in DC. Since my flight was direct and I had nothing to rush home to, I could spend my time working and people watching.
Camped out in a chair, I marveled at all the goings on around me. Some of my fellow passengers were waiting to see if they could be rebooked. The flight across the way was deboarding and I could see the airline employees turning over the plane, refueling, and unloading baggage. A couple of airport employees worked in the terminal moving passengers with mobility issues, cleaning the moving walkway, and restocking a grab-and-go kiosk.
This was just what I could see from my seat. I couldn't see the air control tower. I couldn't see the flights in the air. I couldn't see the TSA agents. I couldn't see ticketing or the baggage operation. I couldn't see all the digital work that goes into running the airline industry.
There's an impressive amount of logistics that go into just this one operation of moving people from place to place. It's kind of inspiring to think about how all the little things we do work together to keep things rolling on a daily basis.
In lieu of a book, I opted to binge read my backlog of magazines. I’ve been leafing through my copies if Southern Living and Real Simple. I’ve got one issue left and then I’ll need to find a book.
Where are our civic amenities? [The Deleted Scenes]
Are we analyzing ourselves into stasis? [The Atlantic]
Stop criminalizing being homeless. [Anti-Racism Daily]
Only children are fine. Stop judging them. [The Atlantic - may be paywalled]
The social history of conversational boundaries and oversharing. [The Atlantic - may be paywalled]
I've been cleaning my toilet all wrong. [WaPo - gift link]
It hurts to listen to these interviews because of the pervasive role misinformation plays in voters' choices. [The Run-Up]
Forecasting fashion trends and when a classic trend becomes the normal. [99% Invisible]
All about allergies and how they are increasing. [Short Wave]
If you want an absurd laugh of a movie, I recommend The Bubble. It's a film about a movie being made during the pandemic where everyone, cast and crew, is in a bubble... and things get weird. The comedic cast is absolutely stacked. You can tell they had a great time making this one. This movie is crude and purposefully overdone; but, there are cues to popular culture and current events that make it enjoyable. [Netflix]
Slow cooker season is here and I am ready! This week, I made slow cooker pineapple teriyaki chicken. I tossed everything in the pot and let it go. We opted to go the shredded chicken route and added chopped broccoli towards the end. The flavor was awesome, but the sauce ended up thickening too much. Next time, I would serve the broccoli on the side to keep the chicken saucier. [Budget Bytes]
I haven't eaten at a Panera in ages. My conference hotel was right across the street from one. On my last night, I enjoyed a You Pick Two of Greek salad and bistro French onion soup. I love dipping pieces of baguette in the soup. [Panera Bread]
I relate to this comic so much. The other day, I had to use a dictionary to confirm how to spell “said.” [Hedger Humor]
Stuff that MattR's is an email list for the curious, with 10 new links and a musical treat every Monday morning. It’s a great way to start the week. [Stuff that MattR’s]
I finished my book before I needed to hop on my plane home. I didn’t want to pack it so I used Little Free Library to track down a place to leave it. Little Free Library is a set of publicly available collection boxes all over the US where you can take a book or leave a book. You never know what you’re going to find when you visit one.
Kiddo is home a few extra days this week due to daycare PD and a holiday. I will be going into the office since the husband took the week off. This is going to be me leaving every day.