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An update before the best storm

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Dear friends,

Thank you for your patience as I have fallen off of the newsletter grid the past couple of weeks. I have been hard at work (18-hour-day-style) and don't like clogging your inbox with half-hearted crap just to meet a weekly deadline. The coming weeks will be full of new things and thoughts and stories. Today is just a wave to remind you that I'm still here!

It's also a reminder that if you're a Worriers fan you should really keep an eye out on Monday morning. The next few days are going to be spent wondering if I'm wildly anxious or just very excited!

I use this space to share insight and resources knowing that most of us are not rolling in cash. My mind is on staying afloat and keeping a baseline of "pretty ok." It's more [gif of Maria from The Sound of Music gesturing at LOOK AT ALL THE WORK I HAVE TO DO!] rather than WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THIS MONEY AND FREE TIME?

Surprising no one, this whole carbon fiber submarine death trap has me frustrated and discouraged in humankind. The material events are a tragedy. A submarine implosion death isn't something I'd wish on anyone. It isn't something I even knew I could wish on someone until this week. But the larger story and concept and hubris are just too much.

While I can appreciate that some sports include risk (like skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, etc.) and that risk can be fun, I don't typically participate as I've spent enough time in a hospital to not ever want to go back. That's just me, and I don't have any judgments one way or another for recreational risk-taking. That is until your odds climb precipitously and the risk becomes clear not only for you but for your friends and family.

People can do whatever they want, but I fail to understand the attraction to recreational risk-taking that is not only dangerous but so expensive that one's probable death could've directly funded stability, housing, or resources for those less fortunate. It's time that could've been spent in service of literally anything else.

Personally, I don't think my limited free time needs to be spent worrying about people who have every option and resource known to man making a straight-up bad decision. I'd rather spend it making sure my friends and I are getting by and doing our best. I don't know, is that nuts?! I don't think that's nuts!

Other news and things!

🥁 My friend Atom, who I've been collaborating with for a few years now, just joined Alkaline Trio and played his first show with them since 2001 at Wrigley Fucking Field. How cool is that? I get to share some music that we made together soon and I am just so proud of him and excited we get to work together, too.

🍬 Charly Bliss released a new song which is very exciting to me, as their brand of pop is something I always need.

💥 Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum just released a comic called Minor Threats that I'm excited to read soon! I took a literal 30-min break to go to the release party at Revenge Of and saw Patton and Ron Funches do comedy sets that were 10/10, no notes.

Thanks again for being here!

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