Jan. 29th, 2017

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Today, T. went to track. I got to chat with a lovely woman who I first met when the kids were doing soccer last year. Also, I said hi to V. and her family. Then we went home, hung out for a bit. Then we went to Applebee's for lunch. After that, we stopped at CVS for Aquaphor, and I bought a really cool looking purple umbrella. Then it was off to the horse. M. and I have a nice chat. On the way home, T. and I got yoplait and some other odds and ends at Roche.

Dinner at home. A. vegetated on the couch all afternoon/evening. Eventually, R. went over and took her temperature. It was 101. I've already reached out to the friend I was supposed to have breakfast with tomorrow, because I'm betting A. isn't going to school tomorrow morning.

ETA: In concert planning, T. asked me to cross out Heliotropes, since they canceled their Middle East date. He downloaded Bandsintown. He noticed AJR is playing at Brighton Music Hall, so after consulting with R. and determining that there are usually at least a few seats along the edge of the hall, we bought tickets and a parking voucher.

In other planning, one of my nieces is getting married in a little over a year and a half, so I started poking around to find a house to rent near the venue.
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http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2017/01/these-are-not-normal-times.html

One of the most valuable aspects of our time is the ease with which ordinary people can live for a decade or more in a country not of their birth, their extended family, or even because of a particular job or education. You can go live somewhere else, without having to irrevocably give up your place of origin, and all that went with it.

Trump is attacking refugees, with an order issued at a time of remembrance for refugees we failed in their time of need.

Trump is attacking people who played by the rules, who navigated a difficult bureaucracy, who are hoping to find a life that is safe for them, better for them.

Trump is attacking the fragile fabric that ties open minded nations together, by attacking the ability of our individual citizens to live in other nations for a time, and to build connections across borders.

Hopefully, the incompetence of the attack, coupled with the vigorous response of people who understand the seriousness of this, will mitigate the harm.

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