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sheafrotherdon ([personal profile] sheafrotherdon) wrote on July 31st, 2017 at 07:46 am
I have had a whirlwind weekend, but it was completely fabulous. Saturday morning at 7.30am I was on a train into Chicago to do a work gig all day, and in the late afternoon, when that was done, a friend, her husband, and her dog picked me up downtown and we drove to their lake house in Michigan. (It's not actually on the lake, but it's close enough.) There we hung out, we cooked food, we talked around a bonfire until early in the morning, and then Sunday we got up and had a leisurely breakfast. At lunchtime we drove about twenty minutes to where my friend's cousins were all staying with their kids and went down to the beach at their resort. Oh, my goodness, I loved it. I love my friend's cousins - they are loud and fun and great parents and I get plopped right down into the middle of a family that I just don't have myself. And we sat on the beach and swam in the lake and I emptied my head of everything except simply existing. It was beautiful. And - despite applying sunscreen so many times that I was a parody of someone who doesn't want to get burned - I got sunburned. I missed the very, very tops of my legs and around the shoulder straps of my swimsuit and, somehow, my knees. My knees! I know I applied sunscreen to my knees over and over, but apparently it wasn't enough. Poop! I am definitely in pain today, but applying lots of aloe, taking ibuprofen, and drinking a whole bunch of water.

All of that happened in 36 hours, which blows my mind - I feel like I lived three days in one. And now I'm in Chicago to dog-sit for my friend while she's on a business trip and her husband, who's an engineer by day and musician by night, has a big job, a show, and then a 8am-8pm conference Tuesday and Thursday.

Despite the sunburn, I am still so deeply happy about those beach hours. I was so deliciously happy and content, perhaps because I get to get to a beach so rarely? But also because everyone welcomed me, handed me sandwiches, I shared our wine, we all laughed and laughed . . . what a happy, happy thing.

On the way home last night we listened to a couple of Radio Lab episodes, including [this one] about leaps in technology that are making it possible for people to study people's speech and fake new speech that sounds completely authentic, and for others to study people's facial expressions and generate completely new facial expressions so that a real person looks like they're saying something they never said. It is terrifying. Can you imagine this last election if these had been widely available? How will we ever know if something is true ever again? THIS is why scientists need humanists, so that someone says "um, SHOULD we do this?" before people actually do. (In sum: see Jurrasic Park.)

I hope you had wonderful weekends, and that this week treats you kindly!
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