This is part of New York Super Week, and tickets ARE GOING TO SELL OUT. Get them while you can.
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WHO WANTS TO DO THE THING
JUST BOUGHT MY TICKET FOR THE THING
Q:I saw your post on becoming a clinic escort. I'm in NYC. Tell me what to do. I'm not an intimidating looking person, but I'm REALLY MAD about the ruling and I can give a few hours to help. -Hannah
Okay, the rundown. This is for you and anyone else in NYC interested in escorting. Depending on where you live, there are two clinics that could use your help: Dr. Emily’s, in the Bronx, and Choices in Jamaica, Queens.
My information is more current for Choices, because that’s where I volunteer (and that’s where I’ll be tomorrow/next week). If you want to volunteer at Dr. Emily’s, either email contactATnownycDOTorg and ask them for details, or let me know, and I’ll ask my volunteer coordinators who you should contact.
If you want to volunteer at Choices (which you should, because I am there, and thus it is clearly the superior place (mostly kidding)), the protesters show up on Saturdays from 7-10ish in the morning. Yes, that’s… incredibly early. It sucks balls. Some of the escorts come later, if that makes it more manageable.
To give you an idea of what my Saturdays look like: I used to live in the Village, and it took me 50 minutes to get out to Choices. Now I live next to Mount Sinai, in Carnegie hill, and it takes me an hour and 20 minutes. So I wake up…….. early.
If the whole “waking up at 6 in the morning to get yelled at for three hours” hasn’t thrown you off, here’s the basic info for getting to the clinic and becoming an escort:
The clinic is located at 147-32 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica NY. The entrance is NOT on Jamaica Avenue- it’s on 147th street. You will be able to tell, because the entrance will have an awning and a bunch of protesters around it.
If you are a woman/ you look female, you’ll know you’re at the right place because someone will tell you to save your baby.
When you get to Choices, locate the escorts. We are very easy to spot, because we will be wearing white lab coats. Tell one of us that you’re a new escort or that you’re volunteering, and we’ll take it from there.
If you don’t see any escorts, go inside and tell the receptionist that you’re a new escort - she’ll direct you to the right place.
And that’s basically it! Training is on-the-ground/ in-full-action - you’ll be with another escort or two, so you don’t have to worry about being new. We have all perfected our intimidating glares, and we are willing to share our secrets, so you don’t have to worry about not being intimidating!
(besides, I’m about as intimidating as a fly, and I do okay).
If you’re planning to come tomorrow, there will be cookies, made by me. And I will love you so fucking much. If you’re planning to come anytime in the next couple months, and you’d like to meet up with me (which is hard, because this is the internet, and we don’t use real names outside), let me know in advance, and I’ll tell you if I’m planning to be there. I am easily identifiable by my glasses, red-brown hair and grumpy look on my face.
AND THAT IS SUZANNE’S LONG SPIEL ABOUT HOW TO BE A CLINIC ESCORT IN NEW YORK.
Now, fellow new yorkers: DO THE THING.
There’s one basic caveat to this whole thing:
If you are a person of color - especially if you are black or brown - you need to know that the protesters will target you more. Be forewarned. Our Korean-american escort gets *no* racialized harassment, but the black escorts who do… get a whole shitload.
I have also been escorting at Choices for the last couple months. It requires me to wake up at 5am on whatever Saturday I can make it, and I have found it 100% worth it every time.
NOW NYC will have clinic escorting classes every few months, but they’re totally fine with you e-mailing and then showing up. They’ll send you a list of stuff to know, and they’ll give you another quick rundown when you show up.
The antis will make you feel so angry sometimes, but I have found that the other escorts are some of the most awesome people I’ve met since I moved to NYC last year. (hi Suzanne, I have probably totally met you but I have also learned almost no ones real name!)
I will also be at Choices tomorrow and I will be breaking out my last box of Thin Mints for all the other awesome folks who show up!
i don’t care about what trends men hate. tell me what trends women love. how do i wear my eyeliner so a girl will want to kiss me. what color lipstick makes her think about moving to a cute house on the beach with me and getting 5 dogs. do ladies like peplum dresses and platform heels or not. come on.
Knitting Inspiration - I really love all these vivid blues. You may have heard me mention the “blue bird of happiness,” which is exactly the color of blue that I associate with all sorts of positive things; maybe it’s because I keep that bird on the windowsill next to my bed or maybe it’s because I just watched Watchmen last night and my thoughts are all blue-glowing and voiced in a soothingly rational tone at the moment, but I can’t stop thinking in tones of blue.
Sources are, as always, in the captions and below.Blue
America’s First Cat Café Opens: Drink Coffee Alongside Adorable Cats
Yesterday, America’s first cat café opened in New York City. Cat lovers, you now have only three more day to sip coffee and eat pastries alongside adorable cats! Purina One teamed up with the North Shore Animal League, the country’s largest no-kill shelter, to create this pop-up café that’s the temporary home to rescue cats. While the concept of a cat café has been around for a while, with Asia and Europe leading the way, this is the first time one has opened in the United States. Two permanent cat cafés are scheduled to open in San Francisco this year.
The concept is simple. Visitors pay an hourly fee or cover charge to sit and lounge with cats. This one, on 168 Bowery, is free. Sixteen cats roam the premises and you’re welcome to pick one up and snuggle with it. If you fall in love with a particular one, you can even adopt it! (Read about each individual cat, here. Looks like “Sushi” is featured in the photo, above.) To get your feline fix, stop by the store from 10a to 7p each day till April 27. If you’d like to learn a little something, you can listen to different cat experts talk about cat health and behavior. The store’s capacity is limited to just 65 people, so you may have to wait in line.
Via My Modern Met
OH MY GOD YAAAYY
I know what I’m doing on Sunday! I do not care about huge lines, I will prevail!
So remember that knitting emergency I had a while back?
I pulled my baby, the very first sweater I ever knitted, out to wear, and found two holes in the back. THE HORROR!! Thanks to some emotional support from all of you and the step by step instructions I found online, I was able to repair the holes!! Hurrah!!!
I actually did it a few weeks ago, but am just getting around to posting the pics, because, you know, midterms.
In the first pic, I stabilized the area with DPNs. Since I didn’t have a darning egg, this was extremely helpful. It kept the stitches from sliding around and getting away from me and making the problem worse.
Then I took a regular needle and thread and stitched all the loose stitches together and sort of drew the edges of the holes together, which is the second pic.
Finally, I took out the DPNs and used my tapestry needle and leftover yarn to duplicate stitch over the whole are and a few rows/stitches on either side. Then I tied off and wove in the ends.
It looks a little messy on the inside of the sweater, but as you can see from the third pic, from the outside, you can’t even tell there was ever a hole there. And no one will see the inside when I’m wearing it, so who cares?
Plus, I feel so proud of myself now :)
Here’s the tutorial I used. It’s from Twist Collective and is amazing - written instructions and pictures for four different darning methods: