¡Buenos días, tardes y noches queridas Straddlers! It’s your elusive writer friend, Isabel, and I am here to host my first ever Friday Open Thread. Just as I wrote that, a clap of thunder rattled my windows, so it seems like everyone is excited for this.
I feel like I know all y’all from our communal tenancy of Autostraddle dot com’s warm embrace and, while that should make me feel more at ease, it’s sort of given this whole thing the air of trying to impress your older sister’s impossibly cool friends.
I know everyone is all-consumed by the Olympic craze, myself included, but I can’t give any insight or analysis on most sports so I’ll let you crazy kids get into that in the comments. For me, the Olympics have mostly been the background noise to a very strange week of challenges and accomplishments. Two in particular. This week was the first official week of my newly non-monogamous relationship and my very awesome girlfriend just went on her first date. Please, please, hold your applause. Everything is good and everyone is happy, and we talk about everything so often, my apartment has feelings oozing from the baseboards. (If anyone has any tips on how to get my earnestness and vulnerability off of the carpet please let me know.)
My second trial and triumph comes at the hands of The City of New York, who decided that my awesome tomatoes and zucchini plants couldn’t stay on the fire escape. The official citation said something about “fire hazards” and “safety concerns,” but I digress. New York thought it had seen the last of me, but little does it know that my queerness comes with a tool belt, and that tool belt has a bunch of carabiners on it. So guess who is the proud owner of a (probably illegal) hanging garden? This kid.
Admittedly, the move was a little rough on them, but they’re getting better. Don’t you worry.
Have any outstanding challenges or accomplishments from your week? Have you qualified for the women’s 200×4 relay race only to be cut last minute, missing an opportunity to win an Olympic Gold Medal? Are you harboring a Gatsby-esque unrequitable love for Katie Ledecky or the entirety of the USWNT? Have you actually met anyone on OKCupid who was actually there for “new friends”? Is “new friends” just code for casual sex? Is anyone else in a non-monogamous relationship who can help this kid out with some advice? DID YOU REGISTER FOR A-CAMP MIDWEST?
I want to know everything there is to know about you weirdos, so let’s all do our absolute best, give it our all, and leave it all out on the court, er, comments. Ready? BREAK!
How To Post A Photo In The Comments:
Find a photo on the web, right click (on a Mac, control+click), hit “Copy Image URL” and then…
code it in to your comment like so:
How To Post A Video In The Comments, Too:
Find a video on YouTube or Vimeo or WHATEVER and click “embed.” Copy that code, paste it, you’re good to go!