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A SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE TRUMP ERA

Here’s a summer survival guide, 10 ways to relax during the era of Trump.

1.  Take a day off from the news, one day a week.

 2.  Don’t get into an argument with a Trump supporter, especially if it’s a member of your family. Remember, there are more independents and non-voters than Trump Republicans. And the 2018 midterm election will be won on the basis of turnout.

3.  Pay no attention to Trump’s tweets. They’re becoming increasingly bizarre and irrelevant.

4.  Watch an old movie of biting political satire, like “Wag the Dog.”

5.  But don’t watch “Doctor Strangelove.

6.  Join an Indivisible group near you and take action with them, attending a congressional town meeting and organizing others to contact your members of congress. It’s having an effect. Plus, it’s therapeutic.  

7.  Drink lots of water and get plenty of exercise. Helps with the anger.

8.  Read good books of fiction, like Harry Potter. Don’t read George Orwell’s “1984” or Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here” or Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America.”

9.  Go to a county fair with your kids, and watch the pigs.

10. Have a cookout with your neighbors and see what resources you yourselves can offer to your community. Start a tool collective or teach a class in a library or out of someone’s house. Tangible change can come from your hands, not only your votes. Remember, resistance works best when people come together and work together.         

Have a great summer!

United Games of Old Masterlist

Having only started following football after the last World Cup (and seeing as I’m suffering at the moment with no league football to watch for another couple of months) I asked recently for your favorite United games of old. The responses I received were amazing, and now that I am not slammed with work tonight I wanted to put everything together in one place, as a reference post of sorts. While I initially had a pre 2008 period in mind given the replies it now goes until 202-13, the last season before I started watching we were any good in. Thank you to everyone who reblogged and sent asks and helped me construct a wonderful summer survival guide – you guys rock! :)

  • 1992-1993, Manchester United v. Sheffield Wednesday, or Gary’s favorite
  • 1999 FA Cup Final, Manchester United v. Newcastle, or the one with Giggsy
  • 2001-2002, Tottenham Hotspur v. Manchester United, or who doesn’t love a good comeback?
  • 2003-2004, Manchester United v. Arsenal, or what do you mean we have a game nicknamed the Battle of Old Trafford??? What happened omg???
  • 2006-2007, Manchester United v. Manchester City, or the one thing that’s better than winning the Manchester derby is winning the Manchester derby AND winning the league
  • 2006-2007, Manchester United v. AS Roma, or you had me at the Carrick brace
  • 2008-2009, Manchester United v. Tottenham Hotspur, or who doesn’t love ALL!! THE!! GOOD!! COMEBACKS?
  • 2008-2009 UCL, Arsenal v. Manchester United, or I’m getting the vibe that you guys really don’t like Arsenal
  • 2010-2011, Manchester United v. Chelsea, or who doesn’t love a last minute win especially when it’s Chicharito who seals the deal
  • 2010-2011, Chelsea v. Manchester United, or everyone can score a goal but can you do it with your face?
  • 2010-2011, Manchester United v. Manchester City, or the one with the overhead kick
  • 2011-2012, Manchester United v. Arsenal, or Arsenal fans look away now
  • 2011-2012, Chelsea v. Manchester United, or a draw isn’t always a bad thing (I can’t believe I just typed those words)
  • 2012-2013, Manchester United v. Real Madrid, or there is sometimes honor in defeat (OR or I can already see myself protesting that red card decision, come on ref take mine if you need glasses!! #team double standards)

If your favorite United game of old isn’t here drop a line and I’ll update the list with it. (I left out the two UCL finals on purpose by the way because of course those are must see!) 

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Another video for the Transgender Teen Survival Guide. Questions plucked from the thousands in backlog on tumblr. Thanks to all!

Tips for (surviving) summer

If you are anything like me, you can’t say that summer is your favourite season.
Not with that feeling of everything being suspended, and most of all not with all that heat and sweating and humidity that makes it impossible to breathe.

So, in my 30 summers, I’ve learned that the oldies but goldis are always useful to remember:

do not go out in the sun between 11am and 4pm, if you must do that, wear sunscreen and try to walk as much as you can in the shadow. Wear a hat, heck, even use a parasol!

drink plenty of water, it doesn’t need to be icy cold, as long as you remember to drink plenty. Make yourself flavoured water, get one of those magnesium+potassium things to dissolve in water and drink it along the day. Stay hydrated

snack on fruits and vegetables, seasonal ones, they are rich in liquids and vitamins and minerals that you need in these days. Peaches, apricots, cantaloupes, tomatoes, carrots.

keep a fan in your purse or backpack (along with your bottle of water)

avoid heavy foods, like fried foods and things that are hard to digest: they will take up too much water and too much energy from you

an electric fan is all you need, you do not need air conditioning set to “freeze” levels, just a little something that moves the air.
If you have two position them like so, at night: one with its back to the open window to “suck in” night’s cool air, one facing your open door to “push out” warm air from the room, this way it creates a current.

when all else fails and you’re still hot, wet these points: ankles, behind your knees, wrists, inside your elbows, collarbones and behind your ears, do not dry those points: water will evaporate on its own, meanwhile giving you a refreshing feeling.

wear light fabrics, possibly cotton and linen and try to avoid synthetic fabrics as much as you can

follow your cat around, they know the coolest places

make your own popsicles by freezing fruit juice, or water with flavoured syrups, or smoothies

if your house has windows that face the afternoon sun, keep the glass panels open, but close anything that can keep the light out (curtains, shades, whatever), this way air can flow, but the most of the heat should stay out. In worse cases, close everything: my kitchen faces the sun all day long, from noon to sunset, it gets incredibly hot, so around 11am I close the shades and the windows and leave the kitchen empty and dark, it’s still the hottest room in the house, but at least it’s not like an oven!

unplug any electronic device you’re not using: they heat up thus heat up your place

if all else fails and you need a break from the heat, plan a trip somewhere you know it’s fresh: in a park under a tree, at the public library where they have AC

reduce your efforts to the minimum: try to work out either in the early morning or in the evening. If you have to go places, move with plenty of time so you don’t have to run, instead you can walk quietly. Take a nap if you can in the hottest hours. Lift your legs up, so blood can circulate properly.

That’s it, I can’t think of other advice, but if you do feel free to add some!
Stay safe, summer’s only two months anyway :P

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It’s nearly @vidconblr (Vidcon)!

I’ve put together a few tips for a How to Vidcon video. (Tips also work for Playlist Live or Summer In The City though)

I Hope you like it! Please share if you know anyone going to Vidcon and if you’re going I hope I see you!

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