December 15, 2018
I was out the door before 7:30 and walked down my street to the corner where there is a Dunkin’ Donuts. I was working on a pretty ambitious book review on deadline and had to make substantial progress on reading a book about a politics for the anthropocene before meeting someone at 11.
I drank a big americano and sat in the Dunkin’ Donuts in a nooked seating area behind a christmas tree. The drive thru rolled by behind me while I tried to read about how humans have altered nature. I was reading about the settler frontier and genocide of indigenous people while the loudspeaker blasted “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” The TV behind the X-mas tree had a story about J-Lo’s next moves and opening up about A-Rod.
A couple of cops came in and stood chatting, blocking the entrance to the nook I was sitting in; it felt claustrophobic. I don’t care for law enforcement. I wrote on a napkin, “as the class war intensifies, the X-mas music will get louder.” I started thinking about my favorite X-mas song, which is called “All I Want For Christmas is Lowered Expectations.” A yoga mom and her kids came and sat at the table next to me, and one of the kids said, “Look mom, a kitty, it’s a kitty,” and the mom responded, “I don’t care.” I had read a chapter of my book. I went to the library across the street to check my email since I had left my phone at home.
I then walked down the main drag of Hadley, MA, to a fancy brunch spot where I met a childhood best friend’s dad who was in town randomly. I hadn’t seen him years, but used to be at his house all the time when I was a teenager. We talked politics and he bought me a vegan “benedict,” which tasted okay. He told me how his political orientation changed since he became an empty-nester and the world had changed too. I told him some half-baked ideas about why the left needs to build institutions, but don’t think I was convincing. We both agreed on a political principle, which is “fuck civility.” It was nice to see him.
I walked home to keep reading and got a text that said “hey we need to talk soon” from someone I play music with. I ate an apple. I hate those texts. But he came over and we went for a walk by the river. We talked about something he was struggling with and wanted to tell me about. We then went to a coffee shop together, the third one of the day, which is unusual for me. I finished my book, he worked on a paper for school, and I commented several times on how bad the playlist — a lot of Avett Brothers-ish fare — was. The coffee shop was full of college students writing final papers. There still wasn’t enough coffee to make me feel less tired.
He took me back home and I anxiously made dinner and drank tea. I thought: “you can’t eat nerves.” I am just starting to see somebody. I like her. I went to her apartment for the first time. We drank more tea and she told me she was reading about Anarcho-Syndicalism on Wikipedia. She asked me if I believed in representative democracy. I deflected because I don’t really know and said something about slaveholders. We talked, kissed, and ate popcorn. Her apartment is spacious and nice. Her roommate’s cat liked me I think.
I drove back home and listened to a song that my band had made that was finally mastered. I called my friend the mastering engineer on the phone, I used to live with him, and we talked about whether or not the EP was “salvageable.” We think it might be.
Back home my roommates were complaining about another roommate. I sat in the next room and tried to ignore it but couldn’t stop listening. I went outside and smoked some pot with one of the complainers and looked up at the stars. I don’t remember the last time I smoked pot, I don’t really like to, but thought it might help because I haven’t been sleeping well. I was stoned, not tired, so I responded to some emails.
I ate some cookie butter ice cream, and, after a while, I went to sleep.
Popula is 100% ad-free, reader-supported journalism accountable only to you. Every dollar of your subscription goes straight to our work. Thank you for supporting Popula.
Hmm, looks like you don’t have MetaMask activated!
If you know what MetaMask is and have it installed, activate MetaMask and refresh:
If that doesn’t make sense to you, click here:
The MetaMask window should have popped up and asked if you want Popula to have access to your MetaMask. Click the ‘CONFIRM’ button.
Don’t see the MetaMask window? Click here to request it again:
You have an old version of the MetaMask extension installed. Before we can continue, you must install the latest version.
- Uninstall (don’t just disable) the existing extension from your browser.
- Restart your browser.
- Go to metamask.io and re-install the extension.
- Come back here and try again!
We know this step is inconvenient, but it’s necessary to make sure this all goes smoothly!
Your MetaMask extension is running, but for privacy purposes you have to allow us to connect to your MetaMask wallet.
You need to connect to the Main Net before you can actually tip. Click on your MetaMask icon so the window pops up, then select ‘Main Ethereum Network’ from the dropdown.
How much do you want to tip?
You can adjust either amount to see how much ETH or USD you’ll be sending.
You can adjust the tip amount in the MetaMask popup window before confirming the transaction.
Popula’s authors contribute 5% of their tips to Popula to help with the overhead of running the tipping system.
Author participation in the Popula tipping system is optional; if an author declines to participate in the tipping system, your tip will be refunded to you in full within 60 days.
Your MetaMask window has popped up now, and you need to confirm the transaction.
Hit that ‘CONFIRM’ button to make it happen!
Did you reject the transaction by accident? Want to adjust your tip amount? Click here:
Maybe you’re not quite comfortable with this yet?
That transaction didn’t go through for some reason.
Try clicking on the MetaMask button in your browser bar (looks like this: ) and see if you have any transactions listed at the bottom of the popup. If you don’t see the tip you just tried to leave, then try again:
Or just want to ask us about it? We’ look into it personally for you.
Thank you so much for your tip, and for your direct support of journalism. The author will appreciate it a lot, and so do all of us at Popula.
Want a receipt?
To see your transaction logged in MetaMask, click the MetaMask button in your browser toolbar—this one: —and your transaction will be listed in the popup.
You can also track the transaction on the Etherscan website. It usually takes under a minute to process, and you’ll get a notification from MetaMask when it’s done.Track on Etherscan
If you have any questions at all, please let us know!
All set?Home to Popula, please!
We know this cryptocurrency stuff is new and weird. We’re here to help you understand. Ask us email@example.com
ETH is Ether, a popular cryptocurrency generated on the Ethereum blockchain.
You’ll need some Ethereum cryptocurrency (ETH) in a MetaMask wallet in order to tip an author. Currently it’s not possible to tip in other cryptocurrencies, or in dollars or other fiat currencies.
For a comprehensive FAQ to help get you started, please visit our help page, “How to Tip Your Favorite Authors with Cryptocurrency on Popula!”
If you have any questions at all, please let us know!