The "When You Least..." Edition

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As many of you know, in between injuries and illnesses, my exercise consists of tennis and yoga. In March of 2020, the tennis bubbles and yoga studios were locked up tight, and it was before the boon of Covid-safe-er outdoor tennis availed itself. About three days into lockdown, a friend offered to include me in her recently cobbled together Zoom yoga sessions. Five or seven of us met over Zoom, six days a week, for weeks. We battled through initial tech glitches and the rhythm of a teacher that only one of us had ever met in person, not to mention ongoing Covid, social, and political crises that marked the rest of that horrible year.

Well, eleven months into 2021, still meeting four days a week, that initial MWF group plus two Saturday faithfuls finally met our beloved Veronique in person! She came for a scant three days, about 10 hours of which were taken up by extended yoga classes and an unbelievably fun dinner.

Covid… hilarity ensued:

1) When the person who was hosting the group found out she was exposed to a positive-testing, asymptomatic person, she did yoga via Zoom upstairs in her own house!

2) When at our welcome dinner out, the restaurant we went to was extra rigorous with the demand for vaccination proof and i.d.’s. One person did not have her phone and realized her vaxx proof was…on her phone. We asked the mâitre d’ for a little time to figure out to get the proof texted or emailed to her. Husband, not home. Kids/neighbors, no go. We were stressed. After a while, it occurred to me that she could call her sister. Her identical twin sister. Who texted her sister her own vaxx card and driver’s license to one of our phones. Yes. The Patty Duke April Fool’s joke came in very handy. The mâitre d’ and we all were de-stressed and went on to have a wonderful time. I wonder what @NYT Ethicist would say about our solution. She was fully vaxxed but it was not her actual ID. What say you?

3) When, worryingly, our faith in all things NYC was shaken when our yoga teacher (also vaxxed, but also off a plane from Florida) told us that the upper west side HOT YOGA class she went to that day didn’t ask for any Covid proof of vaxx or negative test. At all.


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The Pic(k) of the Week:

Jocelyn Lee’s Older Women In The Nude via The New Yorker


Cecily Strong’s 'Goober The Clow’ Makes Powerful Abortion Statement On ‘SNL’ via The Los Angeles Times


Women May Be Better Investors Than Men. Let Me Mansplain Why. via The New York Times


Women Say Sex With Dave Portnoy Was ‘Violent and Humiliating’ via The Cut

Marilyn Manson’s Accusers Detail His Alleged Abuse: ‘He’s So Much Worse Than His Persona’ via The Los Angeles Times


Have We Reached The Peak Of The Diana Cinematic Universe? via Elle

AstroWorld Survivor: ‘I Just, Like, Took My Last Breath. And I Passed Out. via The Washington Post

Nikole Hannah-Jones Keeps Her Eyes On The Prize via Vanity Fair

Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe Malfunction Erased An Icon Of Unapologetic Sexuality via Vox

’Red (Taylor’s Version)’ Makes A Classic Even Better via Rolling Stone

Margaret Atwood Pries Open 8 Books On Snooping In Its Many Forms via The West End Phoenix


’I Don’t Know What A Carrie Is’: Candace Bushnell Works It Out On Stage via The New York Times

Carrie’s Back! Sarah Jessica Parker Opens Up About About A Grand Return via Vogue

And Just Like That…The New SATC Reboot Teaser Is Here via The Cut


Paris Hilton Wears Oscar de la Renta To Marry Carter Reum In Bel Air via Vogue

’I Found A Best Friend And Companion:’ Malala’s Wedding In Her Own Words via British Vogue

Quandra Prettyman, Barnard’s First Full-Time Black Faculty Member and Champion Of Black Women’s Literature, Dies at 88 via The New York Times

And What’s Not To Love About…

Senior Sprint: 105-Year-Old Julia ‘Hurricane’ Hawkins Just Set A New Track & Field Record via Mental Floss