So this week things that I'm really grateful for. I have a cousin that recently finished her final chemo and radiation treatments and got to ring the bell. And because of the COVID issues, we were not allowed as her family to be there to support her in that. So we all gathered at a nearby Church in a parking lot and there was about twenty five of us in different vehicles that we decorated our vehicles and did a parade beeping and honking past her house, and she was outside and got to see all that and show our support and our love that way. So I'm really really grateful that we all did that and I'm really grateful that she's gotten this far in her cancer treatment and hopefully they when they do another her neck surgery, they're going to find that she is still cancer-free. So that was what I am particularly thankful and grateful for this week.
One thing that I'm particularly grateful for is all of the friends and loved ones that I have in my life. Now that gatherings of under ten are allowed, it's nice to be able to see my friends and family in person again, but because everybody's been this so… supportive feels like the wrong word, but just everybody has been supportive of each other through this time that it doesn't really feel like it's been that long since I've spent time with my friends and family home. It's been a long time since seeing them in person, but I've kept in contact with them talking to them over text message or phone call. So I'm very grateful to just Have such great people in my life and also to have a little bit of normalcy come back and being able to see them without that worry.
Something that's been particularly difficult this week has been all of the protests and activism. Like it's fantastic to see but it's just so hard that it has to happen. I went to one of the protests in Lansing last I think it was last Thursday, and it was the one where a car ended up getting flipped and set on fire and the police and National Guard ended up coming down town to push protesters out with tear gas and batons. And just that state of unrest has been very difficult lately. I'm glad to have taken part in it. I'm sad that it's something that has to happen.
“If someone gave you $100 to donate, where would you donate it to?” I'd probably just try to tip someone or maybe a couple of people spread it out five bucks, ten twenty bucks to service workers. I should say service industry workers. I guess in semi-related news. I did donate two grand to my cousin's charity. He runs a food pantry essentially in the Cleveland area. He owns a restaurant. Well, it's a bar really. And I don't actually know him very well, my cousin. He's a few years older than me, but actually he started this charity before the pandemic. It was like last fall and it was to provide aid to Food Service employees that were out of work, food and financial aid. So, you know, I think that's just cuz he's an extraordinarily generous person. But h—- s—-, could you have picked a more fortunate time to be getting a charity off the ground? I mean, I guess it'd be, I guess it'd be better to have one that's even more mature. But you know starting it in, you know, October versus trying to start it in March, you know, that's h—- of a head start, so yeah he had a couple connections already. There are a couple of organizations, they're doing these Food Market things in the Cleveland area — market, not really a market. It's free for the people they’re helping. But you know, maintain social distancing. So yeah, I mean two grand's not going to solve anything but you know, maybe that sponsors a day of food for the organization or you know at the very least, it’ll make — make a couple of people's day. *Note: we’ve excluded some mild language here in the transcript that is not bleeped out in the audio file