“Would you rather all your stuffies come to life, or have your house turn into a chicken?”

A question I've been dying to ask you:  Would you rather all your stuffies come to life, or have your house turn into a chicken? Ooo that's a hard one. I know. My house turn into a chicken. Why? Because the stuffies would be bossy. Really? Maybe. They would wanna play with you all the time. Oh, right. Okay, but the chicken wouldn't need your help? No, it would just be a chicken. Would it be a huge chicken, the size of your house? No that question… your house turn into a real chicken. Oh I see, just a regular chicken. But where would we live if you turned our house into a chicken? Anywhere, cause -- we -- just everything in our house would disappear and there would be a chicken and its place and you could turn your house into a chicken and not into a chicken. And you could paint your house to look like a chicken! Why? Why would we do that? And then it actually turns into a chicken. All right.

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“I just send my friends videos of me talking.”

I mean, I don't think I do talk on the phone more than I did, like before the pandemic. Maybe if I look at it from like a really really far back standpoint like probably. But, I mean I send -- instead of talking on the phone, I don't really like talking on the phone it kind of annoys me because then when I want to hang up I feel bad. Because like I don't wanna -- I'm not gonna say "I want to hang up. I don't wanna talk to you anymore," because that's just rude. So I have to be like, maybe I have to make an excuse or I have to be like wait for something I actually have to do or be like, "I'm sorry I have to go. I have to do my homework." And I just I feel bad doing that. And so I made up a way to fix that for myself. I just send my friends videos of me talking. If they don't wanna watch it then that's fine, they don't watch it, they don't respond, I totally understand that. And then if they send me a video back and I don't respond right away, they know that I'm doing something but I don't have to say something right back because it's just in like a text message video or like a Snapchat video. So it works out perfectly and it's just so much easier and I don't have to like be like having a full-on conversation. We're just sending each other videos back and forth.s just in like a text message video or like a Snapchat video. So it works out perfectly and it's just so much easier and I don't have to like be like having a full-on conversation. We're just sending each other videos back and forth.s just in like a text message video or like a Snapchat video. So it works out perfectly and it's just so much easier and I don't have to like be like having a full-on conversation. We're just sending each other videos back and forth.

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“I assume it’s been similarly weird for other people for other occasions…”

It's Passover Michigan Diaries. I just want to tell you about a little bit. You know, we do the holidays typically just make the food. So like for Passover this year on Friday my dad made matzo ball soup, we had matzo and haroset which is a food I don't eat except on Passover, sort of a traditional food. And I don't have a food to compare haroset to like the diced apples is the main ingredient, a lot of people add nuts like almonds or -- I’m not actually sure. And then there's usually like some cinnamon in there and maybe some other spices. I think there's usually wine in it or grape juice. It's pretty good. So that's just a food that we eat on Passover. My sister did the zoom Seder as well. And so Seder is the ceremony that you do on Passover. It's usually a big festive meal, depending on how you choose to partake it could last several hours. You drink four glasses of wine during the Seder traditionally. Sister did the zoom Seder with a friend and friends family. That was really good to hear, and yeah my teammate apparently did his Zoom Seder. And I mean I assume it's been similarly weird for other people for other occasions, whether it's birthdays holidays just getting together for whatever. You know, normally you cook the common meal when everyone sits around the table and eats and the convention that a lot of people have adopted is that everyone just makes the food themselves and joins the zoom call, or someone orders and delivers to everybody. Just trying to make it work. So yeah that was just a moment of connection I guess, feeling connected to my family and the tradition, feelings of nostalgia. I don't eat those foods all the time. Horseradish is another big one. I actually eat horseradish pretty often, but that's another traditional food for Passover. And I'll leave you with, so the traditional way that the Seder ends is you say next year in Jerusalem. And my sister posted something on Instagram It said, “next year in person” and that hit pretty hard. So, who knows Michigan Diaries maybe we’ll be next year in person.

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“We relied heavily on Yellow Pages. You know living on the farm…”

The other thing I guess looking at your list of questions this week, I was going to talk about were the Yellow Pages. That's a -- certainly to think that some people have never experienced using the Yellow Pages. I know growing up as a kid, we relied heavily on Yellow Pages. You know living on the farm, when my dad needed a repair or something done or even just finding a person you could look their name up in the phone book, The White Pages, which were bound together in the book with the Yellow Pages and find a name and address and a phone number. And today, sometimes getting an address for an individual online can be hard. There are all these sites that want you to pay and it takes a little bit of googling and fishing around to find an actual address. So I missed the white pages and in book form, but people don't have landlines and cell phones or unlisted. So, certainly very very different, White Pages would be pretty thin these days.

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