Good Morning, RVA: Don’t waste today

What will you do with today’s beautiful weather?

Good morning, RVA! It’s 61 °F, a clearly fall-like temperature. Highs today may only manage the mid-70s, and the sun will shine…oh, it will shine. It’s another perfect day in Richmond. Enjoy!

Water cooler

The Amazing Raise begins today! In fact, by the time you read this, locals have been forking over cash to area nonprofits for at least an hour.

Here’s your daily Byron Marshall update. An anonymous editorial in the RTD about the former CAO’s departure and the mayor’s lack of transparency says, “Richmond’s displeasure is absolute.” Intense. Graham Moomaw and Michael Paul Williams join forces and provide a few more details. Finally, Ned Oliver has a bettor’s guide to the possible reasons for this whole situation. I’m collecting a bunch of quotes and articles on this story here, if you’d like to recap and read more.

You should really make time to stop by the VMFA this week and watch South African artist Esther Mahlangu finish up her two huge murals. Her style is a rad combination of contemporary, traditional Ndebele, and, weirdly, 1980s Miami. Go check it out!

The Foo Fighters play the National tonight in the culmination of a crowdfunding campaign to bring the band back to Richmond after a 17-year absence. Tickets went exclusively to backers, so if that’s not you, you’re out of luck, guy.

Two bits of positive NFL news. First, Anheuser-Busch is “disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season”–if Budweiser is like, “hey guys…”, your moral compass may be out of whack. Second, the Vikings have reversed course and decided to ban Adrian Peterson from all team activities as a result of his child abuse indictment. Progress. Unfortunately, it’s progress forced by advertising revenue, but progress nonetheless.


  • Nats blank the Brave, 3-0, and clinch the National League East. They’ll finish the series tonight at 7:10 PM.

This morning’s longread

Reboot or Die Trying

I normally dislike these “Disconnect! Life was better when all of our interactions were IRL and analog!” articles, but this one is well written and measured.

As my mind began to spin down, I discovered that calm was like a drug. It felt so good, so decadent, just to sit in the early afternoon with my feet propped on the windowsill, watching wind brush the trees in the front yard. I was hooked.

Photo by: Nathan Cushing

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

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