Good Morning, RVA: One week away

Welp, here we are…one week away from Christmas and two weeks away from 2015.

Photo by: jeff rawes

Good morning, RVA! It’s 34 °F, and the sun sets at 4:53 PM. If you plan your day right, you can avoid the sun’s harmful, yet life-giving, rays altogether. What the heck astronomy! Expect colder temperatures today if you do decide to venture out, with highs somewhere around 50 °F.

The completely unreliable 7-day forecast has Christmas Eve as warm, wet, and generally unpleasant.

Water cooler

Richmond BizSense has the details on the new Japanese spot beneath Edo’s. I’ll try anything from the owner’s of Pepe’s on the Southside, but it’s this line that gets me really excited: “He said he and his brother have been kicking around the idea of opening a Mexican spot in Scott’s Addition but don’t have any set plans.” Pepe’s without having to drive across the river! Do I dare to dream the impossible?

Sony has canceled Seth Rogen’s new film, The Interview, after several top movie theater chains decided to pull it from their lineup due to…cyber terrorism. It’s looking more and more like the government of North Korea backed hackers to disrupt the release of a film critical of their country, a film directed by Seth Rogen, and totally succeeded. Like, the terrorists won? I guess? I tried to find an article on The Onion to link to, but this one from Vox will have to do.

While we’re reading things on Vox, don’t skip this one about Canada and the Pope, the two secret heroes of the U.S.’s new, friendlier relationship with Cuba. Here’s a more informative, but less interesting, NYT article on the full restoration of diplomatic relations.


  • Spiders host the South Alabama Jaguars at 7:00 PM.
  • Wahoos finally get back to it against the Cleveland State Vikings at 7:00 PM.
  • Caps travel to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets, also at 7:00 PM.

This morning’s longread

I See Your Value Now: Asperger’s and the Art of Allegory

Two days in a row of heavy articles about brains! Much like yesterday’s article about anxiety, maybe this long and personal description of Asperger’s sounds like someone in your life.

I’m in my therapist’s office, talking about friendship. I’ve been struggling with emotional intimacy and honesty–my whole life, actually, but it’s caused some more acute problems recently, which is why I’m back here now. In more practical terms, I’m here because my therapist is willing to schedule appointments via e-mail.

Last week we talked about how hard it is for me to articulate emotions, and how much I obsess over precision of language, and how closely that’s linked to how scared I am of miscommunication, of lying by the sheer act of trying to name something so personal and subjective and dependent on factors more complicated than any sentence or word or idiom can ever convey.

This morning’s Instagram

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