Volume 2, Resources 22: Origins of "Spooky" and Workers on Strike

Hi friends! Something hilarious happened this week that is too good not to share with you.

Nicole & I have been married 4.5 years, together for almost 10. We share the same long, unique surname and we both wear wedding rings. We have lived in our current 1-bedroom apartment across from the property manager for 3 years.

Today the property manager referred to my wife as my "roommate."

Friends. This is our doormat:

Now, I am simultaneously very intelligent and a colossal dipshit so when the property manager asked me to have my “roommate move her car,” my first thought was, “We have a roommate?” Moments later I realized that no, he thinks that my wife is my roommate.

This happened on Wednesday and I am still laughing. Yes, I know that this should maybe be something that I get upset about, queer-erasure, etc. but for me, I find it incredibly amusing.

This week is a resource week so let’s get to it!

Resource #1: Calling something “spooky” can be kinda racist sometimes

Since this weekend is Halloween, my favorite holiday, I wanted to share this article from NPR’s Code Switch: “This Halloween: What Does it Mean to Call Something ‘Spooky’?” Is using the word “spooky” always racist? No. But I think it is important to know where some common words we use come from so we can use them with awareness or sometimes not at all, with ableist words such as “stupid” and “dumb.” Language matters and the words we use shape how we see the world so being conscious of it is the bare minimum we can do to be good members of society.

I also wanted to share this article, “Why Ghosts Wear White Sheets (And Other Spectral Silliness)” because I thought it was fun and ‘tis the season and all.

Resource #2: Strike Information

There are a lot of workers’ strikes going on right now. Washington Post has a bit of an overview, “Strikes are sweeping the labor market as workers wield new leverage.” The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) has a handy strike map available to everyone. 

I recently came across these resources via Roxane Gay’s newsletter, The Audacity.

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