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Ivanka Trump, racism, USF football: This week in Twitter rants

Man with phone photo by Gilles Lambert via Unsplash.

This was a week for unmitigated ranting thoughts on Twitter for me.

Here are some highlights:

Over-Policing of minorities

A Twitter user wrote: “A microscopic number of police interactions with blacks have cops doing something wrong out of the massive number of interactions.”

I took the opportunity to rant extensively talk about my personal experience with racially-motivated policing.
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Bar Exam Dallas Work

Sliding into Summer (and bar prep!)

Downtown Dallas near the Omni Hotel

Summertime is nigh.

Rising temperatures and tornado outbreaks mean that springtime is almost over in Dallas.

My days are zipping by quickly with extremely early work mornings and a demanding bar prep schedule, but I’m still making time to walk the dogs and hit up the usual gayborhood spots with friends.

Cassie Nova hosting a drag show at S4 nightclub in Dallas.

Cassie Nova hosting a drag show at S4 nightclub in Dallas.

Gunter and Ingrid on a dog walk in the Perry Heights section of the gayborhood.

Gunter and Ingrid on a dog walk in the Perry Heights section of the gayborhood.

Comparing our shoes at an Oak Lawn happy hour.

Comparing our shoes at an Oak Lawn happy hour.

Gunter, the chiweenie on our balcony one morning.

Gunter, the chiweenie on our balcony one morning.

Back to studying

I’m sitting for the July bar exam here in Dallas, which means that I’m undergoing the bar prep experience that many of my old classmates did years ago.

Back at Thomson Reuters, my positions were J.D.-preferred, so getting licensed was never a priority. Continue reading “Sliding into Summer (and bar prep!)” »

Dallas Morning News

Early mornings

Working on a newsletter early in the morning.

A new schedule.

My workdays start at 4 a.m. now.

After a trip to the Keurig, the Chrome tabs start flying open — I am off checking analytics, various news sites, and a myriad of Slack channels to produce the morning roundup for The Dallas Morning News.

By 7:00 a.m., the news roundup is online and in people’s inboxes. Next comes a round of reader emails and social media exchanges before I head into the office.

I try to leave the office by 1 p.m., but afternoon meetings make this impossible on most days. And least once a week, a late meeting or evening technical issues blow my workday past the 14-hour mark. Continue reading “Early mornings” »

Dallas

Exploring Bishop Arts

Tillman's Roadhouse relaunch party in Bishop Arts, Dallas

I went to Dallas’ Bishop Arts District for the first time last month while covering the re-launch party for Tillman’s Roadhouse.

After getting the gist of the party and giving overly-detailed instructions to my photographer, I took a short tour of the neighborhood.

Having a beer at Parker Barrow's Draft House in Dallas

Having a beer at Parker Barrow’s Draft House in Dallas

The First-Timers

Everyone that I met at the Tillman’s party was horrified that I have never been to Bishop Arts before.

Michael has lived in the Dallas area for 7 years and this was his first time to Bishop Arts as well. Maybe we are just the odd ones who never get out of the gayborhood? Continue reading “Exploring Bishop Arts” »

Life

This January in Dallas

Snow falls in front of the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas.

January was hard.

It’s the last day of a long, busy month.

Dallas kicked off January with a snowstorm — which is what they call any amount of snow around here.

At first, people were in denial that it would snow at all. The snow inevitably came, and then there was a collective freak-out in which people fled downtown to spin-out on the highways (or sit in traffic.)

I was amused by this until I remembered that drivers in Minnesota weren’t much better. Continue reading “This January in Dallas” »