Editor's Note: This column is part of our dating series, written by an active dater in Austin, who asked that her name not be used to tell this story. The online dating world is whack. It's made me do things I didn't think or hoped I had in me.
Are we all just losing our minds? Let me set the stage. It's Monday morning, you're on emotional hangover day 3 from Friday night, you're camera-off on Zoom chugging a green juice because you're nothing if not an epitome of health come Monday, so what else is there to do than take a deep dive in your Bumble feed?
You come across that one hottie, you know, the one above-average looking guy that you stumble upon literally every swipes.
I never thought the word "hey" could literally make or break the trajectory of your life but welcome to Will he respond or will he not? Maybe if I add "what's up winking face emoji " I have a better shot.
The banter was there right off the bat. Now don't get me wrong, I'm all about the immediate text chemistry, but you need to either a ask me out or b ask for my no more than 10 messages in or I'm out. Fast forward to a few paragraph texts later and Bumble hottie is telling me that he just tore his ACL, literally cannot leave his apartment, but that I should "come over for margaritas".
Let's break this down. The subtext of the text is I'm being catfished. But nothing is stopping me in the name of margaritas. So, what do I do?
I get a few friends on the case to do anything in my power to find his LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, fuck it, show me his TikTok and I'm in. If I could just verify his identity on one social channel I was good to go. It took a few leading text messages on my part, "oh yeah, the Diablo from Maudie's is definitely my favorite queso in town too, we're made for each other.
But I found him. I have very few talents and this may be at the top of the list. The paranoia didn't stop there.
On my way over I sent his exact address apartment and access code, being that he can't even come downstairs to get me to no less than 10 of my closest friends and family and turned on my Life location to "always. Pexels file photo. I show up. He's hot. I have one too many margs, as it goes, and I end up spending the night.
I didn't know I needed to pack my overnight bag. Next time. So yes, I lived to tell the tale. But as I write this I'm thinking to myself, would I do it again? The sex was good.
The margs were even better. School has started for local school districts and parents want to know how they can ensure their children are safe from COVID. Bob Daemmrich. With most Central Texas schools resuming school this week amid the latest surge in COVID cases, many parents have found themselves with questions about how to best protect their children.
Austonia checked in with Dr. Austin Public Health reports 6, cases this year, with the most in the age range. Spinner said protecting children requires a multipronged approach.
The first thing parents should do, he said, is getting themselves and all children 12 and over in their family vaccinated. It's very likely they can get infected and infect their children. That's something they have total control over," he said. He also said wearing masks is critical. He added that families should be careful who they're spending time with. Local school districts are requiring masks this year, despite Gov.
Greg Abbott's order against mask mandates.
We don't want to lock them up at home and keep them from going places, because socializing is so important. I would say that as a general rule of thumb kids are better off being at school.
We learned last year that there were so many problems that kids experience, not just with learning but psychosocial. For the vast majority, yes, kids should be in school. The problem is, if you're the parent ofyou can teach your child to keep his or her mask on, maintain distance from others and keep hands washed, but you can't control what other children do.
However, court battles in other Texas cities could stop the practice if ruled in favor of the governor's ban against mask mandates. Spinner added that he is hopeful a vaccine will be released for elementary-age students in the next three months or so.
Pediatric research trials are underway for both the Pfizer and Moderna shot with the first doses for six-year-olds and older expected to be available by the end of the year or possibly by the beginning of this year since the FDA will need to approve it, drug reps told NPR. They need to take it seriously. Kids are not immune to this disease. They can get it, they can get really sick, and they can transmit it. This is not the time to ignore it. Everyone needs to hunker down and get serious about it before we see it get even worse.
The most up-to-date information from the CDC can be found at www.
Kabul International Airport was flooded with people trying to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban regained control. As the Taliban regains control of Afghanistan, thousands of refugees are expected to arrive in the U. A Refugee Services of Texas spokesperson told Austonia Afghan individuals will relocate to Austin in the coming weeks, and at least will be resettled through the organization's offices in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth.
Around 30, refugees will resettle in the U. Refugee Services resettled a family of seven in Austin over the weekend and expects at least four more families before the week is up. Incoming refugees have already applied for special immigration visas, which qualifies them to be resettled. The organization will help refugees find apartments, jobs and schools.
Incoming refugees will also undergo background checks, health and mental health screenings. Afghanistan's collapse came on the heels of the announcement that the U. According to the Associated Pressit's likely that the Taliban began the takeover because the U. Many Afghan citizens fear that the Taliban will target those who worked with Americans or the government. The Taliban began taking control of major cities, eventually taking control of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, leading to an onslaught of civilians and Americans abroad trying to flee the country by plane.
Texas Gov. A press release was sent out around 4 p. The governor, who was vaccinated against COVID, is experiencing no symptoms and receiving Regeneron's monoclonal antibody treatment, according to the release. The release stated: "Governor Abbott is in constant communication with his staff, agency he, and government officials to ensure that state government continues to operate smoothly and efficiently.
The Governor will isolate in the Governor's Mansion and continue to test daily. Abbott has not issued any statement about testing positive.
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