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The Blunder Weeks: Leap 1

Leap 1: Changing Opinions

The first month after your President’s inauguration is a special time when you will observe him tweeting rapidly and will begin to get to know him and learn all of his little ways. It may be hard for you to imagine your President’s world at this time as he is not focused and his goals are undefined. In some ways, it is not so different from life on the campaign.

However, at about five weeks after inauguration (just over one month), your President will begin to take the first leap forward in his neuroses. New opinions bombard your President inside and out during this time, which can bewilder him. Some of these new things are related to the development of his cabinet and staff. Others are a result of your President’s increased alertness to TV news as his feelings have become more sensitive than they were immediately before inauguration. Therefore, it is not so much the opinions themselves that are changing but, rather, your President’s perceptions of them. During leap one, your President will become much more interested in the swamp around him. He can focus on pictures in books more clearly and can see beyond the human range of fact. You may also notice that your President responds to you and others more and in new tweets.

These are examples of what your President might do after going through this leap: (Note: A President never does these things all at once! Your President only does a few things from this list.)

— Looks at commercials longer and more frequently
— Responds to CNN differently
— Gives a social smile for the first time
— Responds to white supremacists more clearly
— Is more awake and “busy”

Children’s Book or Improv Warm-up?

  1. Bippity Bippity Bop
  2. Hey Wake Up
  3. Zip Zap Zop
  4. Kitty Cat Career
  5. Moo, Baaa, La La La
  6. Snuggle Puppy
  7. Hey Diddle Diddle
  8. Bunny Bunny
  9. Dream Animals
  10. Hug Tag
  11. Muppet Face
  12. Press Here

Answer key

Hamiltome: The Playlist

A19gf6jjO1LI recently read Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter’s Hamilton: The Revolution, a detailed look at the making of Broadway’s hottest musical. It’s a great read whether you’ve seen the show or just listened to the cast recording on repeat.

As I read the book, I found myself overwhelmed by the number of times I thought to myself: “I need to listen to this.” Sampled work, inspirational work, fans of the show, comparisons by McCarter or outsiders: there’s a ton of music in and around Hamilton, and I wanted to hear all of it.

Thus, I flipped back to page one and tracked everything in the book. I made a Spotfiy playlist containing every song mentioned, plus a song from every show, album or artist mentioned. It’s 122 songs long, clocking in at 8+ hours. Enjoy!

Swallowing the Whistles →

After reading this Deadspin post, I wondered if the NHL might need something in between “no-penalty” and “team gets extra man advantage for 2 minutes.” What if there was simply a whistle to stop play and a faceoff? Would referees be less prone to putting the whistles away for fear of significantly impacting the game?

Fashion Flattering

In my duties as a stay-at-home dad, I’ve noticed that much of my daughter’s wardrobe (plus accessories) is incredibly flattering toward her mother. For example:


While this is surely deserved, I decided that if I wasn’t going to be flattered, I’d at least be acknowledged. Here are a few ideas:




Call me, Carter’s.

A must-watch for DC-area residents, although I think everyone will enjoy this: Unusual Spaces series looks at “The Forgotten Space Below Dupont Circle.”

I quite liked this interview with Bryant Gumbel of HBO’s Real Sports.

I enjoyed this interview with the now-retired David Letterman.

The Female Accent →

I recently made a web site for The Female Accent. We’re an independent improv troupe performing in and around Washington, DC. I hope you’ll check the site out, particularly if you’re in the DC area.

The site is hosted at Tumblr. If you’d prefer to follow us via other networks, we’re on Twitter and Facebook.

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