A Recommendation for Tourists

I am not often asked for tips about what to do or see when visiting Cape Cod. It’s not like it never comes up, I’m known to non-Cape Cod people as a guy from Cape Cod, so there would be opportunities, but it never really happens. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that the people I hang out around aren’t the type to visit Cape Cod. Maybe I just have one of those faces. Maybe a trip to Cape Cod is one of those things that you want to plan out yourself. Who knows? If I am asked, however, I will always recommend one activity before all others: whale watching. 

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Polarized

Since 2016, and probably before, we have heard the word “polarized” everywhere. It conjures the idea of disagreement and disrespect, a loud shouting at one another that never seems to end. An important point, however, is that while disagreement is the cause of polarization, argument is not the result. Sure, it may look like an argument. We see arguments on the news every day. But an argument is, or rather ought to be, an attempt to convince someone else to see your point of view. These days, it’s not really about convincing people so much as it’s about proving the other guy wrong, or proving yourself right. We’re not trying to beat our debate opponents anymore. We’re trying to embarrass them.

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Terrible Tourist Traffic

I’ve never hated traffic quite as much as everyone else. Don’t get me wrong, I’m never pleased to see a standstill, but I’m not infuriated either. Though I’d like to say that I keep my cool because I’m some sort of Zen mastermind, the real reason is probably that I never leave the driveway without having preselected a good podcast or playlist to keep my mind occupied. I also rarely have to worry about being late. I’m one of those people who likes to be early to things, so, against my sister’s best wishes, we would always leave for school by 7 o’clock (Classes didn’t start until 8:35). This has the positive side effect of reducing the impact that traffic has on my life. On Cape Cod, that’s really saying something. 

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Vampire Weekend and the Virtues of Nuance

In 2020, after a six and a half year long hiatus, the band Vampire Weekend won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for their new record “Father of the Bride”. This was the band’s third nomination in the category and second win, firmly cementing them as a mainstream critical and commercial success. Quite a long way to go, some would say, for what was once considered to be the most indie band of the indie bands, perhaps signified by nothing better than than the small print words finding no place to hide on the white cover of this, their fourth and most recent album which read “SONY MUSIC”.

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The Vexillological Nightmare of Cape Cod

My relationship with vexillology is complicated. Vexillology is, to put it simply, the study of flags: their design, their relevance, their histories, etc. Anything to do with a piece of fabric flying in the wind falls under the umbrella of vexillology. However, in recent years, the definition of vexillology has begun to shift from “the study of flags” to “enthusiasm and appreciation for flags”. This is a result of the space that vexillology maintains in the modern day. 

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