This last week has been all about Dave and the above quilting gallery aside, which is really about Anne, we decided that we needed to show Dan some love. To that purpose, we made a Facetime call to Dan and Brit. A lot of the conversation revolved around work. Dan’s union had threatened to strike this week, but the strike was averted by a last-minute agreement. According to Dan though, there is quite a bit of grumbling about the agreement within the rank-and-file and the agreement might get voted down. In order to avoid the uncomfortable situation of having to cross a possible picket line, Dan took a non-union job for a few weeks. Unsolicited, Dan landed this job from his former Macy’s Christmas windows work. This job also has to do with in-store displays, but has nothing to do Macy’s. He learned that the company who he had worked for suddenly and unexpectedly lost the contract for the Macy’s gig. This job is in Long Island City, a part of Queens. Dan has taken to riding his bicycle there, in order to save on parking. Brit is currently deciding between two job offers and hopes to pick the best one. They are both able to devote more time to working outside the house now that they have settled into their new apartment and have finished their big projects, a new bed and the chuppah. Speaking of the chuppah, they plan on selling it, maybe in their old neighborhood in Crown Heights.
Between biking to work and working eleven-hour days, Dan was pretty tired this weekend. On Friday, they ended up watching the new movie Dune, over at Brit’s parent’s house in Queens, but they didn’t start watching this two-hour plus movie until after ten. I’m not sure if Dan was awake through the entire feature. This part of the conversation segued into a discussion of her parents two dogs. They have an older and crafty small dog and a younger, but highly excitable young dog. During dinner the older dog likes to go to the front door and start barking at nothing. This behavior triggers the younger and bigger dog to go crazy at the front door. The family is forced to intervene, go to the front door and settle the animals down. While they are doing this the older dog sneaks back to the table and proceeds to climb up on a chair and begin eating off of someone’s plate. They’re on to this trick now and watch that tricky dog carefully.