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ETC. Photo of the day by Kristine Johnson. Hi, bunny. A rabbit enjoys a quiet moment on the coastal trail at Asilomar. Photographed with an iPhone XS. Submit your best horizontal photos. (Please include the location where the photo was taken in the caption.)

It’s reopening day. How are you feeling?

Good afternoon. 

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier here, feeling more tired than I expected on California’s big reopening day. Today, June 15, the state did away with the tiered Blueprint for a Safer Economy system that has defined the experiences and activities that have been available to us since August of 2020. Gone are the days of thinking about risk level in terms of purple, red, orange or yellow. Gone are capacity restrictions and distancing requirements and (for the vaccinated among us) masking rules too (well, in most places except public transit, schools, healthcare settings or by requirement of a business or venue operator).

Starting today, “everyday life will feel a lot like before Covid-19,” a California Department of Public Health fact sheet cheerfully promises. 

It does, and it doesn’t.

I’m thrilled that we made it here. I’m happy to be able to visit my friends without worrying about putting them, or myself, at risk. I’m overjoyed to see people filling public spaces with much more comfort than before. I’m loving the conversations I get to have with my coworkers now that we’re more often in the office together.

I’m also very, very tired. In the past two weeks alone I’ve met more new people in person than I did over the previous two months—at least. I’ve hosted guests and I’ve been a guest. I’ve gone out to eat. I’ve visited museums. I’ve stayed up late talking with friends and woken up early to squeeze in a run. 

I think there’s this part of me that wants to rush back out into the world and make up for all the time (was it lost?) of the past 15 months of pandemic life. I want to feel joyful and free and even, yes, busy. But I’m bumping up against my capacity for all that. It turns out that over the past 15 months I’ve grown used to moving a little more slowly.

So on this reopening day, we want to invite you to share: How are you feeling? Excited, relieved, anxious, something else? Do you have plans or ambitions for how you’ll spend your time now? Things you’ve been waiting for the right moment to do? Does this milestone seem like a big change, or primarily a bureaucratic shift?

As for me, I plan to try to find the right balance of activity and rest, new and familiar. Any helpful tips appreciated.

-Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, Monterey County NOW editor, tajha@mcweekly.com 

BY THE NUMBERS

While the colors on the map no longer have any impact, California is still updating its Blueprint map for informational purposes. Currently, the state is reporting a less than 1 percent positivity rate. In Monterey County, the positivity rate is 0.6 percent.

LATEST LOCAL NEWS

Youth organizer Michael Ndubisi makes waves in his two years in Salinas, and is now on his way to Yale. He is the maverick in his family because he’s not planning to pursue a career in science or medicine, instead taking a direction (political science) to continue his activist streak.

Beast mode. In which Squid attends a John Cox campaign stop in Monterey and decides it would be best if politicians left comedy to the comedians

Dispatches from Monterey County upon reopeningCheck for updates on the Weekly’s Twitter feed and tag us as you resume “normal” life. 

 Today’s local news updateClick here to listen to the latest news from the Monterey County NOW newscast

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LOCAL INSPIRATION

LOCAL INSPIRATION of the day. La Tarara”, a traditional Andalusi song, is the sound that most reminds Juan Sánchez of his hometown—Málaga, Andalusia. “I had the pleasure of recording my own version with the Juan L. Sánchez Ensemble in my album Hijos de la Tierra,” Sánchez, founder and executive director of Palenke Arts, says. Submit your Local Inspiration(digital art, music, multimedia, video, etc.; please include the medium you’ve used, and note when and where it was created).

You are what you eat. The Salinas Public Library is hosting a five week nutrition education series for kids age 10 and up. Attendees will learn recipes and habits for staying healthy. Register for the virtual event here.

An Evening Of Black Excellence in the Arts. Christopher Siders, a writer, spoken word poet and activist from L.A., will be performing, alongside other artists, musicians and dancers, at an event in downtown Carmel on Wednesday, June 16. The event happens from 6 to 9pm in Devendorf Park.

Assemblymember Robert Rivas hosts a Youth Government and Leadership Program. The week-long program introduces high school students (grades 9 through 12) to state-level lawmaking and advocacy. For more information, contact Rivas’ district office

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IN CONTEXT

California’s “vaccine verification system” will be a digital version of the vaccine card. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that the state is working on something to help people prove their vaccination status without needing to carry around their CDC card
-SFGate, June 14, 2021

MacKenzie Scott, Jeff Bezos’ former wife, is giving away another $2.7 billion. In giving money to educational institutions, arts organizations and entities building community engagement, Scott says she’s trying to give away “a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change."
-NPR, June 15, 2021

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HELPFUL DISTRACTIONS

Gov. Gavin Newsom took to the stage at Universal Studios to give out $15 million in vaccination incentive money today. The whole show is really worth a watch—it was incredibly campy

There are too many Girl Scout cookies. Order up if you want ’em.

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