For decades, the Peace Corps has been championed as a hallmark of cultural exchange and international service. In recent years, the agency has also faced problems with mental health discrimination, sexual assault, and racial bias.
China’s recent military drills off the coast of Taiwan, a nation that the U.S. has pledged to defend in the event of an invasion, makes the situation even more chilling, as a potential nuclear showdown between Chinese and American forces could be the first step on the road to armageddon.
I always ask experienced rideshare riders if they have any favorite rider stories to share. I listen to wonderful stories about other drivers from people in the backseat of my car. I also augment other driver stories by introducing myself to other drivers and inquiring about how they got into the gig economy as a driver, how long they’ve been driving, and if they have any stories to share.
This fifty-second installment is called “‘Gesundheit!’.” It’s a short-short story about a girl and a boy, living in adjacent apartments in a six-story walkup, getting up the nerve to go on a first date.