I wake up to the sound of my alarm. I reluctantly get up and wake for a minute to find my bearings. I go to the bathroom, put a douse my hair and beard with water, brush my teeth, and mentally for the day.
I make lunch for the day (usually chicken breast sandwich on italian bread with lettuce, pickles, and mayo). I load a fruit cup and a handful of other snacks that I think I may need during the 9-5 workday. Finally, I prepare my bowl of cereal without milk and listen to my favorite daily podcast, “Market Snacks.”
I meet my work partner/9-5 wifey Divya who has a bright smile on her face. She tells me, “Hey.” I reply, “Hey.” After our heartfelt interaction, we walk to the QLine, our mode of transportation to our worksite. On the QLine, we make predictions about what will happen during the day and gaze from the window at the sights of downtown Detroit.
We arrive at WeWork, the location of GreenLight Fund Detroit. Sometimes the co-working space has food events on the 5th floor, so we take the elevator to greet the enthusiastic WeWork managers.
We go into the office and check in with the GLF Detroit Associate, Nina Bailey (She’s awesome!). We give her an update on the work we have done and tell her what we plan to do for the week.
I meet with Rishi, the funniest GLF executive director you’ll ever meet and update him on my projects. There’s never a dull moment with Rishi, his fedora, and his spirited life.
Divya and I either work separately in a phone booth work location or together in other work locations on the floor. From time to time, Divya stares at me. I ask her, “What’s good?” She replies, “We’ll talk about this later.”
We head for lunch in Campus Martius Park. We look for a spot under the shade, usually around the beautiful fountain. During this time, Divya and I laugh at random things that occurred during the day.
We head back to the office and continue our projects.
The 3pm drowsies hit us like a rock, but we push forward. At this point, we move to the phone booth work area to have tunnel vision focus.
We head to the GLF Detroit office, and check in with Rishi and Nina. We update them on what we did throughout the day, and they give us more insight on our current projects or new project assignments.
We run for the QLine! The QLine doors close on us, but Divya, with her superhuman strength, opens the door!
We return to University Towers and prepare to go to the gym. I enter the apartment and see Blake. He says, “Sup, bro.” I reply, “Sup.”
I run to yoga class. I had never done yoga before this trip, but I was motivated to go to try it to stretch out my Grandpa-like lower back. It is working! Kristine, the yoga instructor, is the best!
I return to the apartment and have some dinner. I either make my food, buy food from a nearby restaurant, or steal Blake’s lean cuisine.
I take a soothing shower.
I begin to moderate for our daily Mafia games. I anticipate that Lee will not close her eyes for each round. I am right. Her eyes are not closed, and she is super suspect. Blake is a townsperson. We all know Sofia is assassin before even playing. We love this game.
I say goodnight Blake, who sleeps on the couch sometimes because the internet connection is better in the living room for watching The Office. I brush my teeth, text my parents goodnight, pray a quick prayer, and wait for sleep to come upon me.