The story so far

Jan 19, 2021

the story we’ve all been living began last March 16, the day after returning a day early from Florida to start a two-week work from home quarantine that has now extended 10 months. in those first weeks everything was closed, no one was on the road, it seemed safer to wear gloves along with a mask when venturing to the grocery store, and that was the only place worth venturing to.

while work proceeded more or less seamlessly, since people were already working from home off and on anyway, activity outside working hours evaporated, no more rehearsals, no concerts to go to, no sporting events to watch. beth’s hours were curtailed somewhat, but she still had an “office” to go to a few afternoons a week. i on the other hand had nowhere to go, but spring was here and the kids still checked in on a regular basis. Justin came home for a couple weeks after classes ended in May.

From the beginning it seemed like the worst would be over in a couple of months, and things did reopen more or less, we had more options for takeout anyway. it was a shock to go into a bookstore after they finally allowed humans inside in June, and see most of the magazines on the racks were still from March, like some kind of post-nuclear frozen in time moment.

the couple of months never got any closer, and in fact started to get longer, til now there’s no telling when things get back to some semblance of where they were. i resisted the phrase “the new normal” that people were throwing around after the first week, there was nothing normal about it, and accepting it as such seemed defeatist.

i was saving money by not commuting, but losing my side hustles partially offset that, and lack of movement was definitely weighing on me if you’ll pardon the expression. still paying $290 every month on a car that gets to go about 100 miles during that same interval.

seeing the seasons go by day by day from home was new after living here 29 years, observing the incremental changes in lighting inside the house as the sun changed its trajectory. it was hot in the summer but no sustained heat waves, with all the doors and windows open it was like always being outside even when i wasn’t.

now it’s the dead of winter but not much snow and no deep freeze, the days are getting longer and soon enough we’ll have cycled around to March 16 again, with the opportunity to make more of the second time around than i did the first. it’s a new year, new president tomorrow, everyone assumed 2021 would be an improvement, still hoping.

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The 1500 day diary

Jan 18, 2021

it’s MLK day 2021. Been a while since i posted here, longer ago than i would have thought. but time has no meaning during a pandemic, we just passed 10 months of quarantine/working from home/shunning human contact, maybe the end is in sight, but not sure when that end will be, maybe this summer, maybe sooner, maybe later.

there’s an inauguration in 2 days, that’s a milestone. the last inauguration i was in the hospital, and missed the whole thing, which wasn’t a bad thing. this time around there’s more promise of things to come that are worth waiting for.

also today it’s 1500 days until i turn 62. that’s a fairly arbitrary milestone, but let’s just say that anything that doesn’t happen in the next 1500 days probably will never happen. i’m only a year away from outliving my dad, at the moment it seems like that milestone will happen. I don’t feel particularly old, except when i stand up, but it’s time to set a goal and maybe use this forum as a diary/check-in of accomplishments along the way. I started a blog in 2003, and ran out of things to talk about shortly thereafter, but there aren’t all that many years left, so time to take inventory in text form. The kids grew up and moved out, I’ve spent the last couple of years creating an inventory of all my books, and setting up a library in the house where everything is out, somewhat organized, and accessible, something that hadn’t been the case for 20 years. Now I’m trying to get a home gym going, with an exercise bike I just acquired in Justin’s room, and putting together a workout bench that I bought in October of 2018, another unconscionable passage of time.

Time to finally learn German. Time to inventory and disperse to some degree my comic collection that I started in 1976. We’re at the point where some things being considered can be thought of as doing them for the last time. but hopefully there’s still plenty of time left, at least until 62, 4 years and a bit from now, it’s a goal anyway, let’s try to keep this forum as an update of how things are going. Maybe someday the pandemic will end and we’ll be back to normal, it’s been 10 months already and that seemed to go by relatively quickly. With a President Biden maybe we don’t have to spend so much time watching the news or looking at twitter wondering what’s going to happen next and will the republic survive. Let’s see what happens.

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