Pandemic Panacea

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I’ll break tradition and say something pleasant for a change.

As we here in Santa Clara County remain locked down, unable to even get a haircut, I thought I’d share a few things that have come out of this pandemic which have been personally beneficial or otherwise edifying. In no particular order, I am grateful for the following:

  • I’ve gotten to know my neighbors better. I live in a very pleasant, safe neighborhood, but in this modern era, people tend to keep to themselves. That has changed. People have put teddy bears in the windows for the small children to see as they walk the neighborhood. I’ve brought fresh eggs, honey, and homemade bread to neighbors. People have put up encouraging signs. Just this morning, while walking my two larger dogs, I walked by an unlocked bike on the sidewalk, and I took happiness from the fact that I knew it could sit there for weeks, untouched and unstolen.
  • We’re learning music. I’m learning bass guitar. My kids have learned acoustic guitar. If this whole “permabear” thing doesn’t work out, I’ll just hit the road and play Beatles covers.
  • The kids are all home. Just like old times.
  • I’ve learned to really, really appreciate how nice having short hair is. I can’t wait to get it back.
  • Slope’s subscription base has bumped up nearly 50%, even in the face of the March foul-weather friends largely ditching me.
  • I’ve picked up gardening again. It’s been many years, but I’ve found every morsel of sunshine in our yard (which, mercifully, is largely shaded by huge cedar trees) and have planted all kinds of herbs and vegetables.
  • No traffic! No traffic! No traffic!