March 17, 2020

What I'm Doing in These Strange Times

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so I’m writing this as I have a pint of Guinness. I have at least one per my own personal tradition on this day. My estimation is I’m about a quarter Irish, since my grandmother was full blooded and that line has since been diluted twice since. I’ve always taken a bit of pride in that part of my ancestry since it’s by far the most documented.

Anyway, so how am I handling this coronavirus situation? As best as I can, I suppose. I’m not really sure how much solitude I’m supposed to give myself and as someone who can’t sit still sometimes, I just took a quick walk to feed my need to roam and to clear my head.

I work in retail, so the nature of my job doesn’t permit me to work remotely from home. So, I go in when I’m scheduled and cross my fingers I don’t get sick off this thing. In the case that I do, I at least have the peace of mind my butt is covered if disaster does strike. That said, I’m not trying to become too concerned about it, just trying to stay reasonable while trying to follow the advice of my local health officials.

The lack of live sports has been the hardest thing for me so far. ESPN has been playing many of their 30 for 30 documentaries, which has been a bit of a joy for me. But, I was just starting to get amped up for baseball when the word dropped the season would be delayed. At this point, it could be May or June before play resumes. With that in mind, I’m looking forward to getting my copy of MLB The Show for my PS4. Simulation baseball will have to do for now.

So far, for the most part I’m doing ok. I haven’t really had to deal with a weekend of no social interaction yet, so I think that’s when things will hit me. I’ve set myself up to hopefully do some gaming online, so hopefully that’ll help. One of the things I love about sports is it gives me something to look forward to every night. With that gone, I at least have found something else for the time being since one of my favorite musicians Benjamin Gibbard is performing via live stream every night at 6 PM CT for the next two weeks. I watched tonight’s show before my walk tonight and it was really just what I needed after getting home from work.

I have tomorrow off, so my plan is do get laundry done. That’s my time to catch up with my mom and to help her out with things that she needs, usually tech related. Other than that, just trying to make the best of my time.