Writer’s Workshop: In These Unprecedented Times…

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I went out for the first time this year the other day. I think it might have been a month since I had been out. Maybe longer. I kind of lost track.

Truth is, even if we weren’t dealing with this perpetual threat of catching a virus for which there’s only a 99.9% chance of survival, I’d probably be stuck in the house, anyway. And you know something? It doesn’t bother me.

Before all this virus nonsense, if I didn’t get out a couple of times a week, I was climbing the walls. Now? I almost prefer not going anywhere. It’s cold out there, and rainy sometimes, and everyone is on edge about getting the virus, getting very sick and ending up in the hospital, or worse, the cemetery. There might be a low probability of death, but it’s not 0%, and I’m in the high risk group. So, the way I see it, I’m better off just staying in.

Nowadays, I wake up and spend an hour having the lymph pumped out of my leg, get dressed and sit at the computer in my office. Sometimes I go down to the living room for lunch and stay there, sometimes I stay in my office until dinnertime. After Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, and maybe an episode of The Andy Griffith Show, I go back upstairs and spend another hour (sometimes two) having my leg pumped, then hang around in my office until I feel like going to bed. I go to bed and am sleeping really well, and sometimes I have an interesting dream or two. And when the morning light comes shining in, I get up and do it again, amen…

14 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: In These Unprecedented Times…

  1. I think definitely the pandemic has helped people realize how much we run around and don’t need to. It’s okay to just be home and avoid getting stricken by the virus “for which there’s only a 99.9% chance of survival”. lol…that part made me laugh.


  2. I think you remind all of us that we can survive without the usual daily commotion and that staying at home more…really isn’t all that terrible.

    Aside from everything else that surrounds this virus situation, the current debate here is “should I or shouldn’t I get the vaccine?”…depending on New York’s bracketing of who’s who on the necessity list. As one group receives the inoculations, the next group now has to wait several months before it’s available. Seems as if there is going to be one tremendous back-up on the waiting lists, likely spreading into the end of this year.

    So, hunkering-down, at least for a good while to come, is perfectly fine with this New Yorker.

    Stay safe!


    1. Being retired helps in that I don’t really have to be anywhere except for medical appointments. Mary does the shopping and running around, but she’s glad for the opportunities to get out of the house (and away from me…) Neither of us has much desire to go anywhere; it’s not that big of a deal to stay home. And I can wait on the vaccine…


  3. I have not been out since Sunday and should get my butt in gear and take a short walk with my poles. I think we need to just think how much we do have and take for granted. I am thankful we are not at war( well, maybe the States are with each other which is sad) and there is no great depression where people were starving. I have a roof over my head, food, TV, radio and some creature comforts so all is well.


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