One Year Hence #socs

I saw something interesting on Reddit a while back: someone suggested that we have 13 28-day months. That’s not all that unusual: in retail they break the year down like that, and ignore things like ends of months and years, and treat January 1 as simply the first day of a new month. Instead of calling them January, February, March etc. we call them period 1, 2, 3 etc. Of course, that would mess with the A to Z Challenge, which is enough trouble when April either begins or ends on a Sunday.

I guess we should just leave the calendar as St. Gregory intended it, and if we want to think of the year as 13 28-days periods, we should keep it to ourselves.

But the notion of the months and years running together is kind of apt for the anniversary we celebrated this past Thursday, the beginning of "two weeks to stop the spread" that’s still going on a year hence. I’ll spare you any commentary on that, because I promised myself I wouldn’t do politics on The Sound of One Hand Typing, other than to say it reminds me of a line a friend of mine said when everything was collapsing into chaos around us: When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout. (The chaos I was talking about in the previous sentence had nothing to do with any major catastrophe. We, and by "we" I mean the members of the Invermich Gaelic Society Pipe Band, were trying to coordinate a trip to Minneapolis.)

As for Mary and me, to be honest, the pandemic hasn’t made that much difference. Staying home is generally what we do, anyway. We did go to Starbucks a couple of times a week, mostly because it gave us a destination for an excursion, but we haven’t been back since the day last March they told us to get out because they were closing for the pandemic. We’ve been through the drive-thru a few times since then, and we’ve been out to lunch a couple of times, but for the most part we’ve been here. When we do decide to get food from an external source, we order it and Mary goes out and picks it up. Mary still does the shopping, though since she has discovered ordering from Whole Foods and having it delivered, she doesn’t go quite as often. We order a lot of stuff from Amazon, which bothers me somewhat, but at this stage of our lives, the convenience is more important than making a statement.

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been out of the house since the start of 2021. I have a dentist appointment a week from Monday, and that might be the first time I’ve been out of the house since sometime in February. It doesn’t bother me, honestly. I listen to a lot of music, naturally, and spend most of my waking hours staring at one of the screens in the house (the desktop computer, the laptop computer, my phone, the TV). Why haven’t I gone stir-crazy yet? Because it’s crazier out there than in here.


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29 thoughts on “One Year Hence #socs

  1. Though I’ve been out more often than you, I like to stay home, because it IS safer. Still, I got a chuckle from “When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout. It’s fun to imagine and for some reason reminds me of Monty Python. Yes, leave the calendar alone. We need something to be consistent.

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  2. Your post is comforting like a warm blanket! Politics free and homey/down to earth.

    I need to get up the nerve to go back to the dentist. My March 2020 appointment was cancelled since it was during the two week flatten the curve which turned into forever. They are back open as of the summer but when they called me to re-schedule, I screened the call never answering.

    Now I have a hankering for Dr. Pepper which I gave up as the one easy thing to start doing to avoid diabetes. I was like Mary Cooper, Sheldon’s mom from The Big Bang Theory with my slight Dr. Pepper addiction. Though not so slight in my case. lol

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    1. I used to drink it all the time. In fact, I’d drink it warm. (Remember when they were pushing hot Dr. Pepper with a piece of lemon in it as a winter drink?)

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

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        1. It takes the effervescence out of the drink, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I remember trying it in the grocery store. I was there with Dad, so we’re talking mid-’60’s. I think it was just starting to get popular up north…

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  3. If only the worst part of the pandemic was missing dentists appointments. I’m good with the calendar the way it is. I am looking forward to some casual travel, but I can wait a little longer.

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    1. My dentist has stayed open throughout all of this, so I haven’t missed any, and you’re right, missing a few wouldn’t kill us. I’m hoping that we reach “herd immunity” and all of the precautions we’re taking now can fall by the wayside, but I’m worried that the “experts” will come up with some impossible percentage of people who are vaccinated before we can go back to normal, i.e. 110%.

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      1. I think the numbers will tell the story, John. I was they last patient my dentist saw before shutting down until June. The state took his PPE supplies (which I guess they’re allowed to do). I’ve been back twice since June. I go back soon.

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  4. I’m waiting for the vaccine, John, before I go back to the dentist. I need a couple of crowns and that means sitting in the office for hours with my mouth wide open. I need a shot of medicine and maybe a shot of brandy before I get up the nerve to go back. I’m glad to hear all is well with you and Mary. One day, you’ll be back to the Starbucks visits and I’ll be back to my favorite coffee shop.

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    1. You know something, though? Now we’ve gotten into the habit of NOT going to Starbucks… 🤪 We’ll probably go back to it eventually, after all this mask/social distance BS is over with. If, in fact, it’s ever over with…

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  5. We haven’t been affected much because we stay home most of the time anyway. Even though some of our favorite haunts have reopened, we haven’t ventured out yet. Yes, Amazon comes in handy for some things, and our apartment complex has an Amazon Hub, which makes it very convenient.

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    1. I’m going to wait until I don’t have to wear a mask and stay six feet away from everyone before I get all that active. Honestly, it’s depressing sitting in a restaurant with no one around you.

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  6. Its been a hell of a long year! We’ve put more miles on the car than we usually do because our prime source of doing something was getting in the car and taking a ride; just aimlessly driving around. We learned to hate television commercials and discovered Britbox – commercial free and easy-watchin’ shows. We are both vaccinated now and are looking forward to being a little more adventurous. Say “hi” to Mary.

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    1. Mary gets on Britbox when there’s something she wants to see, typically new episodes of “Midsomer Murders.” She watches everything she wants to see, then lets her subscription lapse until the next time she wants to see something. That’s the beauty of the streaming services. There are some services like Pluto that are free with commercials, which don’t bother me that much, but I haven’t dedicated a lot of time to seeing what I can find on it. I’ve just started listening to books on Audible, because I spend a couple of hours each day tethered to a machine that helps the circulation in my leg. I’m not sure that I want to join, because to be honest it doesn’t seem to be that good of a deal, but it’s a new experience. It’ll be nice to be able to go somewhere and not have to wear a mask or stay six feet away from everyone, but when they’ll actually allow that is anyone’s guess…. Say hi to everyone for me…

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      1. Thanks for the note, John. You’d be surprised how many times your aunts ask me if I still read Johnny’s “stuff.” I tell them, “every day.”

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    1. That’s just it. People hate Walmart for the same reason, yet can’t avoid shopping there. I don’t blame Amazon, Walmart, Target etc. as much as the people who decided who could stay open and who had to close. Those regulations destroyed a lot of smaller retailers, not to mention restaurants…

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