1. If you want to feel guilty in a pandemic, go down into your basement and rummage through your old paint supplies until you find the battered old disposable N95 mask – the kind you used to be able to get at any hardware store for a couple of bucks – that you wore when you were sanding the walls in order to prime them, and wear it on your weekly mission to the outside world. On the one hand, speaking as someone who falls into several different higher-risk groups it’s good to have and use. On the other hand, you feel like you ought to be taking it directly to the nearest hospital, paint dust and all. It’s a quandary.
2. The other thing that was odd about the whole experience is that it was like wearing a scarf on a sub-zero winter day in that as soon as you exhale your glasses fog over and you’re blind. So I took off my glasses and spent my entire grocery run squinting at the shelves. Life is ridiculous, even in times of crisis.
3. Kim spent much of the weekend sewing reusable cloth masks for us all so we’ll have those as well.
4. Oliver spent a good portion of Easter guiding me and Kim through the process of character creation for a D&D run, and I have to say I was not prepared for how complicated an endeavor that is. It took the better part of two hours and I still haven’t touched the whole area of my character’s backstory (which is apparently a rather freeform part of the process), but now I have a proud alter-ego as a wood elf ranger. We’re going to go on a quest at some point, because why not. It’s fun to share these things with your family.
5. I don’t really know why I have not been a D&D person prior to this, since I am in almost every respect precisely the target audience for such things, but I have only ever played this game twice before – once in high school back in the dark recesses of the 1980s and once again with friends in New York City a couple of years ago. I like the memes. I understand the jargon, mostly, at least enough to get most of the memes. But somehow it’s never become a regular activity for me. Well, worth a try I suppose.
6. Der Sturmtrumper is now actively working to destroy the Post Office because reasons. Mostly I suspect because that way there will be no vote by mail and the right-wing dream of authoritarian rule will be complete, though Republican Party leaders have been working to destroy it for decades anyway in order to give their oligarch supporters another efficient public service to take over and cannibalize for profit and aggrandizement. Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along.
7. I am not drinking nearly enough for this.
8. After much consideration I have decided that I need to reread the entire Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series because it just needs to be done in these parlous times. It’s actually a nice break from it all.
9. Three cheers for Zoom calls with family and friends, which have been a nice way to keep in touch through it all. I’ve caught up with folks all over the world (the joy of having far-flung friends) and touched base with some people I don’t ordinarily talk to at all, and it has been lovely.
10. One of the things that the current situation really brings home to a person is precisely how much privilege one has in a society. I have a lot of it, and there are ways to use that in the service of others that I try to keep in mind when I am making choices.