Okay, I've intellectually understood that there are introverts (me) and extroverts. But this isolation is driving home for me just how much some people need human contact... I've not left the house in two weeks. This is not a big deal. Extroverts? They've been isolated for less than half that time and they're using video calls to meet up for drinks, go on double-dates, trying to maintain some kind of video face-to-face social life. I'm like, "Yeah, I wouldn't mind getting out eventually."
keeping your head during coronavirus
Speaking as someone who was an adult (a new parent, yet) during 9/11: Over the next weeks, we will all be marinating in a stew of mostly-bad news. Keep informed, but no more, or it will become exhausting. At first the idea of thinking and talking about Normal Things will seem odd or even obscene, but you have to do it sometimes for your own mental health and so we don't all forget how to do it.
Carl's brother's circle of friends, all very white small-town-Kansas redneck types, have nicknames. Rocket, Fireball, Goose, Pud, etc.
I am endlessly curious about what his brother's nickname is, but they all studiously call him "Dave" around MIL's house (MIL is the "everybody's second mom" type person and there is always at least one nicknamed person at every holiday gathering "because he didn't have nowhere else to go").
So I recently bought a pair of "cordless" earbuds, having been frustrated with how the cord of my last wireless corded pair kept pulling them out of my ears, and I gotta ask... does _anybody_ find cordless to be more convenient? I gotta carry around a case for them, when they fall out of my ears they end up on the ground, I can't just drape them around my neck when someone wants to talk. All of my fears turned out to be true... who actually thinks these are a good idea for general use?
Me to Poppi: "Okay I'm going to get up and go to the fridge for a drink. It's five yards away, in line of sight, you don't have to get up and follow me.
Poppi: *follows me to fridge*
*follows me to box of seltzers*
*follows me back to fridge*
Me: "Okay yeah, 'Shadow' is a cliche name but I think we're going to use it for you."
So there's a weeks-long street closure in Old City (water main break), and the restaurants are suffering big-time. So I've stopped bringing my lunch and eat at the pizza place across the street a couple times a week. Same waitress for the last year, friendly enough, but pretty typical. I started tipping her $5 every lunch and now she's been showing up with my usual soda when she comes to take my order. :) Hasn't quite memorized how I like my cheesesteak, though.
If the first thing that popped into your head was, (singing) "Conjunction Junction, what's your function?" You're welcome.