Marking six months of the stay-at-home order (issued March 19), I write a column I’ve had on my mind for a while, one in which I remember elements of the Before Times. I probably didn’t cover everything; in fact after filing the column I almost immediately added two short thoughts that occurred to me, about art museums and shaving. Perhaps some other insight will occur to me in the coming days, as I think about doing something and realize I can’t. Anyway, here’s my somewhat different, somewhat wistful Friday column.
I threatened a couple of months ago to write about “The Twilight Zone” if anyone had interest, and I can’t say the three or four yes votes represented a landslide. Then again, nobody said don’t do it, so it’s true that the sentiment was 100% among those who cast a ballot.
A month or more ago I wrote a draft of a column, let it age as more pressing topics came and went, and returned to it this week as the six-month anniversary of the shutdown nears. So, Sunday’s column: How I watched the entirety of “The Twilight Zone,” why we love it and how it relates to these times. Hope you like it!
Did you make it through this weekend’s withering heat? (If you didn’t, I guess you won’t be commenting.) I survived, but that’s because I left the IE for the coast, a weekend getaway that is the subject of Wednesday’s column.
I write about my lifelong antipathy for the drive-thru and learning to get over it, sort of, during coronavirus in Wednesday’s column. This is a column that’s been on my mind for months.
I recall random things about my kindergarten through sixth grade teachers, the ones who set me off on a strong footing in life, in Friday’s column. Hail, elementary school teachers! Photo that appears with the column is of my fourth-grade class. As a bonus for you blog readers, above is my third-grade class. Can you spot me?
I quote reader email about my expanded territory in Wednesday’s column. People have largely been kind, but as the headline notes, not everybody is a fan!
Dimmer switches are in the news almost anytime the governor gives a press conference, since they’re his favorite analogy for California’s open status. He toggled the dial again this week. I poke a little fun in Friday’s column.
Not all of us have had the time or mental energy to bake, garden, clean or read long presidential biographies. I haven’t achieved much, but I got a few things done when I took a week off. I write about that, and about what some of you readers have been doing, in Wednesday’s column.
This is one that I’ve been thinking about for pretty much the entirety of the pandemic, with my staycation, and the opportunity to achieve a couple of things, finally providing the spur to write it.
I took a COVID-19 drive-thru test. Have you been tested yet? I hear the nasal swab is uncomfortable, but the throat swab, which is what I had, is pretty easy. I write about the experience in Friday’s column.
I filled out the census questionnaire on National Census Day after a couple of notices. It took, heh, only 10 minutes. Have you filled out yours? I write about mine, as well as the blessed end of March, in Friday’s column.