What to do during self-isolation?

Are there things you have learned or enjoyed or missed or lost during this isolation? Let me know in the comments below.

This time out, I talk about a few of those things myself, as well as one listener’s thoughts.

Then I kind of go off in a few directions, including game we’ve played over Zoom or websites.

Mentioned links:

The game “Codenames” [affiliate link]

Skribbl.io

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Show transcript

Well, to misquote a phrase, I didn’t choose the Pandemic Life, the Pandemic Life chose me. I’m going to have this segment in the show where you can share your experiences while we’re all isolating ourselves. I want to know what you have learned or enjoyed or missed or lost. These stories can be funny, interesting, personal, serious, or any combination. I think it might be cathartic to share what we’re thinking and experiencing these days. You are not alone.

I’ll start with something I miss; eating out. Once in a while, armed with coupons we got in the mail, we would hit a fast-food place, do the drive-thru, and bring it home. Well, we’d eat the French fries on the way home; there’s nothing worse than room-temperature fries. (We’ve done that more now that the kids are out of the house, and I say that knowing that at least one of them listens to this show.) Yeah, we would occasionally do a nicer place (I’m not that cheap), but I miss just a little time in the car and a fun meal afterwards.

One thing I’m enjoying is playing games with friends and family over Skype or Zoom. Two days ago we played the game Codenames:Pictures using Zoom to discuss among the team trying to guess the pictures while sending a picture of the card layout to everyone. There’s an affiliate link in the show notes in case you want to get a description of what this game is like and to buy one. The regular Codenames game is for older kids and adults, but the Pictures version is a bit easier. My wife and I played with two of our nieces in Chicago and two children of friends also in metro Atlanta. It went quite well, actually. The next night we played Skribbl.io, where you all get on the same website and one person is given a word to draw and the others try to guess it. The sooner you guess it, the more points you get. This time we had all the previous players plus my son and his friends. Again, I’ll have links to both in the show notes.

Listener Mark responded to the post I have at the top of the Consider This Podcast Facebook page, and he made this culinary observation. “I have learned that people won’t eat Vegan or Gluten-free food, no matter what. The shelves on a 50 foot aisle are empty except for the 6 foot sections of those things.” Yes, even during a pandemic, people want to enjoy eating. When those sections are gone, then you know things have gotten bad! Thanks, Mark, for the contribution.

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Last Sunday was Palm Sunday on the Christian calendar, and next Sunday is Easter. (Although those of the Eastern Orthodox tradition celebrate Easter the following Sunday. Long story. No time. 10 minutes or less.) The year 2020 will, however, go down in Easter history as the first time (as far as I can tell) since the 4th century that Christians by the billions, all over the world, will not attend a church service of some sort, in person, on the day. As I said last time, this is another one of those historic events within the historic time of the pandemic that is worth noting, especially if you’re a church-goer. And if you’re one of those that only make it to church on Christmas and Easter, your attendance will be cut in half for 2020.

Speaking to my fellow Christians out there, do you know what day I’m really looking forward to? The Sunday that we can all venture out from our socially distant isolation and get back together again. Wow, that will be one serious reunion! Unfortunately, I imagine that we’ll still be under the threat, however lessened, of the virus, especially for those most at risk, so we’ll probably not have the whole crowd there. And we probably won’t feel free to shake hands and hug just yet. I may be a bit too optimistic here. But whoever does show up will be part of a huge celebration, I have no doubt.

And might I suggest that you “Christmas and Easter” attendees make that your Easter substitute? I’m confident you won’t regret it.

Let’s not forget, however, that we still have a ways to go before this we are in a place where people can go back to church and work and shopping. In the meantime, records that we never thought we’d break or statistics we never thought we’d hear are going places we never thought possible. The recent unemployment numbers doubled last week’s numbers, which were themselves quadruple of the previous high. And on April 2nd, the number of people on lockdown orders included over half of humanity. Of course, this could never have happened before mass communication, but even having it available, who would have ever thought that fully half the planet would be sheltering in place. Well, at least they’re supposed to be. So continue to take this situation seriously, because it is, but, as I keep saying, don’t forget to keep looking for the good news.

And another thing to look for is the humor. Really? Yes, after all this, we may have to retrain our faces how to smile. So to get you in shape, here are a couple ones from a message making the rounds. Now, don’t worry if you don’t get one of these coronavirus jokes; just be…patient. You may have to wait two weeks to see if you…got it. Finland closed its borders, which means no one will be crossing…the Finnish line. If you run out of toilet paper, you may have to start using old newspapers, but I gotta’ warn you; The Times are rough. So if your big plans for tonight are going to the living room at about 8 and watching Netflix…again, try some of these out on your family, if you dare.


And finally, Dr. Daniel Reardon, a 27-year-old Australian astrophysicist, tried to invent a necklace that would sound an alarm whenever you were about to touch your face, because that’s how the virus can easily get into your system from your hands. He started by clipping magnets to his wrists, then tried his earlobes, and then tried his nose; inside his nose. That’s where the hilarity ensued. He got one on either side of his septum (you know, the cartilage between your nostrils) and he couldn’t get them apart. He used another magnet to try to drag them both out, but it, too, got stuck. Then he tried using metal pliers to pull them out. Of course then it got magnetized. His research partner then drove him to the hospital where she worked so her colleagues could all get a good laugh. And get the magnets out.

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