|The TJB not observing social distancing rules|
The second week of March seems like an awfully long time ago now, doesn't it? I'd booked it off way back in September, and made vague plans (thankfully unacted upon - prevarication has been my friend for once) to do "stuff" involving travel and pubs. At work, I'd seen the obvious signs of panic buying but thought, well, they should be able to cope. I got home, stuck some Herb Alpert on the turntable and relaxed.
I was roundly disabused of this when, 10 minutes into my first working day off, the phone rang asking me if I'd come in. Sadly, I declined, for the banal reason that all my uniform was presently going round in the washing machine. I told them I would go in the next day and the rest of the week. As long as I had the Thursday off. Why? Well...
As always, I was in the pubs on Sunday and Monday. Everyone was trying their best to maintain "social distance", but some of these places are rather poky and it wasn't quite working out. Though I don't really see myself as some kind of Huggy Bear figure (though undoubtedly I dress even less tastefully), the Word On The Street was the pubs would all be shut down from Sunday evening. There were rumours of Friday closure, but these were discounted as it would probably result in what sociologists call "utter carnage" that night.
After that, back to work it was. Prioritising lines, moving labels around to maximise fill, watching pasta and toilet rolls vanish in minutes. All the usual panic buying fun and games. But not for long, as a member of my household came down with "symptoms" and I've been in self-isolation for the last 12 days. As I'm healthy so far, I should be returning to the shop on Thursday.
In the meantime, I've been listening to yet more Herb Alpert, ordering beer takeouts from a nearby pub (someone should invent a sparkler for those growler things, though) and eating digestive biscuits. Thankfully, my personality is such that I'm not going stir-crazy despite not having left the house since 25th March. I'll be fine. Just remember to stay in, wash your hands, only shop for necessities etc. etc. etc. And if you're stuck for stuff to do, maybe resurrect an old blog?