- What’s your mask situation like? So being pregnant, I was advised to stay put as much as possible and not go anywhere for anything, and since I work from home and have a husband to take care of things, that was pretty easy. I didn’t have a mask for weeks, and my husband was using a homemade one from a t-shirt. At some point, I did see my mom, and she had bought some of the paper ones last year before my dad died from cancer and gave me a couple on a few different occasions, which generally got me through doctors appointments. I had ordered a couple online, and they only just came in in the last week or so. They’re plain grey but good quality. I like it, as much as one can like a mask they dislike wearing.
- In what way is your life better today than a few months ago? I guess that because Pennsylvania has done a good job of keeping things under control, we’re in a phase of gradual reopening. I’m still really skeptical of it–I think we’re all still moving too fast–and so I’m still avoiding going out and wearing a mask when I do.
- What do you miss from normal living? Just being able to go out and do something. Like, we went to Target last weekend to fill the gaps in the baby needs and use a 15% in-store coupon, and we made sure we had our masks and sanitized our hands and mostly went in with a plan and stuck to it. Under normal circumstances, I probably would’ve gone shopping with my mom more than once by now, and after that Target run, we probably would’ve gone out to eat somewhere. I miss browsing stores. I miss not having to feel like I’m relying on the rest of the population to do the bare minimum, especially as a pregnant woman who’s considered at higher risk. And concerts! But at this point in my pregnancy, I wasn’t gonna be going anyway. I choose to believe the universe is doing me a solid on that front, canceling everything I would’ve missed out on.
- When this is over, what will be your major takeaway? That this country has a lot of problems we need to solve, from smaller-scale cultural issues like a bizarre distrust in science and the media to bigger issues of how to handle something like this properly from both public health and economic standpoints. That only some of us are listening.
- What are your feelings about getting back out there sooner, rather than later? I think based on my previous answers it’s pretty clear I think it’s a bad idea. I think we were presented with two options–reopen or stay shut down and let the economy crash–when in reality, plenty of people had other smart, viable ideas that would’ve allowed us to stay safe without us all going broke, too. I think we’re gonna see a spike in cases in areas where we haven’t already. I think it’s irresponsible and selfish, in some cases. Naive, even, especially since there’s a lot we don’t know about it. Why would we take our chances with that?
I do want to add one thing–because I’m pregnant and being induced in less than a week, I had to get tested for the virus as a precaution, and that was one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever experienced. Some people’s accounts of actually having it are worse, of course, but just the test was extremely unpleasant and nothing most of us would want to experience. If nothing else, take the recommended precautions to save yourself that discomfort.
From Friday 5.
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.
1) This song has an optimistic message about love: “It gets tough sometimes, but you can give it one more try …” Do you tend to take an optimistic look at life? I think so, for the most part.
2) In this song, Christopher Cross sings, “Time and time again I see people so unsure like me …” Tell us about a recent time when your confidence could have used a boost. I made some mistakes at work, which left me feeling not great.
3) The Doobie Bros.’ Michael McDonald plays on this record. Do you have a favorite Doobie Bros. song? My husband and I were just talking about this not too long ago because we were listening to a song I didn’t realize was by The Doobie Bros. I haven’t listened to them a ton, but I’d have to go with “Listen to the Music” and “Black Water.”
4) Though no longer making hits, Christopher Cross still has loyal fans who attend his concerts. Time permitting, he spends time after each show signing autographs. Have you ever asked a celebrity for his/her autograph? Yeah, I have some signed ticket stubs.
5) Christopher Cross’ dad was an Army doctor stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. With all the museums and monuments, our nation’s capital could be a great place for a kid to grow up … except sometimes we take the advantages of our hometown for granted. Tell us about a nearby museum, park, theater, etc., you’ll visit again when this period of crisis is over and it’s agreed that it’s safe to do so. I’d like to go to the conservatory/botanical gardens in Pittsburgh, as well as the botanical gardens where our wedding was–I actually always thought it would be cool to go back and do newborn/family portraits one day when the time came, and, well, the time has almost come, so I want to do that when I can. I want to go to the zoo, the symphony, the ballet…
6) In 1983, when “All Right” was popular, Flashdance was a hit in movie theaters and on the radio. What’s the most recent movie you watched? Most recent song you heard on the radio? I believe the last movie I watched was Jojo Rabbit. I haven’t listened to the radio in a while because I haven’t been driving, and when I did go to take my car to a doctors appointment, the battery was dead and I ended up taking my husband’s car (and he couldn’t come with me to the appointment due to social-distancing guidelines the office put in place). He had an ELO CD in, and I believe the song that played when I started the car was “Telephone Line.” At this moment, I am listening to “Shades of Scarlett Conquering” by Joni Mitchell.
7) Also in 1983, America West Airlines took off, flying between Las Vegas and Phoenix. They went nationwide in 2005 after they merged with US Airways. In 2013, they merged again, this time with American Airlines. Do you collect miles in an airline loyalty program? No, I haven’t flown in years. I’d like to, it’s just that the timing and finances have never worked out at the same time.
8) Super Mario Bros. debuted in 1983. Can you name gaming’s most famous siblings? Mario and Luigi!
9) Random question — Under hypnosis, you discover you lived three past lives. In the first, you were wealthy beyond your wildest imaginings, thanks to a loveless marriage. In the second, you were a star on the roller derby circuit who had earned the nickname “Smasher.” In the third, you were a brilliant mathematician who worked your way through school as an exotic dancer. Which of these would you find most shocking? I think the roller derby is the least shocking–it’s not something I see myself doing, sure, but marrying someone I didn’t love and being a mathematician are far more out of character. Even exotic dancing, I’d just be like, “Eh, alright, cool, good for me.”