Wednesday, March 18th 2020
Day 6: Well, I had to do it. After 5 straight days of not leaving my loft, I ventured out to the grocery store this morning. The local Ralphs near my place opens at 8am, I figured if I get there around 7:30 then that should be good enough. When I arrived there was a line outside the store stretching down the street. It wasn’t too long and it was only 20 minutes until the store opened so I waited. When the store opened they let in 25 people at a time, I was number 20. Now it was nice and calm inside, they had everything I needed except eggs and turkey sausage. Other than that, I found everything within 20 minutes. The checkout line was long but it moved fast. I spent about $140 and I was out the door and home unpacking by 8:45. Just in time to start work at 9am. Felt good to get out. I wore long sleeves, gloves, beanie, and pants with a hoodie. Nothing but my face was exposed and I didn’t touch it. Nobody around in the store was sick or looked sick. I disinfected everything when I unpacked it and cleaned my counter tops, wiped the bottom of my shoes and put my clothes in the hamper. Leaving no trace. I felt like I was covering up a crime or something. But either way, I have enough food for around 2 to 3 weeks. I feel set. Time to work.
The work day moved along pretty good. It actually felt a bit normal. I had several meetings and I got a lot done again. I am just pacing myself. Even my boss said today felt normal. If this is the way it is going to be then I can get used to it. The day went fast and soon enough I was done and relaxing eating left overs for dinner.
Yesterday I had some time to reflect, on how much has changed in my life and my job since the virus outbreak started. I wanted to list out some of the things I miss. Not just certain people, but things or activities. Here is a list.
- Hanging out with my friends eating Korean BBQ, or just chatting it up with some of the men I grew up with.
- Talking shop to my father. He has the best stories about my mother and I love hearing them especially when they were younger.
- Going to Disneyland with my sister. I think I miss this the most of everything. I still haven’t rode the new Star Wars ride.
- Dinners with my Quiroz cousins. All of them. When we get together, it is usually some of the best family times I am blessed to have.
- Family parties at my cousins in Redlands. We had a birthday not too long ago before this outbreak happened. Seems ages ago.
- Lunches with my good brother Chris. His advice and companionship is some of the best times well spent. Out of everything I have been through, him and his family have always been there for me. I am blessed to be a part of them and do miss them, all of them.
- Trips to Vegas. Either for fun or for work.
- The beach. Any beach. I miss the ocean. She brings me peace always.
- Going to see the new Marvel movies with my sister and cousins. We always make the best times out of it.
- My mothers warm smile when she approved of me and what I was doing.
- My athletic ability to play soccer. I was really good, and I miss that. I miss my old teammates, the smell of the fields in the morning, the sound of the ball skimming across the turf. I miss the game so much. She taught me so much, but at the same time took so much away from me.
- My old DJ crew. Those Friday and Saturday nights. Our brotherhood is forever, just like the memories. But the past is long behind us, and I miss that.
- Last but not least….Kobe Bryant. I think I will blog about that another day. For now, given all that has happened in 2020, loosing Kobe is by far the worse thing that has happened this year in 2020. RIP.
Time to call it a day. Another day gone, another day closer to returning some normalcy. Tomorrow I want to blog about the things I want to do once this thing is behind us. Thank you for reading. See you tomorrow.