Lockdown Omicron

by Jon Sullivan - 2021-12-01

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Panic and hysteria is the new normal. Power and Internet outages. Mutant killer viruses circling the globe. Must be time to get out and live life to it's fullest.

Lockdown is over. It's time to leave the safety and comfort of my bubble, with it's convenient delivery, and delightful lack of humans, and get outside. Take some photos. See the current state of my beloved North Park, ravaged by Covid. Go places. Do stuff that happens outside virtual worlds. Enough seclusion, as much as I really like it that way.

It's not that I feel lockdown is/was bad. Honestly, since I'm Jon, it's been very good. No anxiety inducing people, no deadly sun. No guilt for being selfish and self centered, as there is no such thing when you are the only person. I know that seems weird when I go on and on about how much I love the city. It makes sense to me.

But as much as I love lockdown, there are things missing. Taking photos makes me happy, and the studio photos are getting boring. There are only so many things in my apartment I can photograph. And while getting groceries delivered works for the most part it's very non-ideal. Most produce is okay at best, brand choice is spotty, and since the only real choice is Amazon, prices are crazy high. Perhaps most of all, it's just not the lifestyle I want to live. I don't want to be the crazy old man who never goes out. I want to live an interesting life. I want to find new things. I want to explore and experience.

So out I go. Into the big blue room. Eager to see the 2021 US version of dystopia. Learning to live in this new actual zombie disaster.

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