It's not all bad

by Jon Sullivan - 2020-06-26 - Stories

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You can't really sugarcoat 2020. The third rock from the sun has taken a beating this year. But.......

It's been a year of fear, anger, sickness. A year where our comfort zones shrunk to nothing. A year where our personal challenges were global in scope. I'm guessing we'll be jailing scientists soon. Not because it could possibly make anything better, but just because it worked so well during the Black Plague.

But it's not all bad. We learned to cook. That's a good thing. For me personally the return to regular pizza making has been very good. The prawn pizza with shallot, mushroom and pesto photographed here was pretty epic. Making pizzas again makes me happy. And finally making some sourdough loaves. That was cool. Cupcakes. Baking in general really. Homemade pasta.

And we may have been squeezed out of one comfort zone only to find new ones. During the shutdown I've been a huge advocate and practitioner of supporting the local restaurants that converted to delivery. Getting gourmet ramen soup delivered was a revelation. I've always loved that San Diego is a ramen town rather than pho. Finding out it's great delivered was unexpected. And I finally tried the East African restaurant that started delivering. Best jerk chicken ever.

Our pets got to see more of us. That likely made them happy. Though I'm very much not a pet person.

As our hair has grown out of control, perhaps our world view has grown as well. There's been no place to hide from lots of difficult topics we could conveniently be too busy for in less dystopian times. Reading more. Learning about science. A/B testing our moral and ethical standards. Dealing with the big questions of social justice and the fundamentals of our government architecture. To be sure, no one will think about something as mundane as a mask the same way. In 2020 masks, like everything, are an ethical issue. We can now all talk science about the chemical ratios of hand sanitizer.

It's only half over. Hopefully as the Bad Stuff continues, so will the new good stuff.

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