Category Archives: Song

Social distance, day 100

Day 1 was Monday, March 16.

I had been to the office on Sunday, since we knew that campus would be pretty vacant on Monday, and I would be teaching from home.  But I really should have started counting on Sunday, March 15.

Or perhaps on Tuesday 17th, since I actually hugged my circus nephews . . . briefly in a fly-by-the-house way . . . on Monday 16th.

But at this point, what does it signify?  Many of us have spent the last 100 days, give or take, in a physically distant buffer zone, or a small bubble with others observing the same protocols.

Me?  I’ve had one and only one faces-turned hug in the last 100 days . . . a few porch and patio visits . . . and that’s it.

I’m ready to feel and touch and be human again.

Having now reached this symbolic milestone of 100 days, I am going to be more selective about what I post and when.  I’ve posted every single one of these 100 days, and I’m tired. The daily will be more sporadic, but not gone completely.

For this 100th day of physical distance: a song I wrote in early 2014, about Jason, the one who I knew was going to slip away and go home to China.  The melancholy was already real.

And a live version from two years ago:

Thanks for sharing these first 100 days with me.

[And oh, how my voice has aged in the last six years . . . .]

Social distance, day 93

For this 93rd day of physical distance from others, a cover of Disney’s “A dream is a wish your heart makes,” from Cinderella.

And a confession:  I am a weak, weak man.

The Costco run today, to collect blood pressure meds, led me right by the Prosecco.  And the largest bag of crunchy Cheetos I’ve ever seen, or purchased.

Lord, have mercy on me . . . a glutton.