Score Quarantine Chronicles, Part I

What have we learned in these times? We asked our crew.

670 The Score Staff
March 24, 2020 - 1:47 pm
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(670 The Score) It's an odd time for all of us, as the state has issued stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic and we don't know when life will return to normal.

Life slowing to a crawl has given us more time to think and reflect -- and learn about ourselves and others. With that in mind, we asked our 670 staff a series of open-ended questions that ranged from what they've learned recently to how they're occupying their children at home 24/7 to their most embarrassing moments amid the pandemic.

The answers were a mix of seriousness and lightheartedness, which seems to be the best balance for everyone in these times. Over the next few days, we'll present the responses.

Let's get to it.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED DURING THIS QUARANTINE?

Dan Bernstein: Even amid so much rampant stupidity and selfishness, the world is still full of kind and humane people.

Mike Mulligan: Well, I don’t know if we can say it as fact, but it isn’t impossible to believe that William Shakespeare wrote plays like Macbeth and King Lear while in quarantine. The issue in those days was the bubonic plague and smallpox. Maybe there will be an explosion of creativity due to this quarantine. Here’s hoping.

David Haugh: Leadership matters. Whether it’s in business, government or your own family, crisis reveals character and leaders emerge in tough times. It's trite but so true. Sometimes that reality uplifts you in a way that’s very impactful. And, unfortunately, such a revelation can cast a pall if a leader isn't up to the challenge. That’s the first thing. The other thing that’s fascinating to follow is people’s reaction to the new normal, comments or actions that tend to identify the optimists from the pessimists. That’s an observation, not a judgment. Because that’s the last big takeaway so far: Everybody is entitled to respond to this in a way that’s consistent with their personality and set of personal circumstances. My reaction might differ greatly from my neighbor’s or from a colleague’s, and nobody’s right. Everybody channels anxiety differently. It's like grieving; there really is no wrong way to get through it. Now is no time for condescension or condemnation. Now is the time to show empathy and understanding, to try to grasp that the further away people are forced to stay from one another, the closer a society actually can become. Maybe what I’ve learned most is that those ideas appear to be catching on the longer this goes on, and that’s encouraging.

Jay Zawaski: That people find a way to come together, even if they can't do it physically. Facebook and Twitch concerts, FaceTime cocktail hours, long walks outside at safe distances. It's been impressive so far, and I'm interested in seeing where it goes as the days and weeks go on.

Mike Chen: Although this pandemic is a legit concern, many people haven't taken this as serious as it is.

Mark Grote: I don’t like working from home.

David Schuster: I have (further) learned just how precious life is. It can be snuffed out fairly quick by an invisible enemy. I've also (further) learned just how dear certain people are in my life and I need to do everything possible to protect them. And finally, I’ve (unfortunately) further learned just how ignorant some people are who think this is just a little flu bug that will go away without any precautions. Ignorance and stupidity can bring down a civilization.

Adam Studzinski: How great I am at wasting all sorts of time. I’ve always known I have a knack for it, but it honestly might be my No. 1 skill now that I’m forced to be at home so much.

Julie DiCaro: That open-plan houses aren’t intended for working from home. That my husband's job consists of conference calls from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. That just chatting with the audience is the best content any of us could ever come up with. That we all joke on Twitter about being introverts and never wanting to interact with people, but it's not true.

Chris Emma: I truly hope there's a good answer at the end of this, and we'll have all came away with something learned that makes us better – as individuals, as families, as friends, as a society. It's difficult to find perspective within each day, seeming longer and longer. Here's hoping there are important lessons to be gained. 

Kevin Dziepak: I guess I never really left my apartment that much after all.

Jordan Maly: 1) I thought I knew before, but I’m learning how important sports are to our society. 2) I will never take the little things for granted anymore (i.e. going for drive, stopping for a beer at your favorite bar, going out with friends) 3) The danger of social media and misinformation is real.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE DURING THIS TIME?

Dan Bernstein: Physical exercise is mental exercise, and it also helps sleep patterns and immune system health. Find people with whom to talk, and check often on any friends and/or relatives who may be vulnerable. Wash your hands. Don't hoard resources. Listen to doctors and scientists – and leaders who listen to doctors and scientists.

Mike Mulligan: Make a list. Clean something. Accomplish something. Small chores over big projects. Get something done. Read a book. Set a goal to read an hour a day. Take advantage of virtual tours. Museums and galleries all over the world allow you to “walk” their halls and admire famous works. Do a little research and enjoy a day “out.”

David Haugh: Take one day at a time, one week at a time. Use the enforced stay-cation to focus on sleep, exercise and nutrition. Do some yoga. Read a book – and then read another one. Look into volunteering somewhere once it’s safe and makes sense within your schedule. Talk to your family. Cook a meal. Play a game. Walk your dog. And exhaust your supply of kindness and patience.

Jay Zawaski: Worry about the things you can control. Stay off social media if you can. Take a mental break from inundating yourself with news. We all know what to do -- social distance, wash hands, stay home. That's been the message since Day 1. That's all we can control.

Danny Parkins: Beyond the obvious of social distancing and washing your hands, just be kind. If you can help someone, you should. Be in touch with the elderly. Buy gift certificates or order delivery/carry-out from your local restaurants. We are all in this together, and we’ll get through it in the quickest and most painless way if we all look out for our fellow man.

Mike Chen: Enjoy the outdoors, find your peace with nature, stop looking at screens all the time.

Mark Grote: Get 10,000 steps in a day.

David Schuster: Listen to medical people who know what they're talking about, not certain blowhard politicians who have their own jaded, illogical reasoning.

Adam Studzinski: I’ve found a great escape is something as simple as getting some of your friends and/or family together for some drinks via video chat (Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.). You don’t have to drink if that’s not your thing, but just seeing the faces of your friends/family really helps you forget about all that’s going on right now.

Julie DiCaro: “Push out the jive, bring in the love.”  -- C. Montgomery Burns

Don't sweat the small stuff. Let it go. Life is short. Tell those you love what they mean to you. 

Kevin Dziepak: “Buy a Nintendo Switch.”

Jordan Maly: Take time to care for yourself first. Be kind to others. Check in with friends and family you may have not been in touch with in awhile. Try to disconnect from social media for a chunk of time each day.