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2022-01-20 4:42:36 PM  
Standing in line for anything.
 
2022-01-20 4:43:29 PM  
Health care as optional
 
2022-01-20 4:45:32 PM  
People asking me what it's like to work from home full-time.  Now almost everybody knows what it's like and they don't have to ask.
 
2022-01-20 4:45:32 PM  
Being outside without a mask on. To this day, I put one on whenever I leave the house for anything.

When the first or second major wave ended and the mask regulations were lifted here in Israel, I went to the corner convenience store for a few things. I did not wear a mask. The whole time, I felt extremely anxious and naked -- like when you'd forget to put on your watch in the old days, but 100x worse.

I'm not sure I'll ever go out without a mask for the foreseeable future.
 
2022-01-20 4:46:33 PM  
Going out to buy anything when it could be delivered instead.
 
2022-01-20 4:57:57 PM  
Walking into any store and now feeling/noticing the differences in mask etiquette and social pressure in different neighborhoods or cities, even ones near each other.
 
2022-01-20 5:00:36 PM  
Elevators. Don't like being on one with strangers. Won't be on one with others unmasked. Use my keys to push the buttons.
 
2022-01-20 5:00:55 PM  
Also, if you are white, have facial hair, always wear a cap, and drive a Ford F-150 - I am wary of you now.
 
2022-01-20 5:01:58 PM  
Getting the flu.  Oh wait, I don't miss that one at all.
 
2022-01-20 5:08:36 PM  
Meetings.  I have been in a niche field for 30 plus years and I used to be able to tell who I would take as a client and who to pass on in 2 minutes of a face to face meeting.  Zoom is awful and is a veritable Broadway stage for truth benders.  In the confines of an in-person meeting I can observe not just the facial ticks and eye movement but I can use my body language to see if I can detect I am being misled.  Zoom allows sociopaths to eliminate any response to body language and the scummiest of scum can now actually use it to their advantage.  In 30 years I built a reputation of someone who only takes honest clients, and sadly a) I can't tell who is honest anymore, and b) I think more and more honest people are bailing from reputable deals.  It took years to learn to tell who was a bad fit for my firm, and I don't think I can adapt to the modern art of bullshit detection.
 
2022-01-20 5:14:14 PM  
Just randomly going places like a museum, library, or play space. You have to check the current rules, book tickets, plan. Nothing is spontaneous anymore or guaranteed.
 
2022-01-20 5:14:54 PM  
Shakings hands as a greeting.
 
2022-01-20 5:15:20 PM  
Movie scenes with crowded parties.
 
2022-01-20 5:18:32 PM  
Sitting at poker table that's just a little too small (or has people who are just a little too big).
 
2022-01-20 5:19:03 PM  

west.la.lawyer: Also, if you are white, have facial hair, always wear a cap, and drive a Ford F-150 - I am wary of you now.


I hit 75% of those. Can't you also throw in the wrap-around shades or something?
 
2022-01-20 5:23:14 PM  
Salad bars and buffet tables.
 
2022-01-20 5:25:51 PM  

Bootleg: west.la.lawyer: Also, if you are white, have facial hair, always wear a cap, and drive a Ford F-150 - I am wary of you now.

I hit 75% of those. Can't you also throw in the wrap-around shades or something?


well, if you wear them backwards in any way - back of head or back of collar - I'll cross the farking street to stay away
 
2022-01-20 5:26:55 PM  

west.la.lawyer: Also, if you are white, have facial hair, always wear a cap, and drive a Ford F-150 - I am wary of you now.


Yes, generalizations are ok when it's about THOSE PEOPLE.

I look like a Bubba. But I hate rednecks in the way that only those of us who grew up around them can.

Meanwhile people like you judge me as a Trumper. It's why I usually add a Boomer Tax.
 
2022-01-20 5:29:04 PM  

Earguy: Shakings hands as a greeting.


Came to say "hugs and handshakes"
 
2022-01-20 5:29:12 PM  
Somebody sneezing or coughing into their own hand. Yeesh. Gives me panic attacks now.
 
2022-01-20 5:30:42 PM  
Having someone blow spittle over a cake.

Then serving it to everyone in attendance.
 
2022-01-20 5:30:56 PM  
Smiling at people.
 
2022-01-20 5:31:16 PM  

The Brains: west.la.lawyer: Also, if you are white, have facial hair, always wear a cap, and drive a Ford F-150 - I am wary of you now.

Yes, generalizations are ok when it's about THOSE PEOPLE.

I look like a Bubba. But I hate rednecks in the way that only those of us who grew up around them can.

Meanwhile people like you judge me as a Trumper. It's why I usually add a Boomer Tax.


this is new, man
This is post covid weirdness.
These are my friends.
I have looked the same (except in a Nissan) in the past, and so do my friends.
But if I do not know you, and you look like you are in the city - whatever the city - from El Dorado County or Kern County on a job, I'm wary now.
 
2022-01-20 5:32:07 PM  
I had to go sign something at the bank and going into a tiny office with a closed door gave me a twinge of anxiety.
Sitting next to someone from a different household, even outdoors. I still need space.
 
2022-01-20 5:34:37 PM  
Thinking of my mother, who passed before Covid.

Used to be I'd think of her now and then, holidays, special dates or events or hell, a recipe.

SInce Covid such thoughts are never without some sort of "glad she missed *waves hands* all this"

She worked at a University and cared deeply and the last years of isolating in dorms and class closures and remote learning would have been a major stressor for her. She died of lung disease and her illness would have also been a major stressor.

No matter the memory or recollection, happy or sad, it's weird that now "thinking of you mom" is followed by "but I'm glad you didn't have to deal with Covid"

Also post-Covid acutely aware of people's nostrils. Spent my whole life looking at people's faces and it feels weird now because that's where my eyes focus with the thought "Well, *that's* not doing much good"

I sort of like TV interviews via zoom. Not naming names but one regular has a spectacular view out of his street-level kitchen window and someone else apparently has a totem pole in his. A third has a set of brass planters and one of them has been slightly askew for two years now.

Ok, that feels weird now.
 
2022-01-20 5:35:41 PM  
Hearing someone cough inside without reacting like a soldier hearing an incoming shell.
 
2022-01-20 5:36:07 PM  

The Brains: west.la.lawyer: Also, if you are white, have facial hair, always wear a cap, and drive a Ford F-150 - I am wary of you now.

Yes, generalizations are ok when it's about THOSE PEOPLE.

I look like a Bubba. But I hate rednecks in the way that only those of us who grew up around them can.

Meanwhile people like you judge me as a Trumper. It's why I usually add a Boomer Tax.


Well you sound like a Trumper by trying to play up the victimhood.
 
2022-01-20 5:40:37 PM  
You know what feels weird, post Covid?

How quick everyone is to start slinging shiat at each other.

It's like walking through a mine field
 
2022-01-20 5:42:26 PM  

parasol: You know what feels weird, post Covid?

How quick everyone is to start slinging shiat at each other.

It's like walking through a mine field


Well, a lot of it is deserved -- you know, when it comes to protecting public health and preserving American democracy and all.
 
2022-01-20 5:46:03 PM  

bostonguy: parasol: You know what feels weird, post Covid?

How quick everyone is to start slinging shiat at each other.

It's like walking through a mine field

Well, a lot of it is deserved -- you know, when it comes to protecting public health and preserving American democracy and all.


I mean the hyper sonic leap to open hostility.
We're not assessing or perceiving threats the way we used to, imo.

The default position is now "you're a threat, prove your not"
 
2022-01-20 5:48:49 PM  
1) Putting on actual pants that have a button and zipper and belt and everything.
2) Putting on footwear that has actual laces
3) Actually physically going to any store for any reason, in person, to buy any particular thing
4) Actually physically going to any restaurant for any reason, in person, to get any kind of food

I'm fine with it.
 
2022-01-20 5:49:08 PM  

parasol: bostonguy: parasol: You know what feels weird, post Covid?

How quick everyone is to start slinging shiat at each other.

It's like walking through a mine field

Well, a lot of it is deserved -- you know, when it comes to protecting public health and preserving American democracy and all.

I mean the hyper sonic leap to open hostility.
We're not assessing or perceiving threats the way we used to, imo.

The default position is now "you're a threat, prove your not"


If you're not wearing a mask in public, you HAVE to be treated like a threat. That's the only way it works.
 
2022-01-20 5:50:01 PM  

Combustion: Smiling at people.


Yeah, I was at the grocery the other day and there was a woman who was absolutely SMOKING hot and she smiled at me. Then I realized the reason I felt funny was because I could see her mouth. Instant turn-off.

What I do find amazing is since I live in a downtown area and there are a lot of people walking dogs - dogs still know when you smile at them, even from a distance. They are probably using eye crinkles as cues. Just yesterday I became best friends with a Pittie in my building by smiling. It immediately turned her into a 50-pound love missile.
 
2022-01-20 5:56:25 PM  

parasol: bostonguy: parasol: You know what feels weird, post Covid?

How quick everyone is to start slinging shiat at each other.

It's like walking through a mine field

Well, a lot of it is deserved -- you know, when it comes to protecting public health and preserving American democracy and all.

I mean the hyper sonic leap to open hostility.
We're not assessing or perceiving threats the way we used to, imo.

The default position is now "you're a threat, prove your not"


That's kind of been my default position for my entire life.  Comes from a rough yute.  I'm just not as obvious about it. Generally.
 
2022-01-20 6:01:54 PM  

realmolo: parasol: bostonguy: parasol: You know what feels weird, post Covid?

How quick everyone is to start slinging shiat at each other.

It's like walking through a mine field

Well, a lot of it is deserved -- you know, when it comes to protecting public health and preserving American democracy and all.

I mean the hyper sonic leap to open hostility.
We're not assessing or perceiving threats the way we used to, imo.

The default position is now "you're a threat, prove your not"

If you're not wearing a mask in public, you HAVE to be treated like a threat. That's the only way it works.


That's not what I'm talking about.
Post Covid, we are *all* defaulting to "potential threat" assessment like never before.

Certain car? Certain clothing? Masked? Not Masked? Armed or not?

I'm not talking about masks alone.
We're looking more closely than ever at each other in many aspects.
 
2022-01-20 6:02:04 PM  
I have forgotten about wearing makeup completely.  Used to be, if I went out without mascara at least, everyone would be asking if I was ok, because I have such pasty features and colorless lashes.

My makeup drawer has a layer of dust on it now, and no one says a word.  As long as masks are allowed, I'll probably never wear makeup again.
 
2022-01-20 6:11:00 PM  
Potlucks, work casual clothes, vacations involving hoards of humanity at the end location, the county fair.
 
2022-01-20 6:12:45 PM  

Daniel Boone's Farm: I can observe not just the facial ticks



Tics, unless you're talking about these:


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2022-01-20 6:14:12 PM  
Not worrying about -- and knowing that it's going to happen, and sooner than I can wrap my head around -- losing our home. Dammit, long COVID.

I'm sorry to be That Guy in the thread. I really am. And Mrs. Heb and I are grateful beyond words for all the help a lot of you FARKers have given us. It's just...we've been here over 13 years, you know? It's really, really hard.

/returning you to your regularly scheduled snark
//just had to get that out
///thanks for being here
 
2022-01-20 6:18:40 PM  

realmolo: parasol: bostonguy: parasol: You know what feels weird, post Covid?

How quick everyone is to start slinging shiat at each other.

It's like walking through a mine field

Well, a lot of it is deserved -- you know, when it comes to protecting public health and preserving American democracy and all.

I mean the hyper sonic leap to open hostility.
We're not assessing or perceiving threats the way we used to, imo.

The default position is now "you're a threat, prove your not"

If you're not wearing a mask in public, you HAVE to be treated like a threat. That's the only way it works.


Actually?
That *is* what's post-Covid weird about threat assessment.

I see someone without a mask and they are a threat to me.
They see me with one and I'm a threat to them.

We immediately think less of each other, perhaps to the point of hostility, and are wary, without having spoken a word.

Admit it, *looking* at people is post-Covid "weird" if that means "disquieting"
 
2022-01-20 6:31:21 PM  
Touching or being touched - doesn't happen.

Holding babies? Never again in my lifetime, because of the possible danger to them (even though I'm vaxxed).

Sharing weed went the way of the dodo, as well - keep it, no one wants someone else's germs. Dank ain't worth death.
 
2022-01-20 6:32:35 PM  
My son and d-i-l work at immunology and infectious labs in LaJolla, CA that have been cited publicly by Dr. Fauci within the last two years.

At the end of January 2020, they told me that we would almost certainly be wearing face masks two years "from now."

It feels weird that they were so both god damned right.
 
2022-01-20 6:48:29 PM  
in stores i don't pick something up unless i'm 99% sure i'm going to buy that item. the days of  reading and comparing labels and keeping one brand and returning others to the shelf is over for me. i roll my eyes when i see people who have to touch every carton of milk or every tomato before they pick one.
 
2022-01-20 6:48:52 PM  
Conspiracy theories.  They used to be like fun post-industrial ghost stories.  Now they kill people.
 
2022-01-20 6:56:05 PM  

Lsherm: 50-pound love missile


I've been called this before, too
 
2022-01-20 6:59:58 PM  

parasol: That's not what I'm talking about.
Post Covid, we are *all* defaulting to "potential threat" assessment like never before.


A lot of people spent way too much uninterrupted time online and let GIFT bleed out into their daily lives.  It was always there but handcuffs and sucker punches kept people cordial before.
 
2022-01-20 7:06:12 PM  
Being happy as a default rather than it being a fun diversion every now and again.
 
Ant
2022-01-20 7:09:17 PM  
It feels weird to think that I was once under the impression that 99+% of people would actually want to be vaccinated against a deadly disease.
 
2022-01-20 7:12:16 PM  

Bootleg: west.la.lawyer: Also, if you are white, have facial hair, always wear a cap, and drive a Ford F-150 - I am wary of you now.

I hit 75% of those. Can't you also throw in the wrap-around shades or something?


This describes the vast majority of people in my city (Colorado Springs).

One day at work I tried to count how many guys came in who fit this description. It was too many. I would have been better off counting the men who didn't fit this profile.
 
2022-01-20 7:16:20 PM  
Getting a haircut. I've been doing my own hair since June of 2020 when I got a barber kit as a Father's day gift. The clippers I was given are OK and I can get a decent cut along the sides of my head. But I haven't committed to a buzz cut I can do completely with clippers and I'm not good with scissors.
 
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