Me, today, while Akemi was trimming my hair: “Watch my ears, please.”
Akemi: “Don’t be so chicken.”
The hair clippers we ordered are still about a week away, but Akemi couldn’t help but get a head start. Armed with knowledge gleamed from that random youtube video, she got in a little practice – ultimately resulting in no discernible change to my appearance. I’m really tempted to just grab my electric shaver and go all Colonel Kurtz, but I fear it may ultimately prove a source of regret – like the purchase of that bag of nacho picoso Doritos Dinamita, or a gym membership.
I notice fewer people wearing masks out and about. Last month, I counted about 30% maskwear. These past couple of days, it’s been closer to 10%. I, of course, continue – and will continue – to cover my face when I go out. For health reasons. But mainly because I ordered these stylish Legion of Super-Heroes-themed face masks I’ve been dying to incorporate into my wardrobe:
Star Boy is, no doubt, the coolest, but I’m especially looking forward to sporting the Bouncing Boy motif.
Now I’m sure many of you are wondering: “What have you been up to in quarantine, Joe?” “What fantastic projects are you cooking up?” Well, in truth, not much writing. But a lot of this on a typical day –
Meanwhile, as a means of passing the time, I’ve taken a page out of Rear Window and started observing my neighbors from afar. There’s the guy across the ways who is up at 7:00 a.m. every morning, following the stock futures. There’s his girlfriend/wife (?) who sits out on their balcony and smokes. Above them, there’s the very fit couple with the very fit dog who will often trot out onto the balcony and gaze longingly down at the reflecting pond below as if contemplating suicidal thoughts. There’s the guy directly below us who talks on the phone at full volume, usually about how well his business is succeeding in spite of the circumstances. Finally, one balcony over, is the woman with the infectious laugh who I have never seen but am really curious to catch a glimpse of.
So, how are YOU all whiling away the lockdown hours?