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Miscellanea, 5/20/21

(from Jan. 2019, photo by Chikara Kakizawa)

Getting Back to It

Before yesterday, the last time I played ultimate frisbee was March 10, 2020. It was a Tuesday night league game. At the start of the game, it was drizzling, but not windy. The fields were soft, but not muddy. The rain got heavier and for the sake of the grass (something to be appreciated in the Phoenix area), we called the game off with a score of 8–8. Surprisingly, the rain continued on and off for the next couple of days. I cancelled my Wednesday and Friday pickup games and Thursday night’s league games were cancelled too.

And by the next week, COVID happened. I could have probably run my pickup game for a week or two longer. People were willing to play, but no one quite knew what was going on or how big the risks were. And I am not a risk-taker. Not when it comes to other people’s health anyway.

Happily this week, I restarted the WLDisc pickup game. Not coincidentally, I’m two weeks post-vaccine as of Tuesday. Since the game is a fairly closed group, I’ve also requested that everyone be vaccinated. I want the game to be safe and to be relatively worry-free.

I’m not sure I could have planned such an utterly different game than that one in March 2020. Clear skies, hot sun. It was probably around 95F. We played four-on-four, mostly, on a smaller field. And it was great. I had missed it, but also it wasn’t hard to be relaxed in that normal activity. Other than going to a store, it was the most people I had been around in over a year too.

And hopefully I’ll do it again tomorrow.


Writer, publisher. Hobbies include reading, studying magic & illusions from a historical/theoretical perspective, and playing ultimate frisbee.

4 thoughts on “Miscellanea, 5/20/21

  1. Returning to normalcy yeahhhh! My husband and I dined out last Friday for his birthday, a couple days after our second vax, but we ate outside and felt comfortable. His weekly D&D friends are all getting vaxxed and normal in-person D&D will resume in the next month or so. I have enjoyed not having people at my house, being an introvert. He has missed it though, being an extrovert. lol. They’ve been doing Zoom D&D since March 2020. One session will continue to be Zoom D&D as most of the players are from out of state.

    1. Our one “bubble” person was a guy we game with. He’s a firefighter, so he’s been vaccinated for a while now and was continually getting tested the whole time,

  2. Even though many are returning to what they call normal, my normal has changed. I can’t return to my life pre-COVID. It was busy and I was stressed and overworked and just not happy. Now, I am stressed and anxious about re-entry for work. All this repopulation talk for our campus is making me antsy. College campus are notorious for virus on any given day. Students do not care for themselves as a rule. They schlep themselves to and from class, don’t wash hands as I witnessed so many times in the ladies room and they eat poorly. I caught all sorts of things prior to COVID so I am not all that looking forward to going back. Plus, my job can be done from home.

    The things that do feel good… in person book club, dining in and not eating in the car out of a container. These were luxuries I did not fully appreciate before. I am so glad you got to play! More of that, please.

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