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Locked down but not out in Italy

Singing from the balconies! One nice thing about this crisis ... solidarity! “Guess you’re not living like a tourist anymore,” was the funny, truthful and somewhat gut-wrenching message of a friend the day the lockdown in Italy began. Today is day 6. My beloved Italia has been hit hard with the COVID19 epidemic. With the second largest elderly population in the world, the epidemic has meant a disproportionate amount of deaths in the country. So though I haven’t been worried about contracting it myself, this isn’t about me or someone like me who, if contracted it would probably have a sucky couple of weeks and then recover. It is about if someone like me contracted it and then spread it to a person with a complicated health history or an elderly person with a weakened immune system. Eerily orderly: Lines for the grocery store, each person one meter apart In a country with no concept (and no physical room really) for personal space, and in a city with reproachable hygie


photo: Don't know who to credit, but he/she is a genius!

I don't know if I have actually been distracted, or if I just wanted an excuse to use this picture, because I LOVE it and find it absolutely hysterical.

However, I will admit that in the last few weeks, with the World Cup, a training in Atlanta, July 4th weekend, 100+ degree weather etc, I have been fairly distracted from my "pocket projects."

It is not that I have abandoned this idea. On the contrary, between a new city, new job and even some new friends, it hasn't been hard for me to find something new each a day.

In fact, it has become so ingrained in how I go about things that I incorporate something new into my daily routine without really having to think too hard about it. I take a new route home, hop on a random bus, pop my head into an interesting store, try on a piece of clothing that I wouldn't dare call my style, try a new restaurant or new item on a menu, explore a new neighborhood...

So though I am not documenting/photographing things as deliberately as I was before, rest assured the project is alive and kicking.

However, I will admit to having slacked in terms of documenting these, bizarre to banal to even boring "projects." I have even slacked on relating the elaborate or eccentric ones.

So as a representative run-down of these events: under the boring category is trying mint chocolate gum (refer to my mint blog entry to understand this inclination), elaborate: going to a new country, Dominican Republic; bizarre: geocaching and painting my bathroom, what I called Mediterranean blue, and what turned out more like splattered smurfette; and lastly, in the eccentric category an alcoholic, beet-based drink from Funxion, a juice bar turned partier (this also falls into the disgusting category).

However, I will turn more to those novelties related to living like a tourist in DC, which have included a moonlight monument cruise, the Portrait Gallery, World War II memorial and the Georgetown waterfront, among others.

On that note, and to keep me on track, I am developing a D.C. to-do list. I may have mentioned that I am a compulsive list maker. If I haven't mentioned it, I am a compulsive list maker. I have made list of things to do in Atlanta, Rome, Baltimore, Chicago and soon to come D.C.

So perhaps with all the distractions out there, I will stay more focused on................(<.............(<......................>)......... pac-man!