COVID-19 has been decimating our social lives for over a year now, but places are finally starting to open back up to the desperate arms of commerce. As a result, we can now begin to go back to how it was in the before-times. Will it really be the same, though?
Or, will everyone have reverted back to fourth grade social skills and forgotten how to have a good time? Perhaps it will be like the relationship between someone and an ex that decided to “still be friends.” And while they can be together, there is a bad aftertaste all the time.
Or, maybe it will be like that, except instead of having that weird, nasty sense of “what the heck just happened,” maybe it will be amazing and the friendship will be better than ever.
Let us hope that the re-birth of our social lives is more like the latter. Here are some of the best things to do, now that the pandemic (it seems, at least) is on its way out.
1. Go out to dinner
If you have already been doing this then I cannot really blame you, I am guilty of this myself. But now that we can walk into Moshi Sushi, eat, drink, leave and at no point think, “Does that guy that’s sweating and coughing like an asthmatic smoker have COVID, and will I get it? Or is he just an asthmatic smoker? Please let him be an asthmatic smoker,” is a truly amazing feeling.
2. Just go out
Everyone likes to have a good time and part of that, especially in college, is going out on the town and hitting the clubs for hours of dancing and drinking with friends. Who hasn’t been desperate to sweat yourself to death while getting a mysterious sticky substance on your fingers from the counter at Big Bar?
3. Go to a movie
Yet again, something that is so much fun and so taken for granted during the forgotten period of yesteryear. There are some massive blockbusters coming out in the next several months. Black Widow from Marvel, No Time To Die from that British dude that makes the James Bond movies, the list goes on.
4. Go to a friend’s house that’s not at Capital.
I mainly say ‘not at Capital’ because we have been allowed to have on-campus visitors for some time now. However, I cannot wait for the day when I can safely drive to a friend’s house at OSU and not think “what if I bring back COVID.” As a result, I have been living like a Hermit from my College Avenue residence.
5. Go to a sporting event
Personally, I have never been a huge fan of this, but a bunch of other people apparently are. What’s the point of watching grown men run into each other or hit a ball with a stick in the sweltering heat while the person next to you spills beer and/or peanuts all over you. Just watch it on your couch, it’ll probably be a better view anyway. But a true journalist puts their opinions aside and addresses the needs of the masses, so there you go.