Granted, I've been playing pickleball for a little while now, and those people are friends, but yesterday, I had lunch with friends, for the first time since the world went sideways. We grabbed take out from a campus institution at the University of Michigan, Mr Spots, which I hadn't actually eaten at in decades, maybe since I was an undergrad in the mid 90s. From there, we wandered over a couple of blocks to the Law Quad, and ate, and just hung out chatting for a few hours with the Tudor Gothic buildings providing a very cool background.
We sat decently apart, with me being about ten feet away from the couple I had lunch with. Even when we first met at the predetermined spot, they came to a few feet away from me and we just stopped, the social distance thought pretty clearly being on all our minds, even though these are friends I might otherwise have greeted with a hug, in the before times. We did later discuss whether the fact that we are now in our mid-40s played a part in that, whether 20 years ago under similar circumstances we might have greeted each other more normally.
It was very....nice....and that's a thoroughly appropriate adjective for the situation. Never having been a social animal, I'm not the type that absolutely needed other people around to thrive, and so the quarantining might have been easier for me than for some others. But not being completely introverted, it's nice to have been able to get out and see people, other than the random folks who happened to go to the grocery store at the same time as you.
Like I said, I have been playing pickleball again (although my groin is tweaking out, so I might no be doing that this week), so I haven't been entirely bereft of (friendly, non-family) human contact, but that was in the context of sports/exercise. I'd glad to report that my weight has been going nowhere the last couple of weeks, as opposed to the not so slow rise it experienced over the past three months. As I lamented previously, it's not the decrease I was hoping for, but sideways beats upways, right?
During the past week, I also signed up for a pickleball tournament next month, put on by friends of mine in a nearby town. I'm still leery about doing that, as except for one occasion, so far I've only played with the same small group. This tournament will be outdoors, I'm sure there will be plenty of hand sanitizer available, and I'm guessing the usual niceties of tapping paddles after matches still won't be happening by then. But with covid-19 cases back on the rise...yeah, I'm a bit leery about doing this. But I've signed up.