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[San Juan Silver Stage | Spring 2021 | Kathryn R. Burke]
Has Covid fostered creativity?. Bet you never looked at it that way, but when you think about it, Covid 19, by whatever name you call it and whatever news source you track (or choose to believe) to follow it, has actually impacted our lives for the better in many ways. It has forced us to rethink what has long been considered “normal” and evolve into accepting, even embracing, a “new” normal rich with a myriad of positive possibilities.
Our world is changing—shrinking, yet expanding—and both at the same time! Yes, Covid has restricted our activities and frequently narrowed our “in-person” options to “at home” or “closer to home.” Yet, at the same time, it has it also made our universe a lot bigger. It has extended the “local only” labels that have constricted our lifestyles and resources for so long to a wider world filled with boundless resources and opportunities.
Today, thanks to Covid, our reach for shopping and services has unlimited proximity. Order products online from anywhere, and anything can be delivered to your doorstep or storefront. Any service provider, regardless of their locality, can visit you virtually, so you can tap into services and learning experiences once unavailable or unattainable.
This does not mean the end of “shop local” and “support local businesses.” It actually enhances it. Covid’s unwanted restrictions also open doors, widening the scope of what we can buy, how we can get it, and where we can get it from. Your neighborhood is still there, but at the same time, it just got a whole lot bigger.
Let’s start with a basic necessity, food: shopping, purchasing, preparing, and eating it. Order groceries online from your local grocery and pick up curbside at the store or have them delivered direct to your door. Want something they don’t carry or ingredients for a special or exotic meal? Order online, and everything you need will magically appear on your doorstep within days—maybe even minutes, if the local store carries it. Your home menus just got a whole lot more interesting and entertaining.
Want to “eat out” but you’re afraid of shared Covid cooties? You can still “dine in” without “going out.” Covid has caused (forced?) restaurants to get creative in order to survive, many devising ways you can enjoy the best of their menus without being seated in their premises. Order online, pick up your food fully cooked or ready to cook at their door or curbside, or call for home delivery. If they don’t have their own delivery staff, they can use one of the many services that travels between the facility that prepares meals to the location where people eat it. And even that is evolving. Some restaurants offer frozen meals (pick up or delivery) so you can save and savor at a later date.
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Housing, another basic necessity, is that place you call “home”—where you live, rent, own, or just camp out. Used to be if you wanted to change abodes, you went through the laborious process of looking, finding, touring, offering, and filling out endless reams of paperwork. Home hunting, regardless if it would be temporary or permanent, a purchase or rental, was a time gobbling procedure.
Now? You can do it all online. Hunt and view virtual listings from home when it’s convenient. File applications, even closing documents, online. You could be sunning on a beach in Florida while you’re selling your house in Colorado to someone living in L.A. Personal proximity is no longer a required criteria to buying, selling, or renting your abode.
All you need to do, once you find what you want, is order the moving company (can be done online) or ask your friends (if they live nearby) to pick up your stuff and schlep it from the old location to the new. I speak of this from painful personal experience: I’m in the throes of moving and am thankful that virtual help has saved me countless (mostly non-productive) hours of the time and effort of locating the right place.