Daily Coping 21 Feb 2022

I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here. All my coping tips are under this tag.

Today’s tip is to look back at the pandemic; what are the strangest memories you have?

I wrote this tip because I ran across some old pictures from the last two years. Here are a few things that struck me as strange.

I found myself doing yoga on the front lawn because the gym was closed.

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I had really taken it for granted that I could go to the gym every week. Maybe not every day, but I’d get there and be able to take a class or use weights. While I could do yoga alone, and I had some videos out in the yard, I was surprised that a) I didn’t have other options, and b) it worked out pretty well. I enjoyed being out there in the spring and am looking forward to it periodically this year.

I’ve traveled a lot for years, and I’ve seen plenty of people in masks in airports and on planes, albeit a minority. I still can’t believe that we got so many people to wear masks, we had regulations, and I coached in one with kids playing sports in one.


I’ve enjoyed some online gatherings, but I can’t believe that I was a part of multiple online classes for cooking or cocktail making. If you had asked me my interest level in 2019 for this, I would have said zero. The last two years I’ve looked forward to a few.

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I’ve lived in America for most of my life. This is the land of plenty, and often, excess. I’ve lived in places with hurricanes and blizzards, and seen shops quite empty at times because the demand far exceeds the supply, at least for some items.

I was surprised to see so many empty shelves, especially a lack of toilet paper, early in the pandemic. A very strange time for me.


In line with that, I remember coming out of volleyball practice one night and going to the store to get things for the next day, only to find it closed. All stores were closed around 8 or 9pm. Quite an experience for me.

Perhaps one really strange thing for me was a lot of time with horses. Not just around them, as that’s normal, but on them. I never look to ride very often, but I will if my wife asks. We plan some trips, but around the house I’m usually busy or traveling myself.

In 2020, I ended up taking more rides with my wife around our property and the local area because there wasn’t much else to do. No distractions, nothing open, no work trips, so I spent a lot of time on horseback.

Well, not a lot, but a lot for me.


Overall the pandemic was not that hard for me. In some ways, it was enjoyable as life slowed down, more time with family, I had all my kids some again for a period of time, and I used all my vacation.

Maybe that was the best part. Usually work gets in the way of too many personal trips, but in I managed to get out, camp and travel a bit, using up all my vacation with family.

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