Corona Diary 1 – Crazies on a bus

Given that I am now almost housebound medically and theoretically from Monday possibly legally’ I thought I would supplement my usual posts with a series of almost diary like posts.  Some people have their entire blog composed of such things and I thought given my rather unique situation then I may as well while a couple of hours over the coming weeks or months as we all, or myself at least go slowly mad.

Today I still had appointments to make which involved going on one of those famous red London Double-Decker buses.  It was still quite busy onboard with some people forced to stand.  It was all rather surreal.

The man next to me seemed somewhat spaced out which probably made things easier for him.  He was also wearing a pair surgical gloves and he kept, playing and stretching them.  It made me feel like I was about to undergo some sort of bizarre rectal examination.

The lady in front of him was quite a character too and possessed the most incredible laugh.  It reminded me of the American Wrestler Ted Dibiase – The Million Dollar Man.  I have no idea what was making her laugh, perhaps she was out of medication having had it swiped by the secret rectum examiner next to me.     She certainly made me giggle to myself.

I’ve always liked weird characters, maybe it makes me feel like I fit in more.  Not just in real life.  I remember in Star Wars everyone else who was little liked Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia or Chewie but for me it was Darth Vader and if I had to conform then Han Solo.

I think I must have the same outlook for Brexit.  I liked it before it was popular, once it was happening but everyone was outraged about it, when it surely must be cancelled and when the green-light was finally lit.  I still like it now when it really doesn’t matter at all as we probably aren’t going to make it anyway.

I noticed quite a few people trying to avoid touching handles and polls and bells.  I think they are all late-comers to this particular party as I’ve been using my elbows, knuckles and anything other than my hands and fingers for as long as I can remember.   I’m so experienced in fact during the winter when I wear gloves, I can unlock and operate my iPad using my nose.

These are the sorts of skills which I think give me the best chance of getting through this nightmare.

I’m sure this is a new experience for almost everyone so if you want to leave a comment about your day, the situation in general or heaven help us some much needed hilarity then be my guest!

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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8 Responses to Corona Diary 1 – Crazies on a bus

  1. Alecs says:

    Lol! You can follow my blog from Milan, Italy on the same subject, if you wish.

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  2. I would say that it’s not all that weird given the circumstances to wear latex gloves or a face mask. I went to the shops the other day wearing latex gloves, the reason being that I have a weakened immune system from having cancer and only one kidney and part of my spleen, so if I actually catch this shit, it could be seriously dire for me. Anyway, what I am trying to say is, that so-called “crazy person” on the bus you saw the other day may have a condition which compromises their immune system significantly, but obviously they still need to get groceries and essentials, so this is what is comes down to. They have to look a bit silly.

    Using caution when stuff can potentially kill us is what got humans as far as what we have. I hope though that the world doesn’t descend into irrational panic. I would like to think I’m using wisdom with my gloves and mask going to the shops, given my situation, even if people laugh at me as though I’m crazy.

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    • I don’t think it’s crazy to wear the gloves, it was just the fact he spent 25 minutes on the bus stretching his gloves at the fingers and the wrists for the entire duration of the trip but not in a fashion that they were too tight for him but just that he kept fiddling with them . I always wear regular gloves from Halloween to March using public transport but stopped doing so a few weeks ago. I’m very methodical with washing my hands and as I don’t have a smart phone I know with the exception of my front door key, if I wash my hands thoroughly when I get inside then I’m ‘clean’. I’m a bit fortunate for once in that being introvert and rather shy/nervous, my hands naturally stay in pockets so I never have that urge to touch my face. I don’t think I shall be going on any transport for a few months now though.

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      • And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

        And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

        And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”

        ~Kitty O’Meara’~

        Aww it’s OK Steven no worries I totally get it now. I am feeling exactly the same way. I was pretty relaxed overall in my life and with touching things in public spaces but this pandemic changed things, I have turned into a bit of a germaphobe, plus with what my doctor said about me needing to be careful with my compromised immune system. I guess same as you, anyone with injuries or anything like that is particularly vulnerable right now. It feels good to be at home I think, it feels safe. I think there is light at the end of the tunnel though- a lot of good can come out of this eventually in my opinion. This idea of everyone going through a universal struggle should bind people together rather than pull people apart, for humanity as a whole rather than separate signifiers like ethnicity, gender, nationality, age etc. etc.

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  3. Francis says:

    A serious and amusing post at the same time. I doubt, as you suggest, that brexit will be a primary topic for debate for quite a long time.

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