I hope everyone is as well as can be in magnificent social isolation. Last night was of course our weekly 8pm Clapping For Carers where we come to our front doors and show our support for NHS workers.
It’s my only social event of the week and it is giving the opportunity ever so slowly to talk to one of my neighbours. I’ve barely had the chance to say hi to her since I moved in and lockdown took over so every Thursday for just a few seconds out of 2 or 3 minutes of clapping we get to exchange pleasantries.
It would make rather a good story for a new neighbour to move in and they get to know each other a little more just through the weekly NHS claps. It could work out into some romantic comedy or indeed into some psychological thriller where one of them slowly realises the neighbour is a total nutcase. I’m sure that is what my neighbour will be thinking about 8.05pm.
I realise with not watching television and avoiding the news sites and obviously real-life people in general that this whole thing might actually have already blown over. I may end up like one of those Japanese soldiers 30 years after the war, unaware that the danger has passed and that the old life has resumed. I’m depending on one of you to tell me this is all over!
I had an unexpected conversation yesterday, well two to be precise. The first was some sort of hoax caller who obviously didn’t bank on the fact that having barely uttered a word for over 2 months means I am all ready to talk to even the most bizarre callers. I think I scared them off in the end.
The other call I had was from the lovely Michael at Google. With the exception of him obviously being paid, I get the feeling he was only marginally less exasperated than I am and we dragged out greetings and goodbyes in a way I don’t think is normal for a business call.
Anyway, I’ve been trying to plan for the future. Rash I know considering I may not have one and even if I do, my company may not BUT it is always said that great entrepreneurs and businesses always make the most out of disasters and when others are licking their wounds, they make plans to get bigger and better. So that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve bought some new and additional domains for Ye Olde England Tours and was quite pleased with myself for coming up with Auld Scotland Tours which might allow me to branch out my Edinburgh, Stirling and Outlander Tours.
As for my call with Google, I wanted to make sure I had permission to do what I wanted to do and they actually loved my idea so I bought some more domains for those too. It seems a bit bad to spend money when I don’t really have any but they do say you have to speculate to accumulate.
I have no idea how to go about doing what I want to do but I know I’ll get there one day even if it doesn’t pay off until long after this virus has been wiped out.
It is hard to get motivated for such long time-frames however when you know whatever else happens to people with better immune systems, government advice might be for me myself might be to stay largely house bound for the rest of the year.
I’m also trying to edit my new book. I’m torn between not being bothered to do any of it and not doing everything now in case I have nothing to do in May, June or November.