Like most folks, I have always been a bit of a social animal. I delighted in dining with friends at our local Periodic Table Supper Club. I liked walking around the block with a neighbor friend and talking to others in their front yards. I enjoyed traveling with my wife wherever and whenever we wanted. And, we absolutely loved it when our kids dropped by the house. That was then, this is now.
A new abnormal has descended upon all of us. An unwanted virus has invaded our lives. It was just two months ago when my wife and I were happily looking to buy a new minivan. Fortunately, we did not find the exact model and color we were hunting. We sure don't need it now. We are staying at home, all the time, because it is the smartest and safest thing to do.
This pandemic is a huge change in all our lives. Because of our own age and circumstances, we decided to hunker down and stay inside our house beginning this month on Friday the 13th. Now, everyone else in Austin is doing the same. We no longer go shopping, attend religious services, or stray past the end of our driveway. And, mostly, we don't even wander onto our large front porch. Our back patio is isolated and we get all our fresh air out there.
Regardless of how strange our personal circumstances are right now, we are embracing this new lifestyle. We are hoping that our sheltering in place will keep us, our neighbors and our community healthier. So, at this very moment, I'm sitting in my comfy chair, with my iPhone and a Bluetooth keyboard. Now, a reality check. I've been writing for AppleVis for nearly five years, and it is always from this very chair. When I think about it, not too terribly much has changed. I still communicate with my friends via phone calls, text messages and email. I continue to read lots of books with Audible, Bard and Voice Dream Reader. I play my mandolin and violin in tandem with my favorite tunes on Apple Music. I review AppleVis, along with our local and a national newspaper all from my iPhone. I may not travel around the city or walk as many miles, but I am not forgotten and I am not alone. Even though I am fortunate to share my home with my wife of 40 years and my goofy guide dog, I feel very connected to so many other people whom I care about. In truth, I am actually spending more time communicating with the important people in my life. My iPhone is how I safely keep friends close. I stay at home and stay in touch.
The most important thing in my life is my family, friends, community and dog. Although we are no longer venturing out, we have a great way to escape the confines of our house. I go sit in my happy place and reach out with this handy piece of technology. We have so much to be thankful for, and that includes my iPhone.
I hope to use this time at home to discover more apps and services on my Apple devices. What I learn, I plan to share with you. We can make this time a great learning experience together. And, I do intend to get back to the lighter side of things. There's time for smiling.
I have written 23 other blogs for AppleVis, including "Hot Pants and the iPhone 11," "Say What? : Hearing Aids, iPhones and My Apple Watch" and "Off My Chest: Confessions Of An Apple Watch Lover."
Please feel free to share in the comments how your own technology is helping you stay connected during these challenging times. And, dear friends, please stay safe and stay healthy.