Sunday 12 April 2020

Coronavirus Part 2

We are now in day 20 of the Lockdown on Easter Sunday so it seems fitting to answer a few more questions from Sunday Stealing about the reason that we are in this situation – the Coronavirus.

Shall we dive in?

1 – What is something you are doing due to the pandemic that you normally don’t do? After the pandemic will you continue to so this?

Being a mild sufferer from OCD and a rampant hypochondriac I have been very carefully avoiding anything that could pass on the virus – like door handles, other people etc. Being in lockdown is a massive help to be fair although in the UK we can take daily exercise outside once a day. My exercise of choice is my usual one – a good walk. However, even that has been fraught with danger to Captain Hypochondria and Captain OCD. So I have been avoiding the periods of time when I think most people will be out and about.

My daily routine on a work day involves getting up at the crack of dawn (around 6am) and immediately going for a walk (about half an hour). I don’t even get into the shower first, effectively just cleaning my teeth and going straight outside – having got dressed of course (I wouldn’t inflict my undressed self on anybody).

My hair is, of course, an uncontrolled mess having not been beaten into submission by a shower so I walk our streets and the local park with a grim and stern look on my face (I am not the happiest person in the morning) in the hope that anybody else who might see me will avoid this weird looking angry alien with crazy hair. A win-win for all concerned.

The Plastic Mancunian on his Daily Walk

When I get home, Captain OCD urges me to wash my hands. I have done this so many times since the Coronavirus appeared that my hands look like they are made of leather. I have even resorted to using Mrs PM’s moisturiser to soften them.

Here’s a picture of my hands:

I will almost certainly start my day with a walk after this pandemic is over because it is the best part of the day to do so. I will also wash my hands more too – Captain OCD is winning that war.

2 - What made you happy, sad, or frustrated today? List, all big and/or small, as there may be some of one or all of these feelings!

I was saddened by the fact that we are three weeks into the lockdown and I see it lasting at least another three weeks.

I was frustrated by some irresponsible joggers once more struggling to understand the concept of social distancing during my walk.

I was happy to be home after an hour’s walk today to enjoy a little comedy on the TV while eating a well-deserved full English breakfast.

I am also quite content right now, writing this nonsense, drinking a large cup of tea and listening to this:

3- What is one of the first things you will do when the pandemic is over?

My eldest son and his girlfriend moved out a couple of days before the lockdown and we haven’t had the chance to see their new house. So I will almost certainly go to visit them – and then I will go to the pub to have a couple of beers with mates. Then I will look at booking a holiday somewhere.

4 – Are you an essential employee or do you know someone who is? Is this affecting you in some way?

I am not an essential employee but I do know three nurses who must be suffering at the moment. I feel for them every time I see news reports about what is happening at hospitals up and down the country.

5 – What are you doing to destress during this stressful time?

I’m not really that stressed to be honest with you. The greatest enemy at the moment is boredom. Obviously I have Mrs PM for company which keeps me occupied most of the time but I am also relying on the introvert within me to help relieve the ennui of being stuck at home. There is plenty of stuff to do, if I think about it, such as reading, writing, playing games, watching TV, trying to be creative, exploring the internet to find new music and revisit older music, as well as the more mundane things like cleaning, cooking, ironing etc.

6 – Have you tried any new recipes during this time? Please share your recipe if you want to.

No – I hate cooking. When it is my turn to do this, I rely on my basic recipes rather than trying not to poison Mrs PM and myself. However, Mrs PM has been trying out a couple of new things from her collection of recipe books, the best one recently being a Mediterranean chicken and chorizo dish which was very tasty.

7 – Have you always lived where you do now? If not, how did you wind up in the place you currently live?

No. I was born in Walsall, an industrial town in the West Midlands, about 11 miles north of Birmingham and lived there for 18 years until I went to university in Liverpool. I lived there for three years popping back to Walsall during the summer before moving to Manchester where I have lived ever since. This is why my blog alias is The Plastic Mancunian because I am not a true Mancunian even though I have lived here for 36 years.

8- Where is the last place you visited on-line?

I would say You Tube in order to embed “Long Live Rock and Roll” by Rainbow into this blog post.

9- What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?

Lots of people have said nice things all through my life so it is difficult to select a single one and elevate that to the position of “nicest thing”. I will tell you one funny thing though which was nice in a weird way.

I was in a pub in Liverpool with some mates about 15 years ago when a woman came up to me and grabbed my hand. She was a little inebriated and asked me if I was married. I told her I was in a deep and loving relationship and a look of sadness crossed her face. “That’s such a shame,” she slurred. “I would marry you tomorrow if I could. You are so gorgeous!”

I was shocked and my mates supported me by laughing their heads off. She turned to them and said “I’m serious!” before storming off.

My mates still mention it to this day saying "she must have had her beer goggles on when she said that!"

She may have been a little drunk but I thought it was a really sweet thing to say.

10 – Tell me about the last photo on your camera (phone or real camera or both!)

I took a couple of photos on my walk yesterday – the last one being this one of the River Mersey:


Me, Myself, and I said...

Mmmmm, chicken and chorizo. I *love* chorizo, it's a big thing here in New Mexico. Hubs has made his own, that was a fun day with the Kitchenaid and the sausage attachment, lol. Take care, PM!

Kwizgiver said...

I love the photo. We had 12+ inches of snow on Friday so everything is still covered with it. I'm so done with winter. Hearing about your long walks makes me envious.

Bev Sykes said...

So glad to see your photo in #1. Looked just like I imagined.

I am not seriously hypochondriac (though have been at times in my life), but had a moment of serious panic yesterday. Don't know why. Fortnatley it didn't last.

Elephant's Child said...

Perhaps (but probably not) you could have silenced your mates by saying 'in vino veritas'. And yes, it was a lovely thing to say.
I think that many (most of us?) have leather hand syndrome.

CountryDew said...

Mersey River. I used to know a song about a ferry 'cross the Mersey and always wondered where that was. Your river?

Stacy said...

Thanks for explaining your blog alias. I've always wondered.
Drunk or not, that was a nice thing to say. :)
Glad you are staying healthy and safe.
Have a good week!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Me, Myself and I,

We share that love- Chorizo -mmm!




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Kwizgiver,

Snow - in April? Wow! I'm glad winter is over - lockdown would be unbearable in winter.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Bev,

Oh my God! I have had to stop reading symptoms - I made an exception with Covid-19 basically because everybody was talking about it.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi EC,

At the time I had had a couple of beers - so I could speak Latin fluently!




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi CD,

The mouth of the River Mersey is in Liverpool where there is, still, a ferry across from Liverpool to Birkenhead - it is very wide at that point because it runs into the sea. We live 40 miles away from Liverpool and the river is not very wide where we live.

It is more associated with Liverpool than Manchester to be honest and Ferry Across the Mersey was written by a Liverpool band called Gerry and the Pacemakers.

The length of the river is 70 miles according to Wikipedia so there is another 30 miles of it in the other direction from where I live.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Stacey,

I'm sure the poor lady in question regretted it the following morning.




Lori said...

Your walks sound so peaceful. I was cracking up reading #1 though. Glad you still have your sense of humor. Loved your answers! Have a Blessed Easter!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lori,

It would be tougher without the walks - that's for sure.