Three years ago, my wife Judy had eye surgery. The surgery was done in Washington, DC and she had to periodically return to the eye doctor to see how the healing was progressing. On March 11 of last year year, she and I rode the Metro into DC for one of her checkups. After the visit, I decided to stay in the district to have lunch at a new Indian eatery – the Butter Chicken Company – that I had wanted to try. Since Judy isn’t a fan of Indian food, she opted to return to our Crystal City apartment.
At the time, I had absolutely no idea that this would be the last time I would eat a meal indoors in a restaurant for a year and neither of us realized that it would be 7 months before we would return to DC, which is only 3 Metro stops from the Virginia urban community where we live.
Within a matter of days, the corona virus virtually shut down the nation’s capital. Today, exactly one year later, there are still restrictions that don’t encourage us to return to the city we visited at least 3 or 4 times prior to the advent of the pandemic.
For the past year (except for a few weeks in October and November when several of the museums opened, only to to be closed again as covid cases rose), we have limited our travel world to the 3 communities – Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Potomac Yard – that comprise the area now referred to as National Landing, the new East Coast home of Amazon.
Of course, even in much isolation and always practicing masking and socially distancing when we did venture out, I found much to write about.
As a look back, here are links to 10 of the articles I wrote about the effects of the pandemic on my wife and I and the National Landing community where we live
- Finding toilet paper and hand sanitizer like a Steve McQueen Great Escape adventure
- Grocery shopping in a pandemic
- A hairy tale of 2 Jersey boys
- A question of temperature in a time of trouble
- What happens to an acclaimed local sports pub in a time of a pandemic?
- Will great flavored, locally favored local eatery be able to keep its doors open?
- Covid-19 claims my favorite local Korean deli
- Not exactly a custom tailored ending
- Everything I needed to know about a pandemic I learned from Golden Books
- Pandemic pushes puzzles to the forefront