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I don’t know about you, Shinners, but things are starting to feel a bit less scary from the COVID-19 perspective. I’ve started to relax a bit, not wearing my mask outside unless I’m about to go inside (in other words, I bring my mask on walks/hikes but don’t wear it by default). I had three social weekends in a row, where I saw vaccinated friends and family inside, without masks, and last night, I went to a movie! It was the first time since the world, as we knew it, ended in March of 2020.

Going to a movie in this day and age is different. There is hand sanitizer everywhere and social distancing is baked in. Theaters are at 50% capacity, seating is reserved, and there is a requirement for empty seats around each group of ticket holders. We wore masks inside except when we were eating popcorn, and it was a bit eerie and quiet. No one’s phone rang during the movie, and there were no commercials in the preview reel – just “thank you” messages from first the theater chain for coming back, and then from the stars of the movie.

Different.

The movie was “In the Heights,” a musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Hubby and I, having lived in Manhattan for decades prior to moving out West, enjoyed it thoroughly. In fact, I cried during most of it because I was so happy to be there, watching a show! The singing and dancing were outstanding, the storyline was compelling and the music (even the hip-hop/rap bits) was excellent. I particularly enjoyed the group numbers, which were bursting with color and life – just what so many of us have been missing in this awful, lonely time.

If this dreadful year and half has taught me anything, it’s that we never know what’s going to happen, so it’s even more important to treasure the “bit of fun” you can have in this life. What have you been enjoying lately?

Here’s a clip from the film. Open thread, of course.


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