By Clay Barbour
The look on my wife’s face was slightly mocking, her tone dismissive. “Who are you trying to impress?” she said, as I put on a freshly ironed shirt.
Now, in normal times, my basic uniform is a blazer, nice shirt and pocket square. But these are not normal times. As I write this, we are 51 days into this work-from-home experiment, and so many of our normal routines seem silly.
Time has lost all meaning. We wear the same clothes, shower occasionally and mark the end of each workday by sliding our chairs over to the bar for some liquid anxiety medication.
I’m sure none of this comes as a surprise to you. Everyone is wrestling with the same issues. COVID-19 has forced the entire state to practice social distancing, which means many of us are realizing our dream of working from home. And some of us are realizing that dream was just plain crazy.
Home used to be my escape from the world, but it turns out you can have too much of a good thing. Just ask our dogs. They used to love having us around. Now they look at us like, “Don’t you have somewhere else to be?”
Still, we are among the lucky ones. We have jobs. But as you can imagine, producing Distinction during a pandemic is challenging. Our advertisers are struggling, our subjects are hesitant, and the team has its own share of concerns, both economic and health-related.
But with patience, determination, and a little luck, we managed to get this issue out the door. And it’s pretty good. Inside you’ll hear from a local icon and a charitable chef, explore Norfolk’s latest luxury hotel, gets tips on aging in place and more.
Yes, we are a bit thinner this time around, but we’re still here, doing all we can for our readers and our advertisers. So, dive in and let us take your mind off coronavirus for a few hours.
Thanks for reading. And please, let us know how we’re doing.