No One Knows What Lies Behind The Masquerades

Today’s the last day of the month. Do you live in one of those states that is planning on opening things back up starting tomorrow?

Me, my life has already started to show signs of getting back to normal. Since I am one of those individuals considered ‘essential’ at the company where I work, I have already had to start going into the office to do work rather than just working from home. By the time my state decides to begin the process of relaxing their stay-at-home guidelines, I will have already been going into the office like normal for weeks. Crazy, right?

But dancing won’t be coming back to my life for a while. I got this week’s weekly dance update email, like the one I talked about last week, and everything on it says (essentially) ‘closed for the foreseeable future.’ Nothing but virtual dance classes that can be done from home is available. So even if I had an itching to get back out on the dance floor, there is no timeline I can point to for when that will happen yet. No one knows.

One interesting thing that was included in this week’s dance update that I didn’t see last week was a list of a bunch of dance-related people and companies that are now selling face masks. Do you need a fancy face mask to protect yourself? What if I told you that you could get one with rhinestones all over it, would that make you want the fancy mask even more? I know! Rhinestones! I guess it was really only a matter of time before someone did that with a mask. You can even get one that is covered in those super-fancy crystals to make it extra sparkly. That is, if you’re willing to pony up like $100 for the mask.

I’m sure somewhere out there someone’s going to get one of those. They wouldn’t offer to make them if no one was going to buy, after all.

What I don’t understand though is how you would clean a mask that is covered in rhinestones. From what I’ve been told, you are supposed to submerge your face mask in boiling water to clean it properly. Is it even possible to do that if the mask has rhinestones all over it? All I can think of is that the glue would boil away while the mask is submerged, leaving you with a bowl of rhinestone soup when all is said and done. Yummy? Probably not. Only my robotic vacuum seems excited to eat rhinestones. The meal doesn’t really sound appealing to me…

I will say that one nice thing about having all this extra time and money while I’m not dancing is that I am able to get other things done. For example, there was this huge project that I had been putting off for years, something that had been super important in my life when I was younger that had gotten neglected and needed work. Now that’s almost all taken care of! Progress stalled a bit last week because finding a component needed to finish up one of the last parts of the project is being difficult at the moment. If I was still dancing, I don’t think I would have been able to afford to get this all done, so in some ways this break from dance has been nice.

What have you accomplished using all the free time you have now that would have otherwise gone toward dance? When this break is all said and done, will you have something to show from it? Or a new talent/skill that you took up to keep your mind occupied? I hope so! I’m looking forward to showing off my project when it is complete. I will probably even take pictures of what has been done and send them to my parents, because I was still super young and lived at home with them when I got the thing all those years ago, so they might be surprised to see that I still have it so many, many, many (many) years later. 🙂

We’ll keep going and see if next week brings anything different. Even if everything in my area opens back up, I don’t know if I will be eager to go out and try and pretend like nothing has changed, like some people want to do. I may just keep doing what I’ve been doing the last several weeks – staying at home unless I need to go out, and avoiding people when at all possible. I haven’t gone crazy from doing that yet, so it won’t bother me to do it a while longer.

How about you? Are you eager to get back out there and start living your life as close to the way you did before as you can? Will you be back out on the dance floor amidst all the people as soon as the studio doors open? Or are you more like me and want to take a wait-and-see approach to make sure that things really will be OK before you get back out there?

Maybe all you need is to get a fancy rhinestone mask…

My mask, however, will let me transform my car into a tank, just like any child of the 80s would want!

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