A few days ago, I finally got my vacation request form back; I put in for some time off in late August. It seems that Prime has tickets to the Brewers/Twins series and we’re going.
It’s in Minnesota. We’re staying in a hotel. We’ll be in a different state for a few days. I’m going on an actual vacation. This will be the first one in at least three years.
I’m both excited and nervous. Excited because I get to visit a different ballpark and nervous because I’ll be in a different ballpark.
Whether I want to admit it or not, the pandemic has really messed with my head. I nearly had an anxiety attack at the Timber Rattlers game I recently attended, due to the amount of people around me. I felt almost claustrophobic. I kept my mask on for most of the game, but the anxiety wouldn’t leave me alone. When the crowd thinned out, I started to feel better but I was still nervous.
Going back to semi-normal is going to be difficult. This is a step in the right direction, but I will be taking care.
I bought a few masks recently. Some are reusable, others are not. But I have a decent supply of facial covers. I will be taking several cloth masks and a supply of paper ones with me on my trip. I’ve been to three Timber Rattlers games and two Brewers games with no problems. I’ve been taking a lot of precautions and the few times I’ve been around a large group of people, nothing has happened. I’m being careful, so I think I’ll be okay.
Consider this a bit of a test run. BotCon might damn well happen next year and I want to be there. It’s not going to happen if I don’t get used to the idea of being around people. I have to get acclimated to crowds. This could be the first step in that direction.
It’ll also help me dust off my “reporting” skills. I haven’t done an OTR report for a while; I’ll need to get back in the habit of those again. If I want to do any posting from BotCon, that is. Which is a given.
Right now, I’m just counting down the days until then. That’s something I haven’t done in a long time.