I was hoping this wasn't going to be The New Normal. Then I went out to Target today.
I dealt with The New Normal at Target. Let me explain.
I hadn't physically bought any kind of card related product in two weeks. I skipped the monthly card show right before I went on vacation to South Carolina with my wife. I had planned this trip since last August so we could celebrate my wife's 65th birthday this past week. Wanted my wife to be with her brother and sister-in-law, and hopefully get her out for the evening to a nice dinner was the original plan months ago. The New Normal meant we ordered in pizza on her birthday and spent the evening watching a movie and playing cards.
We left a day early because the planned trip to see her sister on Saturday was cancelled because her husband has been sick for several months, and she didn't want to take the chance of having visitors come and spread something that they may or may not have had. Totally understandable. This is The New Normal after all.
Outside of a trip to the grocery store, I spent the next 3 days in my house. Socially responsible. The New Normal
Back to work on Wednesday, and when you work for a package delivery company and you've been out for a week and half while the country is turned upside down, you miss a lot. Wednesday through Friday was spent calling customers that may or may not have shuttered their businesses.
This again, is The New Normal for me.
Move on to today. I go to Target, do some grocery shopping and decide to pick up a couple of packs of baseball cards. Kind of jonesing because I hadn't bought anything in two weeks.
I go to the cash register, not self-checkout which was crowded. I hadn't gone to a regular register there in months, and today reinforced that decision. As I went from 18ft to 12ft to 6ft to being checked out, I put my items on the belt, and the cashier decides to say after our pleasantries "Oh I see you got your baseball cards huh?" in a sarcastic tone. Guess because it was a discretionary purchase it was something I shouldn't have picked up.
The New Normal.
Just to show that this is somewhat of a card related post, here's the serial numbered card I pulled from the two packs of 2020 Donruss. But that's not what this is all about.
The New Normal meant that I wound up feeling guilty about my purchase. The New Normal meant I had to keep quiet and not say anything to the cashier even though I was offended by her tone. The New Normal means that people are on edge now more than ever and even freer to say what they want to say. But not me.
The New Normal means I have to keep my temper in check. The New Normal means that card collecting may have changed for me, and a lot of others, for a long time. The New Normal means that all the trading that I've really enjoyed for the past 19 months has dwindled to nothing, again totally understandable.
I try to keep things positive, it's who I am. But I really don't like The New Normal.
I need a Remedy. Hopefully the Black Crowes can help me find one....
Enjoy the hobby, and please be safe!!