R.I.P. to T.G.I.F.
March 13th, 2020: the last Friday before the pandemic shut down nightlife as we knew it.
Without trying to sound insensitive, I do miss those T.G.I.F. feelings. Nothing else compares to that feeling you get after clocking out on a Friday after a long week of work, knowing that you had plans for the night or even the weekend.
Even those "Friday Night Lights" on the field are missed dearly in any sport, not just the partying aspect.
Seriously, though, I miss sending out the "who's doing what?" texts and posting the "downtown bars tonight anyone?" statuses. I miss having options for plans and choosing the best route to the perfect night, regardless of how well it actually goes.
I miss those what the hell am I planning on wearing tonight? inner thoughts and the preparation leading up to the departure time to hit the town. The eat, shower, shave, pre-game, iron clothes, pre-game, get dressed, pre-game, call the Uber and head out kind of planning.
It's hard to say that when we get back to a somewhat normal life if those feelings are ever going to truly return.
Nowadays, Fridays just feel like Wednesdays and Mondays aren't really that big of a deal.
Man, I miss that Friday feeling.
The random texts and phone calls from friends and acquaintances, looking to hang out or go catch the game at the local pub. Ah, the pub! Don't get me started on the food.
Friday night dining that was meant for splurging just a little more than you're used to on good sushi and fine wine. Basically, any place where you can actually go inside and become engulfed in the noisy ambiance of a busy restaurant.
These are the Friday vibes that I miss the most.
Hopefully, if all goes well with the loosening of the quarantine, those nightlife moments, restaurant reservations, last-minute tickets to a game, hit up the big city, go catch a movie, grab a quick pump at the gym, hang with good company kind of feelings return to the way they use to be.
I'm not complaining, I just simply miss the way T.G.I.F. felt and I know I'm not the only one.