It's been 753 days since the stay-at-home advisory went into effect here in Massachusetts. Well, not really, but it sure does feel like it.

Before I begin my wish list for the non-essential activities in life, I will say this: yes, I am still working and at least get to leave the house to travel to work, but then it's right back home again.

I am not one to take advantage of the system and as much as I'd love to get out and do the things I love, I'm simply going to just stay put until this COVID-19 mess subsides.

During the downtime that I do have, however, I often daydream about certain things I'd like to do again once this stay-at-home advisory gets lifted.

For example:

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The Barber: My hair game is currently at an all-time low and is growing longer by the day. My beard is thick and bushy and although I don't mind sporting a good looking beard, it's the fact that I want it to look just like that, "good looking." I've attempted to purchase beard oils and conditioners online, but it's just not the same as what my barber offers for some reason. I miss the fades and the lineups, the sleek parts and the razor-edged sideburns. Not sure if my barber is reading this or not, but if you are, prepare yourself. I have unwillingly transformed into a modern-day caveman.

 

The Gym: Let's be honest for a moment, there's only so much you can do at home without the full lineup a fitness facility can provide. There's only so much I can take of running the same course and quite frankly, I'm a bit out of shape to continue on with the whole jog 'til you drop program. My push-ups have become somewhat weakened because I haven't bench-pressed in over seven weeks. My legs have turned into concrete blocks from too much strength training and too little cardio. Abs are cool, but sadly I've caught a bad case of what I like to call the "Quarantine 15." Yes, the struggle has been real.

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The Bar: Now, when I say I miss the bar, what I'm really underlying is the social activity out on the town, rather than the "I need a drink" aspect. The good Lord knows there's been plenty of consumption these days regardless. My local hangout spots are the places I would go at the end of the week to unwind and shake off the stress. Going out doesn't have to involve drinking, I just miss being among the public and hanging around good people who enjoy being out just the same.

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BONUS = RUGBY: Yes, I know this article states three things, but there's no way I could leave out my second family. The Providence Rugby Football Club has been a huge part of my life over the past year and I couldn't have met a greater group of people. The quicker this virus goes away, the quicker we can all reunite and get back onto the field where we live, breathe and bleed the amazing game of rugby.

Again, these are just a few things I miss doing and having in my life before this pandemic came down the pipeline. I respect the laws and requests Governor Charlie Baker has proposed and will follow them to the end until this coronavirus takes a hiatus for good.

After all, a guy can dream, can't he?

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