Socializing can be a rare commodity during the covid19 pandemic and this “hunkering down mandate.” Yes, the gang at home will listen to me though there is only so much that I can reasonably expect them to take. After all, they tolerate my mess and music, and the added task of having to hear me rabbiting on all day just might be a bridge too far.
Last week I discovered that a long-distance communication can be a strangely satisfying social occasion. My Apple ipad developed a software problem. A telephone call to the Apple “ help line” resulted in a lengthy and fulfilling discussion with the gang at Apple. The primary reason for placing the call was over-coming the software malfunction. Not only did I discover the permanent answer to my non-functioning tablet, I also found a temporary solution to non-socializing status.
Of course, talking on the phone with an unknown Apple technician who is thousands of miles away is not a full substitute for in-person conversation with a friend. Yet, the phone conversation with the Apple posse from the Help Desk was pleasant. I was both educated and entertained. It was sort of like hanging out joining my mates on the front step with the band from Apple. The Apple Help Desk “technician band” made “hunkering down” a bit easier. The best part is that the computer got fixed.