A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 124

Life amid the ruins. Photo: Artnet.com

Friday, July 31

It’s beginning to feel like autumn already.

Emily is scheduling medical appointments back in the city for the end of August and the second week of September. I don’t want her to face it all on her own, so I’ll go along. Maybe I should make medical appointments for that time period as well, maybe even get a haircut. It’ll be weird to be back in Gotham, to see the ruins of civilization as it were. I’ll certainly take my camera and get lots of photos.

Once those missions have been accomplished, should we turn around and come back to East Hampton? We could collect a bunch of stuff we have missed—from clothes to kitchen implements, spices, and music CDs. Are we imagining spending the winter out here? Down coats? Winter boots?

Suddenly, those news stories about New York City under the pandemic are much more compelling. 

As that time approaches, we’ll have to do some investigation. What’s it like in our building? Is our apartment habitable?

Dinner: hot dogs with sauerkraut and leftover pasta salad.

Entertainment: the amnesia drama Tabula Rasa on Netflix and one episode of Britbox’ River. Both shows have emotionally damaged protagonists, and both are superior to much of the stuff we have been watching.

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