When This Is Over | The New Yorker

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When this is over, I will get off my damn phone already. No more true-crime food blogs, one-eared-feral-fox-Instagram k-holes, or endless scrolling through Mars-landing conspiracy sites. I will use my phone only for absolutely necessary tasks: calls, texts, e-mail, maps/directions, the weather, my alarm clock, music and podcasts, taking pictures, posting pictures, jotting down stray thoughts, seeing what I look like with different filters, Uber, Venmo, Minesweeper, and the app that reminds me to drink water.

When this is over, I am so giving back to my community. I’ll donate time, money, and blood. Well, not my blood, because I have really skinny veins. The nurse at my doctor’s office told me they were the smallest veins she had ever seen, and that I needed to drink more water, which is why I downloaded that app, although so far it hasn’t affected my vein girth. But I’ll give money! After I pay off my credit card. And, come to think of it, I probably shouldn’t be giving away money until I’m totally financially independent because I do still occasionally charge my MetroCard to my mom’s account. I guess I could ask my mom to give money. Or blood—my mom has huge veins.

When this is over, I’m going to get my ass to the concerts, plays, and other live entertainment the city has to offer. As long as I can afford the tickets, because, again, my mother still subsidizes many of my expenses. And as long as the crowds aren’t too crowded, because you never know if the person next to you is sick. Or a terrorist. Or a sick terrorist. And if I’m being honest, my favorite kind of entertainment is movies, and all the good movies end up on Netflix eventually, so I could stay home and count that as a cultural experience that is also very safe. Should I really be dropping my mom’s cash on tickets to the ballet—which is probably full of diseased suicide bombers—before I’ve seen “Okja”? Also, books.

When this is over and I can see my friends again, I’ll never say no to a night out. I’ll go to bars and clubs and karaoke rooms and roof parties and raves. I’ll down every shot that’s offered to me, to the point that my friends are, like, “This is worrisome behavior—are you O.K.?” And I’m, like, “I’m fine! You’re only young once!” And my friends are, like, “Well . . . have fun, but we’re going home, it’s five in the morning.” And then I make best friends with a stranger in line for the ladies’ room, but it turns out she’s a scam artist who persuades me to pay for her villa in St. Barts, but it all works out because I’m too drunk to remember my bank-account information anyway.

When this is over, I won’t be so picky about men. I’ll say yes to a date with any guy who is taller and older than me, but under forty, with a good job, who can play an instrument and speaks a language besides English and likes cats and feels exactly the same way about Joe Biden as I do and smells nice and has good table manners and tips well and doesn’t own any of those Funko Pop dolls because I think they’re really ugly and tacky and I’m not sure why adults collect them. Actually, he can have up to three of those dolls, but they can’t be too prominently displayed in his home, and they definitely can’t be in the bedroom—those freaky blank eyes looking at me, I’d never fall asleep.

I just realized that if I’m going to meet these guys I will need to be on dating apps, so that’s another thing I need my phone for. Plenty of fish in the sea, but you can’t catch a fish without a rod, can you? (The rod is my phone.)

When this is over, it shall be as if I have been born anew, regenerated, replenished, humbled, and galvanized, ready to embrace the world in its fullness and live life with a verve such as I have never had before.

When this is over, I will not go back to the gym.


Lizzie Logan

2020-07-07 07:00:00

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