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As the world tries to reinvent the way the humans work, play, function, maneuver, entertain and even feed ourselves, it's clear: Some stuff just ain't never gonna be quite the same as it was before, a'ight?
I mean, it's obvious that distancing -or what Pop used to call living under his roof and playing by his rules- is likely to become more and more commonplace here on the third rock.
That might sound daunting, however, maybe it could offer some really unique opportunities, as well?
For instance, perhaps some beloved but long-gone traditions, practices, and even occupations could make a post-COVID comeback?
Family game/puzzle night, daily home-cooked and shared meals, and old-fashioned, joint hobbies such as gardening, canning, and even wine-making seem to be all the rage again, don't they? And why should the renaissance stop there?
I'm thinking, in no particular order, here are some passé pastimes and positions we should seriously strive to revive:
First of all, there's the Drive-In movie theater. I know there are technically like, seven still operating in America, but it's high time for them to return in force. I mean, who wants to sit in crowded movie theater (even if the seats DO recline) after spending $457 for your family's tickets then shell out another $87 for a miniature bag of Milk Duds when you could zip into the Drive-In, open the hatch or jump into the truck bed, pop that crazy-looking speaker into your window, pull out your own cooler of, um, sodas, and a picnic basket brimming over with candy and chips you stocked up on at the Dollar Store. VOILA.
And speaking of drive-through eats and treats, why should Sonic get all the glory? Shoot, I think every restaurant should start offering this awesome, limited contact option. Remember the old A&W drive ups? Man those were awesome…and so much fun! Well, for the consumer. Sure, there's the whole bad weather factor and the making-it-super-hard for the servers to maneuver…but I really think it could work? TA DA!
Oooh and what about one-stop shopping options…say, at the drug store? As I'm given to understand it, soda fountains actually started --many moons ago-- AS makeshift pharmacies at first (back when Coca Cola was "medicinal"; likely as a pain-killer since it contained actual cocaine) and later as ice cream counters located WITHIN pharmacies.
Now that makes PERFECT sense for today, since pharmacies already have drive-through windows. I can see it now: "I'll take my 800MG Ibuprofen, a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos, and a Sprite Zero, please?" BAM! Man, I LOVED stopping at the soda fountain (of sorts) at Woolworth's when I was a kid. I'd always get a Hot Sam (soft pretzel) and a large Frozen (the solid form of a Cherry Coke). I digress.
And since putting people back to work is another big benefit of resurrecting once obsolete occupations, why not revisit full-service gas station concept? The attendants would all be gloved and masked, of course.
Or lectors? Back in the 1930s, people actually got paid to read newspaper articles to cigar-shop goers or factory workers. Why not have lectors on roller skates shouting out updates from their smart phones to drive-in eatery patrons? SHAZAM!
Oh, hey, what about those kooky 19th century wonders: "Knocker Ups"? Pre-Industrial Revolution (read: no cell alarms or clock radios), they’d rap on strangers' windows to rouse them from slumber lest they become late for work. As so many work from home, this could be really relevant today, when it's so easy to oversleep because your bed is next to your desk, you dig? DING DONG!
I'm just pandemic sayin', Capisce? Happy entrepreneur-ing, y'all!
Kimerer is a blogger/columnist researching the average pay for leech collectors. Contact her via www.patriciakimerer.com