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Cynthia Nixon in the heat

Just watched this marvellous 9 minute playlet starring Cynthia Nixon, had a great laugh, and emerged more glad than ever that I am not suffering through this pandemic in a small apartment with a spouse.

It was unbelievably hot today, and I think of parents in apartments with children – no splash pads are open, no pools, no playgrounds. Brutal. Cathy, who’s a nurse, said she thinks the mental health issues we’ll have to deal with later will be as devastating as the physical effects of the virus.

I will not turn on my A.C. in May, that’s ridiculous, and the fan stored in the basement now does not work. So it was just sitting around being hot for much of the day. I did make a suicidal run to get a few groceries – line up, mask on, rush about, get out! – and for the first time in months to Shoppers, to mail my writing books to Lani who is giving them to three would-be writers of her acquaintance. That’s a friend for you.

Importantly, Anna came with her friend and did more heroic clearing out downstairs. It’s now starting to resemble a habitable apartment. A lot of stuff needs to be trucked out, maybe on the weekend, and then it can be cleaned and the repairs can begin. My shoulders lift a bit more.

But there was a big disappointment about the manuscript today – a vague hope I’d had that in the end was for naught. Nothing new there.

And another disappointment from my longtime hairdresser Ingrid. Ingrid and I have been through a lot together over decades; I was thrilled when she and her new partner moved their business to Cabbagetown and then bought a house up the street. It took me 3 minutes by bike to get to my hair appointments. I just wrote to ask if I could be on the list for when she came back to work, and she said she’s closing the salon, at least until there’s a vaccine. I will miss them both a great deal. And I will be hairy for some time, until I find someone else.

At day’s end, the big treat was to welcome Monique and Cathy for rosé at the bottom of my garden. It’s cool and shady back there, and quiet, and they told me it’s the most magical place in all Toronto. The cardinal even dropped in for a bit.

Wish I could end on a cheery note. Hmmm. Nope, I got nothin’. Sorry.

Oh yes, there is something cheery, for me at least – I’m not sick. Anna bought me a thermometer, and I’m fine. A bit of a summer cold. Maybe I’ll live till my 70th birthday, which is coming right up. Impossible as that is to believe.



One response to “Cynthia Nixon in the heat”

  1. theresa says:

    The other day I passed a hairdressing place in the small town near me and was startled to see a woman at the glass door (inside) in full PPE. I guess the protocol is to meet each customer and evaluate for possible illness, etc. I was grateful for Ma & Pa's Home Haircutting Studio here on our deck. A few quick snips and whoosh, 12 inches of hair tossed to the woods! And for the Pa — the beard trimmers adjusted…

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