We’ve been in voluntary quarantine since about 11:30AM, on Friday March 13th. In that time I’ve gone out only once each day to collect the mail from the box next door to our house and on Tuesday to put out the garbage. Saturday, if all goes according to schedule, I’ll go out to pickup some groceries that I ordered on-line the other day.

I read a lot of people find the isolation of quarantine difficult. If I were single, that might be the case, but I am here with my wife and, although they spend most of the time in their basement apartment, our son and daughter-in-law, who are now working from home; each day we FaceTime with our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.

In any case, it is quieter and the pace has slowed. I enjoy this. I feel an underlying sense of excitement, much like a snow day, except I expect this one will go on for weeks, and may be longer. Outside has become a foreign and dangerous place; one that I am reluctant to venture into. The news of the virus has consumed all media and as such it has become tedious and thus uninteresting. Weariness of these external events has caused me to pay less attention to them, which has only furthered the sense of isolation, leaving me to look only within our walls. I am reminded of Simon and Garfunkel’s song I am a Rock.

Although the gym has closed, I continue my spinning at home on a stationary bike my son recently bought. As anyone who spins knows the play list is important, not only to motivate, but to set the cadence. Below, is my 60 minute playlist.

O Fortuna,  Orff Carmina Burana, Mozarteun Orchestra Salzburg5:35Motivational
You Talk too Much Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker3:18Beat
Paint it Black The Rolling Stones03:45Beat
Going up to the Country Canned Heat2:52Beat
Country Honk The Rolling Stones3:08Beat
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! The Beatles2:38Beat
Overture & Moritat Vom Mackie Messer Weill & Brecht2:05Pause to recover
Respekt Jazzkantine4:25Beat
Within You Without You The Beatles5:04Beat
Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum4:01Beat
Born On The Bayou Creedence Clearwater Revival5:12Beat
Schools Out Alice Cooper3:27Beat
Back in the U.S.S.R. The Beatles2:43Beat
I Heard it Through the Grapevine Credence Clearwater Revival11:00Beat
Alabama Song Weill & Brecht3:02Pause  to recover


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