Oscar Tango-ing way back, you know, when

I can’t think how many years we’ve been meeting up with our friends of posterization Fridays at the Oscar Tango. It’s a long-time hometown favorite restaurant down on the corner of Liberty and Ashley kitty-corner from the Fleetwood Diner. It’s been a long time since we’ve been there.

The last time we made plans to meet up there was Friday, March 13, 2020. Yeah, Friday the 13th. That was the first day everyone on my team worked from home, an arrangement that ended up being permanent. I was really nervous about going out to eat that night.

I tried to think through whether we should just switch venues. The Griz is a little less, uh, crowded? Maybe it would be okay? That was before “we” knew that COVID-19 was aerosolized. I’m sure there were plenty of epidemiologists who had a pretty good idea about what we were dealing with but the message to the general public was and is muddled. I am a total layman but I know enough about viruses that big red lights and sirens were going off in my brain.

As I worked from home that fateful Friday, talking with others here and in India, I became more and more convinced that we should not eat at ANY restaurant that night. We eventually decided to host the Porters here and the GG walked down to Sparrow to get one of his fave whole chickens there. Me: Do you have your hand sanitizer? We were babes in the woods then. Mask? What mask?

I thought we should sit in the Landfill back room so we could space out but the GG convinced me that we had to sit at the dining table. It was okay and nobody got COVID-19 (unless all four of us had asymptomatic cases…). But I don’t think so.

We’ve seen our friends since then but always outside and at a distance. And via FaceTime! Virtual Oscar Tango!

So in this pic, it’s January 2019 and we are sitting in the front window booth at the Oscar Tango and here are our aliens of posterization arriving in winter gear.

I am just a tiny voice in the wilderness here on my brain-dumping blahg of blather but please please please do not gather for Thanksgiving this year. We are not gathering and we will be okay!

Love y’all but keep safe and keep your family safe,
Kayak Woman

2 Responses to “Oscar Tango-ing way back, you know, when”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Thanksgiving with my parents only. There was SO much we didn’t know about Covid in March. I flew to Ohio and New York without a mask and we went all over the place, eating out, in crowds etc. By my July visit to New York, it was a whole different world.

  2. l4827 Says:

    So nice to get together with good alien amigos and discourse over a course of food and drink, of course! Looking forward to C19 being of last year.

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