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What do you miss most from pre-Covid times?

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  1. Saint Frankenstein

    Saint Frankenstein Caritas Christi Urget Nos
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    Personally, I miss concerts the most, with going to the movies being a close second. Maybe it's the genres of music I listen to but I've always believed that music is meant to be experienced live. Same as how I think a movie is best experienced at a movie theater. I don't care how big your 4k tv is - I have one, too, as well as an Xbox One X to play 4k discs and media on, big whoop - it'll never be as good as experiencing it at a theater. If it's Imax or Dolby Cinema, all the better.

    Same with concerts, to me. There's something transcendent and tribal about a good concert to me. For a person with severe anxiety, I can say that concerts are the only time I've ever been comfortable in a crowd, even a crowd of many thousands. It's because it's not about you and bigger than you. You can pass out (I've fainted from dehydration and heat exhaustion at a concert before), act like a spaz and no one cares (although they may try to help).

    2020 was first year since I started going to concerts (around 20 years ago) that I didn't go to any. I went to two in 2019, a little show by Blessthefall and Slaves at a tavern right around the corner from me. It was so hot and the room was so small that the sweat turned into condescension and dropped from the ceiling. Lol. Later that year, it was a slightly larger Clutch and Killswitch Engage gig. Now...nothing.

    I've seen dozens and dozens of bands of various genres. Mostly genres related to punk, metalcore and extreme metal. AFI, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dropkick Murphys, Slayer, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Arch Enemy, Sick of it All, the Offspring, As I Lay Dying, Angels and Airwaves, etc. are typical of the bands I would go see - from post-hardcore to deathcore to old-school thrash and hardcore punk. But I also saw the the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Tool and Lady Gaga (out of those four, only Bowie wasn't in an arena, so make of that what you will) so my concert going was varied between mainstream and more underground artists, as my music listening is, although it tends to the underground.

    Concerts are definitely a release for me. I miss even being next to mosh pits, although I no longer actively go in them. I even miss crowd surfers falling on my head and walls of death. It was something that made me feel alive, which was always something hard for me. Now I don't have much at all.

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  2. Debater Slayer

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    Not worrying about my family's or my friends' safety and being able to use public transportation freely.
     
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    Sitting in a restaurant and having a nice dinner and a drink.

    Getting on an airplane to go to a new destination.
     
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  4. Unveiled Artist

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    To be dead honest?

    Not feeling like I'm a ticking time bomb around people.

    The other stuff, it didn't affect me too much. I take online classes already, so the switch didn't affect me. Though 98% of my church are in their 70s on up so church services won't be going on for awhile-probably even after the let up on social distancing etc.
     
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  5. The Hammer

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    Having a healthy wife.

    The naivety that the US respects science.
     
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    Medieval markets / Living History events. They have all kinds of culture including concerts. And they are surprisingly save. I worked at one last year, mandatory masks, no more than 1000 people at the place at any time, addresses collected at the entrance for tracing. There were very few events like that but none turned out to be spreading events. What did contribute to the pandemic were church services, demonstrations (especially the anti-maskers) and all the illegal private gatherings.
    Maybe let people have well regulated get-togethers and they feel less inclined to have unregulated illegal ones?
     
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  7. lewisnotmiller

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    Proper, drinking bars. Where you can sit on a stool, drink good beer, and talk crap.
     
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  8. Dan From Smithville

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    Live music and concerts.
     
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  9. Shadow Wolf

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    I really miss driving rideshare on the weekends. For me it was pretty good money, but also it got me out on the weekends and interacting with people and mingling with them in an environment more suitable for me (I don't like loud, noisy, cramped environments). I had tons of fun doing it, and it was doing good for me (like unlimited practice with socializing and conversation, and helping me get over the damages from being bullied and treated so poorly throughout my life), and for the first time ever I actually enjoyed doing what I was doing for income.
    And now my car is just car (I took great pride in a shiny clean car inside and out), I'm back to hating people again, and I lost the disciplined structure of going about my days (like how I used to wake up early every morning to go to the gym).
     
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    Going into the store with my family.

    We live in a place with zero restrictions. That's right, you can have your party of 50 in a closet, and masks aren't even required! Because its so 'free' here, Covid spread's been pretty bad, and we avoid public places. We don't let the kids go in anywhere(unless its a medical appointment). Husband does grocery shopping on way home from work, if we need something. But I miss all of us going into a store together, and looking around at stuff. Just wasting time. Now its in-out-go-go-go!

    Never thought I'd miss the inconvenience of taking young children into a grocery store.
     
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    I miss when kissing wasn't a subversive act.
     
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    I also miss that.
     
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    Not a lot to be honest, I think the stuff that annoys me the most, is that you have to wear that mask, that you have to stand in line a lot of places.
    Besides that it haven't affected me that much.
     
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    Definitely, especially now that I'm in California.
    I unfortunately missed Tool when they came through last and didn't hear about them coming through until they were already passed. Almost went to Godsmack but I didn't quite have the money and I've seen them about a dozen times already anyways.
    But now it's argh and ugh. I've been to well over 100 concerts, there is no "concert season" to me because it's year round, and they are the one exception for me of "loud, noisy, packed" environments where I am perfectly comfortable and fine and enjoying myself. And I miss crowd surfing. Moshing, not all that much, lmao (I quit due to my knee many years ago, and the last time I was close to one, at a Slayer concert, I took a knee to the head or something and got knocked out fora moment). And I miss the crowd. The idiots, the fights, the drugs, the skanks, the weirdos, the freaks, people watching between sets is never dull, lmao.
    And not just the big label/name bands either, but the local scene as well. That is where the party's at, that is where stuff gets crazy, and I sorely miss it.:(
     
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    I kinda miss seeing people's faces and not having to ask "What did you say?" every few sentences.
     
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    Going to the movies, eating out (restaurant food in general), and there wasn't any Comic-Con last year.
     
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    That has been dreadful. I don't process what people say that well, people anymore sound like real life adults from Charley Brown.
    I haven't got to larp in awhile. It was before covid, due to moving and getting settled in and established here that had me having to put larping aside for awhile, but now I'm able to but not able to because of the virus. Dark Elf me has not come out to slay goblins and orcs and death knights and a demigod in quite some time. And my costume was just getting to be good enough to present at Comic-Con type things.:(
     
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    You know, I've never actually tried any of that; larping, cosplay. It sounds super fun. Dark elves would be my favourite too :D.
    I'm trying to create a language of my own, something that now seems to suit dark elves. Originally started off warrior-like but nah, I'm not like that. I never get far with these things. Hope it works out a little bit this time.
    I was thinking of cosplaying in the next Comic-Con, as an anime character. Unfortunately I doubt I'll be able to attend as I'll be starting college.
    Good luck for yours lol.
     
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    My husband and I had a volunteer job of teaching kids, especially kids with disabilities, how to play dungeons amd dragons. Great outlet for kids who have difficulty relating with other kids, or being social, since it's a structured share-the-spotlight and cooperative activity. I miss that.

    Also miss a marathon training group I've been with for five years. Was good structure for me.
     
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    Someday when it's not covidland anymore you should fly up and join me for gamestorm. Medium sized Portland con that's centered on tabletop, board games and larp.
     
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