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Empty tennis court during the pandemic

Doubles Tennis was Banned and Every Other Court Was Shut Down

Golf ball sits on top of foam hole filler

Golf Courses Added Foam Hole Fillers to the Cups

Man and two daughters look upset as the basketball hoops are missing the rims

Basketball Rims Got Removed from Outdoor Courts

Skate park filled in with sand during pandemic

Skate Parks Were Closed and Filled Up with Sand

Group of female youth basketball players wearing face masks in gym

Youth Basketball Required Masks and Extra Policies for Spectators

Group of young kids wearing face masks at an indoor water park

Indoor Water Parks Added Extra Safety Measures

An NBA basketball player opening a hotel room to sneak in a female during the pandemic

An NBA Player Got Caught Breaking the Rules in the Bubble

Empty sports arena during the pandemic

Professional Sports Played in Empty Arenas

Paddleboarder being chased off the coast of Malibu

Paddleboarder Was Chased and Arrested by the Coast Guard

Female riding her Peloton bike overlooking the outdoors

Peloton Bike Sales Went Through the Roof

NASCAR driver standing in front of his car with a face mask on

NASCAR Made Their Drivers Wear Mask

Three high school kids playing hockey with face masks on

High School Hockey Players Wore Face Masks During Games

Superbowl LV was played in Tampa Bay

Superbowl LV Was Played in Full Stadium in Tampa Bay

Communion being served in single serving cups

Churches Served Communion in Plastic Cups

Empty church decorated with Christmas decorations

Church Services Were Canceled for Christmas

Pastor delivering a service to a parking lot full of congregation sitting in cars

Car Church Services Became Extremely Popular

Funeral Services Strictly Limited Number of Allowed Attendees

Pope Francis wearing a face mask during the pandemic

The Catholic Church Issued Guidance During the Pandemic

Young lady attends a church service virtually on an iPad

People Virtually Attended Church Services Via Online Streaming

Female passenger staring out the window with no one sitting in her row

Airlines Stopped Selling Middle Seats on Flights

Flight attendant offering up face masks on a plane while wearing a face mask and gloves

In-flight Food and Beverage Service Stopped

Guy eating a snack on a plane pulling his face mask down between bites

Passengers Were Required to Wear Masks Except While Snacking

Attractive female sitting in the backseat of an Uber wearing a face mask

Uber Required Masks and Stopped Allowing Front Seat Passengers

Huge sign on the beach that says Beach Closed Until Further Notice

Beaches Were Shut Down

Line of RVs as far as the eye can see traveling down a desert highway

Camper and RV Dealers Completely Sold Out Their Inventories

Bags of trash are accumulating in a National Park with nobody to pick them up

State and National Parks Were Closed Down

Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in port during pandemic on quarantine

Cruise Ship Passengers Were Held in Quarantine for Two Weeks

Main Street in Disneyland is closed down during the COVID-19 pandemic

Disneyland Was Closed Down While Disney World Stayed Open

Jimmy Fallon doing his late night show from his home in the den

Late Night Show Hosts Broadcasted Their Shows from Their Homes

Local TV news anchor is doing a report from his living room during COVID-19 pandemic

Local News Broadcasts Had On-Air Talent Working Remotely

Young couple sitting on their sofa watching Tiger King on Netflix

Tiger King Was the Biggest Pop Culture Phenomenon

Marty and Wendy Byrde from Ozark on Netflix on a flat screen TV

Netflix Held Back Season Three of Ozark

Dark movie theatre closed during the COVID-19 pandemic

Movie Theaters Closed Down

Tom Cruise as Maverick in the movie Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick Premier Was Delayed 2 Years

Tom Hanks hosting SNL from his kitchen during COVID-19 pandemic

Tom Hanks Made Covid-19 Seem More Real

Gal Gadot, Will Ferrell and Amy Adam on an laptop singing Imagine

Celebrities Collaborated on New Version of ‘Imagine’

Marbles racing on a track in an epic Marble Run race

ESPN Ran Out of Live Sports Programming

Swingset on a playground with the swings removed during COVID-19 pandemic

Swings Were Removed from Playgrounds

Three young students wearing face masks at school

Students Were Required to Wear Masks All Day at School

Student is on iPad during and online distance learning Zoom call during pandemic

Schools Introduced Distance Learning with Zoom Calls

Two water fountains with Out of Order signs on them in a school during the pandemic

Schools Turned Off Their Water Fountains

School aged boy sitting at his desk along eating lunch looking sad

Students Had to Eat Lunch at Their Desks

Old rusty school bus is parked and not going anywhere soon

School Field Trips Were Canceled

Empty classroom due to close contact during COVID-19 protocols

Close Contacts Triggered Mandatory Quarantines

John Krasinkski hosting Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish on a laptop screen during Some Good News

Senior Prom and Graduation Were Canceled

College student studying alone in dorm room during COVID-19 pandemic

College Students Attended All Virtual Classes

Three students in private school and school uniforms wearing face masks

Private Schools Stayed Open While Public Schools Closed

Boy wearing a face mask at school with arms folded

Students Switched Over to A/B Class Schedules

Supermarket has arrow stickers on the floor guiding traffic flow

Grocery Stores Added Arrow Stickers to Control Aisle Flow

Woman shopping in the produce section wearing face mask and protective gloves

Shoppers Wore Protective Gloves in Grocery Stores

Lady wiping down a bag of chips with a disinfecting wipe during COVID-19 pandemic

Shoppers Wiped Down Groceries When They Got Them Home

Line of people socially distanced waiting to check out in a grocery store

Stores Required Customers to Give Each Other Spacing in Line

Cashier at a grocery store wearing a face mask and protected by plexiglass

Stores Installed Plexiglass Barriers for Their Cashiers

Man in a hazmat suit spraying down credit card reader with chemicals

Customers Went Overboard Wiping Down the Credit Card Readers

Long line of customers waiting outside of store to be let in during COVID-19 pandemic restrictions

Customer Waited in Line While Stores Limited Shoppers in Store

Full cart of waters in a grocery store

Stores Limited the Amount of Water Each Customer Could Buy

Local Ma and Pa hardware store closed down during COVID-19 pandemic

Ma and Pa Stores Were Closed Down While Big Box Stores Stayed Open

Fitting room is closed in a popular department store during COVID-19 pandemic

Fitting Rooms Were Closed Down

Older gentleman on a motorized scooter driving thru grocery store by himself wearing a face mask

Stores Created Time Slots for the Immunocompromised to Shop

Corona beer bottles broken and spilled over the sidewalk

Corona Beer Sales Plummeted

Grocery store has completely empty shelve in the toilet paper aisle

People Panic Bought and Hoarded Toilet Paper

Attractive hostess working at hostess station taking down names wearing a face mask

Restaurants Recorded Contact Tracing Information at Check-in

Couple walking through a restaurant wearing face masks

Customers Were Required to Wear Masks While Walking to Table

Lady wearing a yellow dress wearing protective gloves and a face masks working her way through a buffet

Buffets Required Customers to Wear Gloves

Guy wearing a face mask grabs food at a Taco Bell drive-thru

Fast Food Restaurants Converted to Drive-thru Only

DoorDash driver making a delivery during pandemic wearing a face mask

UberEats, GrubHub, and DoorDash Sales Went Crazy

Two kitchen workers making pizzas with a big smile on their face

#SupportLocal Movement Kept Restaurants Afloat

Four delicious cocktails prepared to take out of restaurant

Restaurants Promoted Cocktails-To-Go Programs to Boost Sales

Bubble tent for outside seating on the sidewalk during COVID-19 protocols

Restaurants Got Creative with Special Seating Choices

Many picnic tables are spread out outside for patio seating socially distanced

Restaurants Moved Their Dining Rooms Outdoors

Worker stands in front of van with a Essential Workers permit

Workers Were Classified As Either Essential or Non-essential

Two neighbors out for a walk avoiding each other wearing face masks

Pedestrians Became Super Aware of Other Pedestrians

We Are In This Together painted on a rock during COVID-19 pandemic

People Painted Rocks and Left Them On Paths for Others to Discover

Bald man with glasses looking eye to eye with his pet dog

Pet Owners Were Nervous About Pets Catching and Spreading Virus

Three meal kits tins are opened with a holiday themed meal

Consumers Turned to Pre-prepared Food Meal Kits

Boris Johnson and Justin Trudeau elbow pump at a press conference

People Started Greeting Each Other with Elbow Bumping or Foot Tapping

A group of young kids looking on at a parade very sad because there is no candy

Parades Banned Throwing Candy to Children

Two receptionist jars containing clean and dirty pens

Receptionist Areas Started Putting Out Clean and Used Pen Cups

Attractive female driving in her car alone wearing a face mask

People Weirdly Drive Around Alone Wearing a Face Mask (or Two!)

Happy Halloween sign up with a candy chute to send candy out safely to trick-or-treaters

People Handed Out Trick or Treating Candy Using Candy Chutes

Young woman with a face mask is grabbing a stack of books from library

Public Libraries Closed But Offered Pickup Times for Books

Young girl sitting in front yard while parade of well-wishers drive by for birthday celebration

People Celebrated Their Birthdays with Drive-By Parties

Three young adults hanging out around bonfire with face masks on and warm clothes

Friends and Families Moved Their Get Togethers to the Outdoors

An elderly couple are communicating through a closed glass window during COVID-19 pandemic

People Visited Their Loved Ones through Closed Windows

Woman unpacking her packages with Clorox disinfection wipes

People Let Their Mail and Packages Sit Outside and Wiped Them Down

Couple crowds around an iPad for a Zoom Happy Hour with beers

Friends Got Together With Zoom Happy Hours

Man with cash in his hands and a crazy look in his eyes

The Government Handed Out Stimulus Checks and People Went Nuts

Female business owner filling out forms to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program Loans Kept Businesses Operational

Police officer watching Black Lives Matter protest start things on fire

Black Lives Matter Protests Were Acceptable Social Gatherings

Bill Cosby throwing the peace sign as he leaves prison

Justice System Decided to Release Certain Inmates from Prison

Nancy Pelosi getting her hair done in a salon breaking the COVID-19 protocols

Politicians Caught Going Against Their Own Social Distancing Guidelines

Elderly lady filling out her ballot in her own home

Mail-in Voting Movement Grew as Voters Avoided Polling Stations

COVID-19 vaccine card is oversized and does not fit into a wallet

Vaccine Card Was Too Large to Fit into Wallets

Man wearing a knee brace

Elective Surgeries Were Put Off to Keep Hospital Beds Open

Elderly lady sitting in her car outside her doctor's office appointment

Waiting Rooms Were Replaced with Patients Waiting in Their Cars

Pregnant woman at her ultrasound appointment to see her baby

Medical Appointments Were Restricted to Just the Patient

Nurse wearing personal protection equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic

Nursing Staffs Were Pushed to the Limit

President Donald Trump drinking a glass of bleach

People Thought They Could Treat Covid-19 with Bleach

Man is putting final touches on a ventilator created by Ford

Federal Government Contracted GE and Ford to Produce Ventilators

Huge vial of medicine

Fast Tracking Vaccine Led to Johnson & Johnson Version Being Paused

Dr. Anthony Fauci wearing a face mask

Dr. Anthony Fauci Flip-flopped on the Efficacy of Masks

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About the Author

My life as a husband and father transformed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sent home from work in March 2020, I've yet to return to the office. Adapting to the new pandemic world proved challenging for us all.

However, we managed to find silver linings. Drive-by birthdays brought joy to my kids' friends. I'll never forget stumbling upon a heartfelt hand-painted rock during my jog, reminding us that we're all in this together. Regular Zoom happy hours with close friends created cherished memories.

While quality time with my family was a blessing, we also faced hurdles. Assisting my youngest daughter with frustrating math homework on a poorly designed iPad app tested our patience. Both girls struggled with wearing masks during sports and school.

Sadly, witnessing COVID-19 being politicized and witnessing the closure of small businesses while the wealthy thrived was disheartening.

I wrote this book to document our experiences, learning from them and striving for better decisions in the future. Join me on this rewarding journey of resilience and growth.

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