What a strange and yet somewhat wonderful 2020 it has been so far. What can possibly be wonderful, you wonder? A fair question with the Corona virus unleashing COVID-19 upon the entire planet. Yet, we, as people, have rediscovered the beauty of a more simple way of life again. One that revisits the past in some ways and makes us create a future in others.
Who knew that normality would be so fantastic! Heck, we aren’t even there yet, but we are reveling in being able to get ice cream, visit a restaurant with a limited attendance allowed, or just see people smiling from a distance as we stroll the streets again.
I have the honour and pleasure to serenade the town of Barrington as a catalyst to promote shopping, dining and socializing responsibly every Thursday night this summer in place of what was to be our 18th year of Cruise Night. So, we’ll have the 18th year in the 19th year and enjoy it to the fullest! For now, watching the crowd enjoy sitting on benches, curbs and chairs listening to the show with their families and friends is quite a great reward for me.
Back on the fourth of July, parades were cancelled, fireworks were cancelled, picnics were limited and gatherings in public spaces were shut down. BUT, human spirit goes on! Triumphs! So this year Bob the DJ was able to bring the parade with music, announcements and fun to 22 neighborhoods over a 25.2 mile route in the course of 3 hours! The smiles and people coming out to watch, wave and cheer was incredible.
I talked to each and every person along that reception over the mic’d PA system fashioned carefully on the flatbed by the great guys at Public Works! Conner, my driver, did an excellent job of keeping us safe and secure all with an extraordinarily positive attitude. I learned a lot that day just from being in a simple parade, as the simple parade.
Times like this, we cherish life. So in a bizarre sense, I say, Thank you COVID-19, because I know it can’t beat us…it is only making us more amazing.
Have a great summer everyone!
Bob the DJ