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OPINION

How to keep entertained while being productive during quarantine

David High
David High

I’m just like everybody else in today’s dangerous new world, trying to deal with the covid-19 crisis. 

In order to cut down on cabin fever and maintain my sanity during any of the Governor’s Stay-Safe-at-Home requests, I discovered that there are wondrous things in the home that don’t get enough credit for their entertainment value.   

I’m not talking about the newest high-tech gadgets like Amazon Echo that will do anything for you but shine your shoes. I’m referring to simple vintage things that have brought us into the modern world. Amazing things really, that make our life easier and can also entertain us in a pinch. 

The garbage disposal, a refrigerator that makes ice for you, the garage door opener, just to mention some of my favorites.

The garbage disposal is probably the most entertaining because of the trials and experiments you can put it through. Chopsticks are a very exciting test for a disposal and give the liveliest response, (not recommended, unless you have a rather extensive toolbox, are good at home repairs and your insurance is up to date). Watermelon rinds are at the top of the list as well, and make a very satisfying rich sound, (some minor clean-up may be required).

Another example of possible home entertainment is the all-but-forgotten-ash pit, an amazingly simple labor-saving device. There is no end to what will fit through this amazingly simple device. When you clean the fireplace, instead of sweeping the ash into a bucket and dribbling them through the house you scoop them down this trapdoor hole in the floor of the fireplace and they disappear into the basement. Gloriously, efficient!

The basement itself actually falls onto the list. A feature in more American homes than in most houses world-wide, this extra space can be used for any number of entertaining activities. (If the basement is unfinished and clear of clutter, blind-folded Ball Hockey is a fun activity).

Unfortunately, basements rarely are finished and put to use. They all have an unused clothesline, a trickle of water from some unknown source and an odd smell. In my basement I think the smell has something to do with a couple of chubby little pet hamsters named Mr. and Mrs. Scruffy that mysteriously escaped down a central air grate and were never found. (I renamed them Mr. and Mrs. Bones)

There are, however, the exceptional parents who convert the basement into a play area for their kids. This was of course a waste of money because fewer and fewer kids will come out of their rooms and put down their I-phones to play in a basement. This is, in part, because no matter how caring and loving some parents might seem on the surface, there is a deep concern on the kid’s part that the parents will quietly lock the door at the top of the stairs and move to the Caribbean. 

I could give other examples of things to do at home while being Safe-Bound at-Home, but I have the task now of trying to unjam the disposal after I put a full box of Fruit Loops, box and all, down the kitchen sink. So much for being safe, but I am at home!  

I’m considering going high-tech and buying a Roomba Robot Vacuum through the internet. The possibilities are endless with this device. Don’t tell me about home entertainment and living life on the edge.