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Photo of Spock and caption that reads "On this day in 2020"

A year ago, we were locked down. Isolated. The only trip we could take was to Kroger to buy toilet paper. If they had some left. What a long, strange trip this last year has been. As I got my COVID-19 vaccination yesterday (thank you PartnerMD), I thought I’d reflect on what it was like during those early days of the pandemic.

In my research, I came across some posts that I made on Facebook to amuse friends and family. For a week, I wrote a brief tongue-in-cheek update called The Captain’s Log. I wrote them in the first person, as Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the Starship Enterprise Stardate. On March 18th, 2020, Kirk and crew entered the COVID-19 Galaxy. 

Captain’s Log, Stardate 3.17.2020: Isolation is setting in. Morale is slipping among the crew. No one has the virus, but we’ve run out of frozen pizza and ramen, and now we’ve been reduced to eating an old jar of pickled beets and making onion soup from that powder we bought for dip mix in 2017. Toilet paper supply is ample as we still fight the Klingons.