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Ben Halpern
Ben Halpern

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What are you looking forward to when the pandemic is over?

Regardless of our individual circumstances, everybody is, in some capacity, still living through a pandemic.

It's certainly made me miss things I didn't even necessarily know I liked or needed.

What about you? What are you looking forward to doing in a post-pandemic world, whenever that is?

I may have asked this before 馃槃

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Pascal Thormeier

I attended an online meetup today which was streamed on YT and Twitch. As much as I enjoyed the talks, it felt like watching yet another video. I miss applauding after the talks and engaging with other attendees. Sending an emoji in the chat isn't the same. I mostly look forward to those small meetups happening in-person again.

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Elsa Gonsiorowski

Applause! I didn鈥檛 even realize I missed this until you said that... 馃憦馃徏馃憦馃徏馃憦馃徏馃憦馃徏Is not the same 馃様

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Working from a caf茅/anywhere other than home and hugging friends and family!

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Darshak Parikh

Same, I just want to be able to hug people again. Who knows, I might even open a free hugs booth right outside a vaccination centre when we get there. I have a feeling more people are gonna need those! 馃榿

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Ben Halpern

After moving to a new area we see so many cool spaces we want to check out but pandemic restraints kind of kill the vibe.

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Jonquil Williams

Gosh, yes, hugging friends and family! @DarshakParikh - I like your idea of a hugging booth!!! I also can't wait to go to concerts again, especially Todd Rundgren. I miss my Utopia friends.

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Francisco Quintero 馃嚚馃嚧

Travel. In our country, we currently can but with all the limitations, social distancing, and that stuff it won't be as comfortable as pre-covid.

Also going to a movie theater! I wanted to watch Tenet xD

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ItsASine (Kayla)

There's a theater in my area that has been renting out screens for like $50 for up to a party of 20 and you get a list of about a dozen movies to pick from. Some new movies like Tenet but also older ones like Willy Wonka, Magic Mike XXL, Hocus Pocus, etc.

I keep trying to convince my boyfriend to do it for just us to rent an ENTIRE SCREEN and get popcorn but he thinks that's a little too extra :P

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Darshak Parikh

Yesss! 馃ぉ

I want to hoot and whistle and whooaaaaa and clap with the entire cinema hall like I did while watching Avengers: Endgame

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Francisco Quintero 馃嚚馃嚧

Gosh, when Cap got Mioljnir or when the portals open. I was yellling like a kid 馃槅

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Darshak Parikh

I know right? And when Hulk ran into the Ancient One in New York, everybody collectively went "Ooooh!"

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ender minyard

Going to the library and also 3D printing at the library 馃

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alyatek

Where do you live to have libraries with 3D printers?

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Tee • Edited

Thankfully they're become more common nowadays as a way to introduce STEM early on. I live in a rural area, and my local library had their 3D printers for about 10 years now, which later evolved into a dedicated maker space for students and hobbyists equipped with Arduino boards, Raspberry Pis, and iMacs for people to learn programming.

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ender minyard

Yep! There's three libraries near me and a standalone maker space with 3D printers. STEM is spreading 馃帀

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Ricardo Valencia

Commuting is a weird one for me. I used to use that time to read or catch up on podcast and since being working from home, is harder to make time for it.
I don't usually travel a lot, but this year has me wanting to get out at visit somewhere new.

Bonus and sort of random, since the pandemic started my local grocery store went from 24hrs to a more regular 8am-11pm. I miss having the chance to go get something at random hours in the night :P

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Adam Crockett

Commuting!

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Darshak Parikh

Indeed. It's weird. That's not an activity I thought I'd miss but I do.

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Kasun

I completely agree. I think not having time to decompress is the issue here. I don't enjoy sitting in traffic or rushing to subway. But apparently we all needed that time.

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Darshak Parikh

Exactly my thought. The morning commute prepares your mind for focused work, while the evening commute relaxes it. And walking from your bed to your desk is too short an interval for that. 馃槄

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Adam Crockett

Somehow I still get caught in traffic?

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Kasun

LOL :D Yeah.

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Ben Halpern

The bulk of my commuting has been in NYC鈥 which means dirty crowded subways with 100+ degree fahrenheit platforms in the summer.

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Adam Crockett

I'm not sure if it's like London but I really like the subway in London, the air changes and smells like some sort of oil and grease. My commute is through the british countryside heading to my favorite city, Bristol.

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Vitor Paladini • Edited

International travel, festivals, meeting friends and family without the low-key worry that I might be carrying the bug, and not having to think about the pandemic.

Also looking forward to the slow but, hopefully certain, recovery of some small businesses that I'm a fan off. 馃嵒

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Sara Miteva

Traveling and face-to-face networking. However, I don't want to think about it too much and get my hopes up because I don't see it ending any time soon 馃槃

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Peter Witham

Just hanging out with team members without the need to schedule it. Which is right there with, going to lunch with team members. Oh how I miss that!

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Eka

MUSIC CONCERTS, pubs, bars, clubs, house parties (including family-friendly ones that just consist of cookouts, hanging out, and talking).

On the other hand, post-pandemic the high quality international tech conferences would be back to on-site and as someone outside Europe/the US i would not be able to access them the way i can now.

All in all still looking forward to the post-pandemic world!

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David Dal Busco

Yeaah music concerts! I might even going to be happy when my hairs are going to be wet because of some beers being throw around 馃槈.

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Seanmclem

Socializing, maybe speak at a conference. Things I never wanted to do unti I realized I couldn't

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Ben Halpern

I miss socializing more than I ever thought possible. I鈥檓 very okay with alone time and simple routines but this has definitely made me appreciate social time so much more.

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krishna kakade • Edited

hello ben and all hope you doing well
i am looking forward for joining my college currently i am final year CS grad
now online college is going on but you know that's thought too sit many hours sometimes audio issues okay that's a pretty much for issues
firstly in third year i didn't like to go for college regualry means for doing extra curricular things i do bunk and learn things from home
things I miss at home about college and regular routine are
1.my long walk journey to college regularly I walk 10KM(both side comingtohome+&goingtocollege) regularly to going to college from the stand but as folks are saying from next 2 months college/schools will open in India that's good but anyway, this is going to be my last 7-8 months as a student then I am going to be a life student.
miss my long walks visiting temples
I going to meet my Grandfather he had eye surgery 5-6 months ago is near to 85 now still he does farming cow milk everything stuff and grandmother also looking forward to seeing them and yeah after final year completing my MERN stack I am going to apply for jobs and in this tough time I do my things, okay but because of family issues/fights and stuff I feel bad about my mother but I say myself I am a strong boy and she is very supportive to me she had a gap in her back because she paid my studies and all payments by doing tailor work like in India women wear blouses and dress my mother is that kind of tailor so this it.
and i am going to plan for buying a new book by Jay Shetty How to think like a monk one and i completed reading Monk who sold his Ferrari hey ban if you come to india then we will definitely meet each otherwise if i come to NYC/CA then we will meet.
and yeah who doesn't love going outside in nature btw I am not very social person but i love nature and temples spirituality that kind of stuff thank you for reading have great rest of the year everyone I hope/prays too god pandemic will over soon.
and yes offline meetups are cool.
bye see you soon with new articles friends/brothers
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Suzanne Aitchison

To be honest, what I miss most is hugging my pals when I see them. I can't wait until we can do that again!

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Darshak Parikh

Yes! Hugs are the best, and I have a feeling we will all collectively start valuing hugs even more once this is over.

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Alvin Bryan • Edited

So. Many. Things.

  • Travel
  • Indoor sports (swimming pools, gyms, etc)
  • Conferences and meetups
  • Working from coffee shops, libraries
  • Cinema
  • Live Music/Comedy, etc
  • Restaurants and pubs

The list goes on

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K (he/him)

I always had problems with finding remote work in Germany, because all companies here are still living in the last cencury.

I'm working international now, but the pandemic changed the view on remote work at many German companies. I hope things will stay that way in the future.

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