Coronavirus, day 10: Animal Crossing

It’s become clear that we will all be socially distancing for some time to come. Since my immune system isn’t yet back to full strength I’ve been staying in the house for the past week. As of Sunday New York is instituting a ban on all public gatherings, no matter how many people, and closing all non-essential businesses.

So…I bought a Nintendo Switch yesterday. I’d been thinking about it for the past couple of years. With Animal Crossing: New Horizons being released today, the time seemed right. I’m a slow adopter on video games. I’ve never had an Animal Crossing title the same year it was released. So I’m excited to discover how the game unfolds at the same time as everyone else.

The library finally shut its doors entirely as of Thursday afternoon. The college has asked students not to return to the dorms — previously we’d expected about 700 to come back. Virtual classes start up on Monday. The library can’t support the students and faculty because the bureaucracy has blocked the implementation of the chat/reference software we purchased until they review the contract. Our IT team has been very good about setting things up so we can roll it out on short notice. But we don’t know when that will be.

Joshua Beatty @joshuabeatty