Dialog, one year into the pandemic
Why would anyone move away from California?
The overhead light flickers. The electric wires outside the bedroom window glisten in a transparent coat of ice.
Earthquakes? Fires? In my case, a crazy mother. Besides, I love the seasons.
I’d be happy if it were seventy degrees every single day of my life. Winter sucks.
You’ll never be happy.
She nudges him with her toe.
Who is? Still, after this is over, if you want to move…
I won’t. Though I have to admit, earthquakes are kinda cool. The earth moving beneath your feet and all that.
If the building you’re in doesn’t collapse.
In the City, there’s always cranes to worry about.
True, but planes crash everywhere. Trees falls. And those are only the unintended disasters. You’re never really safe.
Just saying. I’ve shoveled enough snow for a lifetime.
Think how those first spring buds nose their way through the vestiges of snow. Survivors, unlike those effusive California blooms.
Mud season? That’s the worse.
And then there’s the issue of water. Never enough, except when there’s too much.
The lights go out.
Where did you put the candles?
How cold is it supposed to get tonight?
Do you know why they call it a three-dog night? We should adopt a dog.
I don’t want to walk a dog. You never know where a rescue comes from.
I forgot to unplug my computer. I hope a power surge didn’t wipe out my hard drive.
The candles are in the hall closet.
I stubbed my toe.
If we lived in California, we’d be warm.
If we lived in Sweden, the sun would never rise.
Come on, admit it. Wouldn’t you rather be sunbathing on a beach right now? Drinking a margarita?
I’d rather be sitting in front of a fire, sipping brandy.
Did you remember to charge your phone battery?
You have somebody you need to call?
What if there’s an emergency?
What if there’s not?
I’m so tired of winter. Not to mention the pandemic. We’ll never be high enough on the list for the vaccine.
This isn’t about the weather. You always want to be somewhere we’re not.
That’s why people travel.
Even when it puts their lives in danger.
We can always wear masks.
Caribbean cruises are the worst.
Remember snorkeling in Cozumel, those translucent fish?
I found the flashlight.
What do we do now?
Wait for the lights to come on.
Wait to be immunized.
Don’t open the refrigerator. The food will go bad.
If we were in New York City, we could order take out.
If we were in Costa Rica, we could pick the fruit right off the trees.
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