As a creature of habit, for 20 years of Thursdays, I would go to The Dollar Tree, CVS, Winn-Dixie, and, sometimes if I needed things, also Office Depot and Home Depot topping it all off with a late lunch at Big Louie's, Quarterdeck or Cafe Vico!
On Fridays, it was an early movie, usually at The Gateway Theatre, and then Subways or Arbys for a 'snack'. Also about 16 times a year we went to either the Adrienne Arsht Theatre in Miami or the Broward Performing Arts Center on Tuesdays to see touring Broadway shows which abruptly stopped in March 2020 as did dinners at many different places before the shows!
Then the epidemic came!!! ARGH!! No movie theatres, no touring Broadway shows for 15 months and no restaurants, old or new for about 13 months.
About 2 months ago, and a vaccine, we started to tiptoe back into restaurants for lunch, generally going to those we were familiar with, knew would be following the rules, such as the new 17th Street Quarterdeck, IHOP, Arbey's, Big Louie's and after our second vaccine started to try new ones like the Brazilian steakhouse Rio Minas.
Then the good news came--The AMC and Regal chains were reopening but the best news of all was The Gateway Theatre, under new owners, was opening up!
NORMAL came back this week!! Did the old routine of shopping on Thursday and WENT FOR LUNCH at Big Louie's and yesterday, Friday, WENT TO THE REOPENED GATEWAY THEATRE TO SEE A MOVIE ON THE BIG SCREEN AND THEN A SNACK AT SUBWAYS! Okay so it wasn't a good movie but next week it will be official when "In The Heights" opens up--a show I loved when the Broadway touring company appeared here and the coming attraction trailers really have me excited!! (Ironically, I will be using the gift certificate I got on my 21st Leap Year birthday, Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Nabu American Fusion Buffet restaurant--which didn't survive the epidemic!)
Now just waiting for the touring Broadway shows to return to Miami and Broward and my life will be normal plus I can start looking for a new, good restaurant to plan my 22nd Leap Year birthday on Thursday, February 29, 2024!