Memos from the before time: How to get dressed, have small talk and enjoy happy hour – Maclean’s

Posted: August 22, 2021 at 3:12 pm

Were all pandemic zombies who have forgotten how to interact. Here are some handy survival tips.

By all means: Put on your pants. Even if youre not ready for non-stretch fabric.Avoid: The T-shirt you have worn daily since March 2020 (unless freshly laundered).

Do: Move your hand from side to side in a waving motion.Dont: Lunge forward for a hug, stare slack-jawed or frown in obvious discomfort.

Please: Maintain eye contact. Raise the corners of your mouth in a smile.Thank you for not: Breathing heavily. Segueing from the weather to your new-found nihilism.

Thumbs-up: Remember you are no longer required to unmute yourself before speaking.Thumbs down: Not paying attention. Everyone can see your off-camera texting.

Kindly: Ask your office mates if they want anything. Tip the barista generously.Kindly stop: Holding up the line as you gawk at the menu and try to recall which one is venti.

Remember: Befriend the bartender. Take in the classic dive-bar smell. Laugh. Its okay to laugh.But: Keep your shoes on and feet off the table. Becauseat long last!youre not at home.

(Illustrations by Marie-Danielle Smith)

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