June 2020

June 2020

June was a much needed break and change of pace.

I’ve never been a person with a large circle of friends, but I enjoy being around people. While I do interact with others in my day job, the exchange is strictly professional. Besides an occasional porch visit, walk or picnic at the park, I have not spent much quality time with my friends since early March.

I took a week of vacation to visit family and a few friends back home in Wisconsin. It was a huge stress reliever and a much-needed break from quarantine. Just being around loved ones without a mask on felt otherworldly.

It is hard to do quarantine by yourself. FaceTime, phone calls and porch visits only do so much. I’m not incredibly lonely, but some days are worse than others. I do not have a huge circle of friends, but even if I did I would not surround myself with them to comfort my anxieties. The risk is far too high.

I repeatedly ask myself, “Am I taking this way too seriously?”

I still disinfect my groceries, my hands are dry from hand sanitizer and I quarantine my mail. I religiously stand six feet away, always wear my mask and back away when others encroach. I don’t want to get sick, much less infect anyone else. Life sucks right now, and I crave that social interaction and intimacy like never before. But I remind myself that this too shall pass. This is also a learning opportunity of how I handle my stress/anxiety and how society functions.

Here are some fun videos and photos from the month. If you have not already, check out my podcast, The Scruffy Stuff, that I host with co-worker/best bud Ryan Wilusz.

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Karns High School graduation.

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Austin-East High School holds its 2020 graduation celebration at its football stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, June 12, 2020.

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Austin-East High School holds its 2020 graduation celebration.

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Jayden Branson, 15, a student at South-Doyle, does basketball drills with coach Jamichael Blair at Harriet Tubman Park in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

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Paul Brock, left, and his brother Melvin Brock, both from Corbin, Kentucky, browse a booth at the Knoxville Coin and Currency Show at Rothchild Conference Center in West Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Vendors from across the region as well as Georgia and surrounding states buy and sell coins, currency and bullion related items.

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A visitor browses through coins, like this 1938 Liberty Half Dollar, at the Knoxville Coin and Currency Show.

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Attendees to the Hardin Valley Academy prom pose for photos at The Venue in Lenoir City, Tenn. on Friday, June 12, 2020. These photos were taken with a Hoya Star Six filter to create a star effect.

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Attendees to the Hardin Valley Academy prom.

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Owner Roderick Haynes trains boxing with Erin Emory, of Knoxville, at Fitness Studio 111 in the Old City in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, June 11, 2020. A new ground floor space as been added to the gym allowing for more equipment and workout possibilities, including boxing.

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Seating is spaced out at All So Yummy Cafe, 124 S. Peters Rd., to meet coronavirus guidelines.

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Scenes from the Karns Class of 2020 graduation ceremony.

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Scenes from the Karns Class of 2020 graduation ceremony.

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Scenes from the Karns Class of 2020 graduation ceremony.

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Players drill during spring football practice at Central High in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

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Jade Adams, owner of Oglewood Avenue Bohemian Boutique, mists plants in her plant room in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, June 26, 2020. The online retailer sells a collection of home decor and indoor house plants.

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Attendees to the Hardin Valley Academy prom.

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Attendees to the Central High School prom.

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Attendees to the Central High School prom.

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Visitors ride the Avalaunch Watercoaster opening day at Soaky Mountain Waterpark in Sevierville, Tenn. on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The park features a wave pool, water slides for both adults and children as well as an all-children’s area, Boomers Bay.

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Visitors play in Boomer’s Bay opening day at Soaky Mountain Waterpark.

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Visitors ride the Blue Mountain Mayhem waterslide opening day at Soaky Mountain Waterpark.

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People enjoy the wave pool opening day at Soaky Mountain Waterpark.

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Matt Pollard with Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, helps clear overgrowth from a trail on Sharps Ridge for National Trails Day in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

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KAT bus driver Ventrice Hodge helps prepare meals at Yassin’s Falafel House in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, June 5, 2020. Realty Executives’ Cameron Brooks and Knoxville City Councilman Andrew Roberto raised money to deliver 200 meals as an appreciation for KAT employees.

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My sis, Chelsea.

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