nicky’s corona hellscape

quarantine is trash

Nicky Varela, Chief Captain Sports Editor

tuesday, june 2

what’s up. been a while.

school is almost over, so that’s sick. anticipating summer hasn’t felt as good as it usually does. probably because i’ve basically been on summer break for the past two and a half months already.

i’m getting my wisdom teeth out on the 15th. considering how messed up my brother got by it last summer, i’m not very excited. oh well.

that’s it have a good day

tuesday, may 5

boy, i sure am bad at this.

past few weeks, not much has been going on. i’ve been doing a bunch of homework. that’s pretty much it.

i learned how to make this thing called “eggs in a nest.” you cut a hole in a piece of bread and cook and egg inside that hole. it works pretty well. 8/10.

my knee has been a little sore this week. probably because i’m squatting 5 days a week. i’m guessing that doesn’t help.

ok that’s it. bye.

saturday, april 18

hi everybody. i’m back. sorry about my abscence. i know you all were staring at your computer screen, constantly refreshing, waiting for me to update you all.

i’m making this update at 2:20 p.m, so i haven’t done a ton today. i woke up at 11 again. i slept pretty well, though, so that’s good. for the first half hour after i woke up, i felt really groggy. even more than usual. i don’t have an explanation for that. maybe i didn’t sleep as well as i thought i did. meh. anyway, at 11:30, i snapped out if and took a shower. after that, i made myself breakfast. remember those breakfast burritos i started making? i stopped eating them a couple weeks ago. i got tired of them. also, took a little too much effort. this past week, i’ve been keeping it simple-scrambled eggs and a piece of toast. pretty good breakfast, believe it or not. you guys should try it out. 8/10.

since then, i’ve just been lounging around in my room. so, pretty unexciting day so far. i promised myself i would do some of my homework, but i countered myself that doing nothing was much easier. maybe something fun will happen later. i can only hope.

the last week-and-a-half has been pretty similar to this (going on walks, arguing with my brother, and being lazy). actually, one cool thing was added to my entertainment arsenal. my mom bought this ping-pong net thing that you extend out and strap on to a table. we don’t have an actual ping-pong table, but we have an office table that’s good enough. the dimensions are smaller, but that’s the only real drawback. i love ping-pong and i have good hand-eye coordination, so i’m pretty solid at it. i’m far and away the best in my family, mostly thanks to their lack in athletic ability. my brother has gotten better recently, so i should watch out for that. can’t lose my throne already.

i’m assuming i’ve gained weight over the past few weeks (not going to check, scared the first number might be a 3). i’ve been working out (lifting, basketball) and doing the smallest bit of cardio (walking dog). but, being inside all day has not helped me with considering what foods i shouldn’t eat. i’m tempted very easily. at least at school, i’m far away from the food, so i can’t just eat when i get bored. but now, i’m bored 96% of the time, so a simple solution for entertainment according to my brain is to eat. at least i’ve stopped drinking sugary drinks. i haven’t had a soda in like three months, and that’s really what gets ya.

we had our first taste of online school this past tuesday. i started off with ap psych. from what i remember, my teacher explained how blackboard collaborate worked and what online school would be like over the next two months. i doesn’t sound too hard to raise my grade, so that’s definitely a plus. i had journalism next. since i’ve been working on the coronavirus issue over the past month (check it out if you have not seen it), i have been contact with most of the people in the class thanks to zoom. during the period, we started planning ideas for online articles. not a very hard day in that class, either. after that, we had a lunch break. if my memory serves me right, i had a sandwhich. not bad 6.5/10. at 12:15, i had history. my teacher probably missed teaching the most out of all my other teachers. he seemed very grateful that he could talk to us again. he brought his cat on camera, too, so that was different. my last class of the day was math. my math teacher is one of my favorite teachers i’ve had at mclean, so i was glad to see her again. she asked literally every person in the class what they had done on the break. that was really nice of her. so yeah, that was the first school day (7/10, could’ve been a little more exciting). thursday was canceled, so that’s all i have to work off of in terms of my feelings towards online school. all in all, i don’t think it will be bad. maybe the first few weeks, but once we all adjust, we’ll be fine.

sports are back. at least, in asia. several asian countries have started playing baseball. south korea’s baseball league, the kbo, will begin regualr season play in a couple weeks. hopefully their games can be streamed over here. if it becomes possible to watch games, i’ll be rooting for the lotte giants. their fan following is insane. seriously, look it up on youtube. things can get wild. at this point, i’m desperate for any sport, so i really hope the kbo can bring it.

ok, finally did a long post. i enjoyed doing this, it’s definitely been too long. i’ll try to keep it up. xoxo

postscript: here’s another song that i think is good.

monday, april 6

hey. i’m hungry.

haven’t done much today. or the past few days. i’ve been starting to wake up sooner, though, so that’s good.

school starts next week. i don’t know how to feel about it. on one hand, work=not good. on the other hand, it gives me something to do twice a week. there’s only like two months of school left, so i’m fine with it.

i’m about to go outside. i probably need to.

ok, that’s all. sorry it wasn’t a lot. i’ll write more next time. xoxo

thursday, april 2

hola. i’m really hungry right now.

woke up at noon. for breakfast, i did something different than normal. my mom gave me a papusa that she definitely didn’t make. it was okay. it’s basically just pita bread. i asked if i should eat it with ketchup and she gave me a weird/judging look. whatever. i did it anyway. at least it gave it some flavor.

i don’t remember what i did after that. probably wasted my time. anyway, i lifted at some point. did some chest/shoulders.

i made a grilled cheese after that. i’m getting too good at making those. i’ve been thinking about starting up my own restaurant. i would call it “the cheesy shack.” the secret is to use an illegal amount of butter. if you think you’ve used enough, use more.

after that i went to my room. i had a zoom meeting with the gang, so thats something. i’ve been here ever since.

jesus. just realized i haven’t gone outside today. lemme step outside for a few seconds. hold on.

ok i’m back. gotta say, outside is overrated.

aight. that’s all. i’m eating soon. thank goodness.

bye xoxo

tuesday, march 31

hey. just finished up some work. young scholar.

i woke up at 11 again. i need to work on that. i know i’m not the only one who does that. all of you do it too. i don’t know how i managed to wake up at like 6:45 before. that seems impossible now.

i took a shower at noon. then i ate breakfast. i had another burrito. i really like burritos and all, but i need to be more creative with brekkie ideas. i’ll try something with toast tomorrow.

i did work after for a couple hours. just college essay stuff. not too bad. then i played madden. at 4, i lifted a lil. i squatted and did dumbbell rows. i’m really glad my dad is so into lifting. not many people on my team are able to lift during this time. but neither do a lot of my opponents, so i’m staying ahead of the game.

i went outside after that to play some basketball. i didn’t really care about the rain. i just wanted to ball.

since then, this.

i’ve been thinking. with this mandated shutdown until june 10th, we are in for one. i’m praying so, so much that this does not continue through the summer. if it does, then me and my football team are f#$ked. i can’t lose my senior season. honestly, i’m terrified at that possibility.

on a more positive note, i was wondering. if a baby got a tattoo, what would happen? the tattoo wouldn’t get any bigger, right? pretty sure it would just get stretched and messed up. there’s no way it could really grow.

ok. that’s it today. all the most important events and thoughts.

stay safe. please stay inside, and six feet away. everyone is depending on you. i’m depending on you. if you f#$k with my football season, i’ll hit you in the throat. thanks. bye folks. xoxo

friday, march 27

wow. it’s been four days? my bad. i’ve been a little busy this week. anyway, heres what i did today.

woke up at 11. went downstairs. madden. food. work. boom. thats it.

heard that the county might switch to pass/fail for the fourth quarter. that would be a fat L for me. i need that easy fourth quarter to bring my grades up. hopefully, they don’t go through with it. if they do, i am capital s screwed.

i should go outside. i don’t think i have today.

i’ve been trying to pay attention to what the various professional sports leagues have been saying. so far, not a lot of good. the nba might go into the playoffs immediately when they return. i don’t like that. the mlb has some wacky ideas too.

of course, neither of those leagues are anywhere close to starting back up. my only hope is the korean baseball league, who as of right now plans to return in mid-april. we can only hope.

ok that’s it from me. hope everybody’s doing ok. xoxo

monday, march 23

sup. late night blog. quick rundown.

i actually did work today. from 1-4, i was straight working. i’m a maniac.

sorry, forgot to get a video of me card throwing. i promise i will deliver, eventually.

had another burrito for breakfast. starting to lose its pizzazz. might switch it up to a quesadilla tomorrow. definitely something involving a tortilla.

i went for a walk today, so thats cool.

ok, thats it. blog will be longer next time. xoxo

postscript: give me song recommendations @703-328-6800

sunday, march 22

what’s up gang. day 2 of the blog. today, i almost did the exact same routine as yesterday. i woke up at 11 and eventually got hungry enough to go downstairs for food at 11:30. i made another burrito. here’s the pic.

i know it’s far from perfect, but damn if it isn’t delicious. another day, another 7/10. i finished brekkie at about noon, and i subsequently spent/wasted the next three hours on madden. like i said in yesterdays post, i am not an exciting person. however, if you’re still reading this, clearly neither are you. anyway, at 3:00, my dad commanded me and my brother cole to play basketball outside. i whupped him again. it’s getting less and less fun to beat him. it’s like playing a toddler. you know you’re going to win every time, so why keep playing? we stopped playing after an hour. since then, i’ve just been chilling in my room. i know i should be doing work right now, but why would i do that when i could be lazy instead?

for some reason, today made me really realize how agonizing this quarantine process could be. i do basically the same exact thing every day and can’t really change that. and it’s what, day seven? something like that. imagine doing this for two months. i can’t even begin to imagine how mind-numbing that would be. hey, at least ap tests are easier this year, i think (i haven’t been paying that much close attention).

i’m thankful we have technology now. if i had to do this during the spanish flu 100 years ago, i don’t think i would’ve made it. i can’t believe i’m saying this, but i miss school. at least, the human interaction part. i could do without the grades part. i love my family and all, but being around the same three people all the time is really testing me.

card throwing update: practiced a little today. think i’m probably up to the 61-63% good throw range. still working up towards that 70%. tomorrow i’ll take a video to show you all how skilled i am.

that’s all from me today. i’ll have dinner later and probably lift, that’s about it. oh, and my prediction yesterday was right. i finished the entire pint in like 20 minutes. i’d consider that a possible achievement to add on to my resume. anyway, hope everybody reading this is doing ok. i’ll talk to you all tomorrow. xoxo

postscript: me and ava both like this song. enjoy. shoutout to jack for helping me add this.

saturday, march 21

preface: hello all. i decided to start a blog detailing my experiences of being stuck at home in quarantine. so far, it’s been okay. i haven’t had too much trouble being entertained (for the most part). while i naturally do get bored pretty easily, my boredom levels have not reached disaster mode. i mainly have my two main hobbies-sports and food-to keep me busy when i get bored. or so i thought prior to our eventual lockup in case something like this actually happened.

unfortunately, as i’m sure many of you know, professional sports have ceased for the foreseeable future. this means i only have half of my total hobbies to keep me entertained. but im a warrior. i know how to persevere. i can learn and have learned to be fascinated by other things that aren’t involved with either of those subjects. i finally found one hobby: throwing playing cards. i looked up the proper technique on wikihow (https://www.wikihow.com/Throw-Playing-Cards). since then, i haven’t looked back. so far, i’d say about 56% of my card throws actually result in a proper spin. my goal is to get above 70% of the time. i will be sure to keep you all updated on my progress towards this monumental goal.

as for what i did today, not much. i woke up at a normal human time of about 10:30 a.m. it took me about an hour before i decided to get the actual day started. after taking a shower, i went downstairs to eat/consume something. oh yeah, i almost forgot to mention. thankfully, since food is still around and hasn’t abandoned me like the sports world, i have decided to learn a little bit more about cooking. this morning, i decided to try my hand at a breakfast burrito. i am not a professional chef, so i didn’t go very complicated with the ingredients-butter (for the pan, not consumption. duh), eggs (scrambled), cheese (shredded), and salami (didn’t have sausage). it took me about four minutes to finish my masterpiece. now, i don’t really know how to fold a burrito, but i’ve stared intently at the workers’ form at chipotle, so you could say i’m already a master. all in all, it was a pretty bomb burrito. i’d give it a 7/10. tomorrow i’ll try to snap a pic.

after my breakfast at noon, i of course decided to work out vigorously for three-four hours, with about two hours of straight cardio. lol nah. kidding. i’d rather die. instead of doing that, i played madden for like four hours. to be fair, i’d like to think they are equally important/healthy activities. at four thirty, i finally decided i needed sunlight to survive the day. i know, i’m crazy like that. anyway, i played basketball with my brother and his friend, who are both home from college for the rest of the year. i proceeded to whip both of them into submission with ease. for comparisons sake, i was ghengis khan, and they were the great wall of china. i’m just built different. after that, i sauntered upstairs and spent like half and hour trying to figure out the best cover photo i could use for this blog. i finally settled on the beaut you see above.

thats the gist of what happened today. i will (definitely) eat dinner later and probably eat an entire pint of ice cream and consider that a successful day. jesus, i really am that boring. why would you even read this? go read ben’s blog, it’s a lot better. anyway, i’ll try to post/update this regularly with new info for you sickos that would like to keep reading my stuff. i hope (and assume) everybody had a more impactful day than me. i’ll talk to you tomorrow. xoxo