Today, our friends talk about online experiences in the new normal.
Millie: Hey, friend. Can you hear me? (Pause). I can’t hear you! You’re on mute!
Boo: (Unmutes). Oh, yeah. I never know which platform automatically mutes you and which one doesn’t!
Millie: Unmute, my friend! Be heard!
Boo: Ha! How’re you doing over there?
Millie: Grateful to be employed! And a little stir-crazy too.
Boo: Took the words right out of my mouth.
Millie: Yeah, I mean I’m trying to do everything those checklisty articles keep telling me to do—keep learning, read, exercise, call my mother—you know!
Boo: Yes, indeed I do!
Millie: And it’s been great to slow down, have more “me” time and get to explore classes and lectures and virtual museum tours, but…
Boo: I know what you’re gonna say! But, it’s all so much better live?
Millie: Exactly! I wish someone would interrupt me or make a weird face at me or something! I’m just tired of watching videos, because that’s what so many of these “on demand” and “self-paced” things really are when you get right down to it.
Boo: You’re right. It’s true. Even those cool classes where you feel like you’re in someone else’s living room and it seems like they are staring right at you! The most you can do is send an email and or post a comment and hope to hear back at some point. But it isn’t the same.
Millie: Remember that scene in School of Rock when Jack Black’s character is trying to win over Joan Cusack’s character when they’re talking about Stevie Nicks?
Boo: Um, you mean the “she’s so much better live” scene? Of course I do!
Millie: Welp, he was on to something honestly.
Boo: I agree. I am on the lookout for live experiences, even if they have to be online for now. I just miss being in real conversations. With real people. Even groups are would be ok with me!
Millie: Never thought I’d see the day when Ms.”I only like the one-on-one, I’m not into parties” person would say that!
Boo: Hey, pandemics are clarifying.
If you relate to our friends Mille & Boo, come check out Amava Circles, our live and quite lively discussion groups on a variety of topics from covid cooking to caregiving and many more.
At Amava, we believe that age does not define us. We favor actual interactions and honest relationships over clichés like the one about Millennials and Baby Boomers being at odds, at cultural loggerheads or at war. The Millennial and Boomer (get it?) are two friends having conversations about things that matter—work, social issues, money, relationships, travel and more. They were nice enough to write some of it down for us so you can be entertained and perhaps enlightened by their sharing and comparing. We hope it inspires you to start conversations of your own.