Friday Night Oldie: The coronavirus and relationships

For the past few weeks I’ve tried to associate the oldie blog with the current pandemic.

And finding some levity during difficult times is perfectly appropriate. I mean, c’mon!

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Finding oldies that fit in this category might seem a bit tough, but not really.

• “All By Myself,” Eric Carmen (1975)

• “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” the Police (1980)

• “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin (1988)

• “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” George Jones and Tammy Wynette (1972)

• “From a Distance,” Bette Midler  (1990)

• “Get the Funk Out Ma Face,” Brothers Johnson (1976)

• “Hot Blooded,” Foreigner (1978)

• “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor (1978)

• “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” R.E.M. (1987)


• “Stayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees (1977)

• “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer (1990)

The virus has shut down almost everything, including dating and couples being together.

NBC News spoke with 35-year-old Sara K. Runnels of Seattle who uses dating apps and limits her quests to a two-mile radius because she has no car. Or, she used to.

“Everything’s dating long-distance at this point,” Runnels told NBC. “Now more than ever, I’m more open to this person living wherever. We’re not seeing each other anytime soon, anyway. We’re all just kind of endlessly talking to each other. You’re kind of talking to all these men online and you’re like, ‘I have a million online boyfriends’ — knowing you’re not going to meet up anytime soon.”

Were things simpler in 1974?

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Douglas turned 72 this past Tuesday.

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