Day 3242: That was then, this is now

My son and I are in New York City now. The last time I was in New York City, in March 2020, I was attending a group therapy conference, which was the week before everything closed down here. Several of us attending that conference then, including me, got COVID.

That was then, this is now.

Last night, Aaron and I went to Junior’s, the restaurant I went to every day then, during the week-long March 2020 group therapy conference. After I discovered I had COVID, I texted my server Rhys (who I had put in my blog back then) …

… with concern, telling him I had COVID and wondering if he was okay. He was fine, but he and everybody else at Junior’s had been laid off then, as everything in NYC had closed down.

That was then …

… this is now.

When I was here in March 2020, I took photos of the Ed Sullivan Theatre then because I love Stephen Colbert.

That was then, this is now, when I have a ticket to see the Late Show with Stephen Colbert during this trip.

Do you see then and now in my other images for today?

My TED talk about then and now might be titled “Everything Old Is New Again.” And there’s no way I’m checking my wipers now — my car is back in Boston because we took the train. And I never eat fast food, then or now, when I’m in New York City!

This is what I find on YouTube when I search for “that was then, this is now.”

I was a big fan of the Monkees back then, but I feel like I’m hearing this song for the first time now.

Now I am looking forward to your comments about this that-was-then-this-is-now post.

Then and now, I am grateful to all who accompany me in these blogging adventures, including YOU.

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18 thoughts on “Day 3242: That was then, this is now

  1. LOVE NYC. Last time we were there was, I think, 2017 or so. Have friends in Brooklyn and we went to Juniors a couple times too! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Rhys was there then. Is he still there now?

  3. puella33

    I’m glad your having a good time in NY, Ann. That cheese cake looks so good

  4. Have a wonderful time!

  5. How nice to enjoy the city with your son, Ann. And your “then and now” memories feel particularly poignant given that we all have a story for where we were March 2020. It’s really welcome to review in light of now. 🙂

  6. That dessert is drool worthy

  7. I’m glad you were there then, and happy you are there now. both are so important

  8. Your wonderful then and now cats Oscar and Joan continue my line of affection, Ann. Please have good and safe times now in the Big Apple.

  9. Great images of Joan, a Budai, and of Harley. Tack sharp both of them with lots of detail.

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