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Coping with COVID-19, part 2

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Christina Stock Photo Open ranchland north of Roswell on the road to Cloudcroft and Ruidoso.

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Insights and ideas on how to deal with the ‘new normal,’ living 6 feet apart and social distancing

By Christina Stock

Vision editor

Last Sunday, we started a new series showing how others are coping, adapting and living in the COVID-19 times. There might be stories that inspire, lighten the burden or just entertain.

Our area’s people are known for being tough, resilient and independent. They are the descendants of pioneers, and one day, their children’s children will look back with pride on how every family and person dealt with these challenging times. Here are their stories:

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David Rocha

David Rocha is known for his performances in Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company’s musicals. Asked how the restrictions are impacting his life and work, he said, “Currently, I’m a pizza delivery guy. We are having to keep everything contactless. We have gloves and masks and a special box for us to lay the order on. Customers will leave instructions where they want us to put their order. Guests who do carry-out must stay in their car, call the store to let us know that they have arrived, and we will take the order out to them. I have adjusted to the restrictions but I don’t care for them. I prefer interaction with the customer.”

About his daily and weekly routine, Rocha said, “We still leave to get essentials from the store or doctor’s office and pharmacy when needed. My mom is currently working on making masks for people. My stepfather does chores around the house. I have started quite a few new hobbies. I have recently purchased a cello to learn how to play. I’ve also started practicing my piano and have downloaded the Smule app to keep singing.”

Rocha said that he watches newscasts online and reads newspapers to know what is going on in the world.

Asked about what he will do as soon as businesses open again, Rocha said, “Go to Ruidoso and visit my brother — take him out to eat and then yes, go to the casino.”

Denise Dawson

Educator Denise Dawson shared her daily routine on Facebook messenger. “As a middle school librarian, I now am a contact teacher. I cheer on 14 seventh-grade students by text, email or live chats. I had to learn Google Classroom. I am not technology savvy and it has been a struggle for me. I have a small dog, Rosie, who wonders why I’m home all day. I get cranky pretty easily now. I am not a patient person and I don’t enjoy staying alone. I need people. I read at least one book per day and that helps. I get up at 6:30 a.m. every morning and start my day. Some days I binge-watch Netflix or Amazon Prime. I haven’t picked up any new hobbies or skills. I couldn’t cook before the quarantine and I can’t cook now,” Dawson said.

Asked how she keeps up with what is going on in the world, Dawson said, “I read the news on several sites. I try to make informed decisions and that means looking at different outlets. I FaceTime my daughter in Germany and I text my son.”

As to what Dawson will do first when businesses are once again open, she said, “When this is over, I’m going to sit down with a few good friends and talk to them.”

Matthew Kenney

Matthew Kenney grew up in Roswell and went to Roswell High School. He wrote on Facebook messenger that he is independent and receives no support or help. Asked how he keeps himself content in these times, he said, “Having a roommate is not bad, but can get tense when you’’re together a lot. My routine is getting up and walking to clear my mind for the day.”

He said that he has no new hobbies, but keeps busy with the ones he has, which is outdoors: “Hiking, fishing — basically nature, and I have a few inventions I’ve been working on with the Harley Davidson Corp.”

Asked what Kenney is planning to do when businesses open again, he wrote, “I don’t think stuff opening is too exciting for me; maybe I’ll hit some of these National Parks they’ve had closed down. On a side note, I’ve studied and practiced survival 15-plus years, so being solo or on quarantine is a piece of cake, lol.”

To be continued.

Would you like to share your routine or tips on how to cope with the restrictions? Email vision@rdrnews.com or call 575-622-7710, ext. 309. You can message us on our Facebook page, as well.