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I shook somebody’s hand today!

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40somethingJBJ Fri 15-May-20 00:21:29

I did it without bloody thinking. A bloke I know via the internet through a shared interest, but have never met before today, was giving away something I needed, and only lives a 10 minute drive away, so I went to collect it this afternoon. He opened the front door and put his hand out and I instinctively shook it, before we both realised, laughed and backed away. We both hand sanitised and kept our distance after that, but it’s made me realise how fucking easy it is to forget yourself. I’m not the most tactile person; not especially huggy with family and friends, and I’ve been so careful and aware until today, but I used to work in banking and handshaking is just kind of instilled in me from that I’m not overly worried about it, as it was a brief moment of contact, but it’s shook me how easily I forgot what I’m no longer allowed to do. I guess I now get the “Stay alert” thing!

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WhentheRabbitsWentWild Fri 15-May-20 00:53:31


TrickyWords Fri 15-May-20 00:55:03

It’s hard isn’t it. I saw a colleague for the first time in six weeks yesterday and we both went to hug. We didn’t but gosh it was a shock to have to think about it.

40somethingJBJ Fri 15-May-20 01:04:27

@TrickyWords It is hard when it’s something you just instinctively do.

@WhentheRabbitsWentWild why the rolly eyes? Have I said something to offend you?

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WhentheRabbitsWentWild Fri 15-May-20 01:22:47

I just don't really understand the angst .

DamnYankee Fri 15-May-20 01:24:56


I get it. My daughter's dance teacher - during an outdoor, socially distanced, masked dance class (how creative is that?) - froze because she corrected my daughter's dance position. I just laughed.

It happens! Wondering if people will start to greet each other with elbow bumps, bowing, or (dating myself here) Mork's hand signal and "Nanu-nanu"?

Ooh, how about Carol Burnett's ear tugs (meant for her mother at the end of every show?

40somethingJBJ Fri 15-May-20 01:29:05

@WhentheRabbitsWentWild no angst here. I said I’m not overly worried about it. Just surprised myself how easily I forgot the rules for that split second, that’s all. No need to jump on me smile

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40somethingJBJ Fri 15-May-20 01:29:57

@DamnYankee I’m up for Nanu-Nanu grin

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DamnYankee Fri 15-May-20 01:34:58



Or "Live long and prosper.."? Clearly the rest of the world will be looking for us to be the Miss Manners of a post-Covid world.

40somethingJBJ Fri 15-May-20 01:39:18


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T0tallyFuckedUpFamily Fri 15-May-20 01:55:36

I just don't really understand the angst

Neither did Boris and that worked out well for him, didn’t it? grin

Pinktornado Fri 15-May-20 06:25:29

It’s so ingrained, isn’t it? My DH and I met a colleague of mine on a walk yesterday and when I introduced them they went to shake hands automatically! I thought I was going to have to leap between them but they realised in time and laughed.

JayAlfredPrufrock Fri 15-May-20 06:29:32

I did it the other day. Then when I realised, touched my face in faux horror.

It’s best I stay in.

Ellietotherescue7 Fri 15-May-20 06:45:46


My DD wants to get back to her dance classes so bad.

Might suggest that idea to her dance teacher.

Aramox Fri 15-May-20 07:18:01

Group teaching is not allowed surely? Just one on one (distanced)?

Ellietotherescue7 Fri 15-May-20 07:21:09


But if they are not closer than two meteres to each other?

foamrolling Fri 15-May-20 07:23:20

Damn Yankee has just shown exactly why a group class isn't a good idea. Surely a 'gathering' of that size isn't allowed anyway?

Noeuf Fri 15-May-20 07:23:31

Yes I thought gatherings of more than two weren't allowed for exercise or any purpose ?

Ellietotherescue7 Fri 15-May-20 07:34:33


Sorry but I don't understand how she shown that it wasn't a good idea

Pipandmum Fri 15-May-20 07:39:30

It's one person from outside your household keeping 2m apart. So one on one dance class: yes, group: no. That has been made clear.

Aramox Fri 15-May-20 07:47:59

Because it makes people careless and takes up too much open space. Anyway it’s clearly against the rules.

Ellietotherescue7 Fri 15-May-20 07:48:03


Would one on one dance classes be ok? As presumably the parent would also be there at some point.

foamrolling Fri 15-May-20 07:49:12

Ellie, because the teacher forgot herself and didn't maintain the 2 metres.

InFiveMins Fri 15-May-20 07:54:54


Ellietotherescue7 Fri 15-May-20 08:00:04


Yes that is a major problem.

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