In last week’s column, I wrote that it had felt like a year since I had written the column from the previous Saturday. Well, I can say the same thing again from today since last Saturday.

I’ve been doing the majority of my work from home — 20 minutes up the mountain from Tyrone in Morann. Before last night, the last time I had been in Tyrone was last Friday. You wouldn’t believe how excited I was just to take a 20-minute drive and come into the office, just to get a little bit of normalcy back.

The thing is when we take a week of vacation, it usually goes pretty fast. I was away from the office for a week and it has felt like a year. Not having much to do except for sit in the house makes time go extremely slow, and I’ve also learned it makes you really sleepy.

So what have I been doing?

Well, one of my favorite parts of the day is taking a walk as long as it’s nice outside. It’s an hour outside of the house, and that is welcomed at this time.

I set aside about a half hour each day to watch the coronavirus coverage. If I watch any more than that, I’ll just drive myself crazy.

I’ve been trying to do all I can to get my sports fix in a no-sports world. I’ve tried many times to watch some old classic games that are shown across many networks. I did stop and watch all of the 2013 National League Wild Card game with the Pirates and Reds a few nights ago.

But for the most part, I can only watch a few innings of a baseball game or a few minutes of a basketball game. After that, I lose interest. It’s tough watching sports when you already know what happens.

What has worked is watching old sports documentaries. I’ve long thought that the 30 for 30 stories that ESPN does is some of the best content they have ever produced.

I also bought myself a subscription to Netflix last week. After about 10 days of it, I am already running out of things I want to watch on it.

But one of the things I do find very encouraging these days is watching the sports news. It seems like this week the national sports media has started to talk more about when we could see a return in sports.

Right now, the target date for baseball to return is in June. I’m sure basketball and hockey would return around the same time baseball returns. I don’t know if that’s optimistic, pessimistic, or about right. But it’s a start. June is still a couple months away, but having light at the end of the tunnel is important right now.

At a time when Blair County and many of its surrounding counties have had their first confirmed cases this week, we could use all the good news we can get.

We all could use a few smiles. We all could use a little bit of laughter. The best way to do that is to keep a positive attitude.

After all, even with all the negative you see right now, we’re still another day closer to this being over.

Andy Stine is the sports editor of The Daily Herald. He can be reached at sports@thedailyherald.net.

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