To our surprise we were the only customers at Nikko’s Tailoring that afternoon. We decided to just walk-in, and were told that in a week we would be getting our smock gowns. Pre-pandemic it would usually take 3 months, but we don’t have to compete with thousands of medical and nursing students this time. I was vacillating whether I should get a new smock gown in the first place, now that nobody cares how we look like in the hospital. But the experience was akin to seeing a Tiger Sugar milk tea stall with no customer lining up whatsoever–I totally hate milk tea, but would buy one just because there’s no line.
After getting fitted we decided to troop to Greenhills for life-threatening toy rounds. I say life-threatening, because after one such visit to Greenhills last year, news broke out that a couple who was also there at the time tested positive for COVID.
On our way, multiple police motorcycles with blaring sirens sped past us, and they held a guy down on the ground, his wrists handcuffed behind his back. One of the policemen in the vicinity was wearing a huge placard that said “GHOST”. The guy on the ground stood up, and on his chest was also a huge placard saying “CRIMINAL”. Like all the OSCE we had in med school, it was, apparently, merely a simulation. But what the heck is… a GHOST?
A few toy stalls in Shoppesville have already fallen victim to the pandemic and closed shop. I got a retro-Rogue action figure for my friend Dan. His wife, Hatchett, wanted me to look for BTS ARMY ACTION FIGURES, but there weren’t any. I got a Marvel Legends Storm and Thunderbird two-piece set for myself. With that set I was able to complete the Giant Sized X-Men #1 line-up from 1975. I also made a photo shoot of all the Storm’s I have so far. It was very “Kelly, can you handle this? Michelle, can you handle this? Beyonce, can you handle this? I don’t think you can handle this!”
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