People Watching in the Time of COVID-19

People Watching Log, SLC, Tues., March 24, 2020. While I am the captain of my ship, and not trying to be a creeper, these are coincidentally some of the curious, fascinating and wonderful faces I came across while in semi-quarantine COVID-19 conditions today. Let’s dive in:

Latest COVID-19 NUMBERS in Utah

Utah confirmed a total of 346 COVID-19 cases and one fatality on Wed. March 25th, up from 257 on Monday.

Still waiting on the results from many, about 7,000 tests have been taken with Summit and Salt Lake County showing the highest numbers of positive tests.

Go here to learn the latest statistics.

8 A.M.: From my front window in Sugar House, it’s raining, but the neighborhood walk-the-dog regulars are out there, and the garbage trucks. Thanks, guys for keeping it normal.

From my front porch to yours, cheers!

10 A.M.: The SLmag Editorial meets via google hangouts. Small and mighty, LIVE from their homes is Mary Malouf, me, Kaitlyn, Scott (with a love for spy-noir, changed his screen to black & white), Damon, Jeanine (and her personal hairstylist, two-year-old, Lauren).

We are in final edits for the May/June issue, the A & E calendar is a complete shipwreck due to cancellations. And being mindful of local small businesses (restaurants, bars, coffee shops, retail, salons & spas) we are strategizing how to bump them up through all of this. NOTE: As a regional magazine, our jobs are on the line too, you like reading our stuff? How about subscribing to Salt Lake magazine, we’d appreciate it.

Sweaty smiling faces via ZOOM virtual work-outs offered from The Point Pilates.

NOON: Joined in on a ZOOM virtual Pilates work-out, this one is led by instructor Hollie Mason of The Point Pilates (it was a tough session, but awesome).

5 P.M.: While driving spotted “Little Ms. Sunshine” (it’s printed on her drivers’ side door) with short white hair, most likely permed and bright red lipstick. As you’d expect, her face is cheerful and drives a bright yellow Honda FIT. While waiting for the green light, she smiles at me, and I exchange one right back.

Looking back through my rearview mirror a senior couple, possibly married, is on their way to Winco? His face looks somewhat neutral, maybe sad. His partner sits also quiet, hopefully enjoying the soft sunshine, getting out the best way they can.

On my left, a Jeep quickly passes me and several others, the driver loudly whoops as he barrels south on Main Street with a big ‘Merican flag sticking out from the back open window. Expletives that are being deleted here, but you feel me?

7 P.M.: Tonight it was my 14-year old daughter and fluff-ball cat, Texas, who is enjoying our home-bound time, she was literally laying on the floor smiling up at me. On the menu was something other than beans or potato soup! It was a stir-fry of various leftover veggies in the fridge, mushrooms, broccoli, onion served over basmati rice (no leftovers).

10 P.M.: I refer to him as my “husband” (millions do) and let me gush—he’s got that smart/funny/clever combo that’s incredibly hot, and he’s from South Africa and now lives in NYC. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah is my no-guilt celebrity-comedian quasi-news talkshow crush. His IGTV posts are laugh out loud funny—which I can watch whenever or not—unlike many relationships, it’s the ideal match. 😉


Stay mindful, safe and look out for others. Be well SLC!!

Jen Hill
Jen Hill
Former Salt Lake Magazine Associate Editor Jen Hill is a SLC transplant from Bloomington, Ind. As a blogger and feature writer, Jen follows the pulse of the community with interests in urban agriculture, business, fitness & beauty and anything that allows her to get out of the office and into the mountains.

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