If You’re Going To Be Sick In Newport, Now’s The Time

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Rhode Island is infested with the flu…but if you’re going to get it, there’s no time like the present.

No one likes to be sick. (Correction: barring some serious mental issues, no one likes to be sick.) The problem with being sick is two-fold. One, you’re sick. It’s uncomfortable or actually painful. You have no energy. You cough a lot. The second part of the problem is FOMO. There’s stuff you want to do, weather for work or play that you don’t get to do because you’re stuck at home, sick.

Fortunately for Newporters, the beginning of January features next to nothing to miss out on. It’s cold, dark and miserable. A lot of the “holiday” lights are still up, but their function seems more functional at this point than festive…with that function being to aleve the fact that the sun is still setting at 4:30 in the afternoon.

Also, there’s darkness left by the closing of a good number of local restaurants that take January off. All-in-all, it’s not a great time to go out, so if you’re home sick, no biggie.

One tip for those of you who are sick…

You should try to stay away from Instagram. All these restaurants and bars being closed may mean that Newport is at its least fun time of the year…but it also gives industry folks a great opportunity to go on vacation. So while you’re lying in bed, social media gives you a window to see all your friends who are enjoying the warmth of Palm Beach, the Caribbean, the South Pacific and more. Sometimes they bounce between the same places, which gets to feel like a Newport edition of the Amazing Race.

So instead of getting down on yourself for not being a few thousand miles closer to the equator, try going full bore into binge watching…whatever it is you want to binge watch. We’ve heard good things about The Expanse, for what it’s worth.

Anyway, if anyone needs us, we’ll be alternating between store-brand Nyquil and Dayquil knock-offs.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Sick Correspondent

Tristan's just this guy, ya know?