But I currently live in Boulder, Colorado. And I've been in Colorado now for about 50 years. So I consider that my home now. And I'm in San Francisco now visiting and staying with my daughter, Lily, and all of her friends. And by the way, I am 69 years old. I think that that's maybe important to hear, but yeah, so I'm 69 years old. I just had my birthday since I was out here, really pushing 70. Well, and it's not bad. The alternative is much worse.
I am single. I've been - I was married for 35 years and so the past four years I've been single and I had a very active dating life. I was really enjoying single life and then COVID came and that just changed everything. When we went into shutdown, I really attached to a couple of women, single women, and we - we sort of - we didn't really pod together, but we did a lot of things together, including going to each other's house. It was basically hiking. That was really it, we were doing two or three times a week hiking, and then it sort of. Morphed into let's have breakfast together after our hike and dah, dah, dah. Then let's watch a movie together instead. So I have, I have had people over and gone into their house, but not a whole lot.
And I've, I've been on a few dates. It's very odd to date. I mean, we can't, nobody can quite figure out how to, what you're supposed to do with each other. You know, I did have a few dates with a guy from that, from pickleball. So for some reason I thought that because he was from pickleball, he was somehow safe, which was ridiculous. But anyway, so I've sort of given up on the men. I'm sticking with my women friends. They're more reliable.
In Boulder when after the shelter in place was lifted and we could start going out again, it was a very interesting phenomenon to go into downtown Boulder. I went out with my girlfriend. It was like six o'clock. And we went out to the mall, which is a huge open mall that's filled with restaurants and stuff. And it was very clear there was not an old person in sight. We were absolutely the oldest people. And it was just, it was really weird, I thought, okay, we're really having a dichotomy between the old and the young and then we'd see these young kids when they didn't want to see us. I mean, we made them nervous because they, you know, they didn't want to harm us. So it was very much felt like, Oh, why don't they just stay home? You know.
I would take it in - yes, like give it to me right now. I see the vaccine is a ticket to freedom. I mean, finally, maybe we're fooling ourselves, but we can finally go out and about. And have people over. And I mean, it's freedom. I'm a vaccine person. I’ve had all my vaccines. I take a flu shot every year. My daughter, she had all the vaccines an I wasn't worried about any of the implications of it. So I think that I'm very excited about it. I think that having my daughter be a physician and hearing the word on it has influenced my feeling about it because just hearing that the science behind it and that it probably really is safe as it's going to be. I mean, there's a lot of unknowns about it, but I mean, what the heck. So - to have her do this, it’s at historic moment. Actually, I probably should be going home soon, but I'm thinking that I'm going to stick around until she gets this vaccine - because I want to be here for this historic moment. I mean, really, and then in case she gets sick, I can take care of her, right.
I have one friend who was interesting. She is like 85. And she said she would not even consider getting the vaccine, but she also has never had a flu shot. She's never had any type of vaccination like that. So she's an outlier. I have another really good friend who. Who asked, asked her, I said, what are you ready to get this vaccine? She said, what vaccine? I thought, well, you know, we're in the middle of a pandemic. Are you aware of that? I mean, she just not concerned. Of course that's the problem for me because she's really one of my riskiest people, because she goes around as if there's not anything going on. And she really does know that it's happening, but, but it was like, oh, well, what's the story on this vaccine? You know? So some people are following it a little more closely and others, but I think that now that it's for real, people are starting to ask questions and they do ask me because of my daughter seeming to know. more.
They all think that what does Lily say that we could do this? And I said, no, Lily does not ever approve. If you're not following the rules, she's not going to tell you that it's okay. Lily’s mantra is follow the effin rules. Don’t ask me for exceptions. So anyway, and all my friends, they want her to give approval. I'm looking for that too, but she doesn't ever give it to me.