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Oct 27, 2014

Coronavirus: Creativity key to having fun, entertaining during lockdown

They met on bicycles.

It was 2003, Claudia Ried and Alan Kraemer were in a Tustin cycling club. They were in the midst of a difficult uphill ride when Kraemer broke into song.

“The hills are alive with the sound of music,” he sang without a hint of irony.

That’s all Ried needed to hear. A show tune lover, she joined in.

“We just clicked,” Ried said.

Now, 17 years later, they are still singing show tunes, and Beatles tunes, and Elton John tunes, and Little Richard tunes. Four times a week at 7:15 p.m., Ried and Kraemer host a Facebook live show for a couple dozen viewers. Alan plays piano and sings while Ried dances around in glittery costumes in their Palm Springs living room belting out popular tunes.

Sometimes, she forgets the words. Ried laughs at herself and keeps right on singing.

In these days of shutdown and social distancing, entertainment has come to this. The coronavirus hasn’t killed fun, but the pandemic has forced people to get creative in the ways they enjoy themselves. If you search around the internet, people are playing remote games of bingo. They’re having movie nights (all watching at the same time). They’re nerding out playing Dungeons & Dragons. They downing beers in virtual happy hours.

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