Re: Casual minor encounters and non-encounters with strangers – I have been really surprised how much I miss this, because I previously thought of myself as not all that interested in the mass of people around me. But now, I think so fondly of this one time I was at the grocery store and needed something from a top shelf, and I was able to just stop a guy walking past me and ask him to reach it for me. Also another time when I was walking home from the BART station and someone asked me for directions to his hotel, and how rewarding it was to help him. And another time during morning commute when I struck up a conversation with an old guy decked out in Green Bay Packers gear because I figured he was probably from Wisconsin, and even though he wasn't, we had a really nice and friendly talk. And all the conversations started by using a little red Radio Flyer wagon to get groceries. I guess you don't know what you've got until it's gone.
Seeing my long distance boyfriend who is an ICU nurse
Not being in the lab nocturnally
More literature search time into evolutionary biology and SETI rather than immunology