What’s usually spent as time pounding the pavement, seeking out folks to participate in our man-on-the-street section was performed this month (mostly) over social media. In an effort to pat social distancing efforts on the head but find something a touch more meaningful, we asked our Facebook followers for insight on how they’re maintaining family connections and friendships during this odd time in our lives.

Here’s a ~virtual hug~ from the Moonshine fam to you all.

JASON CHESHIRE, Hartford, Connecticut
Art director at GO


Virtual happy hours with our West Coasters, Middle Americaners, and friends and family close by. It never happened before but hopefully will continue! Miss you all!


KATE BROWER, Incline Village
Job captain at JK Architecture Engineering

My company has offices in Tahoe City, Reno, Auburn, and San Jose. The firm has always had a close family vibe within each office, but less connectivity between offices. And now we are all on equal ground, as everyone is working remotely, and feeling much closer as a whole. [The] Tahoe City office has enjoyed random Free Beer Fridays over the years. It has been replaced with company-wide Quarantini Hour.

Photo credit Jen Schmidt

Self-employed licensed clinical social worker

I did a play date with two special children in my life (5- and 7-year-olds). One of my goals was to give their mom a break and I’m not sure it did, but maybe next time it will. They told me a story, I typed it out on a word document … then I read it back to them. That followed with emailing it to them so Mom could print it out and they could illustrate it. It was really fun to hear their stories!

Broker/owner at AcumenRealEstateGroup.com

The silver lining during this crazy time, is the blessing of technology; virtual time with family and friends. Just like being in the same room with everyone. Now, will someone please enforce and hold everyone accountable to wearing gloves, masks, and social distancing when going to Safeway, CVS, and all the other stores in town? … I know everyone loves our amazing community, so please do your part to protect that which you love.

The goodest boy

I don’t need to virtually closen because my two favorite people in the entire universe [including news reporter Alex Hoeft] are home with me all the time now and I’m going on lots of walks all the time and they’re throwing the ball for me all the time and I’m a very, very happy pup all the time. Also, what does virtual mean?




  • Alex Hoeft

    Alex Hoeft joined Moonshine staff in May 2019, happy to return to the world of journalism after a few years in community outreach. She has both her bachelor's and Master's in journalism, from Brigham Young University and University of Nevada, Reno, respectively. When she's not journalism-ing, she's wrangling her toddler or reading a book — or doing both at the same time.

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