BLAINE — As statewide social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 entered its second week, Senior Accounts Manager Chad Hjelzik continues to struggle to socialize with his new coworkers: his wife and two children.
“They’re just not into the same things I am,” Hjelzik told The Nordly during a two hour Skype call, “I tried to bond with my six-year-old by telling her about when I studied abroad in undergrad but she kept interrupting me.”
“It’s kind of a cliquey environment,” says Hjelzik “it’s hard being the new guy around here. I just don’t feel included.”
Hjelzik’s attempts to engage with his wife, Sandra, have been similarly unsuccessful despite twelve years of working together.
“Since we don’t have March Madness, I pulled up a bunch of pictures of me on the basketball team at Concordia on Facebook to look at. You know, enjoy a little walk down memory lane. But all she did was say something about Coronavirus killing Feminism and go back to doing the laundry.”
In spite of the rough start, Hjelzik remained confident that he would be able to engage with his family before the quarantine was over.
“I’ve done some pretty awesome stuff in my life that have made me a jack of all trades, in a sense,” Hjelzik continued, “I’m thinking my nine-year-old will be really into hearing about my solo backpacking trip through Europe.”
At press time, Hjelzik was checking emails on his phone instead of eating dinner with his family.