I had a very, very long lunch in Soho yesterday. Great friends, outrageous food, and the kind of social need we were deprived of about 15 months ago.
London felt normal, not bloated from desperate outdoor gatherings in the rain or cold, just good old London. People who eat inside, have fun, talk a little too loudly but be considerate of the service staff, like benign bears who come out of hibernation and say please.
Is it possible, really possible, for the New Abnormal to resemble the life we once knew? Will those two pokes in the arm make us enjoy the good things in life that we have worked hard for? Do we deserve these good things when we look around the world? What do we give back?
Infinite questions, but perhaps the bigger ones can be avoided for a long lunch time. Time to chew on life, take the world off your shoulders and just be happy.
Anyway, what was new yesterday was actually spending the money on food and drink and paying the premium for quality and all that goodness. It was never cheap to do this, especially in London, but it felt really, really weird and bizarrely wasteful to do it yesterday. Something this normal felt strange.
That’s because our dopamine hits don’t come from human conversations, friends, pubs, restaurants, or concerts … and they certainly don’t come from travel.
We want to win
Those who are part of the community reading this column have come up from crypto highs for the past 15 months. Higher and higher, until there was no more air to breathe … and who doesn’t like the smell of a green sea on the morning when checking crypto portfolios? We’re only human, we want to win.
Where many of us would have been if it weren’t for beating crypto inflation is hard to say, but crypto event organizers would have gone out of business if it hadn’t been for crypto inflation, and a lot of sad people probably would have been sadder if their crypto wallets hadn’t gotten so fat.
In many ways, the pandemic lockdown pain has been sweetened by the march of the crypto, an almost eerie oversize, equal and opposite response; to quote the founder of calculus and gravity. A gift from God.
Of course, we know what happened this week, and it would be unfathomably boring to repeat all this nonsense spat out by so-called experts on money, FUDers and traditionalists.
But this crash could be just as scary as the Lock Ascendant. Once the lockdown in the UK wears off, at the exact same time the lockdown wears off, the crypto will crash like a rock. Are these things related?
Because no one can live in a bubble for too long, be it happiness, isolation or financial. Nobody wants to sit at home and count their pennies and satoshis like Croesus or Midas.
People have to spend their money and flash … not ordering unneeded goods online, not comforting pets like they’re holding onto their demons in a Philip Pullman trilogy. As for NFTs, I’ll stop now.
People have to act as they did before in the real world. Open their wallets, tip as much as you can, try new foods or foods they haven’t tried in a year. That’s what’s real, that’s what matters, not cryptocurrency or DeFi or whatever.
The music always starts all over again
Of course, people can’t go on eating and drinking forever, the music always has to stop like it did temporarily with crypto prices this week. But the music always starts all over again, you just have to be within earshot.
Get out there, inject your money, remember the things you once loved, forget about your so-called dwindling crypto fortune and grab a few drinks. But there is a time and a place for all things. Give him a month full of joy and memories of times gone by, let it all hang out. You deserve it.
But then come back. There is still much to be done and it cannot be done with a new hangover, it can only be done with a clear mind. After your long lunch, imagine that you are now homeless, sick and unable to find oxygen in Gaza or India, or anywhere in the world without the optional privilege of a long lunch in Soho.
Time to create a better “normal” world, time to save a very, very wonderful world. Drink and be merry, but don’t lose sight of the goal. The next round is the most important. I will drink to it. Bottom up!
Monty Munford is a technology journalist and chief evangelist, and the main person responsible for the Sienna Network project. He also runs his own crypto podcast https://blockspeak.io
He was a keynote speaker / moderator / moderator / interviewer at prestigious events around the world until Covid shattered his conference speaker career … until 2023. He has spoken at more than 200 global events.
He was previously a weekly tech columnist for Forbes in New York, the Telegraph in the UK and continues to write regularly for the BBC, The Economist, The FT and… City AM.