(Mike Allen)

In times of crisis, we often turn toward comfortable things to give us a sense of normalcy. A joke I’ve made on here before — but one that is absolutely grounded in truth — is that many people can’t help but go eat at restaurants, indoors, specifically endless breadsticks at the Olive Garden. There’s one in particular that I drive by often, and it’s packed to the brim with maskless people. I’m sure these folks are looking to live their normal lives in some way, which is something many of us are craving at this point, but you have to wonder how much thought is going into these decisions. Endless breadsticks, or endless pandemic?

When Gov. Kevin Stitt asked people to observe a day of prayer and fasting Dec. 3 to presumably help with the pandemic, perhaps there was an end to the breadsticks. Temporarily.

In the old days when we could go places safely, there were many local establishments I would frequent and enjoyed very much. I worry about their future through this winter, and it’s been a bit of struggle for myself to have the restraint to stay away. I don’t have this struggle with national chains. They will still be there in a few months when many people will be vaccinated and going about their lives. Of course there’s always the option of carry out orders, too, which anecdotally seems a bit underutilized here. I get it though, the breadsticks would end in that scenario.

Past Sundaze comics

Farewell Steven Adams, OKC’s second Mr. Thunder
Thanksgiving 2020 should be all about perspective
Mixed messaging on masks still makes no sense
Power problems lead to weird rituals after 2020 storm
Halloween 2020 more of a trick than a treat?
No ICU beds: The spooky movie of the season
Students surely making most of extra screen time
Epic fail? Audit yields more questions on public money
Rough Saturday for Sooners fans
Budget blockbusters from the Cox Convention Center?
College football fun dampened by COVID-19 risks
It wasn’t Neese: An allegory for owning your audio
You’re doing fine in the red zone, Oklahoma
Snail mail: Slugging it out at the U.S. Postal Service
Norman elections always cause a flood of headlines
School 2020: Arts and crafts more like arts and masks
Ready for basketball from the Disney bubble
Kevin Stitt quarantine: Rest up, governor
PPP helps keep the proverbial pizza cooking
Imagine masks: Stitt starts fashion fad to emphasize eyebrows
Mike Gundy has shirt problems
Coronavirus spike: There’s still a pandemic out there
Safety and cleanliness are priorities for Election Day
Remember to put yourself in someone else’s shoes
Them boys from Oklahoma roll their joints all wrong
Pour yourself an age and wisdom on the rocks
All the government Oklahoma could ever want
Open sesame: Kevin Stitt and the 40 mayors
Parents agree: The Easter bunny is an essential worker
Bad news for Cheetos: Our behaviors are changing
Quarantine quandary: Are your pets sick of you yet?
Quarantine: A rear window into our worried minds