Time continues to pass indifferent to the global pandemic.
And time passing means birthdays under quarantine.
No birthday is more noticeably lame under quarantine than a 21st, typically spent out at bars downing the first legal drinks.
One New Jersey family was not about to let the milestone slip past without a good dose of nightlife. Like plenty other households, one family of four in Roseland, New Jersey is taking national and local guidance to "STAY AT HOME" very seriously.
The Torchia's have hunkered down to stop the spread.
But when one of family members faced the prospect of a 21st birthday spent at home with the same other three people he's seen the last couple weeks, doing the same things he's done for the last couple weeks, the family kicked things into high gear.
Of course, without this crisis his birthday would likely involve him heading to a bar with family and friends, proudly flashing a legal ID, and likely never paying for a single drink the entire night.
Apparently for the Torchia's, sitting home and twiddling thumbs was too drastic a nosedive from the alternative.
So, they decked out the garage and turned it into what they dubbed, "Club Quarantine." We're talking dim lights, a bar setup, and a tasteful leg lamp.
The birthday boys younger sister shared some footage of the ramshackle club to TikTok.
She toldBuzzFeed News about the creative night.
"The night of [my brother's] 21st was a great night. My mom and dad put in a lot of work to make sure it seemed as real as possible. My mom even made my dad memorize lines!"
"In fact, it made this time in quarantine easier."
Many flocked to the rare source of positive news during the crisis, rocketing the post into viral territory.
@kalesaladvideos @BrookeandJubal Poor guy... this is funny but also so depressing at the same time. Respect to the… https://t.co/FZKV4QOKjI— Sheldon Hill (@Sheldon Hill) 1585327631.0
@kalesaladvideos Just saw this in Today. Lift my spirits. Awesome— E (@E) 1585236467.0
@saba_h @AvAforBLUE Uh... maybe I'm a bit over emotional this morning, but I cried at this. 😃😃😄😄😂😂🤣🤣😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭— MoMo from Delco (@MoMo from Delco) 1585141819.0
@saba_h Awww. So cute. I just love the little smile on the kid's face when his dad pulls out the walkie-talkie. Tha… https://t.co/MibhuB5MWc— Marie (@Marie) 1585140844.0
Of course, in severely off-topic fashion, many just really liked remembering the leg lamp at a time like this.
@saba_h @TheTimReport https://t.co/yt7DwhnVs4— DRich (@DRich) 1585140883.0
Torchia went on to tell BuzzFeed News how much she's jazzed about her loving parents and their well-deserved 15 seconds of internet fame.
"The comments are full of positive words about my family and my great parents. I always knew that they were great but the fact that over 4 million people saw this video and said the same is very heartwarming and something that my parents deserve as well."
With the weather turning toward spring and "stay home" guidance wearing on, the sky's the limit on what weird, creative things we'll see in the coming months.