I had quite the busy weekend. I wound up working at our one branch until around 10:30PM Friday night. We ran into several roadblocks during the install which took time to unravel. I was back there at 8:30 the next morning and plugged away until about noon. The office only has six computers and it consumed that much time. It makes me nervous because this weekend we are doing the same thing at our main office which has somewhere around 25 machines, it’s going to be a real slog. The only good thing is there will be more hands on deck to handle the additional machines.
Saturday was Cindy’s birthday so I felt bad having to work half of it but she was working at the nursery anyway until 2PM so it was less impactful. When I got home after eating lunch I dug into tasks, getting the weeding done outside and then making the icing for Cindy’s birthday cake. By the time she got home the cake was in the fridge and I was buzzing around trying to make sure she did not have any tasks to do on her bday.
Katie and DJ came over shortly after Cindy got home. As has become customary DJ immediately came to me and grabbed onto my hand to start walking me around the house. This was my primary function for the next several hours, walking around with DJ. If Cindy or Katie tried to hold him for even a second DJ would instantly start to cry until I was by his side. His connection with me is very strong.
So every year since I have been with Cindy I take her out for dinner on her birthday. Just like so many things in 2020, covid-19 has changed that tradition as well. Instead of a traditional restaurant experience we ordered take out from Outback. All four of us went to pick it up in the Tesla which was fun. When we got home Cindy got to enjoy the steak dinner she was craving under our own roof. We finished up by enjoying the chocolate cake which turned out well. It certainly wasn’t a traditional birthday but Cindy said she loved it all the same.
Sunday morning I did my normal tasks including a run to Home Depot with Cindy. We got done just in time for the Eagles kick off against the Ravens. For a good portion of the game the Ravens were walking all over the Eagles, I think near the end of the first half the Eagles had something like 5 yards of offense, it was pathetic. At the same time the defense was a revolving door, allowing the Ravens to score at will, similar to the Steelers game. Late in the game the Eagles did make a comeback and had a chance to tie the game with a two point conversion that failed. The end result was 1-4-1 record. If the Eagles were in any division but the NFC East their season would be pretty much done by now. It was the first home game where fans were allowed in the stadium, albeit a maximum of 7500 of them.
I finally got to dig into my new Oculus Quest 2 Sunday afternoon. The last time I messed around with VR was years ago, I had no idea how far the technology had advanced, I do now. Once I got into my virtual environment my mind was immediately blown. The realism was off the charts. I started to install some apps and went deeper into the world of VR. I played a Star Wars game that made it feel like I was doing one of the simulators at Disney, only better. I entered a virtual theater which showed me content on a massive screen with an amazingly detailed environment, it was just cool.
Oculus also has one click broadcasting to Facebook, I did just that for about 5 or 6 minutes of Star Wars play. You can also broadcast the view from the headset to a local phone or tablet so people can see what you are seeing. I had Cindy observing as I stumbled through a virtual chat room which was pretty bizarre and a bit creepy. It will be interesting how well I will be able to juggle my normally slim amounts of free time to allow me to geek out on the Quest more.
This week promises to be busy again with the big after hours office project this weekend looming over everything.