Happy Friday! Yeah, it’s tough. Who hasn’t had the horizons of their lives close in?
The final straw came for me when Dare County, North Carolina, officials cut off the Outer Banks to visitors.
Like you, I had a decent panoply of now-canceled events: A Washington National Opera first-ever presentation for which we had opening night tickets, home opener for the Washington Nationals, a Saturday night Washington Capitals game. My six-month dental appointment.
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But the Outer Banks trip was more special. My wife was going to hop onto the back seat of my Harley, and we were going to head down for a few days to celebrate my major birthday (it ends on a 5 and you get a card from a really big government agency). Alas, the Sea Horse Resort will have to wait, as will Outer Banks Bike Week. The Dare County Control Group — an Orwellian-sounding panel if there ever was one — is trying to control the spread of you-know-what.
Everyone has something to be gloomy about. Cruises, European travel, AFCEA breakfasts are all kaput, or moving to the workable, but less fun, “virtual” mode.
But there is one entertaining upside to the restrictions, and that is courtesy of Zoom. The group video conferencing product has become nearly as indispensable as a 24-pack of Charmin.
I’ve been on a half dozen Zoom meetings so far, and it’s been like a stream of house tours, mostly of Middle Class Grandiose with all those hollow-core faux panel doors, A/C registers, crown moldings, recessed ceiling lights.
If you do Zoom or any other videoconferencing and you’re at home, a few rules, people:
Yes, business is difficult and somewhat strained with everyone teleworking. But if you tune into a Zoom meeting, don’t overlook that a little staging can put our best face forward.