Having transitioned our Sunday morning responsibilities, we weren’t quite done with livestreaming. While the service started well the first Sunday back, the internet stopped cooperating about halfway through the service as it had the week before. Since we were keeping our distance, we were monitoring the service remotely from our RV and saw the all-too-familiar seesawing of the internet and therefore the livestream. There had to be a solution. We spent the next week working on the problem.
When we had done all that we could, the next step was to get Comcast involved. Their technician discovered problems in the wire that led from the pole to the office and replaced it. He also replaced the box that delivered the signal to the rest of the campus. Did this solve the problem of the internet going off and back on? Only time would tell.
But we didn’t have to wait until Sunday. Cathy would be hosting a Zoom call / livestream for her mother’s Celebration of Life on Saturday. It would either work – or not.
On another end of the campus, the Zoom tutoring sessions run by Kim’s Open Door had been problematic for a couple of weeks. Like many changes during the pandemic, the increase in demand for online performance was not linear, but exponential. Holding 4 simultaneous Zoom calls during the virtual summer camp was putting a severe strain on the service and causing her sessions to freeze. After lots of discussion and analysis, Dave helped Kim with a decision to install 2 new routers that would help her service. With the other improvements being made upstream, the hope was that this should ease her problems. And it seemed to work.
Remembering Cathy’s mom in a virtual service seemed the only way we would be able to gather given the concerns and restrictions from the pandemic, which had begun immediately after her death in March. Cathy sought to bring together the thoughts and memories of the family in a remembrance slideshow. The Zoom call brought together family members from different cities and states, some of whom we had not seen in quite some time. We were offered music from Matthew Bacon, the organist at Mom’s church and joined by her pastor, Matt Farabow, who opened and closed the service.
Despite some audio difficulties, the service was well-received. Cathy posted a cleaner version on YouTube afterward. And all the efforts on the internet were proven to work well. Good job Dave.
Dave set his sights on a new toy for Father’s Day. It was a Ninebot Minipro. Since he couldn’t ride by himself, we actually bought 2. After passing our training test, we took them on the “road”, and managed to stay mostly upright. But it doesn’t quite have the same benefits of a walk, so we haven’t stopped taking them each evening. Check him out at: Dave In Motion