Spring Bee Hiving Moon
Technological victory today. Mary (Singapore at 10:00pm), Mark (Ha’il, Saudi Arabia at 5:00 pm) and myself (Andover 9 am) on the same video call. Three little screens with our talking heads beaming in real time (or whatever you call time in the instance where all of us are in different times). Skype premium at $99.00 a year allows for up to ten individuals on one call with no additional charge. Even when separated by thousands of miles and the International Date Line.
(screen looks something like the pic above)
That was my entire nuclear family on one video call. Remember when video-phones were sci-fi what ifs? Not any more. And, there’s no phone. Nothing but net.
Over the last year Mark and Mary and I have moved closer together, seeing each other in person last July and now communicating more regularly than we ever have before.
Mark describes Ha’il as like northern Arizona, Flagstaff/Dine homelands/Grand Canyon/polygamist Mormon country. Come to think of it Islam allows 4 wives. Maybe it’s the weather?
Mary says Singapore is hot. When asked how hot, she said, “Oh, I never know. But it’s really hot. I know that.” According to Weatherunderground the current temp in Singapore is 81 with a dewpoint of 77. That last is the kicker. By contrast it’s 84 in Ha’il with a dewpoint of 14. Just to be complete it’s 54 here with a dewpoint of 48. Of course that’s a daytime reading for Andover, a night time reading for Singapore and an early evening reading for Ha’il.
Both Mary and Mark are at the ends of their terms, with exams and grading and all that fun stuff on the other end of the teacher-student relationship. Mark has a classroom full of cement workers. Mary teaches students at Singapore’s National Teacher’s University. Mom would have been proud.
Forgot to mention on the call, but I have a tour for ESL students tomorrow. Both Mary and Mark have ESL backgrounds.