Video conferencing in a pandemic


March 25, 2020

Emily Long

Scheduling a calendar invitation to a Google Hangouts video chat.

It turns out having a big birthday during a global pandemic is a bit of a bummer.

March 20, 2020, was a milestone birthday for me: 40. I had been planning to celebrate at a nice restaurant perched on a mountain overlooking town, with most of my immediate family: my mom, daughter, sister, and brother-in-law. My dad was going to drive out to Niwot from his home in Omaha, Nebraska, to join us.

Best laid plans did not go well. At least we hadn't booked a cruise!

The coronavirus hit Colorado in early March. My father, John, who is 71, cancelled his trip. We were all being told to stay at home....

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