Memorial Day Weekend, Revisited

Posted: May 28, 2013 in Random Thoughts
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A good weekend, if I may say so.

My challenge for the weekend was trying to get MediaShout working on a loaner laptop.  Someone broke into our church’s office and stole the laptop we’d been using.  Our loaner laptop was donated by someone in the congregation.  Better than nothing, but I soon found out it had limitations.  First, the laptop didn’t have Microsoft Office installed, so I was unable to load PowerPoint slide shows into the MediaShout program (it uses PowerPoint to open the slide shows).  The laptop had Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, and MediaShout had the ability to show .pdf files, so I converted all my slide shows to .pdf and put them into MediaShout.  However, the processor speed and memory in the laptop kept MediaShout from processing and displaying the slides in a timely manner.  So, I downloaded OpenOffice, which is supposed to be able to process PowerPoint presentations, but when I opened up the slide shows I’d created, hoping to make .jpeg images, OpenOffice didn’t correctly convert the slides and they didn’t look right.  So, I was left with no choice but to convert all the slide shows on my personal computer and load everything onto the loaner by flash drive.  I received some more files on Saturday night to add to the show.  One was a video file.  It seemed to work out fine, at home, but on Sunday morning when we were using two screens at the church, we found the video took forever to load and looked like it’d been made on a cell phone (jerky).  The audio was fine though, so after we got used to the jerkiness, that was OK.  oh yeah, I also found the loaner crashed every time I started it up from a powered-off state.  On the second start-up though, it would work fine.  The loaner and software were so buggy, I could tell it made the person doing MediaShout next week nervous, so I volunteered to do it again  There are a few more things I need to test out, to get a real idea of how things will work in all the situations we need MediaShout.  I don’t get frustrated by the problems we’ve had — I look at them as opportunities to troubleshoot and learn!

On Saturday, I went to the Royals home game against the Angels with my friends Steve and Cindy.  My coworker Diana let me park my car in front of her house, so we only had to pay to park Steve’s car at the stadium.  (Thanks, Diana.)  It was great talking with Steve and Cindy again.  I had a great time at the game.  Our seats were in the sun for most of the game, so Steve and I were both pretty pink on our way back to the lot afterwards.  We decided to have some barbecue for dinner.  Picked up my car and drove to Big T’s BBQ, where we each had a sandwich and fries.  I had the sausage, which was spicy like I like it.  Steve had a two-meat sandwich.  Cindy had a kiddie meal.  We all liked the food.  However, the air conditioning must have been broken, because the restaurant felt like a sweat box.  Steve had bought my ticket to the game and then bought my dinner.  Thanks Steve!  Next time we do something here, it’ll be my treat.

On Sunday, I went to church and ran the MediaShout presentation (as discussed earlier).  While there, I was reminded I’d volunteered to help serve dinner to the homeless on Tuesday night at Neighbor2Neighbor.  I needed to buy some food for that, so I stopped at Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee on the way home.  Then, I spent the rest of the day watching the Futurama marathon on Comedy Central.  And taking a nap before dinner….  In the evening, I walked over to the fitness center at work and exercised for a while.

Yesterday I slept in, watched war movies all day long and Frasier all evening long.  And ate….  I gained four pounds in one day.

Today, I’m back at work, but tonight I’ll be at Neighbor2Neighbor, shopping again for enough food to last me until Friday (payday).  And most likely, I’ll work out again.


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