I do two calls… one every other week with my mah jongg group. We used to play in person but now play on a site realmahjongg.com
The other is with a group of friends. We play allbad.cards once a week, an online version of CAH.
@dannybeans I live in a rural location (12 miles to the nearest small town), but a rural connectivity project in our area a couple years ago allows us reasonable speeds (40mbps) and reliability. So I am able to use Zoom and other online tools, as well as work from home effectively. (Connected) rural life is sweet!
@macromeh I’m envious. There’s nothing like that our way, so our choices are Mercury Wireless (basically glorified wifi beamed in from the nearest town), HughesNet (shitty satellite service), or dialup. We’re paying Mercury for 5mbps, and get maybe 3 in practice - less if it’s windy or raining. It’s especially galling because some friends literally three miles away can at least get DSL.
So yeah. I’m refreshing the Starlink tracking page more or less hourly.
no, i actually haven’t had a drink since just over a year ago at all since i only drink [in person] socially. also, i thought having zoom get togethers would be fun-ish, but i’ve since had a few with my dad’s side of the family and tbh i hate it. i literally just sit there and say nothing except hi and bye and wait for it to be over. it’s impossible to hear what anyone is actually saying between people talking over each other, shitty mics, shitty internet connections, kids sitting too close to the mic while they’re doing stuff other than participating in the zoom…it’s just…i don’t understand how it’s enjoyable for anyone.
my bff and his wife had a zoom baby shower recently and that was much better but for some reason it’s just nothing at all like being able to chat in a group in person. i didn’t think it would be exactly the same of course but, i didn’t think it would be like this.
one thing i do like very much though is doing zoom calls with just my parents. i think we’ll keep this up even after we can see each other again since it’s nice to “see” them more (and they like getting to see us too) and also it’s just more comfortable than holding a phone to my ear for an hour or two.