The atmosphere at the Country Club Plaza feels like a celebration tonight because the best baseball players in the country are staying at The Intercontinental for the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The fountains have been dyed blue, in honor (we presume) of the hometown Kansas City Royals, it looks like there is going to be a parade, the shop merchants have extended their hours, the display cases are filled with some amazing bling ($650,000 flawless pear-shaped yellow diamonds, $450,000 rubies, and $150,000 watches), teenagers in drum corps are out on the sidewalks playing, and there is just a vibrancy in the air that is hard to explain. Had I been paying attention, I would have acquired tickets.
We did finally get a basic Civilization V setup on the main television, though I need a custom designed PC system because a notebook just doesn’t cut it. I want the highest resolution graphics with no lag at all so that is now on my task list. It would be best to have a desktop permanently installed as one of the input channels, effectively turning the living room into an additional computer system with wireless keyboard and mouse. There would be all sorts of applications, including monitoring the video feeds from some of our locations and having the investment portfolios or server stats displayed in real time.