Looking Back on Virtual Reality

My grandson using a cardboard VR headset.

My grandson using a cardboard VR headset.

When my kids were teenagers I used to wonder why they spent all their time on Snapchat, Peach, and Tinder, but it’s been fun to watch them fret over their kids’ obsession with virtual reality.

While my kids grew up playing Minecraft, my grandkids have grew up in Minecraft. For what it’s worth, I enjoy hanging out online. I have a house on Mars right next to Elon Musk.

When I was young Facebook was something you looked at through a screen. It seems so primitive now, kind of how books seemed to us when dial-up first came around.

I remember when I got my first headset (this was before VR contact lenses came out). Facebook had just started allowing people to meet virtually in rooms.

At first it was simple. You could change the background on the walls and swap out chairs and furniture. It was kind of like The Sims. But then people started wanting to go “outside”.

That’s when Facebook launched Oculus Outside, the online realm where we all now spend most of our time. 

It seems odd that we all used to drive to work. At least now when we do need to go somewhere that driverless cars allow us to stay jacked in.

I’ve tried different gear over the years – from Samsung to Microsoft – but my favorite is Nintendo.

Nintendo mistakenly missed out on the mobile app phenomenon from 2007-2017, but leapfrogged and dominated VR starting in 2018 just as self driving cars started gaining popularity in America.

I’m young enough to remember the NES and what it was like to play Super Mario Bros the first time. Now I help people who get stuck on Super Mario Planet as a full time job.

If someone would have told me when I was 35 that when I was 65 I’d be doing virtual tech support for avatars inside a virtual world I would have said, “Only in The SDN.”


I like breakfast. I like it so much I started making an app to help me find biscuits and gravy. I talk about biscuits and gravy so much I rank higher than Hardee’s.com.

I own the hashtag #passmeabiscuit on social media. One of my favorite restaurants is Lambert’s Cafe “Home of the Throwed Rolls.” But I gave all of that up.

When I was young I thought big. I thought I’d own a large, vertical empire of companies. Instead of paying for gravel, I’d own a mining company. Instead of paying for contractors, I’d own a construction company.

I wanted to own a mansion with not just one basement, but several layers of basement, kind of like the uber-wealthy in London do today. I have this thing about digging. I like to dig. Sometimes I think the only way out is down.

Every spring for the last 2 years I’ve played Minecraft. I like to build roads. When I first started to drive I’d fantasize about building new roads, straighter roads. I wanted to connect more places. I’m a connector.

I like meeting new people and connecting people I’ve met with new people I’ve met. I guess this makes me a networker. I like to encourage people. I’m an encourager. I’m an introvert. I recharge when I’m alone, but sometimes I get lonely.

I live in Tipton. It’s a small town, but I’m not there that often. When I’m there I’m mostly at home, but sometimes I go for walks. There isn’t much places to go, but sometimes, at night, in the summer, there’s an intersection where you can find people. I go there sometimes.

I’m not sure it’s be too different if I lived in Indianapolis. I’d still have to leave the house. I’d still have to find that intersection where people hang out. The nice thing about roads is that they all lead somewhere. You just have to keep going.

The Skinny Coconut Oil Story

This is a video I made for Skinny Coconut Oil using an MP3 from Pure Green Mag where the president, Matt Geddie, was featured as a guest on her podcast. Videos are from 2013-2015 featuring Luke Geddie, Stephanie Demic, Chris Murphy, Erich Stauffer, Matt Geddie, Joy Reese, Marcella Hoard, Michael Smeehuyzen, Madeline Disalvo, and Mary Pempek. With a special guest appearance: Kevin Stauffer. Not featured: Joseph – the first packing guy, Jennifer – the first sales lady, Lisa Vitkin – the first customer service lady (to get more off of Marcella’s plate), Peyton Zehner, and Madeleine Parker – the finance lady.

The story on Skinny & Co’s website has ranged from being about Luke, Matt, and Kim to now Luke and his mom, Joy. It was originally written by Chris Murphy in 2013 and slightly edited by me and Madeline in 2014, but it’s mostly maintained the same story. While it’s meant to weave a story about the outcome of 2 brother’s adventure around the world, it comes across as 2 rich kids who have started a company and has little to do with the people buying the product. This is my first draft at a slightly different story: one told from your perspective – a perspective that our target customers can identify with and be a part of:

New Skinny Story (Erich Stauffer’s “Joy” Version, written 5/7/2015)

As a stay-at-home mom who lives a holistic lifestyle, Joy understands what it’s like to spend your days helping others, preparing meals, taking care of children, and doing daily chores. She had spent her whole adult life providing for her children, but in 2013 her children had a surprise for her.

When her son brought home a new type of coconut oil from Vietnam, she immediately noticed a difference. Joy had tried a wide variety of coconut oils over the years and used it for everything from cooking to skin care, but she had never seen any oil as pure and white as this.

As a holistic practitioner who understood the power of raw, alkaline foods, she had the oil tested and was astonished to find that it had the highest alkaline of all coconut oils. She knew then that she had to do everything she could to help other people like her get access to this new type of oil.

That’s when she decided to start Skinny and Company.

What started as a small-batch coconut oil company out of her home kitchen is now a thriving business in downtown Broad Ripple – Indianapolis’ holistic hotbed. That’s where she met Omar, a well-known yoga instructor and massage therapist.

“He just showed up on our doorstep and demanded to know more about Skinny Coconut Oil,” Joy said, “After talking to him for an hour, we knew that our customers would love him – and they do!”

In addition to adding Omar to the team, Joy brought on Mary, a wellness coach, to help people like her learn how to incorporate Skinny Coconut Oil into their lives. Mary and Joy made fast friends and our wholesale clients just love working with her. We think you will, too.

We know you are pulled in many different directions and are responsible for making other people feel loved, appreciated, and understood, but at Skinny and Company you are surrounded by people who love you and can’t wait for you to feel the same way we do.