Accident Report

Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to your request for additional information for block number 3 of the accident reporting form. I put “poor planning” as the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain more fully and I trust the following detail will be sufficient.

I am an amateur radio operator and on the day of the accident, I was working alone on the top section of my new 80 foot tower. When I had completed my work, I discovered that I had, over the course of several trips up the tower, brought up about 300 pounds of tools and spare hardware. Rather than carry the now un-needed tools and material down by hand, I decided to lower the items down in a small barrel by using a pulley, which fortunately was attached to the gin pole at the top of the tower.

Securing the rope at ground level, I went to the top of the tower and loaded the tools and material into the barrel. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow decent of the 300 pounds of tools. You will note in block number 11 of the accident reporting form, that I weigh only 155 pounds.

Due to my surprise of being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rather rapid rate of speed up the side of the tower. In the vicinity of the 40 foot level, I met the barrel coming down. This explains my fractured skull and broken collarbone.

Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. Fortunately, by this time, I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold onto the rope in spite of my pain.

At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of tools hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the tools, the barrel now weighed approximately 20 pounds. I refer you again to my weight in block number 11. As you might imagine, I began a rapid descent down the side of the tower.

In the vicinity of the 40 foot level, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles and the lacerations of my legs and lower body. The encounter with the barrel slowed me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell onto the pile of tools and fortunately, only three vertebrae were cracked.

I am sorry to report, however, that as I lay there on the tools, in pain, unable to stand and watching the empty barrel 80 feet above me… I again lost my presence of mind. I let go of the rope.

Friday AM Sticky Note

I’d give anything to see the sun set on the horizon
I’d do anything to gaze at a full moon in the night sky
Even a rainbow would make me smile
And I’d love to swim in crystal clear waters of an untouched sea
Sometimes I’ll see a shooting star, and try to gaze from afar
All the diamonds in the night sky
The mist on the mountains is breathtaking
As is walking in rainforest
To see cascading waterfalls I’d do anything for
As to stand on the highest peak in the world
And look at the sights below
I’d love to soar on wings above the clouds
Across the bluest skies
I’d do anything to see
All the beautiful things in the world
Like a red rose blooming in the Sahara
Like a river twisting through a dusty land
All the beautiful things in the world

But I also know I am looking at God’s most beautiful creation
Every time you smile and every time I look into your eyes

My Cousin…

Police identify man shot at Marqu*e Entertainment Complex

01:52 PM CST on Thursday, February 23, 2006


By Reggie Aqui / 11 News   Click to watch video
Police have identified the man who was was shot to death outside of an entertainment center in West Houston on Wednesday night.



Police said the man was shot in the parking lot closest to the Drink Houston nightclub.

The victim was 25-year-old Michael Gutierrez.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. at the Marqu*e Entertainment Complex on the Katy Freeway at Silber.

According to the Houston Police Department, Gutierrez was on his way to meet a friend for dinner and drinks.

Witnesses told police they heard a single gunshot and then saw a dark blue or black four-door mid-sized sedan leaving the scene.

Officials said he was shot once in the back. Witnesses said Gutierrez ran a short distance and then collapsed.

It happened in the section of the parking lot closest to the Drink Houston nightclub.

When paramedics arrived they tried to revive him, but he was already dead.

Police are looking for witnesses who saw Gutierrez being shot. The witnesses they spoke with Wednesday night apparently only heard the shot and saw the him fall to the ground.

Anyone with information is urged to call the HPD Homicide Division at (713) 308-3600.


More website troubles

The gallery on here is broken for some reason.  I tried fixing it but i think i messed it up even futher.  So i’ve taken the next step and asked for some help.  We’ll see what happens.

I’m feeling better…

The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
[a man puts a body on the cart]
Large Man with Dead Body: Here’s one.
The Dead Collector: That’ll be ninepence.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m not dead.
The Dead Collector: What?
Large Man with Dead Body: Nothing. There’s your ninepence.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m not dead.
The Dead Collector: ‘Ere, he says he’s not dead.
Large Man with Dead Body: Yes he is.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m not.
The Dead Collector: He isn’t.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, he will be soon, he’s very ill.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m getting better.
Large Man with Dead Body: No you’re not, you’ll be stone dead in a moment.
The Dead Collector: Well, I can’t take him like that. It’s against regulations.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I don’t want to go on the cart.
Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, don’t be such a baby.
The Dead Collector: I can’t take him.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I feel fine.
Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, do me a favor.
The Dead Collector: I can’t.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won’t be long.
The Dead Collector: I promised I’d be at the Robinsons’. They’ve lost nine today.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, when’s your next round?
The Dead Collector: Thursday.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I think I’ll go for a walk.
Large Man with Dead Body: You’re not fooling anyone, you know. Isn’t there anything you could do?
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I feel happy. I feel happy.
[the Dead Collector glances up and down the street furtively, then silences the Body with his a whack of his club]
Large Man with Dead Body: Ah, thank you very much.
The Dead Collector: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
Large Man with Dead Body: Right.

that was scary

tuesday microsoft pushed out it’s server updates.. i applied it to my computer remotely like i’ve done many times before.  later that day i found out my website wasn’t responding.  at first i was blaming time warner, but i could still reach my network.  so anyway.. finally i got home and stuck a monitor on the server and low and behold, the pc was stuck at the bios screen.  ok.. so  i rebooted.  it began loading windows 2003 server but then it started to take a dump with the physical memory.  restarted again.. same thing.  argh!.  all of my backups were also on that same pc.  i figured since it started the splash screen at least the data was there.  so i would fix it later. but then i came down with this nasty stomach bug.  that i’m just now starting to feel better about.  so that’s why i’ve atually fixed this thing.  It’s running a bit slower.  the old site was on a 200GB partition.. now it’s crawling on a 20GB partition.  i’m going to back up this site to a remote location overnight and then throw all the services over there while i rebuild this thing properlly.  but all my databases were saved.  that makes me happy.

Just a Reminder

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotton Son, that who so ever shall believe in Him, shall have everlasting life.   John 3:16

The greatest gift of love comes from the Father above.  


it’s a small world

this morning our generator showed up early so i went to hotkiss to show them where to put it.  the crane showed up shortly after.  as we were waiting i was talking with the delivery guy telling old war stories.  i mentioned a time when i was working for the bank installing a generator over there and they came out with some little half ton crane to move the generator off the trailer and onto the concrete slab.  well they got it about a foot off the trailer when the cable snaped. 

The driver whom i was telling this story asked, where was this.. and i told him.  He’s like “that was me!” he delivered that generator too.  small world hu?