You guys wouldn’t have lasted five minutes back in the 70s!

I’m almost the ripe old age of thirty, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of today. You’ve got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today you don’t know how good you’ve got it! I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have The Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

There was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter …. with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

There were no MP3’s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the  record store and shoplift it yourself! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ’d usually talk over the beginning and messed it all up!
We didn’t have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that’s it! And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, a collections agent, you just didn’t know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn’t have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like “Space Invaders” and “Asteroids” and the graphics sucked ! Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! … Just like LIFE!

When you went to the movie theater there no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy or some old broad with a hat sat in front of you and you couldn’t see, you were just screwed!

Sure, we had television, but back then that was only like 6 channels and there was no onscreen menu and no remote control! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel and there was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I’m saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little brats!

And we didn’t have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up … we had to use the stove or go build a  fire .. imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid JiffyPop thing and shake it over the stove forever like an idiot. That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You’re spoiled.

You guys wouldn’t have lasted five minutes back in the 70s!

Engineer of the year

Each year Clear Channel gives out an Engineer of the year award.  This year our chief enginneer got the award from our region.

Southwest: Ken Meek
Ken Meek Chief Engineer of our Valley stations in Texas, has been devoted to his craft  for over 45years. He never seems to get tried of the challenges that we thrust upon him.  This engineer is so modest he would tell you that others engineers deserve this honor more then him, and has done so on many occasions. This engineer is a people person,  in others words not only is he good at what he does,  but the people around him, whether in slaes, programming and management, love working with him.

Ken would never expect an award for simply doing what he loves.  Ken has moved two stations to new sites and at the same time added four more stations.  He even persuaded his wife since he had no assistant engineer into helping him wire the facility!  The work he and his wife produced turned out to be a work of pride and met our high standards of engineering excellence. When  they completed  the install of the stations the GM was so impressed he gave them both a onus. I was surprised to find out that he and his wife  donated the full amount to the mission across the border for the poor.   Ken is a humble and well respected engineer. Knowledgeable in all aspects of broadcasting,  and  true professional in his field. This Engineer is Ken

Meek  Chief Engineer of our Valley stations in Texas.  This last year Ken prepared for two hurricanes, one that did make it’s way  to the south tip of the valley, and did do some damage, but Ken was like many engineers staying at the studios awaiting the outcome the next day.  This last year Ken’s FMs were the first Clear Channel stations to go IBOC in Texas and are still the only IBOC stations in the valley. He did the IBOC HD2 installs on schedule working over nights even with sickness falling upon him , the day after the install he found he had pneumonia, but still was so proud when he finished he called from his hospital bed to tell our RVPE (Gil Garcia) that everything was complete!  This year Ken was proud to say that his are the first and still the only HD2 stations in the Valley.  Ken has made it a point to mentor his new assistant, John, saying he’s “getting older and wants someone to take his place and use his knowledge.

Degree or NOT degree?

I just read an interesting post by Nino, those of you may remember him from Grace.  This is a really talented guy and is really being held back by the man just because of a piece of paper.  I mean, i’m not saying that a college degree isn’t important but in the line of work that we do, IT work that is, I never learned the stuff that i do in the class.  I mean you spend half the time learing history of how things were.  which is good to know for trivia but when it comes to pratical day to day stuff.. it’s pretty much useless. 

another long week (no suprise)

got to work around 7am yesterday, and left around 1am.  We were installing the generator at hotkiss.  I was planning on sleeping in so i wouldn’t be so tired but then everyone was calling because the LP1 (local primary) did the RMT (required monthly test) you know those wierd duck farts that you hear sometimes on the radio, but something squirled up with there equiptment and instead of sending the End of message tone, there system started to send but then quit.. so the LP1 goes on with there show.. not realizing that every broadcast station in there coverage area is still recording their test.  our equiptment finally timed-out but then it relayed the entire 2 minute message, incudling the LP1’s morning show and even one of there songs.  yeah.. it was fun getting woken up at6:30 telling me they are taking over our stations.

Thank-you, John.

As humans, so many times, we forget to say the little things that matter to each other.  John, you have the most enormous heart of anyone I have ever known.  You give of your time and talents to anyone who asks, most of the time without so much of a “thank you”.  You are a true servant of God.  I’ve watched you for the several months, working from sun-rise to well past sun-set.  Thank God that he sent Guy and Jimmy to you for helpers!  Without them, we surely would not have made it through January and February. 

 You get up in the mornings, sometimes stopping at church to do this or that, before you even head off to the job that actually brings in money.  You work all day, not only doing your job, but filling for those that are not able to work at the moment due to illness,  as well as others that don’t do their own jobs at all.  You’ve been working on these new super-secret projects, launching market-changing programs that no one even knows how to do, so they give it to you, because somehow, they know you will get it done. You come home at the end of the day, and either come take care of me and the girls, or back to church… or even to one of the many other people you take care of in one way or another.  You end up at home, somewhere close to midnight, go to bed, and get up and start all over again the next morning, all without complaining.  This has been our life since last November.

 I just want to say, publically, thank-you, John.  You are an example of not only the love of Christ, but the laboror of love.  Even though you are exhausted, and frustrated, and sleep-deprived, you continue to get up and go every day, in order to make a life for us.

God will reward your diligence.  Isaisah 41: 9 & 10:  You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts, and said to you “you are My servent, I have chosen you and not rejected you, Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strenghten you, surely I will help you.  Surely, I willuphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Polly said the other night that you looked more and more like your dad. The look on your face indicated that her comment surprised you.  But I think that if  he and your mom were still here, they would be so proud of you, as I am.  Thank you for everything you do for us on a day-to-day basis.  I love you! 

guide to humans

1. Introduction: Why Do We Need Humans?
So you’ve decided to get yourself a human being. In doing so, you’ve joined the millions of other cats who have acquired these strange and often frustrating creatures. There will be any number of times, during the course of your association with humans, when you will wonder why you have bothered to grace them with your presence.
What’s so great about humans anyway? Why not just hang around with other cats? Our greatest philosophers have struggled with this question for centuries, but the answer is actually rather simple: THEY HAVE OPPOSABLE THUMBS.
Which makes them the perfect tools for such tasks as opening doors, getting the lids off of cat food cans, changing elevision stations, and other activities that we, despite our other obvious advantages, find difficult to do ourselves. True, chimps, orangutans, and lemurs also have opposable thumbs, but they are nowhere as easy to train.
2. How and When to Get Your Human’s Attention

Humans often erroneously assume that there are other, more important activities than taking care of your immediate needs, such as conducting business, spending time with their families, or even sleeping.
Though this is dreadfully inconvenient, you can make this work to your advantage by pestering your human at the moment it is the busiest. It is usually so flustered that it will do whatever you want it to do, just to get you out of its hair. Not coincidentally, human teenagers follow this same practice.
Here are some tried and true methods of getting your human to do what you want:
Sitting on paper: An oldie but a goodie. If a human has paper in front of it, chances are good it assumes the paper is more important than you. It will often offer you a snack to lure you away. Establish your supremacy over this wood pulp product at every opportunity. This practice also works well with computer keyboards, remote controls, car keys, and small children.
Waking your human at odd hours: A cat’s “golden time” is between 3:30 and 4:30 in the morning. If you paw at your human’s sleeping face during this time, you have a better than even chance that it will get up and, in an incoherent haze, do exactly what you want. You may actually have to scratch deep sleepers to get their attention; remember to vary the scratch site to keep the human from getting suspicious.
3. Punishing Your Human Being
Sometimes, despite your best training efforts, your human will stubbornly resist bending to your whim. In these extreme
circumstances, you may have to punish your human. Obvious punishments, such as scratching furniture or eating household
plants, are likely to backfire; the unsophisticated humans are likely to misinterpret the activities and then try to discipline YOU. Instead, we offer these subtle but nonetheless effective alternatives:
* Use the cat box during an important formal dinner.
* Stare impassively at your human while it is attempting a romantic interlude.
* Stand over an important piece of electronic equipment and feign a hair ball attack.
 * After your human has watched a particularly disturbing horror film, stand by the hall closet and then slowly back away, hissing and yowling.
 * While your human is sleeping, lie on its face.
4. Rewarding Your Human: Should Your Gift Still Be Alive?
The cat world is divided over the etiquette of presenting humans with the thoughtful gift of a recently disemboweled two-legged, crawling or climbing animal. Some believe that humans prefer these gifts already dead, while others maintain that humans enjoy a slowly expiring cricket or rodent just as much as we do, given their jumpy and playful movements in picking the creatures  up after they’ve been presented.
After much consideration of the human psyche, we recommend the following:
cold-blooded animals (large insects, frogs, lizards, garden snakes, and the occasional earthworm) should be presented dead, while warm-blooded animals (birds, rodents, your neighbor’s Pomeranian) are better still living. When you see the expression on your human’s face, you’ll know it’s worth it.
5. How Long Should You Keep Your Human?
You are obligated to your human for only one of your lives. The other eight are up to you. We recommend mixing and matching, though in the end, most humans (at least the ones that are worth living with) are pretty much the same. But what do you expect? They’re humans, after all.
Opposable thumbs will take you only so far

555-1212, your table is ready.

I was at sprint today, because.. well saturday i kind of broke my phone.  not really broke it.  just the lcd display got all shattered.  luckyly we have a bunch of the same phones here at work so i went over to swap it out.  two hours later i finally had a new one.  it’s so wierd walking into there.  it’s like a restruant.  you walk in and are greeted by a hosts, she takes your name and your problem.  then you sit down and wait to be called.  They should work more like a fast food restruant.  where they count how long your lin line and if your waiting more than 5 minutes an anoying and shrill beep goes off.

Another busy weekend

saturday i spent most of the day putting the stage back together.  i’m still not completly done but i ran out of steam by about 9 or 10 in the evening.  i don’t remember anymore.  sunday i was just exausted.  went with patti and the kids to the mall.  they got to get there hair done and take pictures.  I’m so ready for a nap.  This morning had to get up at 5:30 to be here at 6 to start off some new shows.  i’m going to be here late trying to get all of these kicked off.  It’s been filled with problems.  one was interesting.  KRGV was sending us a left and right signal.. it was comming in weak except for there sound effects, ,they were really loud.  so we increased the gain but that had the opposite effect and caused the audio to be even softer and the sound effects to be even louder!  so i was scratching my head and was going to increase another gain but instead of increasing i accidently decreased and that caused the volume to sweal up?!  all of a sudden thoughs of james dutremein came back to mind.  he was sending me both left and right from the stage and we had both comming into sepreate feeds.  the meters were nice and strong but the sound was nil.  all i we were hearing was the difference between the left and right sound (L-R) what was happening was he wasn’t sending me a true stereo feed and were were getting a canceling effect in our mono feed.  i switched the phases of one of the channels and vola.

a record time

last night we changed out a part at the ktex transmitter in 6 minutes flat.  I was quite impressed.  mr meek was back in the ER so adrian and I did it ourselves.  last night was light the night.  that went off ok.. but i can’t stress enough to these kids the need for a proper sound check.  not just get on the stage and set there monitors and walk off.  so i got home around 1am, then back up early.  i think every elem. school in edinburg had all of there chior kids putting on a concert this evening.  so i had to get there early this morning and setup for them.  i didn’t have any intention on sticking around very long though.  300 snot nosed kids all up on that stage.. no thanks.  then they wanted to do projections with powerpoint.  so i told them just get their projector and aim it at the screen.. the can do all the projections they wanted.  “oh..” was all they had to say about that.  the eletrician working on the generator at hotkiss asked me if i understood how the control system worked for the new generator and for the transfer panel.  i said yeah.  and he asked if i could hook it up because he was clueless.  Sure.. i’ll just deduct that from the $4800 we are already paying you do this.  *sigh* what else is going on today.  well the concert is tonight.  then tommrow ktex is doing a live broadcast from the dodge arena for braid paisley so i’m goign to be there all afternoon.  that night i’m helping my nephew with a powerpoint project he has, monday night we have to turn off hotkiss to finish the generator (so i have to wire up the control sometime before that) friday buckner is using the building but they usually bring there own equiptment.  i’ll need to reset the stage saturday morning, saturday eveing, the kids have races, monday am we start the new programs for KVNS (so i have to program those before then) next friday we start the 10 days of the stock show.  i’m just going to show some of the techs how to get that broadcast going.  hopefully i won’t have to spend any time out there.  um.. i think that’s about all i can think of that i have lined up.