Day 1

Well.. the first day is in the bag.  They assumed they were hanging speakers inside the existing cluster and that the cluster was motorized.  Nope.. they had to use manual labor to get them in and out.  And they would just be sitting in the cluster itself.  And there lift didn’t show up.  But they got all the speakers out of the cluster.  They really put in a hard days work.  They did it all in the heat too.  Come to find out that the contract we signed with them stated that we would provide an airconditioned enviorment for them to work in.  Oh well.. one day down.. 13 more to go.

Tech Support Form

1.  Describe your problem:

2.  Now, describe the problem accurately:
3.  Speculate wildly about the cause of the problem:
4.  Problem Severity:
        A.  Minor__
        B.  Minor__
        C.  Minor__
        D. Trivial__
5.  Nature of the problem:
        A.  Locked Up__
        B.  Frozen__
        C.  Hung__
        D.  Strange Smell__
6.  Is your computer plugged in?  Yes__ No__
7.  Is it turned on?  Yes__ No__
8.  Have you tried to fix it yourself?  Yes__ No__
9.  Have you made it worse?  Yes__
10. Have you had "a friend" who  "Knows all about computers" try to fix it for you?  Yes__  No__
11.  Did they make it even worse?  Yes__
12.  Have you read the manual?  Yes__ No__
13.  Are you sure you've read the manual?  Maybe__ No__
14.  Are you absolutely certain you've read the manual?   No__
15.  If you read the manual, do you think you understood it?  
        Yes__ No__
16.  If 'Yes' then explain why you can't fix the problem yourself.
17.  What were you doing TO your computer at the time the problem occurred?
l8.  If you answered 'nothing' then explain why you were logged in?
l9.  Are you sure you aren't imagining the problem?  Yes__ No__
20.  Does the clock on your home VCR blink 12:00?  Yes__ What's a VCR?__
21.  Do you have a copy of 'PCs for Dummies'?  Yes__ No__
22.  Do you have any independent witnesses to the problem?  Yes__ No__
23.  Do you have any electronics products that DO work?  Yes__ No__
24.  Is there anyone else you could blame this problem on?  Yes__ No__
25.  Have you given the machine a good whack on the top?  Yes__ No__
26.  Is the machine on fire?  Yes__ Not Yet__
27.  Can you do something else instead of bothering me?  Yes__

day 0

Today we started the prep work for the install begining tommrow.  This was the last sunday we would have service with the old equiptment.  After service Patti and I took David and Leanna out to lunch.  It was fun to just hang out.  But as soon as that was over it was back to work. I did some work untill around 3, than rich and Jimmy came by to help.  We went to home depot, got some more schedule 40, an elbow, and some lubercation.  A 5 gallon bucket of it.  With the look, feel and consistancy of yellow pudding, but not the taste.  With the extension ladder they pushed the conduit up along the ceiling and with the scafold on the stage they shimmed it along to the speaker box.  I’m really glad they are not afraid of heights. I coudln’t have ever done that alone or wtihout there help.  around midnight i finally came home.  richard helped me clean up and get the rack ready for the guys tommrow.  it’s going to be a busy week.

finally fixed

Time warner came by today.  I had been having trouble with some channels.. especially 682.  The guy came out here and found my cable at the pole to be really loose and alot of interference in the lowerer bands.  He quickly got on the phone to chew out who ever was here prior who installed it.  Anyway.. not i’m getting amazing speeds up and down.  And i didn’t even realize i had a problem!


Ah…summer. It’s a time of relaxation, enjoying the long days with friends and family while feasting on the splendor of nature’s bounty. Though sadly, sometimes enjoying the splendor of nature’s bounty requires more effort than tossing some Hot Pockets into the trusty microwave and pressing, “Start.

oh the humanity

i didn’t realize how hard we worked friday. or how out of shape we are. my calves hurt, my ankles hurt, my back hurts. i didn’t realize how much i don’t work durnig the regular week. Now VBS this week. I’m going to try and help patti out with her program friday. then life should get back to normal.


We actually pulled it off.  It was a great show.  From the very beginning, patti helped to set a good mood with the crew and with barry.  from then on it was smooth sailing.  I had a great staff behind me too.  Not a single thing went wrong.  UPS was a little late.. (like 6pm late) but they finally got here.  I walked outside around 3pm and there were already people standing outside.  it was crazy!  By 6 the line was huge.  So the doors open and around 6:45 it starts to dwindle down.  I was getting a little disapointed that we weren’t going to get to use the overflows… but just like mexicans.. at 6:59 they starting comming in droves again.  filled up the main building, the youth building and 3/4’s of the family life building.  The show was awesome.  A reall simple setup.. but it was still a good show.  Even for the overflow rooms.. they were enjoying it too.  Patti was directing.  I threw her a couple of wrenches.  Some frame sync problems, composite sources on one switcher, genlock on another.. but she handled it very well.  Carla was picking shots on the remotes, jimmy brining up the rear on 4, gideon on 5, simion on 6.  and for his first time. he did an amazing job.  Melissa and Marty were on spots.. Guy and Richard held down the fort in the overflow buildings.  Even Hannah was helping us tear down after all the fun was over. 

I think the best part was patty getting to drive Carman around and take him his lunch.  I get to say i know someone who got to hang out with carman. 

All in all.. it was great show.  no problems.. nothing went wrong.  you guys pulled it off.  we coudlnt’ have done it without you. 

voir dire

(vwahr [with a near-silent “r”] deer) n. from French “to see to speak,” the questioning of prospective jurors by a judge and attorneys in court. Voir dire is used to determine if any juror is biased and/or cannot deal with the issues fairly, or if there is cause not to allow a juror to serve (knowledge of the facts; acquaintanceship with parties, witnesses or attorneys; occupation which might lead to bias; prejudice against the death penalty; or previous experiences such as having been sued in a similar case). Actually one of the unspoken purposes of the voir dire is for the attorneys to get a feel for the personalities and likely views of the people on the jury panel. In some courts the judge asks most of the questions, while in others the lawyers are given substantial latitude and time to ask questions. Some jurors may be dismissed for cause by the judge, and the attorneys may excuse others in “peremptory” challenges without stating any reason. 2) questions asked to determine the competence of an alleged expert witness. 3) any hearing outside the presence of the jury held during trial.

two things i really hate..

 The world in 2015

One of them is google.  it’s just evil.  

another thing that really annoy me.  People’s cell phone ringers.  and anoying ringers.. and people who get a call. see the call.. continue there conversation leaving the phone ringing and then finally answering it.  If it’s ringing, hit the button so it mutes the ring but doesn’t answer yet.  Gosh!  and people who get a new phone and try out every possible ring.. during lunch.. while i’m trying to enjoy a nice quite lunch.. Gosh!