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coming together

i know it's been a while since i've written here so i owe it to you guys to say something.

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Well, we close on the new house on friday. Everyone is telling me things like "congratulations" and i'm thinking... it's not like we're having a baby or anything.. but then the more i think about it.. i guess it kind of is. only bigger, and probably as expensive. So hopefully this weekend we can have keys so i can start wiring up the uni-port. I don't think the reality of all this has hit yet. although signing up for electiricty is starting to make this all more real. it's not just a dream anymore.

  • January 31, 2007
  • By John
  • Comments Off on Fast Trooper
  • in humor

Fast Trooper

-Oklahoma State Trooper-

In most of the United States, there is a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the highway when the temperatures drop to single digits or below. About 3 AM, one very cold morning, Trooper Allan Nixon #658 responded to a call there was a car off the shoulder of the road outside Shattuck. He located the car, stuck in deep snow, and with the engine still running. Pulling in behind the car with his emergency lights on, the Trooper walked to the driver's door to find an older man passed out behind the wheel with a nearly empty vodka bottle on he seat beside him.

The driver came awake when the Trooper tapped on the window. Seeing the rotating lights in his rearview mirror, and the State Trooper standing next to his car, the man panicked. He jerked the gearshift into 'drive' and hit the gas. The car's speedometer was showing 20-30-40 and then 50 mph, but it was still stuck in the snow, wheels spinning.

Trooper Nixon, having a sense of humor, began running in place next to the speeding (but stationary) car.
The driver was totally freaked, thinking the Trooper was actually keeping up with him. This goes on for about 30 seconds, then the Trooper yelled, "Pull over!"
The man nodded, turned his wheel, and stopped the engine.

Needless to say, the man from Dumas, Texas was arrested, and is probably still shaking his head over the State Trooper in Oklahoma who could run 50 miles per hour."

Who says Trooper's don't have a sense of humor?

305-459-1817

You know.. about two years ago i registerd all my phone numbers with donotcall.gov. This realy cool website you can use to keep people from calling you. I hate telemarketers. i mean really hate. almost as much as i hate junk mail. you know. you can tell the credit burerus not to send your address to companies that buy them so you won't get alot of junk mail.. but when i do get junk, i always call them up and ream them a new one. that's usually the last time they send me junk.

So anyway.. i've been getting these calls every now and then. it's a spanish annoucment, that asks you to press 1. i'm not really sure waht he says but i always push one.. and it's always the same annoucment. then some person answers the phone and ask who they are speaking to (in spanish) if i answer in complete spanish, they will go on.. but then they lose me. if i begin to speak english, they quickly hang up, if i speak broken spanish, they hang up. if i call back the number, it's always busy. THIS TIME.. the number rang... and someone answered. they answered in spanish and hang up when i tried to talk to them.

so if anyone of you guys know spanish, the phone number is 305-459-1817

and please tell them to stop calling me. i've filed many complaints with the FTC but they just call back from a different number. I'll offer a reward* to anyone who can make them stop.

much thanks.

*reward subject to what ever i have in my reward collection

  • January 26, 2007
  • By John
  • Comments Off on ratings today…
  • in day2day

ratings today…

in about 30 minutes the primilmary ratings will be out.  if your a regular to this site i'm sure you've heard me talk about this twice a year.  simply put, for some wierd reason, radio people base there entire life on it.  i find it the equilivant to the TASS back when i was in school, or the CAT test.  (why were we taking the california achevment test here in texas?)  You spend months preparing and making sure you didn't miss any school and got a good nights rest during the test days.. and the day the results finally came it was scary.  Scary waiting to see what the result was.  that's the best way i can describe what these guys go through.  I'm not really sure what to predict what they will end up being.

Now, the whole ratings bussiness.. is just that.  a bussiness.  I mean, they send out these paper books to all these people, give them 6 bucks or something like that and ask them to write down  everything they listen to for a period of time.
Then they spend  an equal amount of time putting all that data together and preparing it for us.  so you work your tail off for 4 months than wait 2 months for the data to come in and then start another 4 months of diarys, meanile your barley getting the data from 6 months ago.

They are talking about better ways of getting data, like a device on your cellphone that can "hear" what your listening to and report it immedialy.  much more realiable i feel but alot of people complain that it's "Too real" and you'll get to see how much/little people really listen.  instead of writing a check box in a paper for 15 minutes of listening, maybe it  was only really 9 minutes?

Ok.. enough about that.. oh wait.. one more thing.  this ratings thing. .it's just a bussiness.  they charge thousands upon thousands of dollars to give this data to stations and advertisers.  the rates are really ridiculous.  And in some markets not everyone buys the ratings so the ratings company just decides to block all there data.  it's crazy i know.

  • January 25, 2007
  • By John
  • Comments Off on you know you live in the valley…
  • in Stuff

you know you live in the valley…

we've had about 3 days of constant rain the past few days.  and not even like pouring rain.  just enough falling that it is a mist in the air.  too little to use your windshield wipers when your idle.  but when your driving on the road and your behind someone all that splash lands on your car and you have to use the wipers on fast, but then the car moves away and you have to slow them down.  nothing consistant.  anyway.. now the roads are disolving.  not just city roads, but the 45million dollar expressway that TxDOT has made.

earning my keep

it's been a busy few days.  Saturday my cousin Sarah got married.  That was a really nice wedding.  Patti and i were taking notes.  We then came back and have been working on things like seating, tables, catering, inviation list..

at work today we had a training on a new sales tool the sales reps will be using to enter orders.  the concept is really neat.  but i just need to make sure all the pc's have it running properly.  Now that they all know how to use it.. i'm trying to make sure there pc's can do it.  got another training at noon for the managers.  now i need to go make sure there pc's are ready.

  • January 19, 2007
  • By John
  • Comments Off on Esc
  • in Stuff

Esc

 One of the most useless keys on the keyboard now a days with the modern PC is the Esc key.  I mean, how manytimes in your life do you think you've actually ever pushed the Esc key.  I remember back in the days of dos my favorite word processing program was PC Write.  This was a huge step up from Wordperfect and Tandy's editor.  Oh the hours spent with PC Write and I.  And the Esc key would leave the wordprocessing "window" and move back to the main screen. 

I wish there was an Esc key in life sometimes.  when work becomes overwhelming, or people become mean, or things just aren't working out, Esc and your out of the window and back to a safe area.  Like playing chase.  I was playing with the Leal kids a while back and we were playing chase out in there back yard.  They would run around while i would try and catch them and then they would to to the saftey area.  And as long as they were in that safety area, nothing could happen to them. 

Somtimes i wish i could find a safety area.�

  • January 18, 2007
  • By John
  • Comments Off on say it right
  • in music

say it right

i don't know why but i really like this version of this song.  I think it has to do mostly with the presentation.  the actual video isn't that good.  i think it sounds better live with the human bass/scratch/beatbox. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcr4-ZTH5lU

Will it blend

I'd like to to introduce you to a friend of mine, Tom, who keeps me entertained during those long boring days when i should be working but rather just sit here for a moment.  Check out his site at http://www.willitblend.com/  Click on Don't try at home, for maximum pleasure.

  • January 17, 2007
  • By John
  • Comments Off on cold days
  • in day2day

cold days

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it's been a cold past two days.  i've actually gotten to wear my sweaters.  I really enjoy the cold weather though.  There is just something really cozy about getting to crawl under a bunch of blankets with a kitty purring on your head.

At least it's not as cold as this..  There is really something to be said for s. texas weather.  Going to the beach in december, walking around in shorts and a tshirt on christmas, running the AC in january.  �

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