not alone..

wow.. looks like we weren’t the only ones in the dark last sunday.. sunday before last..

kind of made me sit back and realize that it’s not really about what we try and make it out to be.. but what it ends up being because of what it is.

Now coudln’t you just imagine the youth night of worship taking this… curve?  going back to the heart of it all, no frills, no glamor.. just what worship was meant to be?  I could use that right about now.

my choice in bathrooms

i usually try to use the bathroom near billy’s office.  it’s got lot’s less traffic but mostly because it has a screen on the drain on the sink.  i’d hate to have to stick by hand down the other bathroom sink to fish out my wedding ring.  I thought i had lost it once.  I have this bad habit of taking off my ring and setting it down before i get involved in a project that requires precision equipment or high voltage or huge leather shielding gloves.  Ended up finding it at church.  It was a stressful few days looking for it though.  It’s more than just a ring.  It’s the one i handed to my wife.. i said “with THIS ring, i thee wed” or something like that.  Have to go back and look at the tape.  Can you belive it’s already been a year.. well almost a year.  It’s been amazing.   I find myself falling in love more and more each day.

So back to the bathroom, i’m not much into gaming.  I mean i find a game and i usually stick with it for a while.  First it was solitaire, then peggle, now jaw breaker.  What’s cool is that it’s on my phone and Patti’s PDA so when ever i’m stuck on the john for a while, jaw breaker get’s a few rounds.  Patti taught me the strategy and i just took out a batch with 1056, or might have been 1052.  Either way.. it was pretty amazing.  final score was 1200 even.  I was quite proud of myself.

you people and your demands

pastor rented out the main building to the edinburg school district for some training thing they are doing. he has the bad habbit of giving out my cell phone number to anyone who asks. so needless to say, they have been calling me for a few weeks now. no kidding, i’ve spoken to like 5 people and have had atleast 10 conversations with them asking them what they want, and what they need. They wanted to use the projectors, i was like fine- you need 5pin RGB (H and V Sync) and the responces ranged from “ok.. so we just need a laptop?” ” What’s that” “Uh, let me get back to you” so they show up today and i recite the recording i’ve already memoriized. They bring in their tech people and they try and figure out a way to make it work. Finally they decide they can decode to composite, then input into the Echolab, use the Extron to convert the composite and back into the projectors. I was suprised they were able to come up with that much. So despite the chanting of aaron, i gave in and decided to help them out to make it work. They would have to deal with the fact that they are going to have to use low-resolution 640×480 video, interlace-flicker and the fact that their laptop isn’t sending me a sync signal so the projectors may lose sync at any point, they agreed and when i finally left- it was working. i wonder how they ended up.

back among the living

wow.. what a week, or month. Of course, this is always the busy season for us. Stock show, spring break, Easter programs, traveling. it’s just never really easy.

as spring break approached, venues at SPI were getting ready to do their live broadcast from their locations. We use ISDN phone lines for these broadcast. When a new client has signed on and wants to do an ISDN broadcast, they usually call on me to go to their location before hand and make sure they got their act together. So we get out there and find the demark, sure enough there is an isdn line there, but it’s not going anywhere. great, this means we are going to have to get the line from the phone box outside to the sound booth inside. if it was one building it would be easy, but this was a bunch of outdoor buildings. So we first try and figure out how to run the wire. The booth already had a jack wired up to it but it was dead. We ended up finding the wiring closest, but most the the wiring was dead too. Normaly i could just put my tone generator on the jack, use the probe to hear the tone in the wiring close and vola, i’m done. except i left the tone generator in my car. we were in teh station vehicle. so i’m trying to improvise. ended up taking a XLR cable tester with a test tone on it, wiring it up to the end jack, and used the butt set to find the other end. Finally we got it al going. the wiring that is. The spid numbers were not labeled on the demark. It’s not like a phone that you just plug in and it works. You have to tell your equiptment how to talk to the network with the spid numbers.

it’s usually a 9 digit number with a binariy number at the end. We called the owner and he gave us two “spids” 956-772-xxxx-0101 and 956-772-yyyy-0101. We plug it into our equiptment and get “SPID error” call up ATT and the ISDN dept is closed. we go back the next day and come to find out that this is a wierd line. the spids are a harligen number, but their is a DN number of that 772, port isabel number. never seen that before but ok… we plug in tihe new spids, DIsco, we are up. i dial up the station, it took a long distance call but it worked. ok.. done.

they did the broadcast a few days later and they coudln’t dial them up. so they did the entire broadcast with LD charges. We went back one more time, pluged both the spids and the DN number, dialed the DN and we were cooking.

Then their was the stock show. That one wasn’t quite as bad. another isdn broadcast. but i’ve been doing this long enough that i made it as simple as possible for the jocks. that was pretty uneventfull. as for the stock show itself. i wasn’t impressed. it’s like someone to a show from 10 years ago and just kept replaying it over and over.

also been getting ready for patti’s two easter programs. Eye to Eye and Spetical. Eye to Eye is an outdoor Pasion Play. Speticaly is a serious comedy. Both are really good. So we’ve been getting all that stuff ready. Patti turned the backyard into a large staging area and had everyone over one day putting it all together.

Thursday i got out of work early and took simion with me to get what we needed from the store and to start loading the trailer. Had no idea how much stuff we had.. or could fit in there. We did come up with some really good ideas for when Patti finally decides to make this touring thing a regular part of the schedule.

We got out there and the wind was not behaving very well. And for the first time it was going to be hot. like 100’s hot. Spent that day setting things up.. it really didn’t take us long to do the tech stuff. Patti was having a hard time with her sets though. My stuff is pretty heavy and stayed put… but the props were taking a beating from the wind. At one point i was sitting on the backstage, behind a curtain and a prop from in front of the cutian fell over and landing on me. Ended up leaving a good size bruise.

Saturday we got an early start, pratice went ok. But we had to scale down ALOT to make it work. Didn’t get to use any DMX, half of the walls, none of the curtains.. the actual performance wasn’t bad. We’ve done much better but everyone seamed to enjoy it. The pastor from out there was happy…

Thank you John and Patti for all your enthusiasm and help. You sure are a blessing and are used by our Lord to proclaim His good news to all people. I know we can say with all its word MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

So i guess all in all it turned out ok. We loaded up that night, came home, unloaded and came back to church the next morning. The wind was still bad, so bad that the power kept flickering on and off all through service. I let the guys have the morning off, turned off the cameras and projectors.. and just let it ride. i woke up that morning though with a horrible headache and tummy ache. and it just kept getting worse and worse. if i was going to be able to pull off the program this evening i would need some rest. went home and patti ended up postponing the program. So i slept the rest of the day. woke up feeling much better. must have been the heat.. or exaustion.. or both.

the kids are on spring break this week, so they are bored i’m sure. hannah went to ATF this past weekend and seamed to have a good time.  i’m ready for a vacation now.   friday is our do nothing day.  saturday going back to the ranch for easter.  sunday it’s easter here.

Funny Techs?

Ok, i was using the program to analyze problems in files.  I input the file, hit go and it tells me what’s wrong with it.  by mistake i put in an empty file instead of a real one.. here’s what it told me.

File is empty, length is zero bytes.

It is blank, barren and bare- vacant, and void.

It is a degenerate case

Oh well, i guess geeks have to have their fun too. 

in another piece of equiptment, the manual reads:

Consuming less power than electric hair clippers in a barbershop, the 711, itself, generates negligible heat”

make the madness stop

so i took the easy way.  I voted republician. 

 and i went for early voting.  in this day and age, why would anyone put themselves through all that on the day of?  it’s just unescesary brutatlity if you ask me.  of course it’s probably for the same reason that i like to go mall shoping the night before christmas. 

yesterday had to make a run to all of the transmitters to upgrade their satelite systems.  just another way to be controled by the man if you ask me.  came back the studio and met up with adrian and lupe and drove to the island to setup a club out ther for broadcasting from.  well.. the client ordered the line himself.  first mistake.  we get there and whatever tech installed it didn’t label it right.  Dual channel ISDN uses two SPID numbers.  We have to put those numbers on our equiptment to make it work on the line.  so i open the box.. no numbers.. so i ask the client and he gives me two numbers.  plug them in and get a “SPID error” so call ATT and they say.. everything works fine.  so finaly 5 comes along and att closes..  so we woudl be comming back tommrow.  but on the way home had to stop by the kvns tower in brownsville to upgrade that one.  didnt’ get home until after 10 that night.  today went to the stock show to hook up the trailer for the broadcast from there starting friday. i had already tested the line (with the spids clearly labled) so all i had to do was wire that up tot he trailer.. but the power i asked for two weeks ago wasn’t setup.  so we call the eletrican and he never showed.  fine.. we’ll go back the island and test again we get there.. plug in.. and agian still doesn’t work.  called up a friend at att and he’s like.. they gave you the wrong spids.  put the right ones in and everything worked.  go figure.  went back.. still no power.  went walkign around the grounds.. found the guy myself and he said he’d have it up by tommrow.  i’ll belive it when i see it. 

on top of all of that..  our new server will be here tommrow.. i need to install that and get it online so they can begin setting it up.  also we are doing a major software upgrade on our music system.  and then starting next week they will be here to finish the transition.   oh and mr meek wants to do an overngiht tommrow night. 

enough already…. 

voting, jonas, and drama

friday was the 29th, and after going through some email realized it was the deadline for upgrading all of our satellite remote control equipment.  it’s mostly some upgrades to give corporate more ability to take over all of our transmitters.  so i went out to the mission transmitter first to begin the upgrade.. the early versions of the satellite equipment required a rescue kit to make the upgrade work.. and what do you know.. ours all need the rescue kit, which requires a serial cable with a null adapter on it.. all of which are at the station.  needless to say.. made for a long day.  i got to have lunch with patti- any excuse i can come up with get to be with my wife.  later that day went to the law office and got a lot of stuff finished there.  that was actually quite a bit of work but the type that you actually feel accomplished once you can get it all figured out.  Saturday was errand day.  patti and i woke up early for angelfood.  after that went to the thrift stores looking for props for the upcoming Easter programs.  after that hannah had a birthday party, and after that was the jonas brothers concert.  patti had the “privilege” of taking hannah and two friends out there.  i got to stay home.  megan was at the beach, tori was racing so i had the whole house to myself.  a few years ago i would have loved to get to spend the entire evening by myself.. just me and my cat.  after about the first 30 minutes i was already lonely and ready to be back with everyone.  i thought i would spend the evening working on a problem i was having at the law office… well that took all of 10 minutes.

by the time everyone came home, the kids came in singing “SOS” in the way teenage girls can only do.  3 was pretty shrill.. i couldn’t imagine how 6000 of them sounded like. 

today patti and i are going to the ranch to start preparing the people out there for the easter program we are putting on in a few weeks.  it’s all comming together.  hopefully things will settle down once all this drama is over.