home alone

well.. patti took tori and lori and melissa and troz up to camp for the weekend

i just dropped off hannah at her friend sandra’s house

i have the whole place to myself now.  not quiet sure what to do with myself.  the dance scene from risky business with tom cruz comes to mind…

Freaking Wankers: Bordefest

you know, i consider myself a tolerant person and i don’t typically use this medium as an outlet to bash people or organization unless they truly warent it.  those previously bashed by me on my website include the likes of

Verizion (GTEC legacy), Time Warner Cable RGV, Dairy Qween and the dumb sales manager at the civic center.

Any way.. so someone get’s this bright idea to do this treasure hunt contest.  which in theory isn’t such a bad idea, but the execution of the whole deal went way wrong.  Not sure who’s the blame on this one.. the city of hidalgo, the dodge areana or the marketing person for the dodge areana.  although i would be inclined to belive the latter of the three is reflective of all parties involved.  here in the office we have all been frustrated with her specifically and spent no small amount of time venting and trying to figure out if it was at all our fault.  it seams however that this reputation of her lack of foresight and proper execution is something that has followed her throughout her current and previous employment.  I don’t wish many people ill, but i would be strongly inclined to nudge this person in a new career path more suited to her abilities and strengths, none of which include marketing.

A few examples?  sure! This contest was sopoused to drive people to our websites to get certian information they could then use on the border fest website to provide exposure for the border fest sponsors.    People would listen on air for a code.  they would go to our site to get the link.  they would go to that link and enter the code and viola get to the page.  on that page they would search for the sponsors logos, count them up and at the end of the contest tally them and the first so many people would get entered for a prize.

sounds easy enough.  well, a few of the problems they had were, they didn’t give us the right links to post on our sites, they didn’t provide us all the sponsor logos until the day before execution, there rules stated that the code would be entered on their website but they were amusing we would have a code checker on our site, they didn’t have the code working on one particular day, they allowed previous links to be repeated, they used standard html for their links rather than a link generator with an expiration validator, on standard html rather than shmtl, they were posting their pages as graphics with no text so mobile readers could not see their pages, on the last day they had a picture of the email address people could mail their talley’s to to enter the contest rather than a submission form or database entry, and the last headache i’ve had to deal with regarding these people, the address they posted wasn’t even a working address.

What’s most frustrating all of these issues are beyond my control.  they are in the control of those people who have proven themselves time and time again to be incapable of pulling off a professional technical job.  Remember the night of WWE shortly after the opening of the arena out their.  I bought my brother some tickets and they went to find their seat and the seat didn’t even exist.  and the house sound system wasn’t working so they used the sound system i shipped with the radio station instead.  litterly, drove the b104 (back then it was still b104) van inside the arena and used the melfart system we had used for the “tailgate party” just hours before.   Or the time we tried to get them to allocate us an ISDN broadcast line no less than 5 times out their and they can never get the allocation right… or no less than 8 times we’ve tried to get a hardwired ethernet connection.. they don’t have any standard patching mechanism for their network drops, just terminated cat5’s running throughout- same color but some support the cash register system, some on the ticket system and some they don’t even know where they go.  if your going to have multiple system, have your cat 5 jacks mounted (not surface mount jacks laying on the floor with the sticky tack worn off) with labeled jacks on each port, terminated to a central wiring closet.  Then with your layer 3 switch patch each one to the proper VLAN.  what else can i complain about, oh trying to get an analog phone line out there.  “sure..we’ll give you one” they say.. and then then give us an analog port off of their PBX using a VoIP SIP trunk.  i’m lucky to get 1200bps on our codec equipment.

phew.. ok.. i’m done venting for now.  now i can get back to ignoring email from them.

oh yea, almost forgot the obiligory “freaking wankers”

you have not because you ask not

Talk about amazing.  My sister brought two tax bills that we had on some property the both of us have together at the ranch.  Originally this was going to be several thousands of dollar between the bills.. and lawyers fees and penalty and interest, but then we got a call from one of the taxing entities that we didn’t ow all that other stuff.. just the base amount.  1st blessing.  Still quite a bit of money though, well today out of the blue i get called into my bosses office with the business manager there.

not to big of a deal, no need to worry.  maybe they broke something..


at the same time…

ended up being a bonus.  quite an unexpected suprise.  then after that one of the sales ladies give me a starbucks card for helping her with her laptop.  and then another friend gave me $50 for helping her with her laptop.  It’s amazing to see how well God takes care of us.. and i can always see him up their with the “checks in his hand” just waiting for someone to ask for them.

RSS Feeds

I was wondering what all do i have in my feed list that i read on a daily basis.  Well… Google reader apparently gives you stats on what you read.  Here are mine.

Subscription trends (last 30 days)

Frequently updated
Most obscure
Subscription Last Updated
Clear Channel News (AMANDA_journal) 4/17/08
Tieline Technology News 4/22/08
Clear Channel News (Jay The Canary Cantu_journal) 5/8/08
Clear Channel News (Patches_journal) 6/10/08
No Veil 6/11/08
Mighty Seek 8/5/08
Awakening 8/12/08
FBC San Isidro Pastor’s Corner 8/16/08
Unofficial DreamHost Blog 10/8/08
POP! Goes My Heart 11/3/08
I iz marc’s Weblog 11/9/08
Dice.com – technology jobs 12/29/08
Diary of A Madman 12/31/08

Slumdog Millionaire

Wow, talk about an amazing movie. If it doesn’t win Best Picture tonight i’m going to be disapointed. Patti, Hannah and myself went to go see it last night after a fun filled sunday. We’ve had some amazing weekends lately. Yesterday we got to stay in bed until around 10 when we finally got out from the covers. We got to clean up the kitchen, did launry, patti mopped. Around 1 we went over to Marilda’s and had an amazing lunch with her and her family. I hadn’t gotten to hang out with them in quite a while so that was really fun. We got home, took another nap and once the kids finally started waking up we decided to go to the movies. I would hightly recomend you to go check it out. You won’t regeret it.

Hello World

Ok, so i’ve been on an unofficial leave of absence for a while.  I’m already sick and tired of borderfest and it hasn’t even started yet.  They have some good ideas, but their execution leaves allot to be called for.  And that’s because i’ve only had to deal with one of the ladies out their.  I feel sorry for Irene and Billy who have been talking with these people much longer than i have. 

what else has been going on, well St Jude’s radiothon is today and yesterday.  After 6 years of doing these, it’s gotten really easy.  Of course it helped to find out that two of the jacks i’ve been using have deal pairs on 4&5, oh well.. a project for next week. 

Also setup a system called star fetch.  when ever one of the ladies here would get an order from one of our networks, she would get about 20 a week that would take several hours of her day to fill out.  well.. the network would send the orders too but apparently the ladies here never knew that so they were entering in all that stuff.  Today i setup our system so the order are automatically entered and all they have to do is approve each one and vola. 

what else have i done this week… ah.. the church website got a facelift.  and alot of backend updates too.  i was afraid it was going to break the podcast software but it still seams to work somehow.  i’m going to tweak the css and images a bit but it’s mostly done. 

oh and Ellie updated her site too.  Check out the Galleries…

Monday i was doing sound at church for a thing going on for ECISD.  Apprently they are required to put their paraprofessionals through so many hours of training each year.  well.. the morning was boring.  just school stuff.  but the rest of the day was.. um.. different.  the 1st part was a circus act and the 2nd part was a comedian/magician.  oh well.. as long as it was on the school’s tab.

Rodger Irish showed up last night.  well not literally, but in my email box.  It was kind of bizzare because i was thinking of him last night as i was driving to the ATM drive thru.  He drove through the ATM backwards once.  Talk about living dangeriously. 

Trashing the dress

Patti got this idea a while ago of putting her wedding dress to good use one last time. It’s called Trashing The Dress. What good is having the dress you’ve worn once sitting up in your closet for years and year probably never to be worn again. This way, it get’s used again, in a typically fun and creative way. It’s also symbolic of saying that we will not be needing a wedding dress again. She wore it once and that was once and for all. Never needing a wedding dress again. The key to trashing the dress right is getting the right photographer. We’ve been admiring Elizabeth’s photography for a while and decided that she would be the best person for what we want. On Saturday we started off the day early and ended late burning through over 800 exposures. (i think) This ended up being one of my favorites so far. Ellie knows exactly how to capture patti’s natural beauty in it’s most precious form. Patti and i also never really got any wedding photos taken so this session counted for both!

my jury duty experience

I’ve been getting summons since i was 18.  literally the month after i turned 18 they were asking for me but they never wanted me.  I’ve gotten called to jury duty in rio grande city but they didn’t want me because i didn’t live in rio.  i got called once to somewhere in the valley but the day before they called saying they didn’t need me anymore.

The wierd part is i’ve actually wanted to get to serve on a jury.  I want to be able to do my civic duty and participate in one of the rights we have as American citizens.  So.. another summons came, i didn’t hold my breath.  The day of came and we were all hearded into an auditorium in the courthouse that apparently can be used as a fall-out shelter.  along with 200 other people we sit and wait.  we started the morning saying the pledge to the American flag and the Texas flag.  (all those years in student council paid off) i actually knew the pledge.  they tried to play a video which seamed interesting but they couldn’t get media player to work quite right.  if i wasn’t sitting in the middle of a bunch of people i probably would have helped them.  They picked 75 people for the first group.  then we waited and they picked 75 for another group.  that was my group.  we then got sent off to come back after lunch.  i’ve never made it this far before.

when we got back we waited upstairs for about two hours.  when we finally got in the court room i was number 22.  we got to meet the judge, the lawyers and the accused.  They did a brief presentation and asked some questions.  The voir dire they called it.  just general group questions like “Do you know any of the people on this list” “can you pass a fair judgement if..”  just a bunch of questions.  I didn’t say anything.  I was hoping they would pick me for the jury, we’d stick around a few hours and i’d be home before patti.  well.. this day didn’t end until after 6.  I ended up being the 5th guy seated in the jury box.  Kind of like the penalty box without the plexi glass all around. 

The next day we showed up bright and early to get started.  the lawyers began their opening statements and explained the case.  It was a capital murder case and an attempted capital murder.  I can still see the district attorney describing the facts of the case.  As the case began i’m glad i took a notepad because all the guys they were talking about had like 4 names.  Once the first day was over, i was overwhelmed with names but had no idea how the guy on trial had anything to do with the case.  They called to the stand one of the investigators but he never proved anything.  Then they called this other lady, same thing.. didn’t even mention the accused.

As the week rolled on i got to know my fellow jurors a bit better.  most of them were teachers or worked with a school.  some were mechanics, some worked in the oil field.  By thursday you could tell that everyone wanted to be finishsed with the case.  we ended up staying late.  good thing joe canceled practice that evening.  by the end of that night, both sides had rested their cases.  friday morning they worked on the charges, by the afternoon we heard the closing arguments and they took us to lunch.  afterwards they had us begin deliberations.  they picked me as the presiding juror.  (talk about getting the full jury experience)  we took a poll right away and found that we were about 50/50 split.  so.. we started laying out the facts as we knew them.  ended up being another late night.  the judge finally sent us home at 10pm that night.  (come to find out they were waiting in the court room that whole time)

by the time i got home i was so frustrated.  9 hours of deliberations.  going over the same facts over and over again.  looking over statements, evidence, surveliance videos.. all sorts of stuff.  i came home to patti who was understanding and helped me vent for about an hour.  i think the biggest dilema we were facing was the fact that we knew that this guy was probably guilty, but didn’t have enough evidence to prove it. 

monday morning we returned.  before we took another poll i started the morning off describing my thoughts and opinions over the past weekend and how torn i was about the decision we needed to make.  the first poll of the day started with progress but not unimaous.  4 hours later we finally got everyone on the same page.  walking back in the courtroom i couldn’t even face the guy.  i just starred at the judge as she read the verdict.  behind me in the courtroom i could hear someone give a sigh of relief.  afterwards the judge came in and talked to us.  we got to hash alot of stuff out.  the lawyers even came in and we got to talk to them.  that was probably the best part of the whole experience.  You know.. your swamped with all this information for a week but can’t talk about it or ask questions about it with the lawyers until afterwards. 

would i ever do that again willingly.. i doubt it.  it was a rough week.  having to put aside my convictions and feelings and just go by what the law reads.. that was tough.  probably one of the roughest weeks i can remember.