Last thanksgiving a year ago, Patti and i sat up waiting for "the call". We knew the end was close and it would probably be tonight. When the call finally came- we had resigned ourself to know that she was finally resting in a better place and after a long few weeks battling this with her, we were ready for some rest too. Shortly after we got another call that the family was wanting us with them at the hospital so we thew on something real quick and made our way up to the 4th floor. The normally bustling and rowdy hallways were now quiet and all of nurses and staff we all shocked and teary eyed just as we were. Thorough all the time Loulou would spend in the hospitals, she was the life of the party. Hanging out with the nurses, cheering everyone up, racing down the halls in wheelchairs, everyone knew here- and everyone loved her. we walked to the ICU. her room was the easiest to spot. it was the one with the glass doors covered in artwork, paintings, cards and balloons. She didn't want just a hospital room, she wanted her vacation loft and she wanted it personalized. Seeing her in her room is an image i will probably have burned in my memory forever. Mostly because she was finally at rest. No more struggling to breath, no more wincing in pain, no more tears, machines whirling and beeping. just peace. almost felt jealous of her. We spent the rest of the evening with the family, cleaning up her room, taking down the decorations and packing up all the gifts, teady-bears and other trinkets that fill an 11 year old girls room. We must have hauled down 6 loads down to the cars downstairs.
LouLou, i know your not here with us, and you know that we miss you, but we still see you, in the eyes of all the kids that you continue to help reach. I hadn't been back up to the hospital since that night but i went just this past weekend and it is still full of kids who need to experience that love that you had. we are trying to continue that. we are trying to let your life live through them. and we are trying to make a difference.
Call me paranoid but I really don’t like giving out my email address to just anyone. If you have my email address, you should consider yourself pretty darn lucky. When I’m asked to sign up for something or an email address is required, I usually use an email address specifically created for one time use or junk. Before this used to just be an email aliases of my actual address- but recently I split the two so I can know exactly what is sent to the fake address. Here is what’s in that inbox right now…
I went ahead and clicked on a few (with a html disabled for added protection) just to see what was in some of these.
Because the government knows something we don't and isn't telling us, the first nationwide test of the emergency broadcast system is slated to go down at 2PM eastern today, simultaneously playing on all entertainment outlets (sans internet).
The 30-second test, to be overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission, will run on radio, satellite radio and TV stations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. It will include alert "beeps" and the words "This is a test." Here's how FEMA explains it: We need to know that the system will work as intended should public safety officials ever need to send an alert or warning to a large region of the United States. Only a complete test of the Emergency Alert System can help us identify any changes and improvements needed to modernize this system and make it fully accessible.
Any guesses what the government is keeping from us? Because it's gonna look mighty suspicious when the government tests the emergency broadcast system nationwide for the first time today and then aliens attack on Thanksgiving. I expect they'll strike when we're all doped up on turkey. FEMA to test nationwide emergency alert system at 2 p.m. ET [usatoday] Thanks to Allison, who asks, "do you remember where you were when the US tested the emergency broadcast system nationwide for the first time?" No, I was at work staring at a computer screen like a normal person!
Actually working in broadcasting, I was heavily involved in the use of EAS. Worked hard to straighten out the problems we have in the valley with the PEP and LP-1. Even tried to make KTEX the LP1 and KPAS the Spanish LP(2). I almost half want to go bug milton this afternoon just to see the new SAGE's take the alerts and relay them. Oh well.. i guess spending the afternoon in the car won't be so bad either.
POST EVENT NOTE:
well that was interesting.. 1pm rolled up, header "duck farts" sounded, then the relay EOM and then about 30 seconds of static, hiss and crackles. Not as bad as other stations however.
I suppose any organization has the right to remove members but I didn't know that an organization possessed the keys to hell and heaven. According to this organization's own statement of faith, "sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the Holy Spirit, through the atoning death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ" So they claim to believe that Jesus is the way to heaven but the letter seams to also state they they have a say so in that decision as well.
I can only thank God that He didn't leave my salvation up to the thoughts and intentions of man. If, a board could take a vote on my salvation- i'd be doomed.