goodbye dolly

wow.. after sitting around waiting for something to happen.. something happened.  i never been through a hurricane quite like that before..

things started off slow, kind of dispointing actually.  just sitting around the station waiting.  went to bed around 2am.  woke up at 5:30 when hitman was roaming around the building.  Looked at the radar and it was closer but still not here.  this thing was really moving slow.  the wind hit SPI first.  it got rough fast.  then it started heading our way.  power began flickering and we switched over to generator.  this was the last time we’d be on citiy power for over 2 days.  it was kind of neat walking around outside seeing all the wind blowing around everywhere.

The wind never would let up though.  After a few hours we were were standing by the doors thinking “This isn’t fun anymore”

KVNS was the first to go off the air.  With no generator that was no suprise.  i wish i could have kept it up longer though.. being the only station relaying KRGV it would have been usefull. All the rest stayed on through the storm.  KRGV next door had some power distrubtion issues.  That was really interesting.  Seeing them use car headlights to light the set.  oh well.

The aftermath wasn’t bad like Katrina bad, but it was.. well.. a different landscape for a while.  Fallen trees everywhere.  roofs with missing shingles.  even some with missing roofs.  The mosquitoes were horrible.  Power was an issue for some people.  At home we never lost power.  Didn’t have any water damage either.  The Leals were not as fortunate.  Even to this day they’ve been reconstructing the living room.  I think we are all ready for some normality to return to our lives.

Looking back, if this was a small Cat2 hurricane.. i could not imagine what it would be like being through a 4 or 5. and you know the valley people will freak. Especially after this. I mean valley drivers are bad to begin with. you throw a little wind and water their way and their brain checks out. I had to meet the insurance adjuster at the station at 8:30 this morning so i got in a little earlier to take care of other stuff. Looking at the traffic at the 281/83 interchange and how backed up it was just with the morning commute.. i could not imagine trying to be on the expressway during an evacuation. I’ve already told patti and the girls just to go to the ranch. and to use the back way.

i needed a quick cheep lunch yesterday so i walked into jack in the box. i placed my order and the mexican lady asked me for my name. “um… ok.. xeservacious” that look in her eyes that her brain checked out. i just chuckled to myself and sat down in a booth somewhere. And there is this guy walking around with all this useless junk. You’ve seen the type. Always dressed up like a morman, they have junk like books, garden hoses, this guy had flashlights. they always have the same sales pitch. Put it in their hands. as i sit down i see him gunning for me. he keeps pushing this stuff towards me and i don’t reach for it. you could see his frustration talking about how it’s hurricane season and how i need this flashlight and if i would just try it out and i keep dodging his throws.
it was frustrating yet humerious… i guess you just had to be there.

Has it really been that long?

I guess it has been a while since my last post.  Over the July 4th weekend the kids wanted to go to Warp Tour so Patti and I packed up both cars and trekked on to San Antonio.  It was raining most of the way over there but stopped when we got there.  I felt so excited that i had chosen to replace my windshield wipers before i left.  How lame is that?  I can remember my dad doing all this car work before we’d go on trips and now i’m finding myself doing that?!  I guess lame isn’t the right word.. just a reminder that i’m not as young and reckless as i’d like to believe i am.  We dropped Megan and Tori off and went on to Spashtown and spent the rest of the day relaxing.  It was fun to get away for a change.  I don’t do as much traveling as i used to… so it was a nice break to be out and about.

Gas is really getting to be a pain.  I’ve been looking at carpooling sites, thinking of getting a smaller car.  just everything i can to help stop the madness somehow.  It’s no secret that i’ve been looking for work closer to home.  30 miles each day is costing me about $200 a month now, not to mention the wear on my car.  Grant it i love what i do, just not where i’m doing it.  Just this week for example, Verizion (or dumb verizion as they have become to be known on this site) put both of our new circuits in Jeopardy status and not scheduled to be completed until july 19th. A saturday? oh well.  So in the mean time i’ve decided to see what i could do to help the end users here.  One of the guys jobs here is to take the weekend shows we air that come in on CD and load them in the automation system, track by track.  1 3-hour show can have 12 tracks that have to loaded.  that can be an all day task.  and there about 15 shows in all.  SO.. i’ve taken it upon my self to help automate most of the process.  not to eliminate his job but to make his job easier.  Now most of the shows are downloading from the provider overnight, he comes in, does a batch convert to match our system and then loads the tracks directly rather than ripping each one-by-one.  i’m sure this is boring you but just another one of those projects i love giving myself to make other’s jobs easier and help the bottom line in the end of the week.  (less overtime) 

So back to this job thing, oh yeah.  got an email from monster.  usually i just ignore most of them but this one seamed interesting.  The starting pay is $10k more than what i’m making now.  And it’s in mcallen which is a big plus.  It would be great to be able to have lunch at home or with my wife or both!  Anyway… at the end of the day i need to do what’s best for me and my family.  I sent over a resume and hopefully will get to talk to them… see what they can offer, benefits etc.  This place got along before without me. 


  • A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

  • ~ Robert A. Heinlein


i’m not sure what’s been most frustrating about today.

You know during that meeting yesterday with that guy from the telco, we sat and talked for about half an hour (or more) waiting for another guy to show up. It was so much fun to sit and talk with someone who actually knew what they were talking about. We talked about work ethic, his company, things he’s seen, all sorts of really cool stuff.

It was just really fun to talk with someone who you didn’t have to dumb yourself down to.. just to communicate with. I mean here in the office, the CE is probably the most tech person here and he’s in his late 60’s.. wouldn’t know a B channel from a D channel. Back then they had paired analog lines for a remote. Now i’m using ip over EVDO.

I’m just frustrated i guess, it’s not for a lack of challenge, but more for the fact of being alone in my own little world out here. And the fact that i’m driving 30 miles every day to and from work isn’t that cool. if the kids have to get picked up or something, Patti is forced to have to do all of that.. it would take me half an hour just to get in town. I woudln’t mind working closer to home. Being able to go home for lunch would be a big cost savings too. I’ve been eating out for 5 years now.

What about sticking it out till the kids are out of school? Another 4 years? I’m always getting emails about other clear channel stations looking for people. I’m just not sure i’m ready to move yet. I mean it’s only been a little over a year since we had this house. Although it looks like Rachel and Brice may be moving on. I have alot here that would be hard to let go. My parents, the Leals… um.. i’m sure there’s more..

it’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood

ever had one of those days when you feel like skipping down the hallway or jumping up and kicking your heals like in the old Toyota commercial?  no.. well.. too bad.  It’s been one of those days.  It’s actually been one of those weekends.  Yesterday i reformatted my vista laptop.  Helped tori work on another video.  She’s been recruited by two different classes to make videos for them.  I think it’s kind of cool that they are asking her rather than the KMAC kids to do this stuff.  She came up with some really cool stuff.   The last load of laundry in the house was in the dryer when i left this morning.  The house is clean, the filing is done.  Even my itunes library is clean! 

This morning went to Hannah’s science class to talk about what i do.  as much of a science freak as i think i am, it was fun.  i tried to keep it all under their heads but there only so much you can do to talk down radio engineering.

and it’s been so fun, greating people with a smile here at work, they hear the chipper in my voice and somehow that transpires to them and now i think i have everyone around here walking around with a bounce in their step.  it’s been a good day.

8th Grade Formal

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Wow.. that was so much fun.  I have to admit, i didn’t know what i was getting myself into when i said “ok” but looking back.. i’m glad i didn’t pass up on this oppurnaity.  I can’t begin to tell you how much fun i had.  Patti got to do soldier boy with hannah, and during the father-daughter dance, hannah pulled me up there to dance with her.  That was really cool.  I got to hang out with a few adults, and just as the party was winding down, got to pull off guard duty at the door. 

I really like that kid.  She keeps me feeling young.  and we get to share alot of interest.  She’s a wiz at computers, she likes photography.. oh we have that workshop thing tommrow.  i have to pack a sack lunch.   She’s not a kid anymore, she’s almost out of 8th grade, about to start high-school.  Pretty soon all of the kids will be out of school.  Then what?  AARP?

It was kind of funny seeing the girls stumbling in their high heals, and the guys in their oversized jackets.  after the first few dances the shoes were off and the jackets were on the floor.  We just got home.  My body is tired but i can’t get my mind turned off yet.  oh well.. let’s see what ICHCB has…

As the world turns

these are the days of our lives.

Seams like this past week everything has revolved around the middle school formal.  I remember when we’d have our 8th grade dances.  it was just in the school cafeteria, move the tables out of the way, play some music and that was about it.  Now a days you’d think it was prom.  We took Hannah to get a dress, ended up finding a nice one at David’s Bridal.  Patti and i are sponsors so now we have to get dressed up.  Had to get my jacket altered, get some pants, and of course a shirt and a tie to match hannahs dress.  then patti went dress shopping yesterday.  and of course shoes and all the fixings.  Oh and they are having this thing at the country club.  yeah…

Oh well.. your only 13 once right (Thank God, couldn’t pay me enough to try that one again)

It’s just all kind of a reminder about how fast all the kids are growing up.  She tried on the dress yesterday after i picked it up from the alterations.  She doesn’t look like that kid that used to bounce around the youth building in a walker while patti was doing her puppet things.  *sigh*


After talking with the wife we are pretty much in agreement that i’m not spending enough time at home. I mean, look at this week.

Sunday morning, church. after that uploaded the services, began preparing the radio show, setup the family life building for the evening service, left church for a while to go to Marc’s leadership meeting and lunch. a good break, but then after that back to church to repair the DVD which apparently recorded the entire worship service without any audio. (and no one in the control room bothered to tell me that they couldn’t hear anything until the announcements began) so had to rip the dvd, add the audio from the cd, then burn back to dvd. finally got home around 8
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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.