The past weeks

not the way i would have liked to have spent them.  It all started with a small leak.  Amanda called me in and told me about this.  I could tell from the start that it was a small leak but needed immediate attention.  It could easily get bad.  I called several companies to get estimates from.  They never came by.  Finally i got one to come over and they qouted like.. 4 thousand to get it done.  of course they didn’t want to pay that much.  So we found some shade-tree guy who would do it for 1500.  Great.  Yeah.. you get what you pay for.  It rains again.. and i get a call from Hitman, it’s leaking again.  I get to the studio and sure enough.. there are new leaks in new places. after a “new roof” was put on.  He had covered up all the equiptment with tarps.. and put buckets up.  Some of the buckets were on top of equiptment racks and filling up quick.  I had to come up with a way to keep the buckets from willing up.  The guy comes back.. and does some more work. And it rains again.  This time though they don’t put the tarps up.  I get there and as we walk down the hall to the studio you can smell the mildew.  Stuff’s beeping, lights are flashing, speakers are crackling.. i was going to start unpluging things but when i looked at the outlet boxes they were in a puddle of water themselves.  I just went for the breaker after that.  So.. Again with the tarps and buckets.  Did our best to clean up what we could but it was a mess.   They made another movie.. they guy came back and redid his redo of his work.  The morning show took over Billy’s oldies studio.  not without billy totally fliping out about it first though.  We cleaned up most of it today.  It’s starting to resemble some normalicy.

We lost two flat panel monitors, a shortcut 360, a getner t216, um.. a IIN-60 board on the console.  about 15 roof tiles and the carpet.  All of which could have been spared if they had gone with the reputable roofer in the first place.

And while i’m on the subject of reputiable vendors, we had this guy sell us this copy machine.  Actually had had already sold us a copy machine.  after about 5 years of service it was starting to quit.  He blamed it on the fact that it wasn’t on a dedicated 20amp breaker.  Ok.. fine.. whatever.. after 5 years it starts acting up because of that but what-ever.  So we install the circut.. he installs a new copy, fax, print, scan(er).  Ok.. done deal.  It copies, but in order to make it scan you have to purchase extra licences for it to make it do that.  Ok.. fine.. we install the licence and it scans.  really fast too.  i’m happy.  until i try and print to it.  It’s not printing.  i spend about two days pulling all my tricks on it.  it won’t work. the vendor is clueless.  he doesn’t know why or makes up reasons why which make no sense.  i call canon, the manufacture.  “i’m sorry, that’s a vendor services piece of equiptment, he can help you” i try and explain, no he can’t.  they just say hire another vendor.  argh.  so i call him back, he sends a computer guy he hires sometimes to fix his problems and he can’t figure it out.  ARGH.  so frustrating.  so today he calls and im’ already upset because of everything else that’ sbeen going on.  He makes up an excuse, uh.. the scan print licence is only a trial one. you’ll need to purchase the full licence.  (Ok, so if w’ere just using a trial version, then i should be atleast about to TRY it) he doesn’t have a clue of course.

The bright side of all this, i can get two (maybe 4) new flat panels for the studio.  the old phone systems in the studios are not even made anymore so we can replace them with some decent equiptment.  i was hoping to replace the console to with a router compatible system but no such luck there.  *sigh*