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    GYSC: Or Bust

    Have fun in NYC, GYSC.  You're blog inspired me to start doing something online.  Thanks.




    Last Day of Vacation

    My vacation flew by and it will be back to work tomorrow afternoon.  I have mixed feelings about the past week.

    On the positive side, I am finally unwound and de-stressed.  I was so tight I thought I could pop at any second.  I'll see how long it lasts when I go back to work.  I didn't travel anywhere or do anything unusual.  No big family memories were made.  Those kinds of things just aren't in my budget these days. 

    I feel fortunate to have a roof over my head, a full belly at the end of the day, and am warm and dry when it's time to go to bed.  I remember my late brother, Spencer, being quoted as saying that decades ago when he was being interviewed in Alaska for some book or magazine.  That has stuck with me all these years.  I think that's why he loved Alaska so much.  With those 3 things, life can be pretty darn good.  Volumes could be written about the adventures Spencer had, but I will save that for another time.

    Other stuff I'm glad I did this past week was to get the brakes fixed on the Pathfinder.  I fixed a computer for a girl at work.  I got ALL of the laundry done, even the bedding!  I made some great homemade chili with fresh garden tomatoes and taco seasoning instead of chili powder. 

    I also got to visit with my sister, Judy, for a while.  I hadn't seen her in months.  She owns a small town grocery store with one gas pump.  She works 6 days a week and takes Sundays off to go to church and get ready for another week.  I gave her a laptop to use, but forgot to tell her the login password, so I should be hearing from her any day now.  Oops...

    I spent yesterday looking at how I might incorporate some audio or video podcasts into this site.  There's a lot of ways of doing it, but for me, it'll have to be free or really cheap.  The trouble is that the free ways have such a learning curve.  You don't see any audio or video on here yet, do you?  I'm working on it.

    Why would I want to do such a thing?  Because I can.  Well, maybe I can.  We'll see.  I think it would be awesome, since I don't know how to type.  I use a modified hunt and peck style.  It was developed by an ingenious, unconventional, guy.  I think his name was SovBa, 'er Sovber, 'um Sov something.  I'll try and remember his name later!

    Anyway, the down side of my vacation is that come tomorrow, I'll be about $250 overdrawn at the bank.  That's when my house payment comes out.  The bank won't mind because they'll charge me $10 to loan me the money at 18% interest until I pay it back.  I'll get paid Friday and pay it back then.  I hate wasting money like that, but for my health and sanity it had to be done.  I'll just chalk it up to the cost of my vacation.

    I didn't get the garage cleaned out, either.  It is a real mess.  I would take a picture of it, but I'm too ashamed.  I still have until tomorrow afternoon so it might be the big finale of my time off.  But in the big picture, it really doesn't matter all that much.

    I'm going to grab another cup of green tea and monkey around with recording an audio welcome message for the site.  (I'd really like it to be video, but I'd have to go comb my hair or put on a hat.)



    Good Luck, Johnny!

    When I look back at my career in broadcasting, I can think of no other sports caster that was harder working and more fun to be around, than Johnny Kane.  Good luck on your new job as Sports Director at Kansas City's KMBC!

    My first paying television job was way back in the time machine.  Way back.  Way, way, back.  Farther than that.  Keep going.  Yea, now you're getting close.  That's right...1978.  In all these years, I can't think of anybody that made watching the sports highlights on the local news, more fun than Johnny.

    I am not by nature, a big sports fan.  I went out for track and played some basketball in Jr High and High School.  You were pretty much ridiculed in the small town I grew up in, if you did not play sports.  That was back in the days before No Child Left Behind.  Back when the only sports at school were football, basketball, and track.  There was also baseball in the summer which was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

    The fact that they pushed sports so much made me rebel in my own ways.  We had a house and 5 acres of land.  We had a few horses and always raised some pigs to butcher and once we raised and butchered a cow.  I spent my free time riding horses, not playing football.  I saved face at school by being the Freshman Class President, Junior Class President, and Senior Class Vice President.  (I spent my Sophomore year in Fairbanks, Alaska, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and trying not to think about school at all.)

    To this day, I can't hold a descent conversation with anybody about any professional sports.  But, I do enjoy watching The Olympics when they come around.

    Johnny Kane lives and breathes sports.  A lot of sports casters do.  But Johnny talked about the day's sports that made it fun for even people like me.  He didn't talk down to you.  He didn't just spew a bunch of stats that everyone should have already memorized.  He makes sports fun, like they should be.

    In television lingo, Topeka, Kansas is considered a middle sized market.  Most news, sports, and weather people consider it a stepping stone to moving to a bigger market.  A lot of them can be real jerks, too.  But Johnny Kane is one of the nicest, hardest working, guys in the world.  Not just when he's on television, but behind the scenes, too.  I have no doubt that I will see him someday on ESPN if that's what he wants to do.

    Johnny has been the Sports Director at KSNT for the past 5 years.  Now he's moving on to the big time, not as a sports reporter, but as the Sports Director at KMBC.  So as Johnny moves from Topeka, market 136, to Kansas City, market 31, all I can say is Good Luck, Johnny!



    It was a pleasure working with you my friend. 


    Vacation Update - Day 5

    I am determined to do nothing today that requires any mental taxation.  I am at the half way point of my vacation and so far everyday has been spent just keeping up with stuff.  Paying bills, grocery shopping, doing laundry, working on the Pathfinder, going to work for a mandatory meeting, and kitchen chores of all kinds.  Makes me think my life would come unravelled if I actually took a trip somewhere.

    My life is not unravelling yet.  Monday I had to go to work for an hour for a meeting of the Master Control Operators.  It's been a long time since I've seen such a somber bunch of people.  The bottom line was that we won't be getting all of the equipment we need to do our jobs until the first of next year.  I guess the company thinks we can keep knocking ourselves out for 3 more months.  My fear is that not everyone will keep doing that and then we will end up short handed, too.  Predicting what will happen is like predicting the stock market.  Time will tell.

    Last week I noticed one of my back brakes dragging metal on metal.  I drove it gingerly to make it to this week.

    I got paid Friday and didn't even have enough cash to pay all the bills that I would have normally paid.  There was no way I had the money to take the Pathfinder to a shop for brake work.  So I made a couple of calls Monday evening to see if I could enlist some help, tools, or place to work on it.

    I have a garage, but not many tools.

    Yesterday morning the phone rang at 7:30am and my friend Dave's little brother, Dan, said he would help me with the brakes.  I got dressed, had some bacon and eggs, then headed off to Dan's house.  We needed to know the extent of the damage and how many parts we would need.  We got the Pathfinder all blocked up.



    Luckily, the front brakes were OK, and the other side back brakes were still good.  Probably the calipers on the rear driver's side must have gotten stuck and wore the pads off.  It really scarred up the rotor, too.  We headed off to Advance Auto Parts.  They didn't have a lathe to turn brake rotors.  We went across the street to O'Reilly Auto Parts.  They said the rotor had the minimum thickness to be turned.  At least I wouldn't need a new rotor.  I caught it just in time.  They said to come back in an hour.  I bought Dan some grease for his grease gun, a quart of transmission fluid, and got the brake pads.

    It was too early for lunch, so we went through the drive thru liquor store and got two 6 packs of Shiner Bock beer.  We went back to Dan's house and opened a couple of beers.



    Dan said the front end needed grease, so we did that while waiting for the rotor to be turned.



    We got the front and passenger side back wheels put back together.  Then Dan got the brake pads on the offending wheel.



    And got the brake caliper ready for the rotor.



    I put the camera away and we went to pick up the rotor.  I only took a few pictures since Dan was suppose to be helping me, and not me helping Dan.  Truth be told, I ended up helping Dan.

    It went back together just fine.  For a total of $45.29 at the parts store, and $12.95 for beer, Dan really helped save me a lot of money.  Thanks Dan!  I learned the condition of my brakes and got the front end greased, too.

    It was fun to hang out with Dan for the morning.  We don't see each other very often.

    I don't know if, or when, Dan will ever see this post.  He doesn't have a computer, or the internet, at his house.  He wouldn't take any money for helping me, so I owe him one.  I offered to fix him up with a computer if he ever wants one.  Dan said he didn't have a computer now because he doesn't want to get hooked into wasting all his time on the internet.  I can understand that!

    The '92 Pathfinder is now back at home in the driveway, and ready to stop on a dime.



    For supper last night, me and Jacob made homemade pizzas.  I used the bread machine to make the dough.  We made 2 KILLER Beef, Canadian Bacon, and Red Onion pizzas.  Usually when I split the dough to make 2 pizzas, we can normally come close to eating both pizzas.  But hey, I'm on vacation.  We loaded them bad boys up with LOTS of cheese and toppings!

    We still have a whole pizza leftover in the frig.  Boy, was that good pizza.  It makes my mouth water just thinking of it.  So far, that pizza rates up there with one of the best parts of my vacation! 

    That, and GYSC's Friday night video he posted for me.  If you are needing a break and don't have a KitKat bar, try thisJust scroll down to Jimmy Buffett.  Technically, he posted that before I started my vacation.  But it was a great way to set the mood of my upcoming week!

    This post was not to complain about anything.  It was to thank Dan for all his help when I needed it most.  It's good to have friends.  Someday Dan might actually see this.  Until then it's just between you and me. 


    Vacation 2011 - Day 1

    Just the thought of a vacation has been the only thing keeping me going lately.  I'm so glad it's finally here.

    I want to thank my East Coast friend, GYSC, for getting my vacation started off on the right foot.  On his Friday night music video request post, he played a Jimmy Buffett song I had requested for my birthday.  Thanks GYSC.  All the music was great.  I drank some red wine and listened to all the songs when I got home from work.  The variety was great.  I went to bed about 3am.

    I slept till about 10:30am.  I got up and watched the latest Triangulation on TWiT.TV.  The guest was Don Tapscott.  They talked about the history of change in the world, the future, and how technology and social networking is changing the world.  The show had lots of good information if you are a long term investor wanting to be on the forefront of macro changes.  Don talks to heads of corporations and Heads of State all over the world.  It's a fun, but low key show, so maybe watch it while browsing the Sunday newspaper or just having a cup of tea or coffee.  Get your brain thing on!

    My friend Dave, and his wife Tanya, just stopped by.  Be back later.  In the mean time, check out Don Tapscott on Triangulation.