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I have another post I’m going to do, mostly detailing how I am officially and irrevocably a nerd.  Until then I’ll do this rambling post; not only to pass the time, but also prove that why yes, I can blog more than once a month.  I’m just saying.  I can do this, and once I get my other post together I’ll have 3 (ohmygod 3) blog posts in one month.  *the world collectively gasps*

Hey, if you can’t poke fun at yourself, what can you do?

Some things end, others begin.  But the TV Powers-That-Be make sure there’s a mostly reasonable balance.

As the kinda-not header suggests: TV.  I used to not watch any TV EVER, but after spending a year at a TV station I can watch some shows, but not the news.  I’m too critical about newscasts, mostly because of how much of a train wreck WNEG’s newscasts always turned out to be.

The shows I watch I get pretty fanatical about, when it sucks me in, it sucks me in hard.  Some shows have/are end(ed/ing), and some are finally starting a new season.

  • Re-runs of Buffy on Logo. I have all 8 seasons so this hardly counts…
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 already ended (the finale pissed me off royally, I don’t even want to talk about it)

Starting:

  • True Blood: I recently got into this and caught up on both seasons, the new season begins June 13th.  I’m so excited I could squeal. HBO’s viral campaign is right: Waiting Sucks.

Ending:

  • Supernatural: I completely caught up on all 5 seasons. Season 5 finale Thursday May 13.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Season 1 finale Thursday May 13.

I get a distinct feeling that during one (or maybe both) finales, I will end up screaming.  Thursdays have seen me flooding Twitter with always wrong plot speculations and “OMG NOOO” tweets.

Bad ideas that usually happen around midnight:

Yeah, I know the whole eating late at night is a no-no, especially when you have a sweet craving…but realistically, how many of us pay attention to that?  Fess up, and I mean seriously, fess up.  Anywho, last night I was craving Toaster Strudel.  What usually happens when I’m making them is the middle is still cool, like my toaster just doesn’t want to get the job done no matter HOW HIGH I have the setting…

So I decided (after applying the icing) to microwave the pastries for a bit.  I microwaved them for probably 20 seconds longer than I should have and what I got was a gooey, molten sugary mess.  The filling and icing were reduced to a sub-par sugar liquid, and the entire thing was just inedible.

I could possibly whine about it, but I won’t, because I’m a mostly terrible cook.  The kitchen and I are always wary of each other, as noted above.  We just don’t mesh well…

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Headaches of my job

While I’ll be the first to step up and say my job is easy, it’s not without its problems.  The only thing is that when things go wrong at this TV station, even a little problem has major fallout.

Take Sunday night, for example.  My shift was from 2PM – 9PM. (If you’re unclear about what I do, I give an extensive break-down here.)  While I was going through the log for my shift (mainly double-checking breaks and show times, always a good practice), I noticed that although I join our movie network at 9PM (when the schedule says I’m supposed to be off, and when we go “unmanned”), there’s four breaks to run; two in the show at 9PM and two more at 10PM.  There’s also the lottery that airs at 11PM and a show that’s supposed to be recorded at midnight.

If I’ve lost anyone here, please bear with me.  Let me explain this again, perhaps a little more simply if you don’t understand TV speak.  My schedule had me working 2PM – 9PM.  At 9PM, we start running programming from a movie network.  At 9PM and 10PM there’s two one-hour shows, each show has two local breaks (local breaks mean our station has to play commercials at these specific times).  There’s also a lottery that airs at 11PM (we get the lottery from a satellite receiver), and a show that’s supposed to be recorded at midnight (this also comes from a satellite receiver).  Each of these things require a person; a person to run the breaks, a person to set up the receiver to air the lottery, and a person to start recording the show.

All this being said, it should be clear there was a scheduling error, bad form on my boss’s part to be sure.  I understand why he’d schedule me to get off earlier, because I have to commute an hour to Athens for the morning news (a live show).  My coworker told me earlier that someone was supposed to come in and do all the other stuff when I was supposed to get off.

Well, my coworker David came in at ten till 11PM and relieved me.  My boss called me after I had gotten home to tell me it was a logging error on behalf of the traffic department.  He then commend me on staying and making sure all breaks ran, and then gave me the next day off.  It wasn’t all bad, sometimes good things come out of the bad things.

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