jcollie719: (Jerzei head)
Bucktown Tiger visited Colorado this week. I had dinner with him and his wife Thursday at the Ritz Grill. I hadn't seen Bucktown in person since Furry Fiesta 2015.

My mini-vacation with the cruise reunion group in Denver began Friday afternoon. I checked into the Magnolia Hotel around 1 PM. I had bought a portable DVR to record some of the programs on the stations I can't get in Colorado Springs. The hotel has WiFi, but my room doesn't have an Ethernet connection, which the DVR requires. I didn't know my room had both a refrigerator and a microwave. I had bought a couple of meals for work which don't require refrigeration. Last night, I walked to dinner at a rooftop restaurant and bar. I had already eaten dinner at my dad's house, so I just got a plate of sweet potato fries and a few chocolate martinis. Walking back to the hotel, I bought two bottles of water at 7-Eleven, both for me and my APAP.

This afternoon, I'll go with the reunion group to the Mile High Wine Fest, followed by dinner at the Thirsty Lion. I was greeted at work by the smell of burnt coffee. The Friday evening DJ forgot to turn off the coffee pot before leaving.
jcollie719: (Lipton Lolly)
 As I thought, my light jacket was inside my fursuit case.

I let one of the KRCC engineers know the playlist system had Monday's playlist loaded when I came in instead of Sunday's. I don't know if the DJ from the night before clicked on the wrong date or the system itself auto-loaded the wrong date. I brought up the Sunday playlist around 6:20 AM. The "Weather Lady" called the studio this week. I hadn't heard from her for a couple of weeks, so I wasn't sure if something had happened to her. On the other hand, I haven't gotten a call from the "Slime Lady" in months; I hope she found something better to do on weekends. I think I may have forgotten to submit my time card this time. If I don't see the deposit on Friday, I'll add the hours to the next time card.

I went to Rocket Fizz after work to get some gummy cola bottles. I wanted to go to a downtown candy store, but there was no parking nearby (and some street closures) due to a motorcycle festival. I went to a liquor store later for some rum. I plan to soak the gummies in the rum to make rum-and-coke candies.
jcollie719: (Collie Weed Wink)
 My face got sunburned a few days ago. I put some aloe vera on my forehead Saturday night, then spent a large portion of today peeling off the dead skin.

There were a couple of glitches at KRCC this weekend. The recording of "This American Life" ended about 10 minutes early on Saturday, even though the timer on the final track said it would end at :59 after. On Sunday, "A Prairie Home Companion" ended about 4 minutes early. I played music both times to fill the time until the top of the hour.
jcollie719: (Default)
I booked my hotel room yesterday for Furry Fiesta 2018, and booked a room today for the Denver cruise reunion. I will ask a co-worker at KRCC if he can come in at noon on the Saturday and Sunday of the reunion. This way, I'll only need to make up five hours of lost time during the next KRCC membership drive in October. Working an additional 17 hours during the drive will make up for missing work during Furry Fiesta. The Denver hotel only had rooms available for July 7-9. If I'm unable to get a room for an additional day, I will need to find someone else with bed space for Sunday night or check out around 4 AM Sunday since I will be working until the noon check-out time.
jcollie719: (Tiger Jump)
Last night, I tried a laundry tip I read about online. A few housekeeping sites said putting a ball of aluminum foil in the dryer with clothes will eliminate static cling. It worked for me.

Before going to bed, I discovered one of the soap samples I have glows in the dark.

While stopped at a red light Friday, another driver let me know my right front headlight was burned out. I had that light replaced at a shop last August, so it was still under warranty and replaced for free this time.

The system which plays prerecorded shows on KRCC had the wrong episode of The Thomas Jefferson Hour loaded. I got three calls during the show stating it was the episode from last week. One of the callers called back later asking for my name, saying she would complain to my manager. That soured my mood for the rest of the workday.
jcollie719: (License JCollie719)
KRCC has had reception problems in the western part of the market the past few days. The power went out at the station's translator site in Westcliffe (the blue dot at the bottom of the map below.) That translator actually provides a signal to two other translators (red dots) in Canon City and Salida since they don't have a clear line-of-site to Cheyenne Mountain. In turn, the Salida translator feeds another translator near Lake George (purple dot.) KRCC Partial Translator Map photo KRCC-TranslatorPath_zpsfrgbo7mr.jpg

Recently, the toilet in the bathroom adjoining the studio hasn't been flushing properly. I had to pour a pitcher of water into the tank to give it enough water to flush completely.
jcollie719: (Collie Wink)
KRCC hosted a party for its staff and members yesterday at Jack Quinn's Pub. About 30-40 people showed up. Finding a parking space downtown is almost always difficult. Luckily, a car was backing out of a space right in front of the pub just as I arrived. I had a couple of the pub's creme brulee martinis and the shepherd's pie in a bread bowl.

One of the TV channels I like is no longer available. Laff was previously carried on my cable system via Blue Highways TV. I read the company that owned BHTV went bankrupt. I've contacted the local TV stations in the past about carrying channels like Laff and Antenna TV, but I haven't gotten any response from them. The "diginets" I can receive over the air are Grit, MeTV (shared with MyNetworkTV,) Ion and Cozi TV. I have regularly dreamed about owning a radio or TV station. I think it would actually be cheaper just to buy a house/townhome in the Denver area.

UPDATE: Channel 13 recently added the Heroes & Icons (H&I) channel to a subchannel.
jcollie719: (Jamie pawpet)
My federal tax refund will be deposited into my account on Wednesday.

One of the upsides to gaining weight on vacation is that I usually lose it again fairly quickly. My weight the night before the trip was 313, and I weighed 324 when I got home. A week later, I'm down to 317.

The July cruise reunion in Denver will be much easier and more affordable for me. Depending on which activities are added to the schedule, I will likely only book a room at the hotel for Saturday and Sunday nights. The preliminary schedule shows the group will mainly do sightseeing during the day and have dinner and drinks at night. I could just drive to Denver and back on Thursday and Friday nights, then check into the hotel after work on Saturday. I will ask the announcer who follows my shift if he can come in at 11:30 or noon on that Sunday so I can attend a barbecue hosted at a cruiser's house in Colorado Springs.
jcollie719: (Collie Lick Sign)
I slept through my alarm this morning, waking up about 10 minutes before my work shift started. I arrived at work about 20 minutes late. I figured it was better to be really late but clean, instead of a little late and dirty. Thankfully, the building is almost always empty when I arrive.

I like having sunlight when I drive to work at 5:30 AM (when I don't oversleep!) I wish this could happen year-round instead of just 3-4 months of the year. I need to get a haircut this week.
jcollie719: (Tiger Jump)
First the Colorado Department of Revenue needs more information for my state tax refund. Today, a similar letter from the IRS arrived regarding my federal refund. If this issue isn't resolved by next Thursday, I'll need to skimp a bit during my D.C. vacation. I've already planned to bring some instant oatmeal and a few snacks to reduce the food part of my budget. On a happier note, my boss at KRCC let me know he found two people to fill my shifts during vacation.

I had lunch with the international cuisine group today at China Village. There were a bunch of dishes that were tempting. I ordered the curry chicken lunch and a mai-tai.
jcollie719: (Tiger Jump)
My new driver's license hasn't arrived yet. Instead, the Department of Revenue envelope in Saturday's mail had a letter stating my tax refund is being held until they receive an Individual Credit Schedule form. The delay shouldn't affect my plans for the DC trip in less than two weeks since I'll still have enough money for the hotel and trip expenses.

A co-worker's wife gave me some leftovers to have for Easter dinner: turkey, gravy, stuffing, corn, biscuit and chocolate cake.

There was another "cube it" moment during my KRCC shift today. When answering a question about calculating the age of the universe, a show's guest used "cube it" in the equation. Hearing the phrase "cube it" always reminds me of Jim Ward quoting Bill Cosby's "Noah" bit on the Stephanie Miller Show: "RIIIIIGHT! What's a cubit? Vooka-vooka-vooka!"
jcollie719: (Luigi)
A few more "talking" breaks were inserted this week into some of the prerecorded programs I run at KRCC. The 10 AM-Noon shows now have a 15-second and two 30-second silent segments per show.

The local Happy Hour group met after work last night at Jack Quinn's Pub in its upstairs bar. I got a plate of "Frickles and Frings" (fried pickles and onion rings with Marie Rose sauce) plus a "90 Shilling" beer, a rum-and-coke and one of the bar's creme brulee martinis. The meetup cut into my normal after-work nap, and being restless overnight limited my usual sleep to about 2 hours.

I forgot to check the mail yesterday, so I'll do that when I get home. My new driver's license should have arrived. I actually didn't realize my current license expired three months ago.
jcollie719: (Collie Lick Sign)
My Dreamwidth account is almost ready. I signed up for an account Tuesday night, and everything except the journal comments have been transferred from LiveJournal. (The comments began loading a few minutes ago.)

Since Rocky Mountain Fur Con is kaput, I was looking at other conventions I might like to attend. Biggest Little Fur Con is less than two months away. However, I'd like to find something later in the year this year. Attending an October con would depend upon when KRCC holds its Fall membership drive (usually the end of October.)
jcollie719: (Craig Ferguson Ooooo)
I hope I'm able to find a substitute for my KRCC shifts during my upcoming vacation. The person listed as a part-time sub said he wasn't available that weekend. There are other part-time staff members, but I'm unsure which ones would be allowed to fill in for me.

I will soon be able to talk more on the air at KRCC. After the recent schedule change and partial switch to automation, Weekend Edition was the only program with breaks where I could talk. The station engineer said now that the automation system's kinks are mostly ironed out, he would insert 15- or 30-second breaks in the remaining programs so I could give a quick weather report, announce upcoming shows, etc.

Reading about the United passenger who was forcibly removed from a flight due to overbooking was disturbing. Four passengers were removed so four United employees could have their seats, according to news reports. When I began taking singles cruises in 2006, I signed up for Continental Airlines' frequent flyer program since they had the lowest-priced flights at the time. I was moved to the UnitedPlus program when Continental and United merged. I had flown American Airlines to last year's cruise in Grenada because United doesn't fly there. I had a better experience flying with American. Having a hub in Dallas is also a plus for Furry Fiesta. My flights to and from DC this month are on United (bought mostly with miles,) but I will likely use other airlines in the future until United improves.

I still haven't received my federal tax refund. My dad filed the return, so he said he would look into why it hasn't been deposited.
jcollie719: (JCollie Fursuit Head)
My boss at KRCC tried to contact me during my Toastmasters meeting earlier, looking for additional phone staff for the membership drive's final day.

I just saw an article about a proposed "Hyperloop" train which would serve various cities:
http://www.kktv.com/content/news/Colorado-proposal-among-finalists-for-Hyperloop-system-418587193.html

One of the planned routes would go from Cheyenne, WY to Houston, TX, with stops including Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. I don't know if this route would stop in Dallas/Fort Worth, but there's another route linking DFW with Houston. This would be a nice system (if I'm still alive when it's completed) for traveling to Texas Furry Fiesta.

Just 20 days until my Washington, DC trip, and 124 days until Rocky Mountain Fur Con!
jcollie719: (I Haz A Sad)
The KRCC pledge drive was originally going to end this Saturday, but it will end on Friday instead. I'll be able to resume my "normal" schedule on Saturday morning.

It would be great if cell phone makers invested more into making the phones sound better. Being able to hear and understand callers is sometimes difficult in a room with 4-5 others taking pledges. Adding the "hamburger phone" limitations -- and the mountainous locations of some of our listeners -- to that is even more frustrating. Thankfully, today had my last phone shift for this drive.

I'd love to wake up tomorrow and find my federal tax refund has been deposited.

My digital camera is saying its battery is defective. I ordered a new battery this week. The tab holding the battery in place is partially broken, but I hope that isn't causing the "defective" notice.
jcollie719: (dog antlers)
I took a Zyrtec before bed last night since KRCC had its "Chili Challenge" this morning. Chili is a golden retriever therapy dog, and her owners help the station during its membership drives. A few people who pledged in person mistakenly thought the station had already moved into its future location on Tejon Street. That move likely won't happen until late this year or early next year.

My federal tax refund hasn't been direct deposited yet. If it's not in my account tomorrow morning, I'll take my change jar to the credit union to pad my account a bit. I still have about $150 in my accounts, but a little more wouldn't hurt.
jcollie719: (Jcollie license)
I originally signed up to answer phones at KRCC this morning. Yesterday, the operations manager e-mailed me to say Tuesday mornings are usually slow and asked if I wanted to do Wednesday morning instead. I let him know I would do that. I'm actually relieved I didn't have to work today since a few more inches of snow have fallen. The weather's warming up just enough to melt it off the roads, and the walkways around my building were just cleared.
jcollie719: (Jcollie719)
Today was peaceful at work. KRCC didn't do any Sunday pledging this time.

I was initially worried I-25 would get icy due to the snowfall, but the roads were just wet. I wound up not going to FoxTrot because I was too tired after work, and a brief nap didn't help.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
Tomorrow at FoxTrot, I'll wear the "partial" parts of my fursuit with my jacket and regular clothes since this weekend will be chilly. I need to contact my suit maker after dinner tonight to see if she's going to FoxTrot, or if she can adjust the suit body sometime in the next two weeks. Next week might not work due to the KRCC drive.

I signed up for two more phone shifts at KRCC yesterday. My upcoming vacation is now completely "Even Stevened."

My replacement APAP mask was delivered an hour ago. This should greatly improve my sleep for the next few months. Also, a few of the KRCC shifts I picked were 6-9 AM, so my sleep schedule won't be quite as varied this week.

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