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The Break Didn’t Hold

As much as I wanted to take a break from Facebook, I suffered from two issues. The first one being that I had no self control :).  The second being that my family prefers the Facebook Messenger to SMS, or any other messaging platform.  This has been a very busy week both at work and at home.  This weekend, our under the counter microwave died on us. We can’t afford to replace it at the moment but we went ahead and removed it as you can see in the photo below.

Microwave died 2/21/2015

Last night as my wife was coming home from work, she hit a pot hole on the I-240 Service Road between Eastern and Bryant and blew her tire out as well as damaged the rim.
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I drove over there to help her change the tire and put on the donut wheel but by the time I got there someone else had pulled over and helped her change it as you can see in the picture below.  For the record, she knows how and is very capable of changing the tire by herself.

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God is very good to us by having nice people around like that to help when we were in a bad place.  The guy that helped out had all the tools already with him and he had just changed his own tire when he hit the same pot hole.  When I finally got home around midnight last night, there was an Oklahoma City Police helicopter flying around our neighborhood.
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Just as I was getting my phone out to take a picture of it flying over head, they shined their spotlight right in my face as you can see in the next photo.

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Oddly enough, I was under the impression that when we moved out to this nice neighborhood that the police would not be flying over our house anymore. At our old house, we saw the helicopter all the time. Obviously they were looking for someone in the neighborhood.  They circled the two truck stops about five times and then left.  I hope they catch the bad guy :).  Anyway, it was tough to wind down for bed last night but I finally managed to do so.

Once I did get to sleep, I dreamed that my ham radio tower fell and bent in half.  That was the most terrifying dream even though I do not have a tower at the moment :).  The funny thing is that I dreamed that I disconnected the guy wire and leaned the tower up against another one beside it thinking that I’ll be right back when I get a tool. Then I looked up to see a huge crow pulling on the antenna and knocked it down.  It is funny how dreams are so bizarre.  To someone else, that may seem like no big deal but losing the tower was the most stressful event of all :).

Today or tonight we are expecting some snow or sleet and I am cautiously optimistic that it will happen.  I just love weather and enjoy every minute that the sun is not shining and 100+ degrees.  I am very excited that storm season is only a couple months away.  Don’t interpret my enthusiasm for storms as a desire to see anyone get hurt or see their property destroyed.  I’ve always been fascinated with storms since I was about five years old.  That is about how old I was the first time I can remember the tornado siren coming on in the middle of the night.  It was great then and still excites me.

Taking a Break From Facebook

Last night, February 12, 2015, I deactivated my Facebook account because I’ve reached the end of my rope with them shoving these offensive trending topics in my face.  Honestly, I am convinced these are not trending topics at all but rather topics that they believe will cause as much controversy as possible.  I am sick of the media, news, movies and now Facebook shoving homosexuality in my face.  It is offensive, vial and disgusting.  I will save you some time.  If you want to post a reply on this page that tells me that we are not to judge, then save your time because it will be deleted.  Unlike on these public social networks, I will not be censored and told what I can say on my own page.

The homosexual community is very militant and in your face hoping to provoke a response from anyone that may disagree with their vial and disgusting practice.  The moment you do respond, they come against you calling you intolerant and hate filled.  I reject that and say they are the most hateful people you will ever run into.  You will never hear me use the word gay when referring to them because they have stolen a word that does not belong to them.  Gay means happy, not a vial and disgusting act.  They are homosexual activists.  People are not born homosexual, but engage in behavior.  If a person is black, or white, you can tell by looking at them.  They are not homosexual, but rather someone that engages in vial and disgusting acts.

I do not want your advice and I don’t want your opinions if you think these vial and disgusting acts are normal. If you believe this, then you are the one with a problem, not me.  I do not hate anyone so stop twisting the definitions.  Using the modern day definition of intolerance and hate, means that I hate people that like okra.  Just because a person disagrees with something does not mean they hate the person.  If you are a Christian that plans to come and tell me that we are to love them out of their homosexuality, then keep walking.

A person that loves someone tells them the truth.  If you cannot even bring yourself to say that something is sinful, then you are stopped before you even begin.  I am not attacking those that engage in this behavior.  I am responding to their never ending provocation.  I will not accept this is an acceptable alternative lifestyle because it is not.  I would be just as indignant if someone tried to get me to accept that stealing was an acceptable lifestyle.  I just had to vent this morning.

Purina Loves Our Dog

Navi watching the Super Bowl 2/1/2015

Last night I posted a tweet with this picture that said “My puppy dog watching the Super Bowl  ”  Shortly after that I received the post below…

Purina posted a tweet about our dog Navidad.

I was surprised to see this post but thought it was pretty cool.  I responded with another post that said “ Thank you! She is pulling for the Seattle Seahawks.”  Then I received the post below from them.

Purina posted a tweet about our dog Navidad.

 

 

Of course, at the time they posted this, the Seahawks were winning and of course we know how it turned out.  I still thought it was pretty cool.  Once the game was over, I was reading some of the posts on Twitter and stumbled on this one.

Funniest Tweet ever. We'll take them.

 

I really thought this one was funny considering that I live in Oklahoma City.  I understand the Seattle fans feel cheated on the SuperSonics but they have short memories.  If they look back at what happened, they will see that the Supersonics were in danger of leaving long before the Oklahoma City group got involved.  The former owner, Howard Schultz had threatened to move the team before our people got involved.  I clearly remember reading a press release from former NBA Commissioner David Stern saying “It is clear that Seattle does not want an NBA team in their city”.  We all know that is not true but nevertheless, the issue was there long before the Oklahoma City group came along.

The Seattle fans should also not become so indignant that they forget that their own people tried to steal the Sacramento Kings about a year ago.  While I do feel for their plight, it is is a bit disingenuous to say that the Oklahoma City owner group was solely responsible for the team leaving and that they were more immoral than their own people.  I still hope that Seattle gets another NBA team soon so that we will not forever be known as the ones that stole the team from them.  Anyway, I did think the above tweet was funny.  My response to that as an Oklahoma City citizen is “We’ll gladly take them off your hands” :).

Super Bowl Today

While I am not a militant sports fan, I do like football and the Super Bowl. I don’t like being around people where their entire world revolves around a game.  If we win, that is great but if we don’t, that is fine as well because it is just a game.  We will watch today’s game and will be pulling for the Seattle Seahawks. Not because we have some dislike for New England but because most of our family is from the West.

I’ve always identified with the West and don’t really have any family in the East and very few friends.  I run into people at work that all want to tell me the moral reasons for supporting one team or the other but it doesn’t really matter to me.  Some go on and on about New England’s irrelevant ball pressure “scandal” while others tell me about Seattle’s Pete Caroll “scandals” when he was at USC.  While both sides may have some legitimate claims, I have no connection to either team or their staff.

I will watch the game and enjoy the experience and not worry about some scandals that may or may not have happened with two teams that I have no emotional connection.  May the best team win and if they don’t, fine. We’ll just enjoy the experience and the social interaction with family that will be here watching the game with me.  While many people love watching the commercials, I do get a little irritated by the sexual nature of the GoDaddy.com ads each year.  I just don’t see the need to do that.  I am a customer of GoDaddy.com myself and this web site is hosted on their servers.

Other than that, I enjoy the commercials too.  It makes it rough when you are use to pausing to go to the bathroom and then fast forwarding through the commercials so that you can get back to the event.  In this case, you either fast forward through the game or the commercials or just watch a delayed game.  In this case, you are behind on the game while your friends and family are posting live posts on Facebook.  In that case, you are getting spoilers every few minutes.

Thankfully I am not one of those people that cares about spoilers. I really don’t mind knowing the end of a movie before I watch it.  In fact, many times I prefer to know it so that I can better filter what I waste my time on. If it is a show about something that I would ordinarily be offended by, I would rather know this before wasting my time watching it.  Putting all that aside, we are expecting some family to come over this afternoon and so it will be a good time.

T-Mobile LTE in Eastern OKC Area

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Finally after a prolonged period, T-Mobile has a strong LTE signal in the Eastern OKC metro area.  For some reason this area was left dead for years and it seemed like they thought no one lived out here.  We dropped AT&T back in November and went back to T-Mobile and had no LTE service until about a month ago.  It was no real issue since we have very strong WiFi signal on our property.  I am very pleased with the new signal and performance.  I’ve been please with T-Mobile over the years.  The only reason that we left them back in 2010 was because we had no signal inside our office at work.

We are very happy with the service right now and especially the unlimited data. I don’t like to abuse the data usage but it is nice knowing that I have it when I need it.  We have three phones with unlimited data and we are satisfied and would recommend them.  I do have to say that any phone service is only as good as the proximity of the tower to your location.  The best service in the world is horrible if you don’t get a signal where you need it.  For us, it works great.

New Pop Radio Station in OKC

I’ve noticed a low power station on 96.5 FM playing popular music for lack of a better description.  It covers the Oklahoma City area pretty well but the signal drops off pretty quickly as you get away from the city.  In recent weeks, I’ve noticed this station seems to be simulcasting on 92.9 FM.  This station calls themselves Now 92.9 and Now 96.5 for Generation Now.

At the top and the bottom of the hour, I hear them give the call sign of KRXO-HD3 (96.5 MHz) and KOMA-HD2 (92.9 MHz).  This clearly shows the station is owned by Tyler Media.  I looked up the FCC reference for these stations and it appears that 96.5 MHz is actually K243BJ translator at 250 watts at 1,030 feet above ground.  On the other hand 92.9 MHz is actually K225BN translator at 20 watts at 919 feet above the ground, located 35.547616, -97.491683. With both signals coming from the same tower at drastically different power levels and heights above ground, strangely 92.9, the weaker station comes in the strongest at my house.  The only explanation to that would be that maybe their antenna is on my side of the tower while 96.5 may be on the other side.  I have no knowledge of this but just my own opinion.  It is interesting though.

I am not sure if they plan on continuing their broadcast on 96.5 now that 92.9 is on but I am guessing the answer would be no because Tulsa has a high power station called Mix-96 on that frequency called.  I would assume there are times when we have inversions, that we could have tropospheric propagation conditions where the strong Tulsa station would over power the low power local station.  For that reason, I am pretty sure that 96.5 will eventually go away.  Of course that is nothing but an opinion.

Finally Some Rain

On this last day of January we finally got some rain.  Not much but some and that is better than none.  We got about a half inch of rain today and that is really great.  Our drought continues so any moisture we can get is a huge blessing.  Our drought has been going on for about seven years with a brief break in 2013.  This year wasn’t as bad as previous years but still below normal.  I would say that 2011, 2012 were both really bad years. Not only were they extremely dry but they were also very hot.  We had 63 days at or above 100 degrees in 2011 and then 113 degree day in 2012.

I believe that I’ve had enough of being hot and so I enjoy the winter months when everyone else is complaining about being too cold.  I am very happy with the cold rain we had today.

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