Today Was The Big Day

My OU Graduation

After a long couple years, the graduation is over.  Today I graduated the University of Oklahoma putting a lot of stressful times away.  This is tough enough when you are 18 years old but when you are 43 and have a full family life and a full time job, it makes it even more of a challenge.  This day was supposed to be a huge moment and it was to a degree.  I feel like the whole event was under the influence of drugs.  I have not slept for more than three continuous hours in a week and the doctor gave me some itching medication for my poison ivy that really made me sleepy.

It was a good day though and I have a wonderful family that was there for me.  My beautiful wife Sunday shown in this photo has made so many sacrifices for me in our 20 years of marriage.  She sacrificed so much for me in getting this accomplishment done that I really do appreciate her.  She is testament to the Proverbs 31 woman spoken of in the Bible.  She is so incredible that words cannot express.

Now that I have this behind me, I can get back to life again.  The time involved in completing this goal has been amazing.  Our whole lives have been adjusted to make time for this.  God has been very good to us but has taken an unfortunate back seat to this goal.  It is time to put HIM first again and remember where my blessings come from.

We Have Power!

Well everyone, we finally have our power back on after six days.  The lights came on at 5:57 pm last night and we were just thrilled.  It is hard to describe how you feel short tempered and lack of patience when your power is off.  On Wednesday we went and bought us a generator at I-240 and Shields Blvd.  There were many trucks that had come from the Cummins manufacturer in Kansas that were selling generators right out of the truck.  We managed to pick up a 6500 watt generator for $599.99.  With the install kit and tax, it was a little over $750.00.  That was money well spent because at least we could run a TV, a couple of lights and our refrigerator.  The neighbor tapped in and she used her refrigerator, TV, and a light as well.  This has been a very eventful couple of weeks.

I had finals at OU this last week all while having gall bladder surgery on the fifth of December.  Then last weekend we had the worst ice storm in Oklahoma history.  I just checked the TV and found that there are still more than 100,000 people here in the Oklahoma City metro with no power.  We need to keep those people in our prayers.  Thanks to you Jack, for offering to let us stay with you.  We appreciated the offer but we did have gas heat and already bought the generator.

My tower has some slight damage to the guy wires.  There was a branch about 8 inches thick that landed on the top guy wire and really shook the tower up and pulled up one of the anchor rods on the opposite side about 10 inches.  The guy wires are swaying about 3 to 4 feet in any direction so for all intents and purposes there are no guy wires holding it up.  It is pretty much standing on its own.  I have a 6 meter, 2 meter, 70 cm antenna that is pretty  much destroyed.  Both of my HF antennas are destroyed but thankfully they were just dipoles.  The most expensive one of the two was an Alpha Delta DXB-PLUS that runs about $250.00.  We have had five inches of rain in the past week so my back and front yards are just mud holes.  I hate to go out there and work because you sink into the grass.

We had another snowstorm, if you want to call it that, this morning where we had a coating on the cars.  My dad, W5QO is still without power over at his house.  I still have our WIN System repeater off the air because I have not had a chance to inspect the antenna after the tree branch landed on the tower.  The nightmare is almost over.  We seemed to have lost a week with all this going on.  I just looked at the calendar and realized that Christmas is only a week away.  What a busy week.  Sunday is inventorying all of the lost food in the refrigerators and freezers to claim on the insurance.  It was pretty scary the first time we opened them up.  Today we are doing laundry all day trying to get caught up on this whole week of sitting in the dark.  I am going back to work on Monday for the first time since before my surgery.  It will be good to get back to normal.  I think that pretty much covers the damage and what we have been doing this past week.  I will keep you posted.

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