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2 years ago today, a freak hail storm went through our neighborhood and interrupted our peaceful lives. Patti, Hannah and I were at Wing Stop having dinner after leaving church. Weather was forecasting a storm but it wasn’t raining yet. As we were waiting for our meal the rain started, and the lighting, and the wind, and the thunder and then the hail. The storm itself didn’t last but a few moments but it seamed like an eternity. The rest of the kids were at the house and no calls were going through our cell phones. I decided to drive through that mess and try and get home. As i stepped outside my feet landed in a deep puddle of ice water. Traffic barley moved mostly because the roads were not visible. standing water, ice and steam from the water vapor made visibility nearly zero. Not to mention all of the debris on the road. Trees, traffic signals, street signs. It looked like a war zone. The vapor from the ice caused a eerie haze to peer it’s way through the headlights. It was like a scene from an armagaton movie. I finally got home. Everyone was safe and accounted for. The house took a beating. Every north facing window had to be replaced. The north part of the car port was ripped to shreds, the north side of the shed was shredded, the roof needed to be replaced, and every leaf on the trees were now on the ground. For McAllen, the storm was epic. Given the magnitude, the community is fortunate to have escaped with no serious injuries and no fatalities.  In all, 217 persons were rescued from being trapped in hail and wind damaged homes and flood waters, more than 1,000 homes and businesses were damaged, and more than 25,000 customers were without power during the peak of the storm.  According to the Insurance Council of Texas and verified by the Property Claims Service of the Insurance Services Office, insured damages tallied $260 million; total damage, including uninsured property, is likely tens of millions of dollars more. In all, 2,800 homeowners’ claims and 3,000 auto claims had been made by the end of 2012. The storm ranked 21st costliest in Texas since 1950 (in 2012 dollars).


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Church Fail

It’s no wonder Christians get a bad rap..

Bellow is a letter from the Cornerstone Reformed Church sent by “Pastor” Burke Shade;

which was featured in today’s FailBlog.

I suppose any organization has the right to remove members but I didn’t know that an organization possessed the keys to hell and heaven.  According to this organization’s own statement of faith, “sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the Holy Spirit, through the atoning death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ”  So they claim to believe that Jesus is the way to heaven but the letter seams to also state they they have a say so in that decision as well.

I can only thank God that He didn’t leave my salvation up to the thoughts and intentions of man.  If, a board could take a vote on my salvation- i’d be doomed.

and this book was called, Ha your gonna burn!




is this week over yet?

monday was like any other monday

tuesday i decided i was going to update the system documentation.  I keep a set of documents detailing all the network operations of this place.  what goes where, what it does.  routine task, backup procedures, who to call, just a saftey list for whoever has to fill in for me if i was out or something.

While i’m check out one of our main severs, i notice it has about 12 windows updates wanting to be installed.  ok fine, waited for the load to lighten during lunch and let the system restart itself.  got the alert that it was offline, waited, waited, waitied.. never got the “back online message” went back to the rack room and looked at the server, this server is a 6 disk RAID5 system.  One disk has failed back in october of 08 so i was already expecting to see 1 disk with a failure light on it.  but i wasn’t expecting to see 2 additional disk with failiure lights on them.  Back when the first disk failed, i told them.. well it will continue to run BUT.. i probably can’t handle another failure.  that could be catrostrophic.  Money was tight and they decided not to replace.  Ok fine, i started routine backups of that machine to another storage server. well.. a drive on THAT server started failing..  ok.. so i had one good backup on their but coudln’t risk losing  two servers in the same week so i stoped there. 

So back to tuesday, sure enough, the logicial drive was gone. 

Wed. i was able to get everyone  back on the other serve with data from nov of 08 but that’s the best i could do.  spent the entire  day listening to everyone complain about how much they lost.  i was now given the authorization to buy the replacement drives.  by the end of the day i felt like i had been ran over by a steamroller.  just want to go home

Thursday, heading to work, at the intersection waiting for the  light to turn, see one of those black mcallen “stealth” police cars pass me and then turn around behind me and turn on it’s lights.  so i turn at the light and pull over.  the lady walks up and my first response was “i’m pretty sure i wasn’t  speeding”  hand  her my licence and insurance, they ask me out of the car and radio in my info.  i’m chatting with her partner and being pleasant about the whole thing.  hey.. maybe if i’m not rude or ugly i’ll get off easy.  they both listen on the radio as my info comes back.. then they both change demeanor and start asking a whole bunch of other questions.  where were you born, what’s your social, do you have any tatoos?  is that knife on your belt.. I’m starting to get kind of worried but trying to still be cheerful.  the guy ask if i’ve ever been in the chicago area.  darn, i think to myself… i did get pulled over once at cornerstone, a few hours from chicago but that was forever ago and i thought it’d be off my record by now.  so i said yes.. and the guy reaches for his handcuffs.  ok.. cheerfullness gone, maybe i should cry.. that works for girls right?  anyway.. the short of it was they were looking for some guy who had a warrant for something bad in chiacgo who’s name or something matched mine.  she gave me a thermal print  out of a “ticket” with the only violation of expired registration.  didn’t get me for the expired inspection right beneath the registration or broken sidemirror.  so i drive right on over to the municipal court and hand the lady my thermal printout.  again very pleasent.  she told me if i get the sticker she can drop the charge from 75 to 20.  cool!  so i head to the tax place and  get in line, only to realize that i didn’t have the tax stub-reciept thing they send in the  mail, so i head back home to find it and i get a call from the office that  the internet is  downout there.  wierd.. ok   i  call san antonio  and they confirmed  it.  we already had  our 2nd  fiber outage for the year so that can’t be it.  i called my test number just to be sure.  yup.. it was out.

so i head to work and tried to get  everyone on to the backup system.  after another VERY long day finally got that up around 5. 

i’m ready for a vacation.



Friday June 12 came, and past.

I remember growing up at the ranch, the only TV stations available were the ones off the air.  Ch 4, ch 5, and 23 were the favorites.  44 and 60 if you were really bored.  As of yesterday afternoon, those analog signals were no more.  Ch 60 (KMBH) went dark back on  the original february citing complaints about not budgeting for dual operation and electrical cost.  Ch 23, KVEO went dark Friday morning, and KRGV and KGBT swapped  their analog signals to a loop telling viewers that they missed out and how to convert. Flipping through the analog dial though, you  can still see many Mexican signals though.  They may straggle, or possibly never convert.  Depends on who the FCC has sold the old frequencies to.

Here is another interesting date for you.  October 1, 1982.  That’s the date the first cd player went on sale.  The Sony CDP101.  The CDP101 went on sale for $1000 and compact disk sold for $16 to $18 twice the price of LP’s.  The New York Times wrote in March of 83

Some question where the audio-disc will succeed.  Even if prices come down – and the industry experts say it will – some analyst doubt whether consumers will be willing to sacrifice substantial investments in turntables and stacks of traditional recordings… The compact disk and player… is being likened in the music industry to Still, the CD’s effect on record makers, manufacturers of audio equipment, and most importantly the music-loving consumer will probably be more gradual than the two previous revolutions, according to analyst.