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Nov. 1st, 2008 02:15 pm Updates

It has been a bit since I've updated, so here are how things are going.

Work is going about normally, although this week was frustrating since I spent the whole week failing to reproduce a problem. This was slowed by the fact that it takes a very long time to move data on an off of a 1Gbyte, FAT32 formatted, microSD card especially over a USB port.

Last night was the Autumn Fest at New Venture. In purpose this is very similar to the Wheaton Bible Church's Fall Family Festival that they discontinued a few years ago due to lack of room and volunteer burn out, but it is run a bit differently. A lot of the work is pushed off by hiring a carnival company to supply rides and games (with a contact that keeps them behaving appropriately for an event held at and sponsored by a Christian church) and by bringing in food vendors.

robot_grrl and Derrick attended, and had fun. Tara is a bit annoyed, however, since the parking shuttle didn't start until 30 minutes after the event opened, and they didn't make it clear that you needed to check the raffle results before 8:55 and be at the 8:55 raffle to win anything.

I agreed to help out with the audio set up. So I joined them for dinner and then started my shift.

As it turned out, since I had to work so was on the later shift, my main task was helping clear the stage after a Rap group, Pyramid, and setting up for the church choir. This was made harder by having most of the choir show up, so we were squeezing 30 or more singers, three soloists, a keyboard, a trap drum set and other percussion all onto a stage that couldn't have been more than 10'x10! In addition, we had to make sure that 3 soloists, and the pastor (choir director) behind the keyboard (which was behind the singers) all had mics, and that the choir was properly miked. Fortunately the wind section (3 brass players and a flute player) stood on the ground in front of the stage.

Then, after the choir was done, we had to get all of them, including their platform off, and set up for the headliners, Marz Jukebox, which required putting mics on the drum kit, and putting a bunch of other stuff back on the stage, around the band setting up and a person raffling off prizes. While trying to route the cord for the overhead drum mic -- which was actually one of the choir mics -- I managed to bump into both the tenor sax and the baritone sax, which were sitting on stands. Fortunately, I was able to let the player know that I'd bumped them so he could check his tuning. I may have even communicated that I know a bit about saxes (having played alto sax through college) since I told him that I'd "bumped into the mouthpieces on his tenor and beri."

After finishing up with their set, I helped clear the stage -- and helped track down the monitor speaker that had been accidentally taken back to the church. I then ended up helping set up a couple of GOBOs for this weekend's worship services, and took a brief look at the equipment in the booth.

Last Sunday I also talked to the worship pastor about helping out with graphics, and he has been ecstatic about having another volunteer in that position. Since that is the job I did nearly every other Sunday at Wheaton Bible for three or four years, I think I won't have too much trouble. I'll have to learn Media Shout instead of Easy Worship, but the concept of the programs is similar (although I think that Media Shout may be a bit more general purpose). At least I'll be back doing my job in the sanctuary. {At the new facility for Wheaton Bible, which I've been to four services at, three on the day the church opened, the graphics position was moved into the video production room).

We are slowly getting settled into this house, and would still like to get the one in Bartlett sold -- or at least rented. I've even done a quick check on the web to see if there is anyone still buying up houses to serve as rental properties (the old "We Buy Houses" people), knowing that at least getting it sold would make us much more comfortable then paying both mortgage and rent.

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From:ann_totusek
Date:November 1st, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Just curious- what's the asking price on the Bartlett house?
From:robot_grrl
Date:November 1st, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Hi Ann,
I saw the question before Ron so I get to answer.

We've lowered the price to $285,000. That is with a kitchen that we remodeled 3 years ago that I miss so much. Maple cabinets, bamboo flooring, Corian countertops with integrated double sink and contemporary brushed silver lighting and trim. There is tons of storage and counter space.

We also just before we left redid the main bath with new tile floor, Bath Fitter for the shower/tub, and vanity from IKEA. The toilet had already been replaced with a new dual flush water saver from Australia. (We need more of those here in CA).

A lot of the carpeting is less than a year old, but the biggie for us was the built in book shelves in the living room that go all the way to the peaked ceiling on one end. Just the thing for book geeks like us and one of the selling points for us.

I don't want to sound like a sales person, but just in case you needed more info. Especially if you know someone who is interested... ;)