Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

Atlanta United Flag Kids

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Today, we went to the Atlanta United game. First we watched the players enter the stadium and Mackenzie signed the golden spike.

Rilianne met a fan dressed like Santa Claus, which was the highlight of the day for her.

The World Cup final was also today and we were able to watch it on the halo screen at Mercedes Benz Stadium. It was really cool.

Mackenzie and Tristan along with some other kids from Mackenzie’s soccer club were chosen to be “flag kids”. They went out on the field during the national anthem and held the team’s flags.  This was the highlight of the day for Mackenzie for sure!

13WMAZ Junior Journalist Tryouts

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Mackenzie tried out this evening for 13WMAZ’s Junior Journalist program. Tryouts were at the Museum of Aviation at the town airport (air force base). If selected, she would be a young reporter for the local TV station. We were surprised to see two other girls from her soccer team at the tryouts.

After sign in, we went into a holding auditorium where they began broadcasting a live update on the evening news. Here is what it looked like from my perspective. You can see Mackenzie on the far left.

Here is what it looked like on TV from Kimberlie’s perspective. You can see Mackenzie looking over the reporter’s shoulder on the far right. I’m in the center in the yellow shirt.

She went through a short interview and then a headshot.

After the interview, she got to check out the station’s mobile Storm Lab.

Thanksgiving 2016

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Thanksgiving is nothing special at our house. This morning, Kimberlie went to work and the kids watched the parades on TV.

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After Kimberlie got home, Mackenzie and I went to Kohl’s to brave the Black Friday crowds.

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We were about 25th in line, but there were hundreds behind us!

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After scoring all of the deals at several stores, it was time for Thanksgiving dinner — Waffle House!

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Alpacas!

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Last night we were watching the local news and saw a story about an Alpaca show at the local agri-center. Rilianne went wild pointing and making noises at the TV. She LOVES animals.

Today, we had a few hours between Mackenzie’s two soccer games and nothing to do so we decided to ride down and see the alpacas.  Rilianne loved them!

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Five Year Work Anniversary

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Five years ago today, I started working for the United States Courts. This morning, the boss presented me with a service certificate and a service pin.

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I’m under a social networking policy, so I won’t discuss the specifics of my job here, but I will say that it has been the most rewarding job I have ever had.

Publix was my favorite job of all time. I LOVED working with the people and customers. And, I loved the fact that when I clocked out, my day was over. No taking work home or worrying about how much I didn’t get done. If I could keep my hours, pay, and benefits, I would go back to Publix without thinking twice.

Mercer was the best group of people that I worked with.  The eager law students and the faculty and staff were wonderful. But the politics and shenanigans were draining. I also felt that I was part of a pyramid scheme — part of an culture that convinced second-tier students to incur massive amounts of debt for a degree that may or may not pay off for them.  Sure, I just did information technology, but I was still a part of that.

Working for the federal judiciary has been the most rewarding.  I’m not only talking about rewarding in pay and benefits. It has certainly been rewarding in those areas, but I also feel a sense that I make somewhat of a difference in the world.  There have been many days that I do some little task in preparation for a moment that becomes part of the evening news. From court cases to naturalization ceremonies, it is great to be a part of something that matters.

Baby’s First TV Appearance

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

While Mackenzie and I were running yesterday, the local news captured Kimberlie taking pictures of Tristan and Rilianne with Santa.  I guess they didn’t think Tristan was cute enough to put on the evening news, but Rilianne certainly made the cut!

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Slow News Week in Central Georgia

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

You know its a slow news week in Central Georgia when two of my kids make the news in the same week.

Last night, Tristan’s school club called Hands Across Houston County filled bags at a local church’s “Feed the City” program. The church feeds about 10,000 people each year. Tristan made the news packing bags.

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Earlier this week, Mackenzie’s school had “Farm Day”, where local farmers and FFA programs brought animals onto the school campus for an agricultural lesson. Her class made the news as she was petting a cow.

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Flashback: Oprah’s Favorite Things 2007

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Eight years ago was one of the coolest days of my life. I got the hottest ticket in television.

But first, let me go back a few weeks. On October 24, 2007, the local television station announced that Oprah Winfrey would be coming to Macon to film her television show. At the time, The Oprah Winfrey Show was the highest ranked daytime show in television history.  They wanted Oprah’s biggest fans to fill the audience, so to have a chance at a ticket, you needed to write an essay and submit it online. I wasn’t the biggest Oprah fan by any means, but Kimberlie did enjoy her show so I knew I had to put my name in the hat. Here is the essay I submitted:

I am requesting two seats for the Macon studio audience so that I can surprise my wife Kimberlie and fulfill her dream of being in the Oprah studio audience.  This isn’t one of those “she’s been watching for 22 years” type letters.  In fact, Kimberlie is only 24.  She is an occupational therapist assistant at a local Macon nursing home and she makes sure that she sees the bed-ridden patients in the afternoon so that she can watch Oprah while giving them therapy.  Although Kimberlie is sometimes at work or driving home during the show, she strives to get in every minute of Oprah that she can.  Sometimes, she even leaves the kids at day care so that she can come home and watch Oprah without them.  She has even purchased and read books solely because they are on Oprah’s book list.   Two years ago, we visited Walt Disney World.  The highlight of the weeklong trip for Kimberlie was accidentally finding the bust of Oprah at Disney Studios.  I was trying to save my film for what I considered more important things, but she insisted on having her picture taken with the bust.  You can view the picture here.  We recently took a work-related trip to the west coast and while pondering attending a television taping in the area, Kimberlie made me promise that if we ever visit the Chicago area that I would do anything possible to get her a ticket into the show.  She wasn’t interested in being in the audience for any other show!  Kimberlie is a great wife and mother and I would love to see her face if she were able to attend the taping. Even if you can’t fulfill the request for two seats, please at least let me give her a ticket as a surprise.

Here is the photo I was talking about. Back in the days of film, if someone blinked at the wrong time it was just too bad!

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When we arrived at the taping, we had no idea what topic the show would be on. There was a huge replica of the Hay House, which is a famous local attraction. When Oprah came out, drinking a sweet tea, she told us that she decided to film in Macon because Macon has the highest percentage of viewers than any other location. I’m not sure what it says about my town when more televisions are tuned into The Oprah Winfrey Show, especially when it came on during the workday.

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She then told us that we had the HOTTEST ticket in television and that the show was actually Oprah’s Favorite Things, where she talks about all of her favorite items and gives them all to the audience.  Since both Kimberlie and I were there, we left with two of everything!

Taping a TV show is crazy. We filmed scenes over and over and over.  Our reactions to each item that were on television were most likely not the first time we reacted to that item.  Somehow, Oprah snuck both David Foster and Josh Groban into town for the taping. It was amazing. I actually played my Josh Groban music at a Christmas event at work today.

Below is an almost complete list of the items we received (2 of each item)

  • Samsung HD Camcorder (SC-HMX10C)
  • UGG Australia Classic Crochet Boots
  • ToyWatch Crystal Watches
  • Perfect Endings Cupcakes by Williams-Sonoma
  • Melamine Bowls by Williams-Sonoma
  • KitchenAid Artisan Mixer
  • Planet Earth DVD Set by The Discovery Channel
  • Kai Body Butter & Buffer
  • Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System
  • Claus Porto Soaps from Lafco New York
  • “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett
  • Breville Ikon Panini Press by Williams-Sonoma
  • Ciao Bella Sorbetto
  • Rachel Pally Swing Turtleneck and Sailor Pants
  • Scrabble Premier Edition from Hasbro
  • United Artists 90th Anniversary Prestige DVD Collection
  • Shaklee Get Clean
  • O’s Guide to Life
  • Josh Groban’s Noël CD
  • LG HDTV Refrigerator
  • $250 Target Gift Card
  • RED Wrapping Paper Kit

Since we had duplicates of everything, I sold a lot (like the extra refrigerator), gave several away, and kept some (like the cupcakes and gift cards).  The proceeds I made from selling the items went towards me purchasing my Honda CR-V, which I still have.  Oprah actually paid the taxes on all of the “winnings” and she paid them at a higher tax bracket than we fell into for that year, so we came out ahead there as well.  We will use our refrigerator with the TV on it. It still impresses people.  And Kimberlie still wears her UGGs. I still use the HD video camera occasionally and I’m staring at the Scrabble board and DVD collection as I wrap up this blog entry.

Although I wasn’t really an Oprah fan, this event definitely makes my list of the Top 10 events in my life.

Baby Update

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Kimberlie had her final ultrasound today.  Various parts of the baby, the cord and the fluid were checked and measured. No, we did not catch a glimpse of the parts everyone wants to know about. And, in case you don’t understand that — NO, we still have no idea if it is a boy or a girl.

All of the measurements went well, the head is at the bottom where it should be, the cord has the twists that should be present and the baby’s current estimated weight is 5.5 lbs. One more month to go!

The nursery is coming together as well. We should have a baby monitor delivered tomorrow. And, just like cars, the technology has come so far with baby stuff. The new monitor will look like a little iPhone with a video screen. The camera will pan, tilt, and zoom and best of all I can watch it all on my iPhone and iPad from anywhere in the world!

Between the recent surprise baby shower and me scoring deals all over town, we are starting off with a lot of diapers!

Here are just the size 1 diapers and wipes:

We also have lots of size 2s, 3s, and a pack or two of newborn.

As for clothes, we have lots of white, yellow, and green onesies. We purchased a few of them and others were gifts.

I’m still tracking all of our expenditures so one day I’ll know exactly what an additional child costs!

Navicent Health Teddy Bear Clinic

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

This morning, the local children’s hospital held a Teddy Bear Clinic. It is designed to get kids familiar with what happens at a hospital just in case they ever end up there. Mackenzie had heard about it on the news and in the newspaper and she was looking forward to it all week.  Of course, her “teddy bear” is a Monkey.  Yes, “Monk” from this 2008 post is still very much a part of our lives.  Needless to say, we headed to Macon for the event.

There were six stations. The first, was registration, where paperwork was completed on the animal, a hospital bracelet was issued, a doctors hat was given out, and symptoms were identified.  Thank god they didn’t ask me for a co-pay! The first 500 kids also received a free teddy bear. Mackenzie eventually decided that the new baby could have it.

The next station was vitals. Monk’s height and weight were checked as well as his body temperature, heartbeat, and ears.  At this station, the local news media caught up with us. You can see their camera in the background.  Mackenzie actually ended up on the weekend news.

Here’s how we looked on the evening news:

The next station was for x-rays. As you can see in the second picture, we determined that Monk had a broken leg.

Next was the bandage station. They even used the real cast bandages just like Mackenzie got on her arm a few years ago.

The fifth station was the Get Well Card station.  Mackenzie made Monk a nice little card.

And at the final sixth station, Monk received a certificate of good health. There were also snacks and drinks for the kids. Teddy grams, of course.

On the way out of the clinic, we were able to tour the pediatric critical care transport ambulance.  It even has a TV that plays cartoons for the patient to watch during transport. Mackenzie was pretty impressed!