Archive for March, 2011

Really? C’mon

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s been a busy few days working electrics around.
Not many great stories but a few fun pictures.




Categories: LX


March 27, 2011 Leave a comment


I came in and was told the band was called Pearl Django.
I heard Pearl Jam.
Way to be off the mark.

Easy gig, simple reenforcement, hang out listen to the band and hope one of my raffle tickets wins.
After last night this is a good sunday

Categories: Audio

Bored Op

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment


Hitting “GO” isn’t hard.
Nor is waiting to be told when.
The hard part is subbing in and being asked questions about focus, number of units up or if something is wrong. “I don’t know” isn’t a good answer but it’s the only one I’ve got.

Early in the shift I ask a spot if he’d strike is spot, he said in 10 minutes, I asked if he was on the clock, when he said yes I asked if he’d just strike it.
My reasons are simple: if there’s problems with it I want time to come up with a fix. Also he’s annoying but getting rid of him is ulterior making sure shit works is the primary concern, right?
Yeah I don’t believe it either.

Yet when it didn’t strike and at 15 I dash upstairs to fix it. As I pass spot one I ask him to strike (dammit the last thing I want is to fix 2 spots) and no problem. House Right I try a few fixes without success and then I figure why not reseat the ballast, give it a shot and it strikes, finally.
During this spot two is talking about how it hasn’t happened and how reliable the spot has been. And once it strikes he says, “If it dies I can’t restrike,” not a question a statement. I look at him explain he can’t hot restrike but giving it a couple of minutes to cool down it’ll strike again.
A blank look as he wonders about covering his cues to which I explain spot one and me using IQs will make it work until he can restrike.

What bothers me most is he rated himself a better spot op than me.

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Make up your mind

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment


Five trucks should not take 10 hours to load in.
There were factors like the ramp, the organizations and the driver getting his truck stuck when he ignored the instructions of the guard. But did that 2 hour SNAFU really put us 4 hours behind?
Damned if I know.

Then there’s the changes. Like a middle school production with constant changes. Rehang, refocus, move the points, motor controls and span sets. There was no reason for any of it, it made no sense and when a roadie is annoyed their rigger has no consistency venue to venue things are amiss.

Now that could be forgiven if I hadn’t spent much of my shift putting spansets on truss, running out motors and almost being a ground rigger. That’s fine I know how to do that but a real rigger should check my work. I’m not a rigger, no desire to be one, am ok not being one but do know some basics.
And where was audio during this? (I was on lights)
Waiting hours for the truss to fly so they could hang 10 speakers.

I picked the wrong crew.


March 23, 2011 Leave a comment


Why install a ventilation disperser in front of a soca… oh that’s right you hate me.

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March 22, 2011 Leave a comment

“Where gonna Tim Gunn this shit”
Meaning: We’ll make it work

Electrics Install

March 21, 2011 Leave a comment

There is a cold war joke: An American and a Russian go to hell. The Devil gives them the choice between American hell or Soviet hell. The American takes American hell and the Russian takes Soviet. Time passes and the two run into each. The American says how Hell isn’t too bad all he has to do is eat a shovel of shit in the morning and the rest of the day is his. The Russian says in Soviet hell they have to eat 2 shovels of shit and the day is their’s. The American talks about how that’s unfair and how much better things are in capitalist freedom and all that.
(Better Red than dead I suppose but what when you’re dead?)
The Russian stops him and says, ‘No Comrade you don’t understand half the time there is no shovel and the other half there’s no shit.’

The lighting install felt like Soviet hell.

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