0630 Thursday, 18 October -
Omigosh, I'm feeling a little bit naked writing this (and not just
because I am a little bit naked writing this). By popular request
(you're welcome D), I have formatted the tidbits pages to be
printer-friendly, with no backgrounds and more room for photos (you're
welcome to the guy who wrote during WAG "shut up and go take more
pictures"). So all you folks out there who print these bits for
whatever reason, let me know if there are any problems.
Okay now. Today is Thursday. The fishbowl is up in the hangar and
today we will (hopefully) finish setting up DZTV. There is a lot of work
to do, but it's looking like it's going to be another good show. News
and photos coming later today.
Cables and cobwebs everywhere! Get me outa here, it's time for a
Sorry only two pics today, but
you know my Photoshop is going to get a workout soon...
1300 Friday October 19
Just how many video cables does it take to set up DZTV? Not as much
wiring as in a space shuttle, but I'm pushing it... There's a whole lot
of jumping going on outside and I'm in here trying to figure out why the
composite feed from the #1 scoring processor's genlock overlay card is
scrambled. Hurumph. T1 isn't much of a help, and I don't blame him. The
electricity died in his DZ trailer weeks (months?) ago and the inside of
his refrigerator is, uhm, uh, let's just say it gives high value to the
phrase "don't go there."
Tents in the tram boarding area
are a nice addition this year....
...these people, called
"judges," are watching strange videos of crazy folks
jumping and pushing buttons on these funny little panels and
consulting paperwork and making funny noises (some which smell
bad). I think there is a small computer under the table that is
Well, T1 is out cleaning his refrigerator (*GADS* what a smell) and
I need some more Eludium Q-36 Explosive Video Modulators, so it's off to
Radio Shack shortly. The drop zone is crawling with competitors, and I
think this is going to be a really terrific nationals. Lots of familiar
faces here, and if I can get all my DZTV act together, I'll have some of
those shining faces on this page tomorrow....
Final Setup Notes
Okay, nobody sneeze, it's all set up and working now. It makes my
mind boggle just thinking about how many things can go wrong. So I won't
think. Here's some pictures from this morning, and I'll probably make an
opening ceremonies bits page later.
1200 Noon Report
Strolling around the DZ, the place is hopping, the electricity is
atmospheric, and the packers should be paying off lots of bills this
month. It's just before noon as I write this, and I hear Otter load 24
getting a call. I've seen Deguello at registration, always good to see
Jack & Company. The judges are all in the fishbowl practicing with
Omniskore. The DZ is finishing the setup of the Style & Accuracy
area, which is a mile south of the main drop zone. Most importantly, Mom
is heating up some Weaver's BBQ ribs -- imported from the Republic of
Texas -- for lunch here shortly. Ah, those ribs are to die for...
1700 Last Call
...competition vibes...everyone seems to be kind of just keeping
quiet, scoping out the competition, doing their own thing...did I say
this place was swarming with competitors? I've never seen so many, it
looks like one heck of a turnout...the 4-way competition draw is in a
couple of hours, and I will be up late tonight posting that and creating
a gazillion team pages. Ah yes, the evening before the start of 4-way is
my "hell night." Joy. Be patient with me in the morning, the
photos and results will be slow to appear on the first day...thank
you...good night and see you tomorrow!
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