I'll say that again:
Maybe I should change that to "Wrath Of God", or for those who aren't religious...."Lightning".
Not long ago I made an entry about having a Halo party and how I was thinking of cancelling it due to my mood I was in, which was shitty to begin with. Well, it all worked out okay, cause when the party was over, I felt a lot better...till I woke up the next morning.
I was rattled awake by the sound of my phone ringing and I was unable to answer it in time before the voice mail kicked in. Oh well, so I went back to sleep. Or well, almost....I could hear the faint sound of my cell phone ringing at the other end of the house. It was work asking me to come in. Something about a power outage or something. The cell phone kept breaking up.
I really made a bad decision that morning. I said to myself, "Fuck it. They don't pay me enough to worry about shit like that. I do what I do for the station (I'm speaking of the station I am currently in control of, the classic rock one) and they can take care of the technical shit." Now, I made this decision without knowing the full scale, the full details of what had actually happened.
It was massive. Everyone at the station who I have talked to and even others who work at stations in other markets have all said this was one for the record books. No one had ever seen something this bad.
Lightning had struck us the night before...all four stations in the building became disabeled. Computers were fried...not just knocked offline, but fried. Burn marks were all over the circuit boards in the cd players, computers, the phone system, the mic processors, the transmitters and satellite receivers...all fo it burned, fried, killed. A power surge like no one had seen before, apparently. Every computer screen when fixed to work, had this nice rainbow effect going on. As if magnets had distorted it all.
My station, the classic rock one, wasn't able to play commercials for 2 days. Someone had to sit in the studio, all day, and manually press a button to start a song...one after the other, after the other, after the other.
In the other station I work for, the computer was unable to talk to the cd players to play any music...again, manually...song after song after song after song...manually starting and stopping them. No time for reading a magazine, when one song was started we had to prepare for the next one...no computer as there was no internet or anything else. No phones...nothing. It was repetitive, tedious, time-consuming, boring, and mind numbing.
So, there you go. As of late things have gotten better. The classic rock station is now back to normal with the exception of the mics, but no one uses them anyway.
The other station I work for is in pretty good shape...cept we're still manually doing the music, which, again....sucks ass. All of the equipment isn't made anymore. No one makes, or sells for that matter, any of the parts we need. It's all very outdated. We are getting new equipment, but it has yet to come in. Our holiday is pretty much shot this coming weekend.
The only thing really keeping me from leaving is most of the people I work with. Some, I could do without, really, but for the most part...I just can't leave them. I suck.