It might not be that big of a surprise that the technical side of the radio business means you have to deal with a lot of cables, and anybody who has ever had to roll up an extension cord or something similar knows that it gets kinked up almost as soon as you start rolling it. However I learned a super secret technique of rolling cables that prevents those kinks. I learned it way back in High School when I was helping run a sound board for the local community theater by some old wise man with a big beard. It's called the "Over-under" technique and while I was trying to teach it to a coworker here at the studio I cam across a tutorial that teaches it way better than I or even Mr. Beard ever could.
With this information in hand go forth and roll cables as they were meant to be rolled!
I had a go cart growing up, and I was pretty good at driving it. Definitely better than brother and sister and some of the kids around the neighborhood. However that cart was more for driving around fields in rural Texas, not going around the race track... and this kid puts any skill I thought I had growing up to shame. This kid puts most adults who think they have driving skills to shame.
If you're a fan of the show "Top Gear" than you know that kid could easily pass as The Stig's son. Although he is not, he is just the son of the guy who owns that go cart track... and he has obviously picked up a thing or two. I really really hope he becomes a professional racecar driver when he is older because I want to see somebody place first, then spin, reverse park, and walk away like a boss... like a real life Ricky Bobby. Here is to your future career little guy... you're awesome.
After enjoying the fireworks on Friday I set off to see something I've wanted to check out since I was a little kid. The West Texas Sand Dunes. So I spent the weekend camping out at Monahans Sandhills State Park. It is about a half hour west of Odessa on I20 but it is like a whole other world. Within a mile of driving off the interstate you come across these giant several story tall sand dunes that look more at home in the Sahara than in West Texas. Not only is it one of the most picturesque places I've ever camped but it has nice amenities too. We had parking, a picnic bench, a cover for shade, a grill, plus water and electricity all just at our little campsite (and it only costs $14 to stay overnight!). You can hike for as long as want and even rent sleds to slide down the dunes. I've gone snow sledding up north many times but I don't think it even comes close to sledding down a giant sand dune. They have some great equestrian trails for horseback riding and a visitors center with a nice museum with the history of the dunes and a watching station where you can check out the local birds and wildlife getting water. Or can just sit, relax, crack a cold one, and watch the sand blow over the tops of dunes. It is just crazy to think that if the park service wasn't around to maintain everything everything that was built at the park center would be completely covered in sand in just a year or two.
I highly recommend Sandhills State Park for weekend excursions, and I'm glad I finally got to see the dunes with my own eyes after years first seeing them in an elementary school Texas History textbook.
For anybody who just can't wait until Independence Day night to see some fireworks, or just anybody who wants to kill some time while stuck in the office... here is a do it yourself fireworks game. Just click and watch the shinies go boom. You can even set up what kind and color of the fireworks. For the super lazy just click "random show" and watch without all the clicking. And check out actual Fireworks for free at the annual Star Spangled Salute in downtown Midland on the 4th!
Have you ever wanted to own your own town? Well know you can! A small unincorporated town in South Dakota is on sale for just $400,000! The whole town consists of a bar, workshop, three trailers, single house, and 6.16 acres of wide open prairie. And you don't become Mayor, or town council or anything like that... you straight up own it. Like Mr. Potter in it's a wonderful life (but hopefully less evil).
Here is a picture of it's thriving downtown according to Google street view:
The town is called Swett, South Dakota and its current owner Lance Benson (who along with his wife make up the towns only official population) is selling it so he can focus on his traveling concession business. The main attraction of the town is the bar "Swett Tavern" which is the only watering hole for miles and miles around and apparently attracts a rough crowd. One of the regulars once described it with "you need a Bowie knife to get in this place and a chainsaw to get out." Which is the best description of a bar I've ever heard. Although apparently according the the local news, Benson has cleaned the bars image up a bit since he has owned it. The bar as it looks today is in the photo at the top of the page.
But the best part is the lady who is actually in charge of selling the town has had her number posted all over the internet, her name is Stacie and I won't post it but you can see all her contact info at this local papers website. Now that this story has gone viral I hope she puts her phone on silent for a while. But who knows with all the Oil Boom money flowing in West Texas... maybe somebody does want to buy a town just for kicks and giggles.