Archive for June, 2012

So this is a little self advertisement to folks who I thought may and or may not be interested. A magazine that I helped found, and that I’ve been working with for the last year is finally going to print. Pre-orders are now available.

I’m not asking everyone to run out and buy it (although I won’t lie that would be awesome) but pass the word if you would be so kind to folks, and let them know that our magazine is out there and is available to those whom would be interested.

We have put a lot of time and work in to it, and while the subject matter may not be something that everyone I know enjoys I figure at least a handful of ya’ll might be interested (College Football). Here are some of the magazines features:

  • 116 full color pages of nothing but the Vols.
  • 99.9% ad-free.
  • Written by Vol fans for Vol fans.
  • Available as a print version, a Kindle version, and a download-able e-book.
  • Stories written by yours truly and many others

 

The print version is available for pre-order here

If you are one of the many folks who prefer to have digital format, we will be on Amazon.com for PDF and Kindle systems.

If you’re local and you actually think it might be worth while I’ll even sign the durn thing for you. Who knows maybe I can become the next Bill Simmons (doubtful, but a guy can dream can’t he?)

Meanwhile I appreciate your help, I hope everyone is doing well and if you do decide to buy the magazine I hope you find it enjoyable!

My thanks to Joel , and the rest of the guys at RockyTopTalk for giving me the invitation to participate in this dream opportunity!

And as Time Life used to say: read the book!-order here

 

 

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The event where yours truly goes mainstream…..

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This isn’t really a Fathers day post. But in many ways it is. I wrote it originally in October of 2010. The more I go over it and see the relationship between my own father, and his father to me I am forced to think that despite the undertone…maybe it is about Fathers Day after all.

When your coming home Dad, I don’t know when
But we’ll get together then yea
You know we’ll have a good time then…

My Dad and I hold this song between us. Its a bit of a testament to when he was in the Navy and gone for months at a time. Before Facebook. Before Skype. Before E-mail. Before cellphones. Deployments on a Aircraft Carrier could keep him gone most of a year with little to no communication save letters via the ever so slow US postal service.

I got a lot of E-mails and Facebook comments with my rendition of Glory to Georgia. Couple of folks didn’t know I played.

I don’t…play well that is. I have a bad habit of repeating rifts over and over especially if I am singing.

My Dad, the man who taught me? He plays and does so semi professionally. If you like bluegrass you can see him on youtube as well.

But music has always been our bond.

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Gizmo at Chriistmas time....Critters first one....


“What I mean is, things like that happen. They may seem might cruel and unfair, but that’s how life is a part of the time. But that isn’t the only way life is. A part of the time, it’s mighty good. And a man can’t afford to waste all the good part, worrying about the bad parts. That makes it all bad”
― Fred Gipson, Old Yeller

I grew up a child of Old Yeller.

Learning the difference between life and death is hard at a young age. It doesn’t get any easier as we get older, and frankly we probably understand it less.

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Not even days after the ProPublica/Frontline story aired a 31-year-old Austin, Tex. tower technician survived a 100-foot fall from a monopole in Southeast Austin on May 16 around 6:20 p.m..

A spokesperson for the Austin, Tex. Police Department has told Wireless Estimator that the 31-year-old tower technician who fell 100 feet off of a monopole was employed by Goodman Networks. They also said that the last report that they had was that Shad Lierley was in stable condition

Police say that 31-year-old Shad Lierley was working on the structure along with at least one other employee when he fell.

He was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge.

A spokesperson for the Austin Fire Department said that they and the city’s police department had been told by OSHA not to release any information regarding the incident.

Waverly Kennedy of OSHA’s Austin area office said he could not provide any details regarding the accident. Wireless Estimator has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with OSHA for all details regarding the incident that are able to be provided as well as a copy of all citations to the unnamed contractor, if the agency does find Lierley’s company at fault.

Damage to the waveguide bridge indicates that Lierley hit the structure when he fell. An unconfirmed news report stated that a second tower technician also suffered minor injuries to his hand.

Goodman Networks, Inc. of Plano is the identified turf vendor for the project, issued a stand down for all operations shortly after. The company manages many AT&T projects throughout the nation.

Their request for the immediate training required states that, “This bulletin is being issued as a reminder of the dangers involved in our industry and to remind all of our employees and contractor personnel of the importance of planning safety into every project.”

Goodman is requesting that the stand-down training must be completed by Tuesday.

“Many of our people are off today because they’ve requested it months ago so that they could enjoy a long weekend,” said one Midwest contractor. “With Monday being a holiday how do they expect us to get everybody together on Tuesday? We can’t.”

Another contractor registered concern that Goodman’s stand-down is going to affect schedules for all of the other projects they are committed to on Tuesday.

Stand-downs have been criticized by many in the industry as being reactive to client concerns rather than a proactive approach to safety.

The joint Frontline/ProPublica investigation identified that the fatalities on AT&T projects totaled 15 since 2003 – more than at the other three major carriers combined over the same period.

AT&T ordered a similar stand down in 2008, after two tower climbers died on its projects.

The company would not answer questions about the current stand down, issuing a statement similar to the one it has given ProPublica and PBS “Frontline” for previous stories saying that AT&T outsources tower work “to expert companies, many of which are large publicly traded firms with decades of experience.”

“Worker safety has always been a hallmark of AT&T,” the statement says.

I was part of that 2008 shut down, working out of Jackson TN and Nashville, TN at the time for AT&T. It is supposed to be a time of review, safety training, and thought on how we are doing our jobs. If it is successful in those goals or not is anybodies guess.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shad Lierley and his family.

 

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