"Doing anything special for your birthday?"
My birthday was last week, so here's a quick rundown of how I spent it:
12:00 - 4:30 AM Sleeping, more or less.
4:30 - 5:00 AM Wake up, stumble into clothes, brush teeth, etc.
5:00 AM Fire up Mobile 30 and pull out of driveway.
5:10 - 10:10 AM I-12, I-10, I-49, LA Hwy. 167, LA Hwy. 80
10:12 AM Pull into parking lot at Grambling State University
10:20 AM Find Media Room - No food remaining.
10:25 - 10:55 AM Hang out with other Sat. Op.
11:00 AM Return to truck, find Galaxy 11, pull cable and set up tripod, camera, microphone, IFB, and reflector.
11:50 AM Uplink is hot.
12:05 PM Power down.
12:20 PM Cookin' again.
12:35 PM "Clear"
12:40 - 3:50 PM Hang out in truck, watch sat feed of funeral, or whatever else is on the bird.
3:50 - 4:05 PM Live again.
4:25 - 4:40 PM Move truck 1oo yds. and reset.
4:50-4:57 PM Wait on 'the bridge' while one person juggles access for three sats and 30 truck ops before finally accessing the bird.
5:05 PM Standby mode activated.
5:25 PM Call access about previous cluster, have pleasant conversation.
5:45 PM "Press 1 for Galaxy 11." beep "Please enter your 2-digit trans-" beep, beep..beep
6:10 PM HPA to OFF, strike equipment and cables.
6:30 PM Dish is Down, so is the 'hammer.'
10:00 PM Get in line at Wendy's in Lafayette.
10:30 PM Get food and return to truck.
11:40 PM Park Mobile 30 at station.
11:45 PM Eat burger.
12:15 AM Get home.
12:30 AM System log ends.