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It’s Gremlins

Y’all remember that movie back in the 80’s when Hoyt Axton’s kid buys this furry little creature named Gizmo, with instructions not to feed it after midnight, keep him away from bright lights and to never-ever-ever get it wet.
Well, Gizmo jumped into a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken at 2AM, then got wet and you guessed the rest, it morphed into and started releasing those miserable creatures, the “Gremlins” into the world.
In the movie, all of the Gremlins get torched in the end, but I’m here to tell you that someone at Amblin Entertainment and Warner Brothers didn’t burn ’em all.
This one found it’s way to 9th and Washington!
Gremlin
No, I haven’t actually seen this guy yet, but I know he’s there.
Last week Sara Fischer called to say that she’s been losing emails.  She hit the ‘send’ button but the message never showed up on the recipient’s PC, and she didn’t receive a ‘delivery failure” notice.
I did some research and found nothing.  It must have been those Gremlins!
Then, yesterday I was hooking up a new telephone interface in the KORN studio, and no matter what I did, it wouldn’t work (still doesn’t).
I brought the telephone, the interface and the module from the control board into the QMIX studio and it worked fine.  I checked all the wiring for continuity, everything checks out perfectly.  But in the KORN studio, the exact same equipment won’t work.
Keith Maddox and Bobbie Sue will be giving away $100 bills starting Thursday on KORN Country 100.3 (shamelessly trying to buy more listeners) and Mike King (my boss’s boss’s boss) said the phone interface MUST be ready for the Cash Cow Contest on Thursday or there will be.. well, you know. 
I’ll eventually figure it out (hopefully by Thursday morning), but for now I’ve thrown up my hands and blamed the Gremlins.
I have made 13 trips to our 3 main transmitter sites in the last month.   Well, except the QMIX transmitter site east of Columbus on 46…. there are snakes in there so any invading Gremlin would last about as long as a mouse in a snake pit… plus I don’t go in there without someone else going in ahead of me with a shovel (I’ll leave those details out).
Anyway, by the time I get to the transmitter site, everything is fine.  I can’t figure it out. More Gremlins.
These aren’t recent happenings, they have been going on for a long time.  Since it could not possibly be my inability to troubleshoot these problems or a lack of knowledge to fix them, it must be Gremlins.  And since all of this weirdness started sometime in the mid 80’s (Gremlins was released in theatres in 1984… coincidence.. I don’t think so), it must be those creatures who escaped from Hollywood.  Kind of like Brittany and Lindsay, you might say.
Now… before I quit bloggin’ and go back to work,  I need to tell you that Sara Beth just walked by and saw my picture of the Gremlin and said the movie Gremlins scared her (she needs to watch Poltergeist, another of Speilberg’s mid 80’s flicks if she wants to see scary), so just to even out the graphics with this blog, I include this to calm down the 7 year olds (and Sara Beth) reading this:

gizmo.jpg

I know, Gizmo is cute and cuddly, but just feed him KFC and get him wet and look out!
I’m not kidding.
Finally, with all due respect to American Motors Corp (RIP),  I must insert a disclaimer that the Gremlins refered to in this Blog have nothing to do with the AMC Gremlin, a terriffic car manufactured in the 70’s.
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And… Yes I did have a 1976 Gremlin and it was one of the best cars I ever owned.
Meanwhile I gotta try to get that phone thingy fixed.

April 2, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments