Travel update: Waco Training

Just an update on how the travel year is going. I was in Waco this past weekend for work training. Not an exciting trip, but got to see more of our sister TV station, KWTX.

Waco Editor Training

This was my view for 8 hours. We’re getting a new video editing system. Thankfully, the instructor was fun to listen to and knew what he was doing. The journey continues!

Year of Travel

I always make resolutions at the beginning of a new year. Things like make my bed each day, work out, volunteer. In fact, I have a running list of goals to accomplish. This year I decided that I haven’t seen nearly as much of the world as I wanted to by 26. So I decided to make 2013 the “Year of Travel.” Big or small, in state or out, I am going to see as much as I can.

Frisco SHSU National Championship Game Jan 2013
Me, Jessica and Charlie in Frisco, TX.

I started in January with a return to Frisco, TX, for the FCS National Championship Game. Sam Houston State was playing in a rematch of 2011’s game with North Dakota State. It was another heart breaker of a game for us Bearkats. However, the weekend wasn’t a total loss. I did get to see a couple of the greatest friends I have AND eat at a sports bar lost in time. Bobby V’s Sports Bar is remarkably unchanged from the 1980s.

Bobby V's in Arlington, TX
Bobby V’s in Arlington, TX

Neither are the people who go there. A dive sports bar if there ever was one.

Next was trip to Las Vegas. It was the first time I’d ever been. It’s nothing like it seems on TV. It’s bigger, dirty, louder. Went with a group of guys from B/CS and had a blast though.

The Strip in Vegas.
The Strip in Vegas.
Las Vegas Celine Dion Show Jan 2013
Waiting to see Celine.

Saw my first Vegas show! It was Celine Dion. The woman can perform! Hit a few casinos and was pretty hot a roulette table, almost tripling my money. Overall, great city with more things to see and do then you can in a lifetime. Also ran into my old SHSU friend Dan. He’s working at News 8 in Vegas. He was kind enough to show me around the station and introduce me to some folks.

Last weekend, I took a trip to New Orleans for my friend Josh’s bachelor party. For obvious reasons I won’t divulge too much, but we did have a blast. Even though the drive there and back always seems forever, I genuinely love town. On Saturday, we took an air boat tour of the swamp. We had gators coming right up to the boat! It was incredible. Even for a cloudy morning, the swamp land is just a gorgeous as you think.

Next on my list? To finish out March and look ahead to April; Waco (for work training), Snook (for Chilifest), Austin (for Texas Associated Press Awards), Washington, TX (for Josh & Breanne’s wedding) and Oklahoma (for work). I see each of these trips as a small adventure away from the normal, everyday routine.

Where will you travel this year?

I’d Like to Thank the Academy…

I accomplished these goals before the list went active. So I’m going to check them off now!

Submit something I have worked on for an Emmy.
     I’m lucky enough to work with extremely talented people at KBTX. Every football season, for the last eight or so years, the station airs a Texas A&M Preview show before every home game called Aggie Gameday. I was honored to produce it last year. We made some changes, brought the show into the social media century and produce quality television.
     This year we submitted one show and one segment from the end of the 2010 season to the Lonestar Chapter of the Emmy’s. We should find out this month who is nominated. After that, it’s in the hands of the voters.
     I’m extremely nervous. Every time I think that I’ve forgotten about the nominations coming up, I think about the nominations coming up. It’s a dirty, vicious cycle. I think we stand a good chance to be nominated, but we do have some great competition. So we’ll see!

Become an Emmy member.
     This was a nice by-product of helping out the Lonestar Emmy’s last year. If you help judge entries, they let you be a member. For free. All I had to do was watch about three dozen DVD entries and score them. Piece of cake! Plus, it helped me get some great ideas for Aggie Gameday.
     Sadly, they don’t hand out membership cards or anything, so I can’t say that I’m a card carrying member. Maybe one day they’ll have cards. Who knows. But I’m proud to be a member and hopefully can submit work that others will find just as fascinating as I do.

Two down; 99 to go!

Round Two Begins

Here we go! This is my second list, my second try at being goal-oriented. I took a few off the first list, but not many. My hope is that these goals will be more attainable. I will have exactly 1,001 days to complete these goals.
Begin date: September 1, 2011
End date: May 29, 2014
Financial
Put $25 into savings from each pay check.
Track my expenses for 1 week.
Pay $500 of my credit card.
Pay $1,000 of my credit card.
Pay $1,500 of my credit card.
Pay off my credit card.
Pay $3,000 off my car.
Pay $5,000 off my car.
Pay $8,000 off my car.
Pay $10,000 off my car.
Pay off my car.
Donate money back to the Mass Communications department at SHSU.
Invest money in the stock market.
Pay for the person behind me in line at the drive-thru.
Buy two new suits.
Buy a new computer.
Health
Drop 10 pounds.
Drop 20 pounds.
Have a 32 inch waist again (if possible).
Get my blood pressure back to normal.
Get a physical every year.
No beer or alcohol for 31 days.
Own a bicycle.
Get my cholesterol back below normal.
Go to the dentist each year.
Career
Attend a workshop to better myself in my career.
Build a resume tape.
Own a copy of every story I’ve done that has aired (script and video/no vosots).
Submit something I have worked on for an Emmy.
Submit a story to the Texas Associated Press awards.
Submit a reporter tape to the Texas Associated Press awards.
Submit a story to the Lonestar Press Awards.
Submit a story for the Governor’s Barbara Jordan award.
Become an Emmy member.
Buy a professional grade video camera.
Submit a reporter tape for the Lonestar Emmys.
Create two Aggie Gameday promos.
Make a list of “Rules” from things I’ve learned on the job (20 “rules”).
Apply for a job in another city.
Interview a celebrity.
Interview an elected official.
Look into hiring an agent.
Blog for my personal website once a month.
Purchase www.michaeloder.com.
Design a website for self-promotion.
Write, shoot, edit five (5) videos for my blog.
Write and get published an Op/Ed piece on a topic I feel strongly about.
Blog for the station once a month.
Increase my personal gear collection by 2 pieces a year.

Create a “One-Man-Band” bag (mics, cables, connectors, IFB, etc.)

Personal
Get my concealed handgun license.
Get a massage.
Create a 5 year plan.
Visit my uncle’s grave.
Get CPR and first aid certified.

Cooking
Go a week without eating out.
Bake 3 pies from scratch.
Brew my own beer.
Cook my way through an entire cookbook.

Travel
Go to the Caldwell Kolache Festival.
Go to Fair on the Square in Hunstville.
Attend a SHSU Homecoming event hosted by my major.
Visit the San Jacinto Monument.
Visit the Battleship Texas.
Visit the USS Lexington in Corpus Christie.
Visit all Presidential Libraries in Texas (0/3).
Go to Good Oil Days in Humble.
Go to a concert.
Take a road trip to another state.
Attend a Sci-Fi convention.
Go to RenFest in period dress.
Go camping once.
Attend the midnight showing of the next Star Trek movie.
Go on a date.

Other Projects
Finish an entire coloring book.
Start and finish a “365 pictures” project.
Learn to tie a bow tie.
Collect 25 quotes that inspire/give me strength.
Complete the collection of state quarters that my grandfather gave me.
Take a MENSA test just for the hell of it.
Memorize two limericks.
Donate 1,000 grains of rice at www.freerice.com.

Complete one 26 Things project.
Post 10 videos to my YouTube account.
Record one project for www.librivox.org.
Score a bowling game by hand.
Score a college baseball game.
Build my own jib/crane cam.
Create a “go” bag for emergencies.
Vote in every election I am eligible for (municipal, state, federal).
Find a creative use for my growing collection of fortune cookie fortunes.

Build a Home Theater PC and fill it with my DVDs, CDs, TV shows.
Take the Jeopardy Online Contestant Challenge.
Collect and organize all my online logins and passwords.
Learn one song on the guitar.
Learn one song on the piano.

Practice my trumpet once a month.
Audition for the Brazos Valley Symphony, or similar organization.
Learn to play the guitar.
Learn to play the piano.

The End of the First Round

The last 1,001 days have been the most challenging of my life. In just under three years I’ve graduated from college, started a career and lived on my own. With a few exceptions, it’s been a positive experience.

For background on what a 101 in 1,001 list is, click here.

One of the biggest issues I’ve had to deal with is making the time for things that are important, or that I find important. People laugh when I say I’m married to my job. My career occupies more of my time than anything else right now. Will it be that way forever? I certainly hope not.

These 101 goals I’ve listed were an attempt by me to expand my life outside of my career. There are some job-oriented goals on the list, but most of them have absolutely nothing to do with television.

Out of 101 goals, I accomplish 20.

The remaining 81 goals weren’t too difficult or impossible. I think they were just too idealistic. Granted, it shouldn’t take me over two years to learn the guitar. I just didn’t make the time to practice every day. 

All good things must come to an end. This first list wasn’t perfect, but it was a solid first attempt. I’ve already created another 101 goals. My starting date will be September 1st.

I’m going to try it again. I’ll be posting the list soon, if your interested.

The Next 101

Since I’ve got about three months left on my first 101 Goals list, I’ve been working on the next 101. I might not have accomplished many goals on the first list, but I decided to continue with these lists because I like being goal driven. Regardless of what gets crossed off, or not, you still have a destination. Strangely, the fun comes from trying to reach that destination and not the actual goal.

I’ve learned a lot about myself over the last two and three-quarters years. I learned what goals are doable and which goals are beyond difficult. I’ve learned that I need serious work on my personal motivation. My work ethic when it pertains to my career is unparalleled. Transferring that over to my personal life is something I hope these new goals can help me with.

At 73, I’m stalled. I keep finding a few other things to put on the list. Ideally, I’d like to have over 101 goals so I can prune and weed out the less important ones.

These are in no particular order other than when I had the idea and wrote it down. I’m asking for suggestions or ideas. The new list starts August 26, 2011. (list after the jump)

New 101
Attend a workshop to better myself in my career.
Build a resume tape.
Own a copy of every story I’ve done that has aired (script and video/no vosots).
Get CPR and first aid certified.
Go a week without eating out.
Bake 3 pies from scratch.
Brew my own beer.
Cook my way through an entire cookbook.
Finish an entire coloring book.
Track my expenses for 1 week.
Start and finish a “365 pictures” project.
Purchase www.michaeloder.com.
Design a website for self-promotion.
Write, shoot, edit five (5) videos for my blog.
Put $25 into savings from each pay check.
Pay off my car.
Pay off my credit card.
Learn to tie a bow tie.
No beer or alcohol for 31 days.
Collect 25 quotes that inspire/give me strength.
Complete the collection of state quarters that my grandfather gave me.
Attend the midnight showing of the next Star Trek movie.
Take a MENSA test just for the hell of it.
Memorize two limericks.
Donate money back to the Mass Communications department at SHSU.
Get a physical every year.
Go on a date.
Drop 10 pounds.
Drop 20 pounds.
Have a 32 inch waist again (if possible).
Donate 1,000 grains of rice at www.freerice.com.
Complete one 26 Things project.
Post 10 videos to my YouTube account.
Write and get published an Op/Ed piece on a topic I feel strongly about.
Record one project for www.librivox.org.
Go to RenFest in period dress.
Make a list of “Rules” from things I’ve learned on the job (20 “rules”).
Score a bowling game by hand.
Score a college baseball game.
Submit something I have worked on for an Emmy.
Submit a story to the Texas Associated Press awards.
Submit a reporter tape to the Texas Associated Press awards.
Submit a story to the Lonestar Press Awards.
Submit a story for the Governor’s Barbara Jordan award.
Become an Emmy member.
Buy a professional grade video camera.
Increase my personal gear collection by 2 pieces a year.
Create a “One-Man-Band” bag (mics, cables, connectors, IFB, etc.)
Build my own jib/crane cam.
Create a “go” bag for emergencies.
Own a bicycle.
Vote in every election I am eligible for (municipal, state & federal).
Go camping once.
Find a creative use for my growing collection of fortune cookie fortunes.
55. Apply for a job in another city.
Visit the San Jacinto Monument.
Visit the Battleship Texas.
Visit the USS Lexington in Corpus Christie.
Visit all Presidential Libraries in Texas (0/3).
Attend a Sci-Fi convention.
Build a Home Theater PC and fill it with my DVDs, CDs, TV shows.
Take the Jeopardy Online Contestant Challenge.
Look into hiring an agent.
Go to the Caldwell Kolache Festival.
Go to Fair on the Square in Hunstville.
Attend a SHSU Homecoming event hosted by my major.
Go to Good Oil Days in Humble.
Interview a celebrity.
Interview an elected official.
Collect and organize all my online logins and passwords.
71. Get my blood pressure back to normal.
Learn one song on the guitar.
Learn one song on the piano.

Crossing Off the List

Since January is a good time to get a fresh start I went ahead and looked over my 101 list. Turns out, I have a few more things to cross off!

#11 – Graduate from college with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications.

This took a lot longer than I should have allowed it to. Technically I graduated from Sam Houston State University in August 7,  2010, a full year and a half after leaving the university. My fault completely for taking so long. I am now an official college graduate.

#21 – Sing more often.

As anyone who works with me can attest to, I sing nearly everything. Pop music, classic rock, oldies, songs about what I’m doing in the style of popular songs, songs about stories I’m working on. I sing. A lot. I think it drives my co-workers crazy sometimes, but it makes me happy.

#43 – Talk to my brother once a week.

I live with him. Problem solved.

#59 – Take a vested interest in my local, state, and federal government’s decisions.

Working for a small(ish) town television station is the best way, I think, to stay plugged in to local politics. I’ve ready, listened, and written more about small town government than any other time in my life. And it’s just as annoying as reading about it in the newspaper, hearing it on the radio or watching it on TV.

#81 – Hold a conversation with a friend or family member over Skype.

I’ve had a few conversations over Skype. Not nearly as many as I think the year 2010 (or 2011) should require me to. It’s the future, people! Get with video chat!

#93 – Make the switch to boxer-briefs.

Pretty self explanatory. If you need further information, buy me dinner?

I’m going to start looking at my next set of 101 goals. I feel like I have things left to accomplish. Not only from this list, but things off the list as well. I still have 7 or so months left to work on this list before the clock runs out.

Running Silent

You’ve probably wondered (or not, that’s cool too) where I have been. No posts in over two weeks, no update on goals; I’ve just disappeared. Well there is a good reason behind it, although not as good as others. I broke my laptop right after Christmas. I got some good news on 12th Street going national and set it on the couch to tell my parents. When I got up, it slid off and broke part of the power cable off inside the power socket. Needless to say, my parents were ecstatic about the show and I was pissed about my computer. Well, two replace parts later (one that was the wrong piece entirely) I’m about half-way there to getting “Ol’ Silverback”… back. Yes I call my 3 1/2 – almost 4 year old Powerbook G4 “Ol’ Silverback” because well… he’s silver. I should have one ordered and on the way courtesy of Ebay on Monday.

You might be asking yourself “Why hasn’t he just purchased a new laptop or moved to a desktop by now.” Answer: I told myself I would keep this laptop while I was in college and that ONLY…. only after I graduated and got a job, would I buy another computer. A corollary to that is if it cost more than $500 to fix. I’ve been really lucky that the two times my laptop has gone down, it has cost less than $100 to fix. No thanks to Apple, by the way, who have always wanted more than $500 to fix anything. I love their products to death, but Apple needs to shut the hell and lower their prices.

All that was to say, I didn’t post because I was enjoying my time away from the technology world. I’m also trying to figure out a balance between the two and not be tied down by my laptop or cellphone. Since I’m back at school and thus back to reality, I will do my very best to stick to my goals and blogging once a week. I have enjoyed catching back up on all that I have missed with my friends and their goals, and look forward to a very productive 2009. On the brighter side… it’s only 3 years away from the apocalypse! It’s true, I heard in on the History Channel.