Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Clear Channel

Today while President-Elect Obama, was being sworn into Office with his 58-million dollar party, I was sitting in a room, being told I was 1 of 1500 people being laid off. 
Working for clear channel was incredible. It's been a rough 6 months being home. And I was finally starting to find a nitch, when WAM! Clear Channel decides that there will be no "part-time Employees" nor "promotions" any longer. 

I knew that Clear Channel would be laying people off today... but I didn't think that the dirt they pay me would cause me to have to worry about my job. It's funny because not four days ago, I was asking a friend/co-worker why Clear Channel paid me to play with their toys. And a few weeks go, my mom asked me how work was, and I told her I was falling in love with it. But apparently anytime Breana enjoys what she does, it needs to be removed.

Atleast when Gannett laid me of, I felt like they actually cared about me. Clear Channel was laying off most my co-workers via telephone calls. 

Shit Happens. The economy is really rough. It's the timing. I know. Just how many times am I going to be laid off, before we figure out an answer to this damn depression? AND why does it always have to be me, and the jobs I love? (Selfish, I know... but twice in 6-months...)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Scottsdale vs Teeth

Originally, Thursday January 8th I was suppose to get my wisdom teeth pulled. In doing so, I got Thursday, Friday, and Saturday off both Clear Channel and Inflated Greetings. 

Melissa (Dad's Wife), works for a dentist. Naturally, we do all our dental work through whichever doctor she is working for that quarter. So, I made the appointment, took the time off, was about to arrange a ride to and from, when I was informed I would NOT be put out for the operation. 

For a few weeks, I mention this LITTLE detail to anyone who will listen. Some people said that it wasn't a big deal, but most were shocked at the idea of me lying awake during the surgery. Here was the plan:
Thursday - Surgery
Friday - Breana's Passing
Monday - Breana's Funeral
I wasn't looking forward to the 24-hour period of suffering before I passed, but you can't always help when you die!

Needless to say, I decided I would not lay in a chair while they did the operation. Yes, I know I would not have felt a thing, But I would have heard everything, seen bloody hands, and worse of all, KNOWN what was going on. I couldn't think about what they were doing while they did it. So the appointment was cancelled.

Grandpa & Jean were spending the week at their time-share in Scottsdale. (having a few days off) I went and spent a couple days with them. Wednesday night we stayed up until 1 in the morning playing  dominoes (Chicken Foot).

 On Thursday, after a couple hours of shopping ;), laying by the pool, and of course, playing Chicken Foot, we went to the ASU Basketball Game. I don't remember the last time I went to a Basketball Game I wasn't cheering at, but that was a lot of fun! Met the Owner of Ned's Crazy Subs (Ned) & one of his sons & Grandson. I think the score of that game was something like 35-15 Sundevils. It was a good time.

After the game we went back to the Resort to play more Chicken Foot. I would have
 thought since they were the old ones, they'd be just as tired as I was from staying up til the wee-hours of the morning the night before. But NO! They forced me to stay up and play until 2 in the morning. It got to the point that we could not focus, nor see because we were laughing so hard (out of pure exhastedness). 

Out of all the Chicken Foot games, I won only once, and Jean manage to never win... nor even come in 2nd. 

The few days in Scottsdale were definitely better than the torture and death that did lay ahead for me. The only sad note is, I still have the teeth, and get to look forward to the misery at a later time. 

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome 2009!

New Years Eve:
Mix 96.9 threw a "retro dance party" just outside Monti's inside the Tempe Block Party. It took the morning techs about 5 hours to set up the broadcast equipment, the tents, and all of the banners.

It was a success though. We had a lot of people turn out for the new years party. We were on the air from 9-12 with the morning show dj, AJ. 

The party brought a lot of really interesting people, to say the least. 

All of whom were stoked for the new year!

It then took me, Aaron, and Katie over two hours to break down all the equipment, and take down all the banners. 

But the party was a success! Mix 96.9 - Best Mix of 80's 90's & Today.