Remember that from the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy and her guys finally meet the Wizard and he turns out to be a mere mortal? My favorite scene in that movie.
Since there isn’t a lot of timely Pitt Football issues at hand, and after reading the comments over the last few days and getting the hell kicked out of me by you guys on here (which is fine with me BTW – I think if you can’t laugh at yourself you are doomed to have a crappy life) I wondered if you all wanted to see a bit of the ‘behind the scenes’ of where this blog is written.
So – here’s the grand tour:
I converted a small bedroom into my study – which is now my “office” since I went the small business route with the blog. I love it because it is just big enough to reach everything by sliding my chair around and is located far enough from where my wife is that I can easily lie and tell her I didn’t hear her calling me.
This is the desk where the magic happens sometimes . I’m not the best photographer but here they are anyway…
I was using an old door on some small 3-high shelving units and was about to go to IKEA to buy a full desk with drawers. I had my eye on one that was about $300 when my wife said “Why not go check out Habitat for Humanity’s Restore and see what they have?” So I did and got this 6′ x 30″ desk in great shape for $40… and a savings of $240 of your donated money.
In a close up you’ll see, to tie into all the music and time period discussions we have had lately, that I still burn incense when I write.
This nameplate was made in Bali when my wife visited there when we were stationed in Guam. Traveled all over the world with us.
I also have some sentimental items that I keep close by. One is a gift to me from the Coast Guard pilots at Port Angeles WA Air Station when I was stationed there as the Search and Rescue planner (SAR). In other words I was the guy who gathered all the info on the case and spit out where the Air and Sea rescue units were to start looking at first light the next morning. Not an easy task as this was before the new technology changed things – we didn’t have cell phones or computers to do the hard calculations then back in 1983-86.
There are a lot of external enemies when doing SAR; time, distance, lack of solid info but by far the worse was the weather, especially up in that area of the country. So in my briefings to the pilots I’d call the weather “The Dragon” and they were to go out and slay it to execute their missions. So – this is what they gave me as a going away present… Cut the sex jokes, I know what it looks like. That statue means the world to me especially because we had a “Lives Saved” rate that was outstanding in one of the hardest places in the US to do that.
Here is how organized I have become… a closet is now my office storage (right) . And to the left these are some of the things I’ve bought to send out to you guys and girls when you’ve been good. Seriously, I just got the first two shirt orders in and will be getting them out to you long time and mentally stable commenters (sorry Ike).
Another thing purchased with your donation money was this brand new ‘all the bells and whistles‘ printer that I got at a great price. I’m contemplating some extra things for the blogs – newsletters being one of them and this printer can handle that easily.
We’ll see about that but it would be a fun thing I think – a compendium of the POV’s best articles in its first six months along with the best, serious and funny, comments also.
One last item and it is my part-time Research Assistant Tawny. She’s based in Pittsburgh so that where all the travel and hotel money goes.
Anyway, I though you guys would find this interesting (maybe) because I do a lot of writing out of here. But I also wanted you who so generously donated to see some of what your money has been doing.
I can assure you that when I spend some of your money I have done everything possible to get the best deal for the highest quality I can find.
Office furniture (desk), new printer & paper, real office supplies and not just stuff I steal from my daughter, mailing supplies and postage (high!), shirts and other POV gifts, and new subscriptions to various recruiting sites, ‘pay for news’ sports outlets and memberships into a three sportswriters organizations are the big expenditures I have had since you started donating.
There hasn’t been a penny spent that hasn’t gone right back into supporting the Blog and it’s events and there won’t be. I paid for the booze at the Bettis’ LOI Day gig at out of my own pocket even though I believe I could have written that off and used donated money in doing so.
I am taking your financial support very seriously as I consider it a true gift from you to the POV. Thanks again…
Back to football tomorrow.