Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
|"Protest this, Bitch!"|
|Photo Credit: Mandy Thomas|
|Photo Credit: Mandy Thomas|
|Photo Credit: Mandy Thomas|
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
We all have a love/hate relationship with the cable companies. Like a scorned lover we complain incessantly about them. We slander the providers and hate ourselves for needing the 200+ channels of nothing to watch. God forbid we lose service while watching a ball game or the season finale of our favorite show. Even while waiting for installation, we are already contemptuous, believing the delusion that our installer only has our house to hook up.
I often wondered what it was like to be an installer. I was pretty sure it was never easy to deal with cable subscribers. After all, we are conditioned to have such disgust with any telcom provider and I am sure that carried over to the installer. I caught up with a few cable installers and asked them about their jobs, and more importantly, what they wish we knew. Here are a few responses:
"When I arrive to do your install on a Sunday, don't act surprised that I am here on the weekend. You set the appointment." -William, TWC
"FBI Surveillance Van is not an original,or clever, wifi name. You will not freak out your neighbors with that SSID."-Andrew AT&T
"Don't be suprised that I am here on a holiday. You set the appointment. I am missing family time so you can catch Dexter on demand"-Mitchell, Cox communications
"Don't call me 'Larry'" -Angela, DTV
"Move your furniture away from the wall before I start working. I am a technician, not a moving company." -John, Charter
"Most of the remotes are the same design. From the remotes alone it really doesn't matter what company you go with." -Charles, Time Warner
" Please put your dogs away. I am sure 'they would never bite anyone' but lets not take that chance" -Justin, Dish Network
"A mu mu with nothing underneath is not appropriate attire for me to see you in. Drug use in front of me is also frowned upon."-Jacob, AT&T
"That Jim Carey movie, The Cable Guy, is not entirely accurate. Please stop asking me that.: James-WOW!
"Don't apologize for your messy house. You knew it was messy before I got here. Just make sure I'm not putting my knee in dog crap." -Daniel, Charter
"Yes, we do need training to do this job." -Cassie, Time Warner
"We already know that 'The lady on the phone who told you we would do a 5 story interior wall fish' does not exist. Please quit trying to convince us she does." Mitchell, Consolidated Communications
"When we tell you it can't be done, don't throw a fit. Don't call customer service saying I am incompetent. If I tell you it can't be done it is because it is a safety risk to me and/or a property damage risk for you." - Cody, Cox Communications
"Don't tell us how to do our jobs or freak out because "we touched your couch".- Jackson, Comcast
"Yes, we know it is 2016 and we still don't have wireless boxes" -William, Time Warner
"Your basement is finished. We can not fish a line from your basement to your interior office on the third floor. Call a magician." Carl, Comcast
"Don't expect our internet service is going to work on your windows 95 computer. Upgrade." -Jacob, Consolidated Communications
"We sometimes have to do 12 or more installs per day. Sometimes we don't have time for lunch. On the rare occasion that we get lunch, please don't interrupt it by asking me when your install is going to be. Just call customer service." -Henry, Time Warner
"If you see me in public and I am not wearing my uniform that means I am not working. Do not approach me, especially when I am having dinner with my family, and start complaining that your whole house DVR isn't recording The Walking Dead." Eric-TWC
" It's just TV, nothing to get worked up about." -Mario, COX
So, there you have it. Your cable guy is just as human as you are. It may come as some surprise, but I bet if we keep these things in mind the experience will be positive for all of us.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
|KCXW Pro Wrestling|
Kansas City wrestling fans! There is a new sheriff in town. His name is Jordan Smiley, President of Kansas City Xtreme Wrestling. July 30th KCXW hosted a double elimination event at Pearson Community Center in KCK. Two separate events, two cards, 14 matches.
|Jason Savior and JC Thunder|
We also got to see Curtis Wylde put through a table by Curt Gannon and Leo D, of the Stranglers, from the top rope at the end of the Tag Team Table Match. The audience seemed to love that turn out. There is something special about watching a wrestler get slammed through a table, It is almost as classic as the folding chair.
|President Jordan Smiley|
Then there's the folding chair. The most beloved of any wrestling character. We all love to see it. We all love the metallic thud it makes when someone is hit by it. It is the superstar of all foreign objects. It made several appearances between the two events.
As the evening continued I found myself impressed by this organization of professional wrestlers. Their moves were fluid and believable. They stayed in a constant state of audience participation, with fights leaving the ring and landing on the floor, or wrestlers answering the hecklers from the ring itself. When the event was over, the wrestlers interacted with the fans. The ego was left at the door. They knew they did this for the people in the seats, chanting or cursing their names.They knew they brought the two hours of magic to the wrestling fans. They were happy and honored to do it.
KCXW has several events planned throughout the year. The next one will be Sunday Night Takeover II on August 14th at 6:00 pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Takeover III is slotted for September 18, 6:00 pm, also at Alamo Drafthouse. You can learn more about the org from their website by clicking here
Friday, July 29, 2016
In the wake of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings, hundreds from all races congregated at South Park in Lawrence, Ks for a candle light vigil hosted by LFK and Black Lives Matter. The vigil was promoted to be an event to honor the lives of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as to provide a safe place for people of color, as well as gay and trans to congregate and mourn and to be heard.The event started at about 8 pm and lasted past 10 pm. The speakers each shared stories of fear and persecution at the hands of police officers, subtle racist remarks from white friends, and pleas for justice and conversation.
Of all the speakers, the two most profound for me were a man named Patrick, and a child named Quincy. Patrick's speech resonated Martin Luther King Jr. with his requests for conversation and communication. After telling his story, the trials he faced in his life and ultimately conquered, he left the mic with a single request. He said, "You know what I look like, come up and start a conversation."
Little Quincy simply stated, "I matter."
Of the 20 or so speakers, the theme seemed constant. Conversation, fear, anger, and demands for justice. I thought I got it. I had a few questions for Caleb, the coordinator and one of the key speakers. I approached him and started to ask him one. He put his hand up to me and simply said,
" I am speaking with people of color right now."
I jokingly responded with, "I am Jewish! Does that count?" I don't think he heard me, as he was walking away. What I do know is I was shut out. I turned to my production assistant and asked him what just happened. He shrugged his shoulders in disbelief. Normally, when a journalist is shut out it is due to the interviewee being offended, busy, or just doesn't want to talk. I was shut out, at that moment, because people of color had priority. As my PA and I were walking back to the car, I finally got it. I finally understood. Caleb educated me. He showed me what it was like to be him. Educated, with something to say, but shut down because I did not resemble him. Because I was the wrong color. That lesson stuck with me. Determined, I was going to get my interview of three questions from him.
The next day I reached out to him by phone. We agreed to have a phone interview that afternoon. However, from the morning to the interview I reevaluated everything I have seen and heard concerning the claims of BLM. Hell, the claims of every person of color I ever knew. I realized that something was, in fact, very broken, and excuses were no longer acceptable. It was time to acknowledge there is a problem in our country regarding race. That the end was not desegregation. The marches did not end when our parents came home from Selma. That the issue of race continues to rear its head, smirking at each one of us in our arrogance and ignorance of the issues of Black America. I thanked him for the incident. He taught me what it was like to be like him. He was glad that is what I took from it.
Caleb said, "Liberation is not the responsibility of the oppressed but of the privileged" Indeed.
Editor note: There were several speakers at this rally. All were inspiring and heartbreaking and they deserves to be heard. In an event of this size, I have my PA video the event for note taking purposes. I will be working on the video to post in the coming weeks, despite the picture quality, the sound quality is fantastic. Also, this event was much too large to cover in one article, so expect a few more after this,. Lots of exciting things coming up from the Lawrence BLM chapter. Stay tuned!.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Many couples have a date night they look forward to all week long. Especially, in today’s modern world where many couples have conflicting schedules. For instance, my wife and I go out to our favorite place once a week, to order our regular dishes and visit with our favorite staff members. On the evening of July 13th, 26 year-old Jessica and her girlfriend, Kay, went out for one last special date night. Their schedules had recently changed and this would be their final night for dancing to the live DJ at their regular Wednesday spot, Beaver Tap, in Lenexa, KS. The happy couple had no idea the night would leave them traumatized.
|Jessica After the Incident|
|Jessica a few months before the incident|
|Jessica After the Incident|
On the afternoon of July, 19th, Massev Productions was contacted by Kem Anderson, of Riley Drive, Inc, and owner of Beaver Tap. Below you will find her written statement.
I have spoken to my staff, read allegations by the couple and reviewed the video of the incident. The
video shows two females sitting at a table near the dance floor. The first female spends the majority of her time on the dance floor dancing with others, while the second female sits at the table alone most of the time. Periodically, the video shows the first female returning to the table where words are
exchanged with people at the adjacent table.
The video then shows the first female walk to the restroom hallway. Soon thereafter a scuffle breaks
out. As trained, security staff quickly arrived to break up the scuffle. The video then shows the two
women at issue walk out of the bar. I then observe security staff escort at least two other women out of the bar. Contrary to the allegations, our security staff reports that it was another female that hit this
woman, not a male.
The security video contradicts much of the story that has been circulating online. My staff also
contradicts much of what has been alleged by these two females.
Today a Lenexa police detective reviewed the video. While the matter is still under investigation, based on our conversations with the detective after his review of the video, we believe the detective will conclude that our statement of the facts is correct.
We treat all of our customers with respect. Unfortunately, we can’t control how our customers treat
Per the Riley Drive, Inc. LinkedIn account.
"Riley Drive Inc. is a leading hospitality and management company. Founded by Marc Mundt and Scott Anderson in 2005, the company owns and operates numerous sports pubs and bars in the Des Moines, Omaha, and Kansas City metro areas. Riley Drive, Inc. also manages other investment interests."
Concerning the surveillance video, a spokesperson from Lenexa PD stated there were discrepancies between the video and story. Massev Productions should have a copy of the video incident within the next couple of days.
Also, in an email exchange between Scott Anderson, the owner of Riley Drive Inc and Beaver Tap and Massev Productions, Mr. Anderson offers a second possible series of events that leaves Jessica being assaulted in the parking lot, rather than inside the establishment. It was the first time anyone from Riley Drive Inc acknowledged the assault throughout the investigation. However, the setting of the assault was moved from inside of the bar to beyond its front door. When asked if he provided footage of the parking lot to the Police Mr. Anderson replied "There are no cameras in the parking lot."
An interesting twist in events.
Editor Note: One more thing, Guys. Mr. Anderson is also alleging his staff is receiving death threats. Massev Productions completely condemns this behavior. I completely condemn this behavior. If this is actually happening it needs to stop. That is not the way things are done, and that behavior makes you no better than the people who perpetrated the attack. Should Mr. Anderson wish to open an investigation and prosecute whoever are issuing those threats he has Massevs full support. Jessica maintains a group of patrons assaulted her, not the staff of the bar . Though the response of management was questionable through out the alleged incident, it does not warrant that type of response. So...in other words...knock it off.
Keep checking back for more updates!
Editorial note: Last names withheld to protect the victims
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
I wasn't going to cover this event because of how busy my weekend has been. I decided to go check it out. What I found was live music, great vendors, and amazing bbq throughout the event. So, if you find yourself with nothing to do this afternoon, head over to the BBQ Battle and join your neighbors in an afternoon of fun. Here are some shots of the event.
As I was leaving I ran into none other than Senator Greg Smith! We had an amazing conversation that I will write about later. Smith is a favorite among Johnson County conservative voters and seems to be turning the tides with a few liberal voters as well. His genuine nature makes him incredibly easy to speak with so, if you make it out there make sure you stop in and say hi. I will warn you, though, Senator Smith has a way of making you feel as if you are not talking with a law maker, but one of your neighbors. More on that conversation later.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The live experience of this four piece indie/alternative/punk band from Kansas City is something not to be missed. I caught their show during my coverage of KC Pride 2016 and got a video interview. But, before we get into that, let me tell you about the show itself.
Vigil and Thieves will be playing the KC CaresPulse Victims benefit at Missie B's Saturday, June 25 at 7pm, followed by another show at Californos. Don't miss them!
Their album can be found here. Support your local artists.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
The Kansas City LGBT community held a vigil tonight in support of the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando Florida, where 50 people lost their lives and another 53 were wounded. The vigil was hosted by Like Me Lighthouse and The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project at Barney Allis Plaza.
Truer words never spoken. You are right, Mr. Mayor. Enough is Enough. Never Again.
If you missed the vigil check out the photos below. Don't forget to click on the video at the bottom to view Massev's interview with Mayor Sly James.