Thursday, October 26, 2006

you did what?

This morning I woke up to 4 inches or 5 or something of snow. I love this. So does drake.

Question: Why is there NEVER a channel 1? No matter where you go, channel 1 is snowy. In sports, everybody wants number 1, so why aren't stations fighting over channel 1??

So anyways Drake and I tore through the snow to the eye doctor. I've been wearing my glasses for almost 2 weeks now and I'm over it, even though everyone has said I look good and older in glasses. But I don't like it.

After sitting through the 1st and 2nd waiting rooms, my doctor came in to see me. I really like my new eye doctor, we laugh about stuff and talk about skiing and snowshoeing and other outdoor activities.

But anywho, she took a look at my eyes to see if there was any bacteria left. she looks in the left one (her left), then onto the right, when she says "have you ever been hit in the eye??

I said "well, lets see, where do I start..."

The one time my brother hit me in my right eye, tearing my cornea...or do you mean the time I fell into my basketball teammates knee, ripping the skin underneath the eye into a fountain of blood, or maybe it was the time a softball took a bad hop, hit my eye, rendering me unconcious and with a fractured orbital?? oh, and lets not forget the time Beth (Wright) Nicholls served a raquetball into my eye.

She was stunned. She had seen the scarring from the torn cornea, and thats why she asked.

"So you play racquetball with goggles now, right?" she asked.

"I DON'T play racquetball any longer."

She went again for another look. Apparently I'm some kind of anomaly. She says I'm very lucky.

Very same thing the head doctor said when i got my orbital crushed. I was very lucky to see.

Anyways, in the end I can wear my contacts again.



JonGrubbs said...

Good to hear you and Drake are just fine. Enjoy that blizzard, baby! Here's why there is no channel one: The frequency band we call channel one comprises all the AM/FM spectrum; since both Radio and Broadcast television use Radio waves, if you broadcast a show on Channel One, it would interfere with the music and talk radio stations. This is for over-the-air broadcasts only though, i.e. with an antenna. Occasionally, there is a Channel One on cable and Satellite systems, but it is usually crappy public access or TV Guide-type channel. This is okay because your television is receiving signal from a cable and not an antenna. Consider it a retired jersey. At least as far as television goes. That is all.

Brown Sugar said...

thanks grubbs for that answer!.....i was gonna bring up that tv show crap we had to watch in junior high for some was called Channel One....who knows...maybe it wasn't really channel one....

have fun with drake...pillage your heart out.

Beth said...

Hey! Thanks for letting everyone know that I hit you in the eye playing racquetball. Ahh memories. You failed to mention that I was one of the ones who took you to the hospital when you broke your eye bone. I was trying to make up for the other wound. Glad you eye isn't falling out or anything anymore. Enjoy the's a balmy 85 today in Central Texas.

kentbrantly said...

"Anyways, in the end I can wear my contacts again. "

don't you mean, 'Anyways, in the end I can still see,'? i mean, let's not lose sight (no pun intended) of the big picture here. i've been studying neuro-ophthamology tonight (how your brain and eyes work together to enable you to see things) and it's a wonder that any of us can see, much less a guy like you who has tried multiple times to damage both his eyes and his brain.

looking forward to Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

Dear Nephew,
That was a good anwer from Jonathan Grubbs. A more complete answer about Channel One is this. The answer for this seemingly strange relationship results from a simple decision made decades ago that continues to influence our lives today. To discover what happened to channel one, we must begin with an interesting look at the infancy of television.
In the 1920's and 1930's AM radio had grown immensely popular in the United States. It brought news and entertainment to all corners of the country. However, not long after its growth began to soar, FM radio and television appeared on the scene.
Although different in structure, AM radio, FM radio and television all share the same radio waves - just in different places (or channels). And there are only so many radio waves available to share. So AM, FM and TV had to compete for these scarce airwaves.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was responsible for assigning those radio waves and knew something had to be done. But, what would be required to ensure there was room for established AM radio stations as well for FM and TV? To summarize a long story, the FCC saw television as a novelty and gave it what amounted to a third priority among the three different types of broadcast signals.
As the FCC considered the three, it ultimately took away one of the channels (or frequencies) it had planned to dedicate to television and allocated it to FM. That channel was channel one. The vast amount of space the television signal would have required was then split up among smaller FM frequency broadcasts. Those FM radio signals would be used for two-way radios between taxi cabs and their dispatchers and between police officers and their headquarters as well as other similar uses.
So today what was a simple solution to allow the "experiment" of television to co-exist with AM and FM radio continues to affect us all. Expensive, massive and sophisticated digital broadcast signals continue to operate on this set-up, despite the fact that technology today has made it possible for vastly more signals to share the limited space on the spectrum.
The mystery of the disappearing channel one illustrates how a relatively simple decision we make today can continue to affect others for decades and centuries to come. Because the FCC could not see the impact of television and the technological changes just a few years away, it could also not foresee the legacy it would leave with its decision.
Unlike the FCC, the only mistake we can make with our legacies is to not leave one. What decisions will we make today that will change the world tomorrow?
Just a Thought.
Uncle Don

Jennifer said...

Have you so quickly forgotten about one of my favorite TV stations...NY1?

The Juice said...

you know I honestly expected a bunch of "you know what jeremy? thats a good point? we should figure that out!"

who knew i was the only one ignorant on the situation! called out in front of the multitudes! But at least I have my answer! thanks!

oh, and kent, when my eye was red, i didn't want to wear my glasses (like i said before, sometimes i have nightmares of having to wear them all the time again) but i just imagined the "lights" going out one day and how that would effect my life.

I wore my glasses. but i figure if the doc says I can wear

JonGrubbs said...

I have to meet Uncle Don. He really threw that topic from a simple science answer into a great metaphysical/spiritual analogy. what decisions will we make, indeed? What's my legacy? Intense. I love it.

Anonymous said...

I still feel bad about hitting you. Sorry.


laura g said...

glad you aren't blind, glad you made friends with your doctor, and glad you can have drake for a pet since you cant have a dog with your schedule.

Dav said...

okay. I love the fact that you name your vehicles. By the way, Gus says Hi to Drake.

Nice blog.

Tidmore said...

I can still remember clearly the day you got hit with the ball. It was full of spending a wonderful night in the ER waiting room waiting to hear if my roommate was going to be okay. I still remember Big John the next day feeling awful for hitting that ball, and was glad you were alright.