Monday, July 24, 2006

Just another day in the life of...

Well first-off it is good to see that the comments function isn't broken anymore on the blog. :)

I finally made it back home yesterday after not being here all month and found my lawn halfway up to my knees. I am sure my neighbors were wondering what was going on.

The PayPal account is at $1091.50 and you guys have certainly come through more than we expected! The gear is ordered and we hopefully will have it all by Thursday when we fly to Minnesota. Of course they will have to be some StyxCrew-ifying done to the gear so that it doesn't get banged-up and destroyed with all the miles we put on. One of the reasons we wanted a Junxion Box was its metal construction and Military-Spec certification.

Patti posted the Seattle Times article from today. There are several points that the writer missed or was misinformed. One of the ideas in the article is that the band posted this request. Well the blog is StyxCrew after all, not the band's website STYXworld. This is the crew's request, not the band's request. The writer states that Junxion gave us a "free" box. The word "free" never came up in any of my emails with one of the co-founders of Junxion who actually found the blog post via Technorati and completely surprised me when he emailed me. What he did do, however, is allow us to get the more expensive JB-110b instead of just the JB-110e. In exchange, we beat it up and report back any performance issues or suggestions just as we do with musical gear from other manufacturers. My last point of contention with the article (don't get me wrong, it's cool to be in the press and very surprising) is that they implied we traded tickets for goods. This is definitely not the case. I offered a limited amount of tickets to Junxion after the Junxion Box agreement was finalized. This gives me the chance, after using it for a month, to talk to the guys behind the product in-person to ask them technical questions about it as well as ask for suggestions to improve the way we are using it. The co-founder has been a fan of the band since the 70's which is a bonus for him, but most importantly it gives me the face-to-face time I wouldn't normally get since I am not able to leave the gig on show days.

The Junxion Box itself is only part of the whole system. The rest of the system includes an external amplifier, mounting hardware, antennas, protective case, and the PC card which connects to the cellular service. In addition there is a monthly subscription fee which we will now pay just like a cell phone.

I hope that clears things up. I will post an equipment list and photos for all you techie-geeks out there once "Everything Is Cool" with our rig.

We are readying the gifts for all who have contributed but we want to make sure they are perfect before we send them out. Perfection takes time. :)

You guys kick ass!



Blogger Dixie said...

Cookie: Thank you for clearing up all the "mis-information" listed in the newspaper article. Makes you wonder where they get their leads-"Disneyland"? Can't wait to read about how the new "tech toy" works!

8:04 AM  
Blogger KarenGraham said...

Hi Cookie:

Please let everyone know if the monthly bill gets too high for you guys to pay. I'm sure there are some of us out here that don't mind pitching in to help keep everything running. Thanks for all you do!

Kg :)

12:59 PM  

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