I am no young “whipper-snapper”. I am nearing the seventy year old mark.
In the past, I have noticed individuals not yet to that age that either could not or would not learn to deal with some “new fangled” gadget. Such remarks as , ” I’ll never learn how to make that work”, ” I can’t remember how to do that”, and other such negative sayings, were always an amazement to me.
Early on I developed a habit to learn something new each day. Some things I learn are very trivial. Some might be mentioned once in a year, but the thoughts, ideas, etc that I learn keep the memory processes, the learning habit continuing.
A couple of weeks ago, I would not have thought I would be writing in my own WEBLOG (BLOG TO SOME). Now, because my brother expressed an interest in BLOGS, I have started two of my own (one for testing new ideas, formats, etc and this one).
I learn something new about my blogs, about the internet, about computer programming and even electronics. My learning is not restricted to just these topics. I have dabbled in nuclear theory, medical subjects, photography… If I have a question about a subject, I start to search on it at the first opportunity.
Keep the brain power working.. Learn something new each day.
The Smithfield outreach will be coming up soon. The date hasn’t been announced, but I am sure they will not want to wait until the weather changes drastically. The site is next to the river and last year it was windy, cool and damp.
I really wasn’t clothed properly to the weather. This year I will be better dressed with a backup heavy coat in the car.
Some people covered themselves with blankets last year. When you are having to combat the weather while listening to the sermons, you will not get the full message. — No way!!
I am hoping to get a proper lightweight case to mount most of my audio equipment in. I used a heavy case last year and it was not the most portable unit around.
More on the Smithfield Outreach later.
I have been asked to do another sound system setup for an outdoor church of Christ outreach in the town of Smithfield.
Since I did this setup last year, It will not be as trying as it was then. I have my wiring diagrams, my equipment lists, my helpers, and the list of things that didn’t go as planned last year. With all of that, things should work better.
The outreach last year had approximately 100 in the audience. I believe it was mostly members of area churches of Christ. The outreach needs more publicity and continuity. By continuity, I think it should be held on a regular basis (once every three or four weeks).
One of the weak parts of the outreach was that the audience could not hear themselves sing. In an open area like this, some way of monitoring themselves was needed (see picture of stage above) . I fashioned a monitoring system on the last day. It didn’t work as well as I would have liked. I need a better microphone that can pick up the audience well as a group. I then could amplify it and send it back to them over speakers separate from the mains.