The final class

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No more classes for me.  Last night was it.  All I have left is to finish MC 481, which is the internship and my portfolio, not really what you would call a class.

We took a field trip to KPLR/WB11 to see their 9pm newscast.  It was a great experience.  We hung around for several hours and sat in on the newscast.  And by we I mean myself, the professor, and two other students.  One other guy was supposed to show up, but he had bad directions and I know he got lost.  WB11 seems to be out in the middle of nowhere.

The producer of the newscast, Frank Walter, graduate from SIUE, so we got the grand tour of everything.  The two names of people you may know that we talked with were Gary Seith, who does the weather, and Rick Edlund, who is the anchor and managing editor of the newscast.  Rick Edlund used to be an anchor at KSDK a few years ago.

Gary Seith was a cool guy, showing us the computer programs he uses to help him predict the weather and create computer graphics based on the satellite readings and other things.  I was surprised to find out that he does all of that on his own with no help from anybody else.  He’s going to become a chief meteorologist at the CBS affiliate in Dallas in August, which is great for him.  It means a bigger audience and a bigger paycheck.

I’m not sure why, but I expected Rick Edlund to blow us off and be an asshole.  I guess it’s just an expectation I have of people who have had any type of celebrity for many years.  He was completely the opposite.  He talked with our small group for about 20 minutes, answering any and all questions we had.  Then, just before the newscast, he started moving around chairs so that we could have a good place to sit for the second and third parts of the newscast (we sat in the control room for the first part).  He was extremely gracious and first class all the way.

And that was all part of my last official class at SIUE.  Not a bad way to end it.  I will be back at SIUE several times, namely to return my books and a couple of “internship meetings” with Dr. Voss.

I’m so close to a real job I can taste it.

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One to go

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I just took the final in my BIO 111 class.  Four class periods to go in MC 402, and after that… NO MORE CLASSES!  With only the Emmis internship and Leroy’s to concentrate on, I should have that much more free time.  I’d like to dedicate more time to Emmis, but I’ll have to wait and see about that.

Getting graded

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I mailed eight sports cards to Beckett Grading Services to be graded today. Nowadays, you can’t sell cards for what they are really worth unless they are graded by a company like BSG or PSA. This is going to cost me $72 to have all eight cards graded, but it will be well worth it if I decide to sell them.

There are five baseball cards and three basketball cards. The basketball cards are all Shaquille O’Neal rookies from the 1992-93 season. Fleer Ultra, Stadium Club, and Upper Deck are the brands.

The baseball cards are all different players. A 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle All-Star, 1958 Topps Willie Mays, 1966 Topps Brooks Robinson, 1983 Topps Tony Gwynn Rookie Card, and a 1990 Leaf Frank Thomas Rookie Card.

I had the whole thing insured for $300 (in case it gets lost in the mail), but I’m hoping the lot is worth well more than that, to the tune of $750 or more. On the grading scale of 1 through 10, I don’t expect any 10’s, but I’m hoping the Shaq rookies can at least get as high as 9. Apparently, less than 1 card in 1000 receives a perfect 10. The Mantle and Mays cards probably won’t get as high as 7, considering the edges of the cards, but I don’t know the intricacies of grading cards.

The turnaround on these things is 45 days, so hopefully I’ll have them back by late August. If the Shaq rookies come back as 9 or higher, I’ll keep them. Everything else will probably be sold because I don’t expect high grades for any of them, except maybe the Tony Gwynn rookie card.

$15 in 20

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I just made $15 in about 20 minutes for participating in a survey about this very blog over at one of the blog search engine sites (I’m leaving out the name in case you think this is some kind of spam).  I’ll get the check in a few weeks.

Kick ass.