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sahonen
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This sort of topic usually goes over well in other forums I frequent, so let's introduce it here.

Fill in the blank:

You might have been TDing too long if ______.

...you [i]always[/i] want another M/E.
...you don't actually need another one.
...you've replaced at least half the panel with macros.
...you've done things that the switcher wasn't designed to do (like use a wipe as another keyer, I'm looking at you, Brad!)
...Grass Valley calls you for technical support.

- Stephan Ahonen
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. . . .when you see a mistake at home, and your hand automatically twitches to fix it.

Amir
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... when you mention Crosspoint Latch and not too many know what you're talking about. (and no, it's not a menu item!)

Amir
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When your house and car are held together with Gaffer tape, but you don't seem to even notice it anymore.
sahonen
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[quote="balloonpilot"]Define "old"?[/quote] Old enough to have worked his way up to camerawork, of course. Most of the camops I know are at least twice college age.
- Stephan Ahonen
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[quote="Scott Dailey"]One of my camera guys last night was getting kisses blown to him by some college girls whenever they saw themselves on the jumbo screen. The kisses stopped when they figured out he was old. Scott[/quote] Define "old"?
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OK, I've seen this thread a while back but had forgotten all about it! Gave me a great laugh to read through it again. OTOH, finding myself suddenly single again, it made me realize that one of the postings was all too true... I have worked on more switchers than I've had girlfriends. Oh, God... just shoot me now!
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[quote="John Henkel"][quote="Dave Divis"]Similar to some of the other posts. You finish watering in your yard and you put your garden hose away using the "over under" method. (and yes, I really do this!)[/quote] Ok, I admit. . .I've done this for years, too.[/quote] Garden hose, extension cords, vacuum hoses, power cords for kitchen appliances, Christmas lights, any length of cord or string... I too amaze my wife with the ability to cut back to the show were watching in exactly 2 minutes. She now uses the phrase "landline" when she wants me to call her on the home phone. And you know you've been doing TV too long when not only does the wife understand "Stand-by" but YOUR FIVE YEAR OLD starts using the phrase!! The first time he said "stand-by" to his mommy....well, if looks could kill....
sahonen
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You might have been in TV too long if you go to a concert and wonder why the guitarist doesn't have a utility for his cable...
- Stephan Ahonen
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One of my camera guys last night was getting kisses blown to him by some college girls whenever they saw themselves on the jumbo screen. The kisses stopped when they figured out he was old. Scott
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[quote="Dave Divis"]Similar to some of the other posts. You know you've been TD'ing too long when---- You wake up in the middle of the night to pee and the Fox music is playing in your head while you are perched on the porcelain convenience. You're watching TV with a group and you annoy all of them by calling out mispunches and misspelled fonts. You still have 5 1/4" disks with Quantel DVE moves on them. Most of the producers and directors you work with are younger than you. And you've been doing this since before the utilities were even born! Along the same lines. You know you've been in TV too long when-- You finish watering in your yard and you put your garden hose away using the "over under" method. (and yes, I really do this!)[/quote] My in-laws refuse to watch TV with me or my wife-she's an editor! And I work at MTV, so even some of the executives are younger than me!!

dubs

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[quote="tomkaltz"][quote="John Henkel"][quote="Dave Divis"]Similar to some of the other posts. You finish watering in your yard and you put your garden hose away using the "over under" method. (and yes, I really do this!)[/quote] Ok, I admit. . .I've done this for years, too.[/quote] Guilty. Same with the yelling out mispunches during a game.[/quote] I now have my cleaning lady doing over & under with the vacuum cord... she kept meesing them up! Scott S.
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[quote="John Henkel"][quote="Dave Divis"]Similar to some of the other posts. You finish watering in your yard and you put your garden hose away using the "over under" method. (and yes, I really do this!)[/quote] Ok, I admit. . .I've done this for years, too.[/quote] Guilty. Same with the yelling out mispunches during a game.
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Hey Gang - I have another one that just hapened to me. I was walking from Lunch to my rental car and noticed a TEXAS plate on the car beside mine. I thought to myself; "wow, a Texas plate. That's far from home." Then it donned on me - wait a second, I'm in Texas. I couldn't believe it - my brain is mush! Happy button mashing!
sahonen
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...you close your eyes and see an afterimage of color bars and/or a score bug.
- Stephan Ahonen
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You might have been TD'ing too long if... you mark the caps of your water bottles at home with your initials.
ScottyTD
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You know you've been TDing too long if.... ...you go to the bar after a show and instead of checking out the HOT waitress, you talk with the director about your latest hot timeline or macro...
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[quote="Marc Herklotz"]You might have been TDing too long if..... ....you mount a pov "handcam" on the switcher to amuse (or inflame) the camera staff in the vf returns.[/quote] Maybe I haven't been TDing enough when the camera staff asks, "Why can't your return 2 be more like Herkie's and make us laugh."
sahonen
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[quote="Marc Herklotz"]....you mount a pov "handcam" on the switcher to amuse (or inflame) the camera staff in the vf returns.[/quote] I hope nobody gets that idea while I'm running camera... I'd end up watching the TD the whole game and slacking in my camerawork. It's already bad enough when the camera people are trying to watch their replays in the returns.
- Stephan Ahonen
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You might have been TDing too long if..... ....you mount a pov "handcam" on the switcher to amuse (or inflame) the camera staff in the vf returns.
Marc Herklotz
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OK, guys... LMAO. This is the funniest forum thread I've seen in a long time. Here's another one.... You know you've been TDing too long when you wake up in some dark hotel, turn on the light by the bed and immediately scream for video to iris down. John Phillips
Bob Yodice
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Who hasn't? It's got to be a prerequisite to work in TV! -Bob
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[quote="Dave Divis"]Similar to some of the other posts. You finish watering in your yard and you put your garden hose away using the "over under" method. (and yes, I really do this!)[/quote] Ok, I admit. . .I've done this for years, too.
Dave Divis
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Similar to some of the other posts. You know you've been TD'ing too long when---- You wake up in the middle of the night to pee and the Fox music is playing in your head while you are perched on the porcelain convenience. You're watching TV with a group and you annoy all of them by calling out mispunches and misspelled fonts. You still have 5 1/4" disks with Quantel DVE moves on them. Most of the producers and directors you work with are younger than you. And you've been doing this since before the utilities were even born! Along the same lines. You know you've been in TV too long when-- You finish watering in your yard and you put your garden hose away using the "over under" method. (and yes, I really do this!)
Dave Divis Menace-at-Large whenever there is a switcher in the vicinity
Scott S.
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You know you have been TDing too long when your dream is proceeded by color bars... or You know you have been TDing too long when your dream contains a TC burn-in...
Steve Meyer
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I _love_ those Biscoffs. Once I sweet-talked a flight attendant (in First) on an early morning flight; after she had made her distributions, I got the entire remaining stash. Must have had ten packages. That was a good road trip :)
JohnHowardSC
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Good stuff! I was on another sleepy Sunday morning flight last weekend and thought of a good one, especially for sports and entertainment TDs: "You know you've been TDing too long if your family and friends are tired of receiving Christmas gifts straight from SKY MALL magazine!" :-) One year I actually bought a box of those tasty Biscoff cookies to give as stocking stuffers - BIG time hit!
John Howard Independent Technical Director Columbia, SC
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[quote="TJPerkins"][quote="Mike Cumbo"]How about if you have used a GVG 1400, 1600, 1680, 300, 3000, 4000 and Kalypso? Oh, add to the list 100/110, 200-1, 200-2, 250 and 1200.[/quote] How about other brands, like the SEG 2000 and 2550...or the nightmare from my Syracuse Cable days - the dreaded SHINTRON![/quote] I used TWO Shintron's, one in college, the other at the cable company I worked at. (Adelphia in suburban Buffalo.) How about CDL's?? CDL 480 or 680 with an NEC System 10....
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[quote="Mike Cumbo"]How about if you have used a GVG 1400, 1600, 1680, 300, 3000, 4000 and Kalypso? Oh, add to the list 100/110, 200-1, 200-2, 250 and 1200.[/quote] How about other brands, like the SEG 2000 and 2550...or the nightmare from my Syracuse Cable days - the dreaded SHINTRON!
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You know you've been at this too long when you can watch TV at home and surf channels during commercial break and subconsciously return to the original programming in exactly two minutes. All to the amazement of friends and family. -Bob
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You might have been TDing too long if ... you know what it means to "just ADO it." Cheers, -= Ken =-
Scott Dailey
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You know you,ve been TDing too long when you dream and the background music is Fox music.
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I'm sure I must have spilled some at the SLAYER concert. Oops, I think this posting belongs in the Sony forum. LOL
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[quote="Dave Bernstein"]You might have been TDing too long if your camera three finger twitches when the pitcher throws over to first and you spill your beer all over the bar![/quote] i never saw you spill any at the bar... : )
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You might have been TDing too long if your camera three finger twitches when the pitcher throws over to first and you spill your beer all over the bar!
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[quote="Mike Cumbo"][quote="Scott Dailey"]You know for sure that you have been TDing too long when your kids or wife ask you a question and you tell them to "STAND BY".[/quote] Guilty.[/quote] It is almost a joke now when I say this at home, drives my wife crazy.
sahonen
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I started doing that when I was taking flying lessons.
- Stephan Ahonen
Zach G
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That I can relate too! I was talking to friend on the phone last weekend. When he asked me where I was, I told him SFO and he had no idea what I was talking about. But it seemed so normal to me!
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You know you've been TDing too long when, in normal conversation, you refer to airports by their three-letter code. "Yeah, last night I caught the 7:10 out of BWI to CLT, by 9:40 I was on a CRJ to CAE - home by 10:30." :-) John
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[quote="Scott Dailey"]You know for sure that you have been TDing too long when your kids or wife ask you a question and you tell them to "STAND BY".[/quote] Guilty.
Scott Dailey
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You know for sure that you have been TDing too long when your kids or wife ask you a question and you tell them to "STAND BY".
sahonen
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...you type with your left hand and hit the space bar and enter keys with your right.
- Stephan Ahonen
Steve Meyer
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You may have been a TD too long if... when you get married, you suddenly realize that your wedding ring is worn on your Camera 2 finger
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You may have been TDing too long, if... you feel framed by your would-be girlfriend, because she refuses to do it in fields.
sahonen
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See, the point is to phrase it in a funny way, such as: You may have been TDing too long if you've used more switchers than had girlfriends. Yeah, that applies to me, but not because I've used a lot of switchers. =(
- Stephan Ahonen
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How about if you have used a GVG 1400, 1600, 1680, 300, 3000, 4000 and Kalypso? Oh, add to the list 100/110, 200-1, 200-2, 250 and 1200.