Kum and Go Fire:
News developed while we were on the set this morning at the Krause Gentle corporation out on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. They had a little electrical fire out there. The sprinklers took care of it, but the building was without power for a while today.
In Iraq they’re still looking for four American contractors kidnapped yesterday. We know one of them is a former police officer from Minneapolis. Witnesses say one of the Americans was wounded as the group’s convoy was hijacked.
The President learned of the kidnappings when he got up this morning in Vietnam. The President is attending the Asia-Pacific Economic cooperation summit there. He’s scheduled to meet with the head of Vietnamese Communist Party tonight in Party Headquarters.
There are all kinds of jokes floating around…My favorite was relayed by Mike Zavacki, our studio tech, this morning. Letterman apparently told it this way: I hear President Bush is on his way to Vietnam…I guess his Dad couldn’t get him out of it this time. He’s supposed to meet with the Head of the Communist Party while he’s there…Wait a minute…I thought Nancy Pelosi was in Washington DC these days.
Funny stuff for both sides of the aisle.
Hydrogen Stupidity, and Playstation 3:
The Playstation 3 madness continues this morning. I bet you were all waiting for this one. It’s proof of my Father -in-law’s favorite saying, “The two most common elements in the Universe are Hydrogen and stupidity”
A fight broke out in California as people waited in line for the new Playstation 3. I’ve made my feelings known about how stupid I think this is…It starts to get sad when somebody gets hurt over it. Here in Iowa we’ve shown actual use of the brain in this situation. They gave people in line at a Best Buy tickets. Anyone who’s got a ticket…Can have a Playstation. No one is running, pushing trampling or fighting over the order…You get a ticket…You get a Playstation.
Where’s my Money?
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State Titles and Conflict of Interest
SE Polk goes after it’s first state title in Football tonight in the UNIdome. Good luck.
Dan McCarney’s last game is tomorrow in Ames and I’m torn. The Clones are playing Missouri. I can’t cheer against the school I went to, I’m finding it hard not to want McCarney to go out a winner at Iowa State.
The Brenton Skating Rink opens up tonight. This is the outdoor skating rink on the Riverwalk. We were told the thing can stay frozen up to 50 degrees or so. It’s gonna be close over the next few days.
Grapes of Wrath:
I’d try to explain to you why the floor crew was throwing grapes at Jeriann this morning but I’m not quite sure how things deteriorated.
It started with a story about a guy who broke the world record for catching grapes in his mouth. Now I’m not demeaning his unique talent but do we really need a world record for that? And I’ve always wondered: How does someone acquire a talent for things like this?
The Lend Lease Program:
For those of you keeping score at home, I got a new car last night. I won’t give a blatant plug to the dealership, but I will say I remained brand loyal in this case. They had a really good lease deal going. I’m excited to have a new ride.
Come Fly with Me:
We’re taking our editor Mat Teller out to breakfast so I’m going to cut this short. He’s leaving today for a new career. Matt’s going to become a professional pilot. We wish him good luck and know that if he puts half the effort and passion toward his new career that he put in here at WHO, he will be a success. Matt is always the first to volunteer and the last to complain. We will miss his commitment to the show, especially because it’s hard to find people to get up so early in the morning. Thanks Matt!
Hope you have a good weekend.