Rain Rain go away…Busy Overnight and Drake Relays go Downtown

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Good morning everyone…it was hard to get up this cold and rainy morning…harder to get out the door for me. I was greeted in the garage by about an inch and a half of standing water. Apparently we forgot to close the garage door last night when we got in. We lost power yesterday so I had to pull up the door manually.
This morning, the rain had come into the garage in a big way. Oooops! Good thing the snow shovel is still there. I had to shovel the water out on to the driveway.

Bummer! My funniest weather moment yesterday was in the middle of that late-afternoon downpour. Calvin was telling me he was scared of the thunder. He disappeared for a few minutes – I found him in his room , in his pajamas, hiding under the covers! TS

To the news where water is the problem for most of us. Out in Dallas County, some rural roads are already flooded over. All that water has to go somewhere…look for it downstream as the Racoon River Basin fills up. Trish pointed out and Jeriann gave her some kudos for remembering not to drive through the standing water at the bottom of her street. Turn around…don’t drown. It’s true – I took one look at this huge flooded area full of rushing water at the bottom of a hill, and turned around. A cop car had just pulled up – I’m guessing to stop other drivers from being idiots. I have no interest in totaling my car and scaring my kids to death!

Marshalltown Fire
Overnight our intrepid photojournalist Rogert Riley took a trip over to Marshalltown where a fire broke out at a church. The fire burned for a couple of hours before they could get a bigger pumper truck in. You’d think with more rain falling that might have helped the fire…instead it just made things miserable for firefighters…
The building looked like the front wall was intact, I guess the inside was totaled.

Lightning Strike
One of our best photojournalists, Brian Fiser, is also one of our best story tellers. He knows a good story when he sees one, and last night he took some extra time to put together an interesting story about a house up in Urbandale. Lightning hit it in the afternoon, The Fire Department couldn’t find any fire…the guy called back a few hours later and said his house was filling with smoke. Turns out the fire smoldered between the roof of the basement and the first floor.

Not Just Here in Iowa
Weather was a big story all over the country. In Texas, six people died and a couple dozen others were hurt.

Heemstra on the Stand
Rodney Heemstra takes the stand in his own defense today in Red Oak. The case could go to the jury this afternoon, then we’ll see if the addition of the victim’s (Tom Lyon’s) mental history will make a difference in the outcome of the case. Heemstra’s lawyers have argued Lyon was prone to outbursts of anger and that his temper is what caused the fight between Heemstra and Lyon to escalate to the point where Heemstra shot Lyon. We’ll see. Watch for Jon Cahill’s reporting from Red Oak tonight.

Microsoft
We’ve put some links on the home page that will hook you up with information about how to get you money back from the Microsoft Class Action Lawsuit.

In the Dark
I was yesterday. About 4pm, we lost power at my house. There was a flash of lightning and then I heard this…buzz…then the lights…the TV…the Cable Internet…the whole shabang. SO I tried to use that as my excuse to not go to the gym last night. My wife reminded me when she got home that the garage door does open manually.

Have a good day and stay dry…
PWD
I should add a quick note about the Bachelor for Heather’s benefit! (Roll your eyes and log off if you’re disgusted by the silliness of the show! I cannot explain or defend my fascination with it. It is pure trash, I know.)
I think I agree with his choices so far – he got rid of the backstabbers and gossipers. I still think Danielle may be a surprise winner, but Tessa is looking like a contender too. Bevin (I can’t believe that’s really her name) won’t be his final choice – I think his interest in her is due to lust and pity, nothing more.
I’m glad he fessed up that the bazillion dollar car and yacht aren’t really his. That kind of excess wouldn’t impress me – just make me think he’s stuck up and frivolous with his cash!
Have a good Weds and keep in mind- the weather WILL get better by the weekend!
TS

UPDATE: I’M ANCHORING THE NEWS AT NOON AND I’M DOUBLY LUCKY THIS AFTERNOON. FIRST, JERRY CLUVER IS HERE AND THAT MEANS I GET A FIFTEEN MINUTE AT THE END OF THE SHOW. SECOND, THE MEMBERS OF THE QUEENS COURT FROM THE PELLA TULIP TIME ARE HERE! TULIP TIME IS A WEEK AWAY AND THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING TIMES OF THE YEAR FOR THE STAFF. WHEN THE GIRLS COME UP TO TELL US ABOUT TULIP TIME, THEY BRING FOOD! IT’S GREAT TO SEE THESE LADIES EVERY YEAR. THEY’RE ARTICULATE YOUNG LADIES THAT REALLY CARRY THEMSELVES WELL. WE’RE EXCITED TO SEE THE GIRLS FROM PELLA EVERY YEAR.
PWD

3 comments

  • mike

    OK, dumb question here, but I wonder the percentages of women and men that watch that Bachelor show. I’m surprised there isn’t a poll out there showing that data. As far as me? I have never seen it, I mean somebody can fall in love and get married in a span of what 4 weeks or something? It takes months to know somebody, especially to know somebody you would want to marry.

  • Heather R.

    I love watching it Mike. I know you can’t truely fall in love within 4 weeks, but they never get married right away anyways. For example the first bachlorette chose the firefighter from CO , they waited like 2 years to get married. Its all in how fast you want to do it. You can have a pretty good idea with 4 weeks if you like any of the girls or not. Does that make sense? Thats my view on it.

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