It’s funny the way the mind works at two in the morning.
I got up, went through the usual routine and went to put some deodorant on…I needed to open a new one and was surprised to see a message waiting for me when I did. “Take a Risk” the stick of Degree advocated as I went to start my day. I almost had to laugh…is this really where I need a pep talk? Is someone, somewhere looking at their stick of deodorant and saying, “yeah, I think I will take a risk today…thanks Degree!”. Nope…
Then I was thinking this could be a new game…like fortune cookies. People say you can attach the phrase, “in bed” to your fortune…it’s pretty funny. Not sure it would work with degree’s little hygienic-self help message but that’s the way the brain was turning at 2:30 this morning.
(It’s Brooke now): Well, day three and I feel like I am starting to get the hang of things again and my body is no longer in complete shock from getting up at 2:30 in the morning. I only pushed the snooze button once which is a true sign that getting up it is getting a little easier. Today was the first time the four of us (Myself, Pat, Jeriann and Brad) were together on the set and it felt really natural. We all agreed that the new team is going to have a lot of fun both on air and during the commercial breaks. Speaking of commercial breaks, that seems to be the time when we really have good dialogue about stories of the day and anything else going that happens to be top of mind.
Attacks in West Des Moines
The latest news of a girl being attacked in broad daylight has me thinking a little more about safety. I’ve shared here before that I don’t have a daughter so I’m not sure this is top of my mind. I am starting to think about Sally when she’s out by herself. Thankfully, because of my early schedule, she’s not out late often. The city of West Des Moines is thinking about it too. They’re offering a self-defense class on October 3rd. The class sizer is limited so you have to call to sign up. October 1st is the deadline. Call Officer Tanya Zaglauer at 515-222-3333 to register.
There’s a debate going on in most of the papers this morning about the Fed’s move to lower interest rates a half a point yesterday. Good news for your 401k…the Dow went up like a rocket Tuesday. Critics are worried though. I’m not en economist so I’m not sure how it all works but if I understand it right, inflation (devaluing of the dollar) is the worry.
Some of the stories I read this morning called the decision a bold move, they even went so far as to call it the beginning of a new era in the economy. Bottom line for you, if you carry debt of most any kind your interest rate may lower as a result of this move.
Speaking of campus security…have you seen the video of the guy getting tasered at U of Florida? NBC Nightly News made this into a free speech issue last night and I disagree. Talk about genuine censorship all you want…I agree there are enough instances of it in the US today. But in this case, this kid got up and essentially started taking over the event with Sen. John Kerry at University of Florida. He has no right to do that. He’s got a right to ask his question,….Kerry has the right to tell him to go scratch. Once that exchange is over…the kid can go off if he likes, but once the Campus police ask him to leave…he can scream his head out all the way out the door, but he has no right to disturb the event that all those other people expected to watch. You can’t yell fire in a crowded theatre. It’s not an exact fit in this case, but free speech has to be balanced against the rights of the other people who came to hear Sen Kerry speak.
Hold a protest outside, gather a group who’s unhappy with Sen Kerry. Make your argument in a more effective and interesting way than the other guy. If we let anyone get up and say anything anytime they felt like it…that’s not freedom of speech, that’s chaos.
I will argue for someone’s right to speak in 99.9% of the cases, and as I’ve pointed out, this guy had a lot of other ways of expressing his displeasure with Kerry, and exercising his freedom of speech or right to protest…
I’d be interested in your thoughts.
Jon Cahill did a really interesting story about a new business in town that’s doing market research for all kinds of new products. Anything from TV ads to new foods…kitchen products to the latest electronics might be test marketed through this business.
They chose Des Moines because we’re that middle of the road, Midwestern, fair kind of community. I know a lot of us think of Des Moines and Iowa being behind the curve when it comes to the cutting edge. I think it’s kind of cool that the next big TV commercial or marketing campaign might be chosen because a bunch of Iowans sat down in a room and picked it.
Have a great day everyone. Talk to you tomorrow!
PWD and BB