Brooke took us all to the gym this morning. Her video blog is her post baby workout. First, kudos to her for the work it takes to get back in shape. I let her talk about her success. Second, BIG kudos for letting us look in on the workout and taking up the topic. It’s something most of us deal with whether we had a baby or not. Some of us men look like we’re expecting if we don’t get to the gym enough. I’m not sure I want a camera following me to my workout.
The Video blog is coming… Kelly our web producer will have it up a little later this morning.
If you didn’t catch it… I talked about my effort to lose those last few pounds I gained when I was pregnant with my son Evan. I gained about 35 pounds which I hear is normal, but it has been hard getting the last few pounds off even thought it has been 9 months. (Maybe it has something to do with the chips I was eating from Vendoland) Anyway, I started working out with a trainer at Gym/FX in downtown Des Moines. Kayla Bender is awesome and she doesn’t let me slack. It’s an hour of hard cardio and strength training that I wouldn’t do on my own. I have just 9 pounds left to go and my goal is to be back to the old Brooke by June. The other part of the weight loss program which I didn’t get into on the video is calorie managment. That’s code for dieting! Actually, there’s a program on-line called MyApex that helps you log your calories based on what you eat. I am staying under 1,500 every day. It actually hasn’t been too bad and I am not one for dieting so that is saying something. I will keep you updated on my progress.
To the news:
This is what we’ve been talking about for a while. Archie Brooks took the stand and admitted he and former CIETC CEO Ramona Cunningham had an affair. He also admitted he’d signed off on pay raises for execs AFTER he and Ramona had sex. After Archie testified we heard from his brother, who was a CIETC employee. Now lets just put aside the obvious problems with a government agency employing the guy who’s brother is the Board Chairman….this guy testified he was part of a group that went one more than 100 trips to Iowa Casinos while they were on the clock for the jobs agency. He also testified that the people who got these bonuses were untouchable. They weren’t ever going to get fired. My question is, who else knew. It looks like CIETC was a place where government officials had their family and friends hired to pick up a paycheck and not do a lot of work. I want to know who else in local , State or federal government knew about this and had their friends taken care of.
It’s funny to see some of the emails we get after severe weather coverage and I thought I’d share some of them. Some of you thought our coverage of the tornadoes last night was “over the top”. Ed was on for a long time yesterday afternoon giving people the information about the warnings. I thought about it as I watched, sun streaming through my front window. There were going to be some people upset because the tornado didn’t matter to them.
like this viewer:
Way way to over blown with sunny skys here in Des Moines but storms elsewhere. Don’t know what your viewer percentage is in the effected area but it was obviously much smaller then the balance of your viewers.
Just making sure I understand: The amount of time we take to cover life threatening weather should be balanced against how many lives we might potentially lose?
I’m trying to work out a matrix with Jeopardy’s importance on one side balanced against a number of people hurt or killed on the other. I’m having trouble calculating how much the the importance of double jeopardy ups the stakes for the game show.(read thick sarcasm here)
I think the importance for all of us goes up when the weather is at our front door. We don’t make a distinction that Moravia is less important than West Des Moines.
Another viewer shared this:
I tuned in to watch Jeopardy, but the entire 30 minute show was preempted by Wilson’s weather. I saw there was a tornado warning in southern Iowa, but that doesn’t justify it. I noticed channels 8 and 5 were showing the warnings at the bottom of the screen without preempting their scheduled shows. WHO-TV could do the same thing; you don’t have to go wall to wall for a simple weather warning.
I can only say we don’t leave it to other news organizations to make our decision about severe weather coverage. We cover severe weather.
There were tornado warnings coming out as these storms moved through. Ed and the rest of our team do the best they can to cover the weather appropriately.
I guess the thing that strikes me here is the emails that weigh the importance of a game show with telling people about a tornado. Is that a question you want us asking next time the storm is coming to your front door?
And just to prove, you can’t please all of the people all of the time, here’s a complaint from a viewer in southeast Iowa:
I always get a little upset by your coverage during severe weather situations because I live in southeast Iowa. I understand that the majority of your viewers live in Des Moines, but it is like we are in an isolated little corner of your viewing area, and you really dont give a hoot about us. Severe weather can still be in the area, but if it moves just to the east it is out of the viewing area and it is forgotten about. Many of your viewers have family who live, work, or travel to eastern Iowa, so please try to cover the storms as they move off to the east. They dont just disappear when they leave your precious “metro”
Feel free to weigh in.
Helping a Guard Soldier
This took on dual meaning this morning after the family of a soldier killed in Iraq called. They’ll be having funeral services here in Des Moines this morning for Major Stuart Wolfer. His wife is from the area. It looks like we’re going to be able to help her record and save the funeral service so her children can see it when they grow up. Mrs Wolfer has three young girls. It’s the least we can do for that family.
An Iowa guard soldier had to come home from Kosovo because his family lost everything in a house fire. We said we’d put information up so people can donate to a fund set up for the family to relocate. here it is:
SEND DONATIONS IN CARE OF BRANDON AND SHAWNA STALPES
NORTHWEST FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK IN HUMBOLDT
801 SUMNER AVENUE…
P-O BOX 669 IN HUMBOLDT
Anyone else impressed with Zach Johnson’s first round at the Masters? He’s in the hunt. That’s all you can ask.
The Parade of homes is this weekend
Here’s a link to more information
OK gotta go get some shuteye…but watch this noon. We’re going to try to hook up with the International Space Station and talk to Iowa native Peggy Whitson! We’ll see if we can make it happen.
Have a good weekend