Lots of little things to get to this morning.
Early this morning fire destroyed a house on NW 1st street in Delaware Township. It sounds like the guy has a cat. The cat knocked over a lamp and the lamp set the couch on fire. No one hurt. Firefighters say they treated the homeowner for smoke inhalation but he’s OK.
This story actually starts earlier in the week when the Homeland security chief told the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune that he had a hunch a terrorist attack might come. He downplayed those comments later, but then we get this report… National Security officials are reportedly going to discuss the renewed strength of Al-Qaeda today at a White house National Security Meeting. Intelligence reports indicate the organization is back to its pre-9/11 strength and organization.
Prices are back up. It’s gone up a quarter a gallon or more in the last 48 hours. Analysts say prices will be at their highest over the next ten days. Hope you don’t have any road trips planned.
School Buses and Seat Belts
Are any of the parents out there concerned that their kids don’t wear seat belts on buses. The safety experts go back and forth on this one. Apparently the ride to and from school is safest statistically on the bus, but some high profile accidents have opened up the debate again.
A Marathon Swim
Literally, Iowan John Heineman swam the English Channel in a little more than 12 hours. Jeriann was drooling over the picture of this guy…what did you think he was going to look like…he just swam the freaking English Channel people! Incidentally, the first Iowan to climb Everest is a guy named Charlie Whittmack. He lives here in Des Moines now and Charlie apparently decided he needed another goal in his life…he decided he’s going to swim the channel next summer. You can take it to the bank…Charlie will make it.
At Ankeny’s Summerfest this weekend the High School’s Drama Club is raising money for it’s trip to Scotland this year. They’re going to raise money by deciding who’s going to have to eat Haggis Sunday. There are three or four people in the running. I imagine the winner is the one who raises the least? Not sure about that but you can head over to their booth this weekend at Summerfest.
Incidentally Haggis is the heart live and lungs of the sheep ground up and boiled in the stomach of the sheep for about an hour.
It’s not as bad as it sounds. If you can get it out of your head that you’re eating sheep’s lung. I tried some when we were over there in 2002.
OK This is my stupid story of the morning. The article will appear in the New England Journal of Medicine which takes my opinion of that publication down a notch. Apparently the Journal is ready to report some guy was struck by lightening in Canada while out for a jog.
I believe the J is silent.
Anyway, do we need the leading medical journal in the US, maybe the world, to tell us not to go running in the rain with wires around our heads? I mean really. The article goes on to say that there’s no evidence that would suggest an i-Pod actually attracts the lightning. Thank goodness…though it makes the selection of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck much more appealing on my next playlist.
Too Pretty to Drink
And finally I brought this strange looking jar into the newsroom this morning…apparently this is how the Nords drink bottled water. I thought it was a thing of hair gel the first time I saw it. It’s not. It’s VOSS water. Pure artesian water from Norway. There’s a security seal on the thing and it’s pretty heavy. Just thought it was weird and wanted to share that…cause when I think weird…I think of our blogging friends!
Have a good one.
Tomorrow’s Friday, everyone – smile -and hang in there.