Good Morning…We all woke up this morning in a little bit of a mood. It’s not that anyone’s angry or annoyed..we’re all just a little feisty. Good way to start the week. At least we’ve got the energy to get going again.
To The News:
State of the Union
The President gives his final State of the Union address tonight. It’s expected to last about 40 minutes. NBC’s Brooke Hart made an interesting point this morning where most of the President’s State of the Union addresses have focused on the war, overshadowing relative economic success…Now relative success in Iraq is being overshadowed by the prospect of economic trouble.
I would agree that the success in Iraq is overshadowed by other issues taking center stage. This is discouraging on a personal level because my brother-in-law has spent so much time over there and shares with me amazing stories of hope. No matter what your opinion on the war, the good things that are happening should be reported alongside the challenges and bad news coming out of Iraq. Here at WHO I think we do a pretty good job of covering the families who are effected by the war when their loved ones are deployed. We try to tell some of their good stories and share with viewers the impact Iowa soldiers have on the war. But I would still like to see MORE of those stories told by the people who are covering the war for networks.
The President’s speechwriters might need to make last minute revisions to the speech tonight after some big economic indicators come out today. Most importantly we get a measure of consumer confidence today. That should measure how willing we all are to spend money these days.
The streak continues and that should mean an even higher ranking for Drake this week. What a great season! The best part about Drake is that everyone can get behind this team. There isn’t the taboo of jumping ship on the Hawks or the Clones in the one or the other is doing well. Can’t wait for the tournament.
We had a busy weekend that started early Saturday Morning. I played in a poker Tournament for charity down at the Eagles Lodge on the south side. We had a good time and I lasted a while in the tournament before being knocked out. The proceeds all go to charity so it was a great way to spend the day. The tournament drew more than 130 people.
It’s a good thing I didn’t last all afternoon. I had a date Saturday night with my lovely wife at the Brave Gala.
The highlight of the night came when the Brave organization gave an award to John and Mary Pappajohn for their contributions to Iowa and to Greater Des Moines. The sculpture garden the Pappajohns are donating to the Western Gateway is going to be a significant addition and improvement to an area that seems to be gaining steam by the month. The Best part about the people who give so much in this community is how approachable and normal they are.
A close second to the great award was watching Barry Griswell and Suku Radia doing their impression of the Blues Brothers onstage. The two are like Sinatra and Dean Martin. It’s funny to watch two of the most powerful Execs in town get up there and have a good time. They’re definitely NOT stuffed shirts.
I swore I’d get pictures and the only one that turned out was this one of my Brother Matt and I. Someone at the Gala actually walked up to him and said hi like he was me…Sally and Matt’s wife Amy don’t think we look that much alike. I tend to agree.
I had family in town this weekend which was wonderful but also a little exhausting. Eric’s dad came up from Wichita and his brother is here until Thursday. Eric’s nephew came back from college for the weekend as well. It was so good seeing everyone and most of the time I was just sitting back and laughing at all of them. Not only are they all incredibly opinionated, but they also like to raise the volume when they start debating. At one point, things got so loud that Evan’s lower lip started to quiver and he let out the saddest cry I have heard so far from him. It was a pretty classic moment. I think he’s going to be a lover, not a fighter!
I don’t know about you, but now that the snow has melted, I have sand everywhere in my garage. And somehow it made its way into my house. It’s disgusting. The garage and our cars are filthy. I cannot wait for spring!
Sunday we spent a lot of the day in the kitchen. It’s good to get a little food in the freezer…certainly it makes the week a lot easier. We made Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup and Stuffed Peppers. Both are really good even after freezing and re-heating. This is about the time of year where we’ve got to switch up the menu a little bit. Winter food starts to get a little boring and we get into a rut. This should help. We’ve got enough food to feed an army. Those are the stuffed peppers on the right here….
Anyway have a good start to the week and enjoy the warmer weather today…it’s not going to last.