The text messages that made my Monday - 01/13/14

You never know when something is going to happen that could spark something pretty awesome.  That's an over-simplified way of saying it, but it's true.

Take, for example, this morning when I was added to a group text thread - by mistake.  I scrolled through 90-some txt messages.  I NEVER have that many text messages!  I read through them all and realized they were teenagers.  I contemplated whether to respond.  The last text message said "did anyone ever say who the 417 was?"  Well, that was me.  So I responded, "Hey, this is Jennifer Waddell from Fox17.  Good morning!!  PS love the cow pic!"  By the way, the cow pic was of a girl who works at Chik-fil-A and it cracked me up.

Well that sparked a whole conversation with a group of high-schoolers.  Come to find out, they are part of the news crew at Mt. Juliet High School.  What are the odds?  We ended up putting this whole interaction in the newscast as a "talker".  They got to watch it live from their classroom and now I'm planning a visit to their class to talk about journalism.  I've attached a photo the students sent me from their own green screen.  How cool is that?

This was one of the most random, fun and inspiring mornings that all started with a message that wasn't even meant for me. 

Thought for the day:  If you get the wrong message how will you respond?

 

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BASE-THANKSGIVING

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- Scores of seniors are joining the Air Force -- for Thanksgiving. North Dakota's Minot Air Force Base will be playing host to area senior citizens for Thanksgiving Day. It's a decades old event, with many airmen and civilian employees volunteering to help. Mary Larson is with the local Commission on Aging. She tells the Minot Daily News they're still taking reservations for the holiday dinner. About 200 people attended last Thanksgiving.

CROSS-COUNTRY BIKERS

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Dean and Taryn Hatcher have the mettle to pedal -- cross-country. The father-daughter team covered 4,200 miles, riding their bikes from Washington state to the Florida Keys. They finished yesterday and lifted their bikes above their heads as supporters cheered. The 59-year-old Hatcher and his 20-year-old daughter say they were inspired by reports about the unmet needs of veterans. Along the way, they met with veterans and raised money for the organization Hope For The Warriors.

FORT DRUM-WOOD ENERGY

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) -- "Wood" you? Could you? The Army can and does. The wood in this case is from trees and is supplying all the electricity used at Fort Drum in northern New York State. It's part of the Pentagon's green energy initiative. A suburban Albany utility company has converted the formerly coal-fired power plant at Fort Drum. Instead of fossil fuels, the generators are fired by wood scraps from the timber industry. Officials say the biomass facility has also created nearly 200 jobs.

COOKBOOK TESTERS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- When it comes to good cooks, frat brothers probably don't rank high on your list. That's why cookbook author Kit Wohl turns to the members of Tulane University's Zeta Psi fraternity. The recipes need to be tested, so who better than kitchen-challenged frat brothers? Wohl's eighth cookbook in her "New Orleans Classic" series is now out. Wohl tells The Times-Picayune if the novice chefs a have problem, she knows the recipe has to be rewritten. Wohl says a couple of her recipe testers have gone on to culinary school.

 
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