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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BEAR CUB-STORE

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Stuffed teddy bears on drug store shelves may be a common thing. But shoppers where in for a surprise over the weekend when they saw a bear cub scurrying down the aisles. Witnesses say the cub first showed up Sunday at a nearby hotel, hopped out a window and crossed the street to the Rite Aid in Ashland, Oregon. KGW reports that customers snapped pics and videotapped the litte bear until police arrived and scooped the youngster into a shopping cart. Oregon wildlife officials are holding the cub until it can be moved to a rehab center or a zoo.

TOE SQUEEZING CHARGE

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) -- A foot fetish went too far in the parking lot of a New Jersey supermarket earlier this month. Mount Laurel police say 30-year-old Derrick Johnson Jr., was arrested Tuesday and charged with harassment for the bizarre confrontation on Oct. 4. Police say Johnson approached the woman while she loaded groceries into her car. He complimented her on her toes, then allegedly touched and squeezed two of them. When the startled woman told Johnson to stop touching her, he allegedly told her he was obsessed with toes and ran off.

FIREWORKS-REMAINS

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. Well, his father's ashes, actually. Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver's cremated remains will be launched into the sky as part of his family's goodbye. Carver's family is the first to try Greenlawn's new program. His son is funeral director Jim Carver. He says his father, who died in 2008, loved watching fireworks and would appreciate the unusual send off. The family will follow the eight-minute fireworks display with a cookout and memorial celebration. The Springfield News-Leader says the fireworks memorials range from $300 to the "Ultimate Goodbye" as much as $10,000.

INMATES-FINANCIAL EDUCATION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Prisoners will get the chance to learn how to balance their checkbooks and set budgets. Or at least some will in West Virginia jails. The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority plans to offer a four-week financial education program in November to inmates serving sentences for misdemeanor convictions. The state says the program covers the basics, including how to cut debt and save for emergencies. Officials say inmates can reduce their sentences by five days for taking the course. Prisoners can also reduce time in the can by taking a life skills course.