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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BABY JESUS-GPS

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) -- Baby Jesus is going high-tech. A statue of the Christ child is getting a GPS tracking device. New York-based BrickHouse Security is donating several GPS monitors to the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin. Along with Jesus, other Nativity figures will be fitted with the tracking devices. The baby Jesus was stolen earlier this month from a Nativity scene and returned four days later. A spokesman for BrickHouse Security says the tracking services are offered to a number of churches and non-profits for free. The company tells The Indianapolis Star the small tracking device will text or email an alert if the figurine is moved.

TROOPS-HOLIDAY HOMECOMING

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Army Chief Warrant Officer Duane Sandbothe is trying to keep a Christmas secret. He returned home yesterday from deployment to Afghanistan. He hopes to make his homecoming a Christmas surprise for his 8-year-old son. Sandbothe says his boy is to ask Santa Claus to get dad home by Christmas. Sandbothe says he plans to lie low for a week. Sandbothe is among 61 citizen-soldiers of the Georgia National Guard coming back from a 10-month deployment.

RED KETTLE-CASH DONATION

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- Someone is dropping more than spare change into the Salvation Army's Red Kettles. Crisp $100 bills were donated at a number of Cocoa Beach, Florida, area locations, totaling nearly 10-grand. Salvation Army officials tell Florida Today they believe the money came from the same person. Amounts in each kettle ranged from $500 to $1,000.

CHRISTIE-COWBOYS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jersey guy Chris Christie will be showing more Cowboys love this weekend. The New Jersey governor has never been shy about rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. But his fan devotion has come under fire again, after Christie was seen high-fiving Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during last Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Christie tells Philadelphia sports radio station 94WIP he'll be sitting in Jones' box again this coming Sunday, when Dallas hosts the Indianapolis Colts. Christie says he won't change his team loyalty just to score some political points.

 
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