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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TURNPIKE PIZZA-LAWSUIT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants to take a bite out of a Florida pizza shop. The authority charges Jersey Boardwalk Pizza uses a logo that looks too much like the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. The agency is suing the pizzeria in federal court. JoyAnn Kenny is the lawyer for Jersey Boardwalk Pizza. She says there's no way anyone would confuse a highway and a pizza place 1,300 miles away. The company operates two pizza shops and sells merchandise online. The Turnpike Authority is asking a judge to order the company to stop using the logos.

VETERAN-LOCKED IN VA CLINIC

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) -- Marine Corps veteran Jeffrey Duck says he was forgotten at a V-A clinic -- and locked inside. Duck says he went a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration Monday afternoon. He tells WKMG he was sitting in a consultation room for more than three hours, then realized he was alone. Walking in the lobby set off an alarm so Duck called 911 on his cellphone. The V-A is apologizing to Duck. Officials say they're reviewing their closing procedures.

NO NIKE SWOOSH

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The swoosh is squashed -- at least for the moment. Adidas has invaded Nike's hometown, Eugene, Oregon, to sponsor the world junior track championships. Hayward Field has the trademark Nike swoosh logo. Crews preparing for the meet are covering the logos and pinning Adidas posters to the fence alongside the track. The Register-Guard newspaper reports the Adidas contract calls for a clean venue. But Bill Bowerman gets to stay. There won't be a bag thrown over the statue of the Nike co-founder and legendary University of Oregon track coach.

GOOGLE-FREE SHUTTLES

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- It would be another perk for Google's Silicon Valley neighbors. The technology giant is offering to provide free shuttle bus service in Mountain View, California. Google is proposing to foot the bill for four electric-powered shuttle buses. The San Jose Mercury News reports the plan is expected to be approved by the city council in September, with the buses rolling the next month. Google also provides free Wi-Fi in the city.

 
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