This weekend we planned on driving to Ennis (south of Dallas) Saturday to watch our cousins drag race at Texas Motorplex. We were almost there when we got the call that the gates were closed and the line of cars to get in was 5 miles long. So basically...we could sit in the car for another 3 hours, then MAYBE get in.?!? Rather than deal with all that (the races would have been over if we ever got in anyway), or go right back home, we parked the car and explored downtown Waxahachie. They were having their fall festival on the courthouse square, including every kind of junk food (had to get cinnamon roasted almonds!), live music, and shopping. Afterwards, we had dinner with some friends that live in the area, then back to their house to watch the Texas game over a few beers. We missed the races, but had a great weekend nonetheless!
Lake Travis has come up 9 feet from the rain yesterday! AND it's expected to come up 4 or 5 more feet in the next day or so as the runoff continues to come downstream. Finally, we're getting closer to our lake being back to normal!!!
If you live in, or drive through, Austin, be aware that last night the City Council voted to ban texting while driving, effective the first of January. And there's a $500 fine for violators!
§ 12-1-34 Electronic Messaging While Driving. (A) A driver of a motor vehicle may not use a wireless communication device to view, send, or compose an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle. (B) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution of an offense under this section if a wireless communications device is used: (1) while the vehicle is stopped; (2) for making a telephone call; (3) as a global positioning or navigation system that is affixed to the vehicle; (3) for obtaining emergency assistance to report a traffic accident, medical emergency, or serious traffic hazard, or to prevent a crime about to be committed; (4) in the reasonable belief that a person’s life or safety is in immediate danger; or (5) if the device is permanently installed inside the vehicle. (C) This section does not apply to an operator of an authorized emergency vehicle using a wireless communication device while acting in an official capacity.
Have you ever heard that if you are taking a pill, especially a large one, that's it's easier to swallow it if you put your chin to your chest while you swallow instead of throwing your head back? I heard this trick on my radio show this morning and wanted to test the theory myself on my daily multivitamin. And...drum roll please...it worked!
A top CBS News producer was busted Thursday for trying to shake down David Letterman - threatening to expose the late-night funnyman's affairs with several female staffers in a movie and book. The "Late Show" host revealed the stunning plot on last night's show in an extraordinary confession to viewers - and admitted he had indeed slept with several women who work at the show. "I'm glad you folks are here tonight, and I'm glad you folks are in such a pleasant mood, because I have a story I'd like to tell you and the home viewers as well," he said, appearing to set up a comedy bit. He went on to explain that a man identified by police as Robert Halderman, a 51-year-old Emmy Award-winning producer, found out that he was sleeping with several staff members. Halderman allegedly threatened to expose the 62-year-old Letterman, who married his girlfriend, Regina Lasko, of 23 years in March, unless he forked over a staggering $2 million. "This morning, I did something I've never done in my life," Letterman told viewers. "I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury. "This whole thing has been quite scary," he said. "I had to tell them how I was disturbed by this. I was scared for my family. I felt menaced by this man." Then, Letterman added, "I had to tell them all the creepy things I had done." The audience roared with laughter. "Now why is that funny?" Letterman asked. "Now of course we get to what was it was - we get to all the creepy stuff," Letterman said, taking a more serious tone. "I have had sex with women who work for me on this show." The audience was silent. Letterman said the grand jury asked if the accusations were true. "Yes, I have," was his answer. "Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would - especially for the women," he joked. "But that's a decision for them, if they want to go public and talk. "It's been a very bizarre experience," Letterman added. "I feel like I need to protect my family. I need to protect myself and I hope to protect my job." CBS said in a statement that it was "made aware of" an ongoing police investigation involving David Letterman and an employee at '48 Hours'," one of the network's news magazine shows. "Mr. Letterman addressed the issue during the show's broadcast this evening, and we believe his comments speak for themselves," the CBS statement read. Halderman, who was being held on attempted grand larceny charges, has directed dozens of "48 Hours" documentaries, from the Winter Olympics to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.