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Archive for September, 2008

Fall is Finally here!

I don’t know about you… but I love the fall. Above summer or spring… it’s my favorite season of the year. I think after a long hot summer here in the south it’s the thing I look forward to most. It gives everyone a chance to give the air conditioner a rest and open up the windows. It’s funny… but right around September I can start to smell it in the air. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the west (Las Vegas) I appreciate the trees, shrubs and flowers that signal a new season.

For most people fall is all about sports… the end of baseball season and just the start for football. I’m not a huge sports fan but I do love to take in a game… people watch… and enjoy all the fattening foods you can only get at a sporting event.

I'm looking forward to watching The Mentalist this season.

I'm looking forward to watching The Mentalist this season.

And just this week I got a few new reminders of fall on my DVR. I love when the new season of shows start. I can’t watch them during primetime, because I go to bed so early, but I know they’re waiting for me at noon when I get home from work.
Oh yeah… there’s the great clothes and shoes for fall too! Love those!

These are too cute!

These are too cute!

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PKD Walk and Baby Faire

This was a busy weekend.  If you got a chance to get out and about you probably enjoyed the great weather and all that Atlanta and the surrounding area have to offer.   

My weekend was sure packed with events for CBS 46.   It started with the PKD walk in Norcross.  Walkers and runners were up bright and early to help raise money for research and a cure for PKD.  I met two wonderful ladies… Chris and Wendy who were walking for a friend. 

Wendy, Tracye and Chris at the PKD Walk in Norcross on 9/20/08.

Sunday we had a great time at the Baby Faire at Cobb Galleria in Smyrna. When it’s been so long since you’ve had a baby… in my case 10 years… you forget what that excitement is like.  It was wonderful to see the expectant mothers, and fathers!  But the real joy was in the eyes of the grandparents.  The parents of this little one were kind enough to allow me to take a picture… she was the happiest, cutest baby I’d seen in a while.

 

What a happy baby!

What a happy baby!

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Fuel Fears

I’ve never been worried about not having enough gas to get to work, or pick up my daughter or go to the grocery store… until now.
Eventhough we had been talking about possible interruptions in fuel supplies last week because of Hurricane Ike… I hadn’t realized it could hit me so directly. I thought it was a holiday weekend judging from the long lines Friday at the Costo, where I usually get my gas. After about 20 minutes in… I realized… everyone was topping off thier tank because of fuel fears. We can see where that has gotten us… high gas prices and stations that have locked up thier pumps. Of course in the media, we have managed to fan the flames that ignited those fears. I’m just hoping I have enough gas to ride out the storm left in the wake of Hurricane Ike.

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Tyler Perry’s new movie

If you’re a fan of Tyler Perry’s movies…you love his latest. I have to admit, I haven’t seen any of his stage plays and I wasn’t actually very familar with Perry until I came to Atlanta.
A screening for his new movie, “The Family that Preys” was held at Atlantic Station on September 2nd and along with hundreds of faithful fans… I enjoyed the movie. It’s what you’d expect when you see Tyler Perry movie… drama, quick wit, and those “oh no she didn’t” moments. This one didn’t seem to preach to me as much as some of his other films seemed to. But you still got the underlying message that Tyler says is important to have in his movies… you reap what you sow. And one of the characters in this film certainly does at the end. Although I enjoyed his previous movie… “Why Did I Get Married”… I thought his latest production was even better.

To see my interview with Perry, click here.

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9-11-08

Are you having a hard time believing like I am that it’s been 7 years since the terrorist attacks. It made us all fearful of what September 12th would bring.
I imagine for our generation it’s like the day JFK was shot…. or the day Pearl Harbor was attacked… a day when you never forget what you were doing the moment you heard the news.
I remember it well… I was working as a reporter in Phoenix, Arizona. I had just finished my story for the morning which was likely some needless murder in some corner of the city. We all watched what we thought was a newsworthy story from New York of one of the twin towers on fire. At the time of course we all thought it was some bizarre airplane accident. Our hearts stopped as we watched that second plane slam into another tower. I spent the rest of that day doing live reports from Sky Harbor airport and listening to the deafening sound of silence as planes around the country were grounded. Like many people I just wanted to get home to my family… and 12 hours later I finally did. Eventhough I was thousands of miles away from the attacks on the twin towers, the pentagon and the plane that went down in Pennsylvania… I still no longer felt safe. Like so many americans that day my life changed because the terrorism that always seemed a world away… had hit home.

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