After spending the first half of the week in and out of courtrooms, today was a very nice change of pace. I was able to get away from federal indictments and share a much more uplifting story at an American Legion Post in Mt. Vernon. The Post won a grant from Home Depot to have some upgrades completed. To do this, Home Depot employees from the Evansville area volunteered their time off-the-clock today to help tear down old ceiling tiles, paint new drywall and install new ceiling fans and some flooring. The Legion has no requirement to feed the troops while they are working, but are you surprised to hear that they've been preparing yummy meals all week for them? (Today was the big work day, but they've been prepping other
days.) Today while I was there, they offered me a plate, and boy am I glad I said yes! Ha! The homemade chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes, corn and green bean casserole were so tasty! Then, how could I pass up the blackberry cobbler??? It was AWESOME!
Normally on the job, I don't really bite (no pun intended!) when people offer freebies. There's this little thing called "payola" we try to avoid. But, since this food was already made for the rest of the group, I figured it wouldn't hurt. So, I ended up sitting and eating with a member of the Post's Board of Directors. I'm glad I did! Better than stuffing a McDonald's chicken wrap down while in the car like I did yesterday, haha!!
I had to come back and put that story, and another one about the Blue Angels, together by about 4pm so I could get to my other office (Civic Center) for another story. Well, let me rephrase. It might be a story at some point down the road, but it wasn't today. Here's the deal. Earlier this week we received a public notice the County Commissioners would be meeting in Executive Session (aka... stay out
media) about some kind of alleged misconduct involving someone in the County. I'm guessing some kind of employee(s). So, we tried earlier this week to see if we could sneak a little info as to what was going on. No luck.
We decided to show up and wait outside the meeting room to see if we could find out anything. I rushed over to the Civic Center hoping to catch a Commissioner as they were going in, but I guess I missed them.
So I and our photographer (he was there to operate the live truck.
Yes, we were prepared! Live truck was out front ready to go in case this was big news!!) hung out in the hallway waiting to catch them on the way out. Well, well, well. Here's where we had the wool pulled over our eyes!!
I NOW know there is a secret hallway or something to get from this meeting room to another public meeting room. While we were standing outside the other door, the secret meeting started and finished. We didn't realize the Commissioners had gone down the hidden hallway to a public County Roads hearing meeting!! So, we had to wait until THAT was over, to see what was going on. That brings us to 6pm (secret meeting started at 4:30). And, after all that waiting, all we were told was that they couldn't say anything! I had a feeling it might be that way. What can you do? At least we tried, and perhaps it will come out later. But, turns out I spent the last part of my day just catching up with photographer Andy. Kind of nice to have some down time during the work day, so I'm not complaining! Ha!
Ok, welllll... I'm writing this from home, and I'm thinking about going to get an ice cream to enjoy. (Because the cobbler and mini chocolate eggs I had earlier weren't enough sugar!) Hey, I already missed yoga, may as well dig the hole a little deeper, eh??
Have a great night/day/weekend (whatever time it is when you read this)!
Until next time,
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