Thursday, June 14, 2007

Manufacturing concrete news

My Supermodel Wife and I were on our way home with our daughter after a community meeting last night when, on a whim, we decided to stop by Sheridan's Frozen Custard on 75th Street.

Someone mentioned at the meeting that Sheridan's was giving away free "concretes" if you mentioned that you "love KMBC Channel 9."

Now, "love" isn't a word I would use to describe any TV station, unless it's in the context of "I love to bash Larry Moore." But then again, who am I to scoff at a free frozen custard treat.

Then we pulled into the parking lot at 75th and Metcalf and realized that nothing is free. Check out the picture (from the KMBC website).

At the 75th Street location, the line stretched around the entire building. Sure, you don't have to pay money for the frozen custard, but you'll have to wait on line for an hour. It took us about two seconds to decide we didn't want to pay the price for Sheridan's, and about 10 minutes to drive over the Foo's Fabulous, which is right by our house anyway.

I would rather pay the 12 bucks to treat my family rather than make them stand in line with a bunch of moochers. Actually, that's not fair. I don't begrudge those who wanted a free frozen snack. What I really begrudge is KMBC reporting on this like it was a news story.

Look, I tune in to the local nightly news to get updates on Paris Hilton's jail sentence, the Iranian stance on porn stars and the bayou ban on baggy pants, not this meaningless manufactured tripe about people getting free frozen desserts.

To spend so much time setting up an event and then foisting the reporting on an unsuspecting public smacks of Rathergate.

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  1. I decide which locale news I watch, (and which stories) on the hotness of the reporters. It's that simple.

    This custard crap isn't news it's a commercial.



  2. I was actually driving by the 75th St store & decided against waiting in line. Went home & had a piece of strawberry pie instead.

  3. Jere Gish was all excited this morning about "reporting" back on how he had to wait about 25 minutes in line for HIS free custard. Then they started showing the film coverage they had of people waiting in line at the Liberty store, and he started getting MORE excited because there was his car! In line! RIGHT THERE!

    He told us he waited in line dammit. And there he was. (According to him and what's-her-face who agreed that it indeed was his car in line right there...)

    I don't eat dairy. I want free sushi for watching KMBC news in the morning and evening, dammit...

  4. Thanks for the CNN link. Frankly, I can't sleep at night unless I know the latest on the state of pornography around the world. I did think this was interesting:

    "With a 148-5 vote in favor and four abstentions, lawmakers present at the Wednesday session of the 290-seat parliament approved [the bill]"

    My guess is those four abstentions were running home to scrub their hard drives.



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