Meeting Listeners, Bullying, and Warm Weather
On Saturday, April 21st, I had a chance to join the Boys and Girls Club of Nampa for Community Day at the Idaho Event Center. Part of my day was spent at the NewsRadio KINF booth, passing out chap stick to adults and giving candy to the many children at the event. As a father I have to say, nothing is quite as fun as hopping up somebody else’s children on candy. I received some great feedback from many of you who listen to KINF’s new morning show. Thanks for all the nice comments! As a person who is still new to Idaho and the Treasure Valley, it’s nice to learn more about the people we speak to thru the radio each day. But, next time we do that event – I’m bringing bags instead of chap stick! Those who attended know what I’m talking about.
On occasion, my boys get random days off from school as teachers have meetings or training sessions. Wednesday the 18th was one of those days. It rained on and off all morning, so it was not a great day to turn them loose outside. I decided to take my children to a local business that offers a wide array of activities for kids. Fun inside activities on a rainy day – good stuff. Many parents will simply drop off the kids at the door, hand them a couple of bucks and stop back by in a couple hours to pick them up again. I’ve got to admit, I nearly did the same thing. I’m glad I didn’t make that mistake. From the comfort of my chair in the lobby and over my book I observed a pair of boys being somewhat rude to another boy. The rudeness took a nasty turn at some point as these larger boys began to threaten and bully the smaller boy. I waited for a good 20 minutes for the business staff to get with the program, but when that did not happen I asked the boy to accompany me to go find somebody who could help him. The teenager who we spoke to was not very much help, and without a manager anywhere to be seen, I collected my boys and left. It’s safe to say I won’t be returning to this business anytime soon and also will not send my boys there for birthdays or other activities.
Bullying is a terrible thing, and it breaks my heart. I’m encouraging as many people as possible to watch the latest film on the subject. Here is a quick clip of the film.
Ok Idaho, I’ve got to give you some credit on this. I love the weather here! Maybe this was one of your more mild Winters, but I’ve been missing all 4 seasons for a long time in Nevada. I nearly forgot about Spring and Fall! In Reno you go from Winter into Summer and back again with no hint of Fall or Spring. What you do get is WIND. Lots and lots of WIND. See the picture below for a better idea of what I’m talking about. This truck was blown over by the wind as it drove across Washoe Valley. It’s not uncommon for people watching Little League games to endure 50 to 65 MPH winds in South Reno and Washoe Valley. So, thanks Idaho for the extra two seasons!