Earlier this week, the weather was on the severe side down in South Dakota and Iowa. On Sunday night, KSFY's meteorologist Shawn Cable had cut into regularly-scheduled programming to report on a tornado that was seen in the Hospers, Iowa area. But OMG, it interrupted the season finale of "Once Upon A Time." And that's when the complaints came rolling in; just like the thunder and lightning that I'm sure was going on in the area.
The tornado did touch down. And it did cause damage. If people didn't know about it, there probably would be injuries, even deaths. I sure as heck wouldn't want to be the one found in front of my television severely injured because I wanted to know what happened in the last eppy of the season for whatever show I was watching. I'd be the one taking cover in the dark recesses of the basement.
Apparently on Monday morning, Cable showed video of the tornado that hit and was apologizing for his interruption. That's when anchorwoman Nancy Naeve came to his defense. The video's gone viral, so hopefully most of you have had a chance to see it. "No show is as important as someone's life," Naeve said on the broadcast. "But I tell you what. If it was your home and your neighbors, you would feel differently. So please don't do that. That's not nice." It was like she was scolding a young child. She wasn't mean about it, but you could tell she was frustrated for what Cable and the staff who had to take those phone calls went through. Cable put the video on YouTube, and it's got hundreds of thousands of views. Naeve said on the Monday morning broadcast that viewers could just go to abc.com to watch the interrupted episode of "Once Upon A Time." But if you don't have the Internet, well, guess you'll have to wait for a rerun or when that particular season comes out on DVD. But I'll definitely have to agree with Naeve; I'd rather live to watch another episode of television than die trying to view one while a tornado is crashing through my house.
In the last week, the video has been on the Washington Post's website, "Entertainment Tonight" and "Inside Edition."
Should Naeve had spoken up? I don't know, but what's done is done. Cable did what he should've, pre-empt programming to let people know that a bad storm is coming their way. Geez. Maybe this is why I don't watch television as often as I used to and have turned to catching up with seasons on DVD.
Columnist Amy Dickinson of "Ask Amy" gave a little "tough love" to a woman who sent in a question recently. The woman gets together with her cousins, a sister and a cousin's sister-in-law for a weekend shopping trip, which includes a stay at a hotel, lunches and dinners. She has another sister who they don't invite. The sister is offended when she learns that she's not invited. This woman goes on to say that this one sister and the cousins aren't as close. The writer of the letter and the cousins are all married stay-at-home mothers, and the sister is a divorced working mom with one child. The writer's reasons as to why the sister isn't included is they know she doesn't have enough money for the shopping excursions, doesn't have the same interests, that she complains about her aches and pains and she "sporadically attends church services" while the others are all active churchgoers. The sister now hardly speaks to the woman who wrote the letter and told relatives that she is a "horrible person."
Right off the bat, Dickinson agrees with the excluded sister; the woman who wrote the letter is a horrible person. "Obviously, you can do whatever you want and associate with - or exclude - whomever you want, but you don't get to do this and also blame the person you are excluding for not 'fitting in.' The only way your sister would ever fit in would be for you to make room for her," Dickinson wrote in the response. Dickinson said the sister was justified in being upset. Dickinson was really brutally honest, and it's sad that the woman who wrote the letter can't see how she and their cousins are treating this one sister. OK, you don't have much in common, just give her a chance. Maybe she'll be able to go on the shopping trips and maybe she can't; just extend the invitation.