Update: 9:45 a.m. ET: There is no flight like the shuttle flight to New York from Washington, D.C. The flights are every half hour and always filled with familiar faces. It is in some ways a social event to fly the shuttle. To give you an idea... on my flight to New York today: former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (search), former Representative Susan Molinari and James Carville. I also saw at the shuttle gate, Senator Lieberman and Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree. If you ever have time to kill at Reagan Airport and you are on one of the shuttle tiers, walk on down and check out all the familiar faces. It is sort of fun...
Yes, the daily refrain: By the time you get this, I will be back on a plane. I'm not kidding — I am headed to New York City this morning (and on very little sleep since, like a dope, I had coffee right before the show Thursday night ). So here is a quick blog:
Yesterday I woke up at 4 a.m. to catch my flight from California to Washington, D.C. When I stepped into the hall of my hotel room to get my 5 a.m. ride to the airport, I ran into one of my colleagues in the hallway — Joel Kaufman. I must admit, he looked like hell. I said, "Where have you been?" While he is not known for all-night partying, he looked like he might have been partying — unshaven, clothes disheveled and walking slowly down the hotel hall towards his room. It was plain from his appearance that he had not been to bed.
He told me that he and others on our staff were out all night at the hospital in Santa Barbara (not an all-night party.) Apparently, just after I left them Wednesday night to go to bed, someone got a call that Michael Jackson's (search) SUVs were headed out of the Neverland gates. Our team — and KFI Radio Laura Ingle — jumped into cars and drove more than hour to the hospital and then staked it out all night long. I guess the word is dedication! Our team is determined to bring you all the news... even if it means staying up all night long!
Since you all like to know just how human I am, did you hear what I said as I closed the show Wednesday night? This will test whether you watch to the end of the show! I said, "Goodnight from Redwood" and then caught myself before I completed it with "City" and just said "California." I guess the fatigue got to me and I got mixed up where I was. For the record, I was in Santa Maria, California and not Redwood City. Redwood City is where the Scott Peterson (search) trial was held and is probably five hours from Santa Maria.
The photo essay today includes pictures of my good friend and colleague Adam Housley. Visit www.gretawire.com to check it out. As I noted Wednesday in the blog, he played in the minor leagues and tried to help me learn to pitch... hopeless.
Here are some of your e-mails:
E-mail No. 1
I'm sure this is the weirdest question you'll get all day. Would you happen to remember the name of the cafe in your pix 1-3? I will be in the Santa Monica area this summer and that drink Laura has with the strawberry on top just looks heavenly :)
ANSWER: Yes, that drink Laura had did look good. But it was not Santa Monica, but in Santa Maria (four hours away.)
E-mail No. 2
Is it possible that Natalee [Holloway] was sold to someone in another country for cash or cocaine? Suspects' homes and bank accounts should be checked for hidden cash. Maybe all banks in Aruba should be required to report to the authorities any substantial deposits made after her disappearance. I think she's been sold off to someone for substantial gain.
E-mail No. 3
I was wondering if you can tell me if the status on the missing Groene children. I haven't heard anything about them is several days or maybe even weeks.
ANSWER: We check daily — so sad that there is no news and no good news about them.
E-mail No. 4
I am a white woman and if I were on the jury race would be the furthest thing on my mind. It's simple, the issue here is not about race... it's all about an attention seeking celebrity!
E-mail No. 5
Come on, Greta! Show those "mutts"… err, I mean Mets… how to throw a real fastball! You go, girl!
ANSWER: Pressure... pressure... pressure. Ugh.
E-mail No. 6
Do we get to see a video of the "great sport's moment?"
ANSWER: I hope not. You will end up in the hospital from laughing too hard.
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