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At 9:50 last night, just before our show started, it began to rain. To say we all scrambled understates it.
Our crew had a canopy inside the hotel so they ran to get it... and put it up. They got it up by 10 p.m. (and, of course, it stopped raining at 10:01 p.m.!) A guest on "Hannity & Colmes," who was seated next to me on our set doing a "hit" for "Hannity & Colmes" was not so lucky — she got rained on and was an incredibly good sport. She laughed about the rain. If you watched the show, you would know it was a reporter for a local Alabama station. I admired her for her good humor since it was not fun trying to act like all was well when she was getting soaked. The canopy did not get up until she was finished with her "hit."
I have posted lots of pictures today. Click on the links in the photo box above to check out my photo essay. The pics reflect our day, which is essentially as follows: We all meet in the parking lot early in the morning (with cameras and map) and take off driving. We drive, drive, drive... hoping to get some information for you. Believe it or not, they have terrible traffic jams in Aruba, so it can get frustrating trying to get from one place to another.
As you might imagine, some people don't want to see us. There are two lawyers who we are convinced run into the back of their offices when we pull up and have their receptionists say they are not there. We know their cars and see them out front. We also see through the windows as we approach and we see a fast scramble when we are spotted. It is plain that their receptionists are not fond of us showing up daily — we polite, but persistent. We show up every day.
Today, for example, we skipped breakfast and went to the chief prosecutor's office... then to a marina looking for a particular boat... into the cyberspace cafe where Deepak Kalpoe (search) worked... then Deepak's and Satish's family home... then the Van der Sloot home... then the north police station... then police headquarters (where we waited and waited until the commissioner emerged)... then the public prayer at the Holiday Inn... then back to the chief prosecutor's office... a few stops at lawyers' offices... back to the Holiday Inn to meet with Beth Holloway Twitty (to get copies of letters from Senator Shelby, etc.)… and then back to our hotel to get ready for the show. We drive, drive, drive... and every place we stop we drag our cameras and mikes out of the car and hope to get information for you to advance this story.
It seems the people of Aruba like us... but the defense lawyers and the police are not so fond of us (to put it politely!)
I have posted pics from today's mad rush around the island to give you a better idea of the story — more of an inside look. I show you what we see.
One thing I saw today, and that I posted a picture of, is the videophone. I spotted it in the back of a crew SUV and had the crew explain it to me. I had never seen one before and was curious to see what it looks like — especially the size — and figured you might be curious, too.
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