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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

Rain, rain go away ... come again another day!

It looks like it’s going to take a while for things to dry out for the local farmers to get back in the field to get harvesting back on track. I left town for the last four days and I came back and the rivers are running bank-full and some of the fields coming down Highway 34 look more like swamps than corn or bean fields! It was super wet all the way over to Omaha from Creston. You just never know what “Mother Nature” is going to throw at us.


Otherwise know as Transportation Security Administration or the folks that run security at our nation’s airports. I was coming back from Las Vegas and when I get to the McClarin Airport security area, there was one of those “Disney” line gauntlets. You know the ones that go back and forth for about a block each way. So everyone gets funneled into these 10 block-long lines that end up in an area that has a dog and handler doing their imitation of the Westminster Dog Show!

They run one passenger at a time by this dog and handler looking for who knows what. Bombs? Drugs? I never saw anyone taken away. Then just as we get to the halfway point of the “Disney” line, they took the dog away and started letting people just coming into “the Party” go around all of folks that had been running the gauntlet for 15 minutes already.

I have TSA pre, which gets you through screening in short order without having to take off your shoes and all the other fun. Well, they were making everyone go through the line while at the same time letting all the new people coming into the area just go around and right into the TSA pre line. So now the TSA pre line is a block long with people that just showed up.

Long story short ... this dog with no pony show made a lot of ruckus and more than likely didn’t make us any safer than the regular routine. It kind of reminded me of the day a while back where they made the 6-year-old girl in front of me dump every one of those malt balls out of one of those half gallon cartons. She was like me. Not happy about the process. Welcome to traveling in today’s world!

Super Bowl

I received an email this past week that it’s time to order your Super Bowl tickets. This year’s game is in Atlanta, Georgia, on Feb. 3, 2019.

The cheapest ticket is $5,000 which gets you into the game but in the “nosebleed section.” Good seats go for $17,500, and if you want to put a package together you can spend almost as much money as you want to by adding a few celebrities to your event. I think I’ll watch on TV as I usually do. I could buy a wonderful TV and put on a heck of a party for $5,000 if I wanted to!


Next Tuesday is National Boss Day. So say something nice to your boss next week even if you don’t want to! Bosses are just like employees. They have good days and bad days. You just hope the good outweigh the bad over time.


My wife and I headed out to Las Vegas to meet up with some friends this past weekend. We got to see the Moody Blues 50th anniversary concert at the Wynn Theatre. They sang and played as well as they did 50 years ago. The town was packed since it was Columbus Day weekend and many had Monday off. The traffic is just as bad as usual. One person tried to make the dash across Las Vegas Boulevard with tragic results. I spent some time watching football in the Paris sports book. Lots of Texas fans that day. They were celebrating pretty hard after just beating their rival Oklahoma.

Las Vegas sure seems to be getting more expensive every time you go out there. But the people watching is like nowhere else in the world.

Thought for the week: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

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