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Heather’s Hit List – Sweatin’ The Slow Stuff
Heather’s Hit List – Sweatin’ The Slow Stuff

I went back in time Monday. There wasn’t a Delorian and a flux capacitor involved. No, I tried to turn on a computer here at work and it took about 10 minutes to boot up. Remember those days? You pushed the power button on the huge desktop tower that was the size of a dorm refrigerator…then listened as each individual component started to whine, the internal computer-y parts churning away until the screen finally came to life.

After the computer started it was another trip back in time to use the internet. Every page took 10 minutes to come up. It was maddening and it took every ounce of my self-control to not kick the computer to a violent but satisfying death. But that got me thinking about how we want everything RIGHT NOW.

The internet is lightening fast and when it isn’t, we go NUTS.

We stand in front of the microwave and yell at it to hurry up, even though I have a baking pan that can cook an entire chicken from frozen to done in 15 minutes.

What about when we’re asked to pull ahead to the parking space in the drive-thru lane?? Geez, it’s called a DRIVE-THRU, not stop-and-park-and-wait-while-you-screw-up-my-order-thru.

And don’t even get me started with the lady in the check-out line who whips out her CHECK BOOK at the grocery store, and laboriously writes a check…asking the clerk at least twice what the total is… and carefully rips it out of the check book…then flips the page to fill out the ledger. Ah…the days before the debit card!

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos knows people want the crap they just ordered so quickly that he’s developed a drone helicopter to drop it off just a few hours after the order is placed. Have you seen this thing?? I can think of at least five spinning, sharp reasons why that isn’t a good idea.

I guess what I’m saying is…we all need to slow down a little bit. Except when it’s 4 o’clock in the morning and I’m under a deadline and the computer is straight out of 1980. Then kicking the crap out of it is the only way to go.


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About Maxwell Maxwell is celebrating 34 years in radio with more than 25 years "On-The-Air" in Des Moines! His familiar voice & face grace local, regional and national radio and TV advertising, and his passion for theater has been displayed as both actor and director at Stagewest Theater Company and the Playhouse in Des Moines, where he was honored with a 2012 Playhouse "Legend" Award. He is an avid hockey fan, manning the microphone for 18 seasons as P.A. announcer for the Des Moines Buccaneers. Email Maxwell

About Pam Pam Dixon has been a familiar voice to central Iowans for over 30 years. A Beaverdale native & Hoover High graduate, Pam has to pinch herself that she’s working for the radio station she grew up listening to in Des Moines! Pam was formerly heard on KRNQ (Q-102) and KLYF in the 80’s and 90’s before being lured back to the biz by KIOA! As a breast cancer survivor, Pam is active with the Susan G. Komen Iowa Foundation and Bras for the Cause. Email Pam

About Heather Heather Burnside's quest to be on every radio & TV station in Des Moines has (hopefully!) come to an end with her latest stop at KIOA. Heather started at WHO-TV as a sportscaster, moved on to ESPN as an associate producer, and got into radio when she moved back to Iowa after two years of stalking celebrities and athletes on the East Coast. She doesn't want to talk about how she’s old enough to have a 20 year broadcasting career, instead preferring to believe she’s managed to cram all of that excitement & a 13 year radio career into one decade. Heather is very glad Pam is back, she’s like the big sister she never had. After discovering Max is a nice guy who can cook, sing, play guitar, & hit a golf ball a mile, she figures it’ll take that long to find something he isn't good at. Email Heather