Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Day After

The day after the day without an immigrant.
And it looks like everyone survived. Schools suffered a bit since they lose money for students who do not attend. But the ones that suffered the most were the Mexicans themselves.

Fox News read an email from someone who said something like this: "A day without an immigrant. OK. Now, let's go for a week, a month and a year without one."

Here -- all seems to be quiet on the central front but yesterday was quite interesting and one thing happened that gave me the biggest smile!

I am the kind of person that loves Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. When I'm at home, except for tuning in to local news at 10 p.m., I keep Fox News on. When I'm on the road, I listen to Rush and Sean.

But there is someone else I love to listen to. In the past, I'd do it to get newspaper story ideas. That person is Ray Appleton from KMJ 580.

Yesterday (May 2) he was commenting on the big demonstration walk outs from work and as always, his lines were constantly ringing as people called in with their comments. Then he said that the only people who were really getting hurt by this walk out were the Hispanic small-business owners. And for the next few minutes, he said he wanted to hear from them.

One man called in. He was struggling. He has a local restaurant (Casa Corona) in Fresno and, except for his family, all of his staff walked out to join the protest.

Appleton told him that for the next two hours, he would "adopt" the restaurant and give him free advertising. Then he encouraged people listening to go drop by and eat. LOL When Appleton got off the air at 2 p.m., he drove to the restaurant and found about 400 people there eating or waiting to eat.

Talk about a great day for business! Ray turned what could have been a horrible day into one of the restaurant's most profitable days!

I loved that story!


  1. Well, I think if the poor guy had no staff but his family sending him extra clients was a cruel thing to do.

    Just my opinion, though.

  2. That thought entered my mind too. But apparently, they had plenty of food and the owner had expressed concern that no one was eating in his restaurant that day. I have no idea how long it would take to feed 400 people but all of the customers were said to have been extremely supportive and patient. No one minded waiting. I wasn't there, so I don't know.