8:15 a.m. KTSA Morning Edge Commentary 10/3/2002

Krispy Kreme

About how many hundred times have you heard about the new Krispy Kreme place. Tuesday, hundreds of people in line before sunup, they wanted those donuts so bad. Last night I heard they had cops directing traffic, and the parking lots were full, people wanted those donuts so bad.

Do regular ordinary donuts have people waiting in line all night? Isn't this a little suspicious?

Idaho trucks Krispy Kremes in from Utah. A Hartford reporter drove 122 miles, comparing competing donuts to Krispy Kreme. He wrote about what it would be like when Connecticut ever finally had 'em.

Krispy Kreme has been around since 1933. So all of a sudden, cops have to direct traffic?

I wonder whether people going nuts over donuts indicates we're full of news and we want relief through fluff. You think fixating on a donut place is just avoidance? We're full of Iraq and suicide bombers and the stock market and Martha Stewart, and we can't take it any more, so we escape into donuts?

In Lake Oswego, Oregon yesterday, they sold 1,200 dozen at 6-bucks a box in a charity fundraiser. Seven grand, just like that, people wanted those donuts. In Greensboro, Georgia, I'm not making this up, $600-thousand in subsidized loans were issued to a nonprofit to build a Krispy Kreme store.

I didn't listen when they warned Rock 'n' Roll would rot my mind, and you see what happened. Now I'm warning there must be SOMETHING going ON, people wanting those donuts so bad. When you start getting pods on your necks don't come whining to me.

I'm Brad Messer with commentary at 8:15 on KTSA's Morning Edge.

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