Party Blowers in an Exhaust Pipe

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  • It was my birthday over the weekend.  I’m now one legal drinking age away from 60.
  • While watching the Simpsons marathon there was an episode in which Mr Burns referred to Homer as 247, and Homer responded with “Why does he always refer to me by my weight?”  So at one point in my life I weighed more than Homer Simpson but now I’m roughly ten pounds lighter than him.  That’s all kind of depressing as I’m in the middle of a so called midlife crisis.  That got me to wondering since I’m now a year away from 40, if it would be possible to drop 40-pounds before I turn 40.
  • WifeGeeding bought me some sort of aerial dinner for two over DFW.  I think that’s more of a gift for her than me.  My best gift was from a friend who wrote me a hand written letter.
  • I also caught a Simpsons where they show the Simpsonized version of AT&T Stadium – Buzz Cola Dome -  and the rich cowboy character played the part of Jerry Jones. It’s been in a total of three episodes thus far.  In that last sentence I didn’t need to use “thus far” but I just really wanted to.
  • Baylor Thoughts:
    • While it was perfectly acceptable, it was a bit strange to see George W. Bush do the coin flip at the new Baylor stadium since his presidential library is on the campus of SMU, which was Baylor’s opponent and a main rival.  I wonder if some SMU folks felt a bit slighted.
    • I can’t believe Baylor built a brand spanking new stadium but cut back on bricks and try to fool everyone by using vinyl tarp on their walls disguised at bricks.  Even Baylor alum WifeGeeding thought that was cheap and tacky.
    • Baylor’s quarterback is named Bryce Petty, but when I hear the name I think of Richard Petty, and I have this mental image of a quarterback with a moustache, sunglasses, and a cowboy hat.
    • When I see Ken Starr I want to throw something at the TV.
    • I was worried there was going to be some serious injuries as the Baylor Line ran onto the field as the camera caught may students falling down and getting trampled.
    • Apparently, it was hot.
  • Longhorn QB David Ash should have quit playing football last year with his concussion issues, and he may just be finished for good since he has concussion symptoms again.  He probably gets concussions on his way to class.
  • On Sunday we ate at PI.E 3.14 in the Castle Hills part of Lewisville.  Despite all the buzz I hear about it, I thought it was highly overrated just like Fireside Pies.  But if you are into trendy places, it might just be for you. They may have a future lawsuit on their hands as their men’s room only has hot water with the only warning being a Post-It Note on the mirror.  I also had no idea what a nice place Castle Hills is, it puts a lot of Southlake homes to shame, especially the three-story mansions we saw on the lake/pond.
  • I didn’t believe WifeGeeding when she told me, but the new elementary school in Coppell refers to their teachers or educators as “designers’ and students as “learners”.
  • Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer waived linebacker Mike Zimmer on Saturday.
  • I’m a very anti-social personal, and that may be a surprise to some of you.  When it comes to getting to know people or invited to things I usually do my darndest to find a way out.  A neighbor was nice enough to invite me over to help prep his smoker and to have the family over for dinner, but I was nervous as all get out to actually commit.  I guess I just fear saying something wrong or tip-toeing around accidentally saying something uncomfortable or just feeling out of place.  In an effort to get over this fear I actually accepted the neighbor’s invitation and found the experience fun and was happy this neighbor and his family are some of the nicest folks in Texas.  Oh, and I got to learn how to smoke brisket and ribs in the process.
  • Texan Firefighters Finish Mowing Lawn For Man Who Died Of A Heart Attack
  • Texas’ Top 100 Congested Corridors
  • For some reason, The Dallas skyline is in USA Today’s Best International Skyline competition.  Actually, it’s in the top ten, and you can vote for its place here.
  • Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress Is Covered In Her Kids’ Drawings
  • WifeGeeding forced me to record the ‘Saved By The Bell’ movie on Lifetime.  Judging by the activity on Twitter last night, it’s one of those that’s so bad, it’s good.
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  • Yesterday was “Meet The Teacher” day at DaughterGeeding’s preschool.  While I work at home and just wear shorts and a t-shirt all day, I tend to dress up for these sort of things, at least throwing on a pair of jeans and some kind of collared shirt.  One breast-augmented mother thought different wearing skin tight (spandex) top and bottom workout clothes.  First impressions are always something.
  • At what point during the VW Beetle assembly process can one “officially” call slug-bug?
  • A friend that didn’t graduate from my high school contacted me to let me know that my graduating class will be having their 20-year-reunion at Fuzzy’s Tacos.  I don’t plan on attending but it was nice to be thought of.  I just thought it was funny that I had to hear about it from someone not affiliated with my class.  See, I felt left out in high school and now I’m feeling left out again.
  • Couple celebrates 80-year marriage.
  • That Kevin Sumlin seems to be one heck of a coach.  At least the Aggies will run up the score on legitimate football programs unlike a certain Baptist university in Texas, and I don’t mean Hardin-Simmons.  But I might mean Mary Hardin-Baylor, Wayland, ETBU, Wayland, or Howard Payne.  In college we would sometimes challenge other Baptist in trying to name all the Baptist universities in Texas.  This list has twelve, but at the time we only counted or knew of nine.
  • You probably don’t want to click on this because it features a blonde in bikini on the beach - Today’s dose of ‘MURICA
  • There a a ton of trampoline parks that have popped up within the last two year and I bet most of them will close down in the next three to five years.  It’s like everyone thought they had this unique idea for a business that didn’t exists and now the market is saturated.
  • There was something about Adam Scott the actor (as opposed to the famous golfer) that really bugged me, but he won me over in ‘Parks and Recreation’ and a few other film roles.  This week I found out he’s such a U2 fan that he co-hosts a U2 podcast called U Talkin’ U2 To Me?.  So now I love the guy.
  • WifeGeeding was at her boot camp workout when the instructor told a story about a snake on her property and not to be outdone, someone tried to one-up her by telling a story of a woman that got bit by baby cobras that were sewn into the lining of a coat at Burlington Coat Factory.  I told her that sounded like an urban legend, and upon googling “cobra burlington coat factory” the first search result is a Snopes.com article that mentions a variation of the urban legend.
  • I often hear Jerry Jones’ personal bodyguard and driver Roosevelt mentioned but I can never find a picture of him, even searching on the Internet.  But I did find an article about his daughter who played basketball at Oklahoma State.  This reminded me of the HBO ‘Real Sports’ segment in which they showed Jerry and T. Boone Pickens flying to Oklahoma together in Jerry’s jet (a bit before drafting Dez Bryant), and I’m left wondering if Jerry and Pickens’ relationship played a part in Roosevelt’s daughter playing for OSU.
  • Random wheels off Cowboys prediction that will happen within two years:  Romo gets hurt and Manziel grows unhappy in Cleveland, Manziel winds up being the quarterback of the Cowboys.
  • Thoughts on the ESPN Jerry Jones article and ‘Behind the Lines’ special:
    • What more can they add to an hour long television special that isn’t already in that lengthy article?  It sure is amazing what attention this guy can get.
    • The article starts off with the reporter trying to go through Rich Dalrymple to get Jerry to agree to the interview only for Dalrymple to tell him Jerry didn’t want to do it.  I interpreted this as Dalrymple trying to protect his boss and politely telling the reporter no, and the reporter going around Dalrymple and straight to Jerry alone in a bar. It’s almost hard for me to believe Jerry Jones could be drinking alone in a bar.  Other former coaches and players didn’t want to meet with this reporter, so I wonder if something is fishy, either with the reporter or the relationship Jones has with these folks.
    • It went into detail on how he got a lot of his money, and I had no idea that it was kinda shady, “By the mid-’80s, the public utility was buying from Jones at a locked-in rate that was as high as $2.74 despite a glut that had dropped the market price to 16 cents.”
    • According to Jerry, Dr. Pepper is big with the San Antonio Hispanic community.
    • Laura Miller offered to name a bridge after him?
    • I’m really surprised that Jerry is still emotional about the whole Jimmy Johnson thing.
    • There’s no way Jerry could be found guilty of tampering, at least how the article describes his conversation with Adrian Peterson.
    • Jerry sure loves his Johnnie Walker Blue, and there’s lots of references to womanizing.  This has always been talked about but not so much reported until lately.
    • Dale Hansen is referenced a few times and he tells a story of Jones threatening to buy a bar and fire the bartender if he didn’t continue to serve drinks way passed closing time.
    • I forgot that the Cowboys are the only NFL team to to market and distribute their own merchandise.
    • Even in written word, we are reminded about Gene’s involvement with art at the new stadium.
    • I had no idea he and Gene have helped the Library of Congress replace books from the Jefferson library.
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Roger Staubach and Johnny Manziel are roomies

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Professor Stephen Hawking ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The War On Christmas Starts Early

A Movie Trailer for Kirk Cameron’s Upcoming Movie Saving Christmas .

This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true “reason for the season.” KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is an engaging story that will leave the audience with an understanding of a biblical basis for our celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season. So take in the splendor; take in the majesty; take in the story. Take it all in … and let’s put Christ back in Christmas! KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is in theaters for a limited engagement beginning November 14.

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Taser Photoshoot

Photographer Patrick Hall films people’s reactions as they get tased with a handheld stun gun.

Photographer Patrick Hall examines the faces people make while being tased with a stun gun as well as those who administer the taser.

Go behind the scenes with photographer Patrick Hall as he explains the concept as well as the technical lighting of his project The Taser Photoshoot

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Those walls get pretty close

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I challenge Flanders, Lenny, and Flanders again

That line alone had me laughing or a good minute, and you’d only appreciate if you knew the history Homer had with Flanders. It kind of reminds me of when Homer called into a sports talk show just to gripe about how bad of a coach Flanders was.

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Footage right before that nine-year-old girl accidentally killed her instructor with an Uzi

Mohave County Sheriff’s officials released this video of shooting instructor Charles Vacca, of Lake Havasu City, moments before he was accidentally shot by a 9-year-old girl he was teaching. Authorities say the girl pulled the trigger and the recoil send the gun over her head. Vacca later died of his injuries.

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That poor girl is going to be traumatized for life.

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Some pictures just get your attention

This one was found on Boston.com’s The Big Picture - Sydney’s doll hospital: 3 generations of doll repair

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Gosh, I HATE these kind of dolls and vowed my children would never have one.  Well, that was until my mother-in-law gave my daughter one and I just stood there silent and helpless.

I actually have a scary story about her doll.  Well, scary to me.  In the middle of the night I woke up hearing some kind of creepy rhythmic clicking.  I turned on the lights and walked over to the dining room where our battery operated baby swing was swinging away.  As I walked over to turn it off, I noticed that DaughterGeeding left her baby doll swaddled in the swing.  It was one of those dolls that closed its eye when placed in a horizontal position, and opened them when in a vertical position.  So when I looked at the doll as it rocked back and forth, it kept opening and closing its eyes as it swung, as if it was taunting me.

As for whether or night I slept the rest of the night with the lights on, I’ll neither confirm or deny it.

 

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