ESPN is reporting MLB is set to roll out a new set of protective headwear for pitchers in Spring Training, as 20 pitchers will get a new hybrid helmet cap which was made collaboratively by MLB and the MLB Players Association. The product is designed to be lighter than the previous incarnations, which drew criticism […]
Our taxes are ready to file, well, almost. Our brokerage firm states out tax statements won’t be available until Feb 16, so I have to wait a few more days before I can mark that off the “to do” list.m
I’m not sure if I mentioned this or not, it could be the Ambien talking, but when I was out shopping for gray tile grout, I came across the color Delorean Gray. As a child of the Eighties and a fan of the Back to the Future series, I ask you, how the hell can I pass that up?
Scraping linoleum and glue residue off the floor will you a decent workout. I tried about three different methods but ended up relying on elbow grease for the most part. In doing so, I found some old cigarette buds under the wall and where the baseboards used to be.
I used to think the pattern or style of the baseboard had to match the door trim, but I’m finding out that’s not the case.
We have an extra fridge in the garage and I decided to clean it out yesterday. There were about six Shiners and four Heinekens that’s been in there for about two years. I opened and pour down the drain and I’d be lying if I didn’t feel like Elliot Ness.
In reference to the Exxxotica convention that the Dallas City Council has banned, I find it odd that our local news outlets use the word “porn” instead of “pornography”. “Porn” sounds like something a thirteen-year-old boy would use, but perhaps it’s now mainstream. Also, when CBS11 reported the story, the anchor tried to state that the organizers were trying to book the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, but instead said the organizers were “trying to book Kay Bailey Hutchison” which would definitely put a new twist on the story.
Speaking of “porn”, I had a childhood friend whose last four digits of his phone number spelled out the word.
The new season of ‘Better Call Saul’ starts on Monday and ‘The Walking Dead’ resumes its season this Sunday.
Words from a Maryland university president who’s accused of trying to weed out struggling students, “This is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies. But you can’t. You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads.“
Anne Hathaway reminds me of Barbara Feldon, aka, Agent 99, who will turn 83 a month from today. Feldon’s last credited work on IMDB is from 2006, but Wikipedia states she’s not interesting in performing but will make a rare off-Broadway appearance. Per this Daily Mail article in October, it states her favorite deli in NYC always gives her the same order number, 99.
I’ve really got to stop taking Ambien and then getting online. Every other day I get a surprise package in the mail, and it turns out to be something I ordered a bit after bedtime with no memory of doing so.
With the exception of Senator Marco Rubio, I’m quite certain I can beat all of them in a 40-yard or 100-yard dash.
I like both ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Life in Pieces’, but for now, I’ll take the latter. It comes on tonight on CBS if you are interested. And as much as I like ‘Modern Family’, they have the worst little children actors.
President Obama is officially tired of selfies – Obama noted how the selfie has tainted campaign trail traditions like shaking hands and kissing babies. – If I was a candidate, I’d prefer the selfie over the chance of spreading germs, but then again, I’m a germaphobe.
Here’s an interesting story of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, the first black person to hold the position. Some highlights:
Bolden was a South Carolina kid who wanted to go to the Naval Academy, but his state representatives wouldn’t nominate him, Strom Thurman flat out told him no way.
But he had a backup plan. As a junior in high school, he was in correspondence with Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Everyone was/is eligible for a nomination from the vice president, but only children of armed forces personnel are eligible for a presidential nomination. JFK was killed when he was a senior in high school and LBJ became president, which threw a wrench in his backup plan. However, he wrote the new president a letter, stated that he understood he would not be eligible for a presidential nomination, and asked if he could be referred to someone who could consider the nomination.
He served in the Marine Corps as an aviator, flying more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
He became a NASA astronaut and traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle. After his last space flight, he returned to the Marine Corps and achieved the rank of major general.
In this episode of “The Thlow Mo Guyth” a mouse trap lays the smack down on Dan’s tongue so fast that even our high speed camera struggles to keep up. There was no blood. Pants may have been soiled, though.
I found it a bit amusing that ‘Doc McStuffins’ was being played on a television at Children’s Medical Center when we visited yesterday.
DaughterGeeding is a very healthy girl, so I’m not trying to distort or exaggerate our visit yesterday, but after several visits to her pediatrician for an issue that’s caused her to be taken out of school numerous times, we were referred to a gastroenterologist. I’ve always heard great things about Children’s, but it wasn’t until our visit that I totally understood how great their staff and facility is. All paperwork was electronically transferred so all I had to do was look over a printout and provide a signature regarding insurance and her medical history; I couldn’t believe how easy and fast it was for a first-time patient. The facility is on par with a Disney resort and the staff is just as friendly as any Disney cast member.
DaughterGeeding was one heck of a trooper. She spoke up, used her manners (yes/no sir/ma’am), and was very obedient. Basically, she was x-rayed and prescribed strong medication. If the new medication doesn’t do the trick, then we’ll have to do an endoscopy in about six weeks, but the doc doesn’t think it go that far.
I appreciate any concern you may have about DaughterGeeding, but really, I don’t think there’s anything to be concerned about. While I’m not totally transparent about my personal life on this blog, I put a lot out there, and this is just keeping in tradition, good or bad or in-between.
Seeing sick children, many you’ll know that won’t get better, will put a lot of things in perspective.
West Texas school district makes switch to 4-day school week – The upcoming change to a Monday through Thursday school week in Olfen, a rural town northeast of San Angelo, was spurred by ongoing problems in setting aside tutoring and extra help for children, Superintendent Gabriel Zamora said. Many kids travel long distances by bus and the lengthy commute cuts into time that could be spent on helping struggling students.
Made in China – Titanic II, an exact replica of the original ship, will set sail in 2018 – The ship will be four meters wider in order to meet today’s maritime safety regulations, and the hull will be welded, not riveted, the Belfast Telegraph reports. “The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you’d expect on a 21st century ship,” said James McDonald, the global marketing director of Palmer’s company Blue Star Line. The new ship’s maiden voyage will not follow the original Titanic’s planned route from Southampton to New York, but rather will travel from Jiangsu, China, to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where Blue Star Line has been forging business partnerships.
The name behind Reunion Tower (and the former arena) from Wikipedia – La Réunion was a utopian socialist community formed in 1855 by French, Belgian, and Swiss colonists near the forks of the Trinity River in the U.S. state of Texas. The Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas is about three miles east of the colony site. The founders of the community were inspired by the utopian thought of the French philosopher François Marie Charles Fourier.
The last time all former Super Bowl MVPs were introduced, the late Harvey Martin wasn’t mentioned as the co-MVP of Super Bowl XII. They didn’t forget him this time.
Lady Gaga doesn’t disappoint when she’s on the big stage. But it would have been more ‘MURICA! if she wore the meat dress.
The commercial I laughed at the most was the Doritos ultrasound one. Heck, I can’t remember laughing so hard at a Super Bowl commercial. But it seems like some people were grossed out by it or offended because a baby was born premature.
The Advil commercial was breaking trends by having a male pole dancer.
A Super Bowl constipation commercial? This must be a bigger problem in the U.S. than I’ve imagined. Ditto with the diarrhea commercial.
Heard U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” played before a kickoff.
The Texas Law Hawk, Paul Rudd and Jeff Goldblum were in the most commercials by my count, two each.
Looks like the Cowboys don’t have the only stadium in which players have to go through a bar to get on and off the field.
Coldplay was at a slight disadvantage having to play the halftime show in daylight. Most others get to play in an indoor stadium and of course, the sun sets earlier on the east. When they first started playing, I thought the Dallas Carter high school band were behind them since that had their colors on.
I’m thinking there was a lot of lip-synching going on, at least, parts of the performance. Personally, I thought the halftime show was OK, but Coldplay was taking it in the shorts on Twitter, and man, Twitter was brutal, hilariously brutal.
Peyton Manning really didn’t say “Omaha” much. Betters should have taken the under.
Per Buzzfeed, Kevin Durrant was a photographer at the Super Bowl.
Goat of the game – Carolina’s right tackle.
Happy for former Cowboys DeMarcus Ware and Wade Phillips. Phillips looked like he was ready to party as he was sporting the shocker. I don’t think Ware would have been as good as he would have been for Denver if he stayed in Dallas, the man needed a change after his divorce and the Dallas mediocrity. He got a fresh start in Denver
Manning has been to the Super Bowl with four different head coaches.
I’m surprised that Steve Young, Joe Montana, or Jerry Rice wasn’t involved with the trophy presentation since it was on San Francisco’s home turf.
Elway’s “This one’s for Pat” was quite nice.
I didn’t enjoy or appreciate those Cowboys Super Bowl victories enough thinking there were so many more in the tank.
Mark Cuban sure did have a lot of famous folks at his party – Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, owner Jerry Jones, and his son, Stephen, were all in attendance. Cuban also had the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rum-DMC perform at the event. Snoop Dogg, Tim Tebow, Joe Jonas and Jeremy Renner were there as well.
No modern day receiver makes the HOF on the first ballot unless his name is Jerry Rice. Of all modern receivers, the reclusive Marvin Harrison was the most deserving, and now that he’s in, we’ll start to see other modern day wide receivers get in.
Though not a modern day receiver, Drew Person should be enshrined.
Eddie DeBartolo getting in just clears the path for Jerry to get in one day.
I only caught snippets of the NFL Honors broadcast Saturday night, but I did catch the announcement of the new HOF class by Scott Pelley and Jim Brown. After the class was announced each appeared on stage, except Harrison and the deceased had a family member as a representative. Right before they went to commercial, current members of the HOF approached the stage to welcome the new class, which I thought was pretty cool and special moment. I hope that become tradition.
If Tony Dungy got in because of his body of work as a player, assistant coach, and head coach, I guess I can understand, but not on the first ballot. He was good, but not great and his resume as a head coach is a bit small, he never crossed that 200 wins mark. Heck, Madden also never crossed that 200 wins mark with his short tenure as a head coach and he had to wait decades to get into the Hall.
I’m not sure why Larry David hosted SNL, per his IMDB page, he’s not promoting anything. But hey, I’m not complaining.
To us anti-social folks, he’s our hero, and had my heart with this line from his monolog, “One of the great pleasures of my life is leaving anywhere I am.“
The “Bern Your Enthusiasm” skit in which he plays Senator Bernie Sanders in a ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ was greatness.
I’m not advocating for Senator Sanders, but I got a kick out of all his appearances alongside his lost brother, Larry David.
I’ve always considered former First Lady Barbara Bush the actual Godfather of the entire Bush family, and no one can make the 90-year-old do anything she doesn’t want to do, but as an armchair campaign manager, I have mixed feelings about her helping her son Jeb on the campaign trial. In one way, it’s endearing to see an elderly mother do what she can for her mom. But the image of her pushing her walker outside in the snow with a campaign poster attached walking with Jeb was a bit uncomfortable to look at. (Video)
I caught up with programs I recorded on the DVR. One line from ‘Agent Carter’ really stood out, made me pause the show, and made me ponder for a few minutes, “A boring life is a privilege.” It was in the context of the world wars, but for someone that feels he’s not getting the most out of life and an underachiever, it put things in perspective. I understand that a boring life and underachieving or getting the most out of it isn’t exactly apples to apples, but I think you get my overall point.
Will Ferrell was a guest on Colbert last night dressed in jungle type attire. He told Colbert that since he doesn’t have an animal expert on the show, he’d like to be it. Ferrell then had his helpers hand him a puppy, cat, hamster, and a chicken. He gave them all odd names said they were from exotic locations. It was a good bit.
A few times I thought the video stalled but it’s just them pausing it. Also, I’m not sure I’ve seen brown doors inside a house before, and I’m not sure if I like the look. I’m used to seeing white interior doors. And this is where my old friend Jimi would chime in and jovially say, “Oh, why does it have to be white?”.