For my fellow fans of “Stranger Things” and “Magnum, P.I.” (The Tom Selleck and only valid version)

And the original, just in case you wanted to compare.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, July 17, 2019

  • I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to my friend, Brent.
  • Amazon must be working their delivery driver pretty hard, they dropped a package off at my doorstep at 10:28 PM last night. I know it wasn’t a neighbor dropping off a package which was delivered to the wrong address because the delivery was confirmed by their app with a photo of it at my front door. Also, the dog barked like crazy and I looked out the window.
  • Ross and Margo Perot have been members at Highland Park Presbyterian Church since 1957 when they first moved to Dallas. Because the church was going through major renovations, so nearby Highland Park United Methodist Church held the service. I love it when a church from another denomination helps out a fellow church. I don’t know how that stuff works out, or if there were any rental fees or costs involved, but I don’t want to know, just leave me with the illusion that grace was extended.
  • I’ve mentioned several times that WifeGeeding’s friend was the nanny for the Perot grandchildren and when she got engaged they threw her an engagement party at one of their houses and I actually had a brief one-on-one conversation with the man. She spoke so fondly of that family and Mr. Perot, who insisted she simply refer to him as “Ross”. She recently posted a picture of him at her wedding and the time she was playfully choking him after a boating adventure. What a special moment that must have been to have someone like him attend your wedding. This is also the only picture I’ve seen of the man in shorts.
  • If memory serves me right, she and her husband had plans to move to Houston. Mr. Perot nonchalantly asked what her plans were and she mentioned how she’d like to work at a particular hospital. He said something to the effect that that hospital was one of his largest customers and he’s made donations to it for decades and he could pick up the phone right then and either schedule an interview or give her such a glowing recommendation she’d have to be hired. She thanked him for the offer but wanted to get the job on her own merit.
  • Perhaps the most comprehensive study of men and women’s pockets you’ll ever see.
  • It’s astonishing that NASA’s Voyager probes are still working after four decades, though barely.
  • I was surprised not to see Buzz Aldrin here and there with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. He was invited to a special ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center but decline (it was nice to see Micheal Collins make it). Buzz was always the more outspoken of the three men on that rocket and still makes public appearances. But, I did read last month he was suing his children and longtime manager.
  • When Neil Armstrong exited the lunar module to step foot on the moon, his heart rate was at 75 beats per minute.
  • I absolutely love this photo Michael Collins snapped. It’s technology and nature all wrapped up in one. At that very moment, Collins recorded everything that ever was and is of Earth with the exception of him. Also at that moment, no other human was farther from the planet or from any living thing, and there he was, in total isolation.
  • “I’d trade it all for a little more.” – C.M. Burns
  • What’s in this?: OreosAll 10 ingredients in these miniature sugar bombs, explained (yep, even soy lecithin)
  • I’d like to wish WifeGeeding a very happy birthday.
  • It’s pretty darn cool what the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is doing to celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary,  projecting a life-sized, animated image of a Saturn V rocket on the launchpad onto the face of the Washington Monument for three days. I hope my old college roommate who lives in the area got to see this.

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CBS News is Livestreaming the Original Apollo 11 Launch Broadcast in Real Time

CBS News is currently livestreaming its original broadcast from fifty years ago, when the original Apollo 11 crew launched from Kennedy Space Center. What makes this neat is they include original 1960s commercials, so it will be a neat trip down memory lane for many of you.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, July 15, 2019

  • Because of a Groupon email, I decided to get a massage since my back has been a bit tight. While the masseuse was working on my back, she must have come across a pimple. She centered on it a bit, picking at it as if it was a scab, then, it felt like she squeezed and popped it. All of this was done without saying a word to me and she wasn’t wearing gloves or cleaned it up at all. I didn’t say anything about it and felt weirded out by the experience.
  • There are a lot of great Ross Perot philanthropy stories, but one of my favorites was mentioned in the Dallas Morning News. In 1977, one of his daughters read an article in a classroom magazine about how the NYPD didn’t have enough money to replace their aging horses, so she asked her father buy new horsed for the NYPD as a Christmas present. He gave the NYPD 20 Tennessee Walking Horses which cost $50,000 and all the equipment which was needed. She got to name four: Lone Star, Liberty, Freedom, and Ross.
  • Tonight, Norah O’Donnell takes over the permanent anchor of the CBS Evening News. O’Donnell grew up in San Antonio — between her, Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather, and Walter Cronkite, Texas roots almost seems to be a requirement.
  • WifeGeeding took the kids with her when she had her annual checkup with her ophthalmic surgeon. It was the first time the doctor met the kids, and he introduced himself in a friendly and informal way by shaking their hands and saying, “Hello, I’m Grant.”
  • Running with your arms bent does not make you go any faster than with straight arms, Harvard study finds
  • I think my favorite line in the latest season of Stranger Things is, “You can’t spell America without Erica.”
  • Should Neil Armstrong’s Bootprints Be on the Moon Forever?With renewed interest in the moon, some say it’s time to consider whether, and how, to preserve humanity’s lunar heritage.
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Today’s dose of cuteness

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U.S. Coast Guard Captures a Sub

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL-755) crew members board a self-propelled semi-submersible drug smuggling vessel (SPSS) June 18, 2019, while operating in international waters in the Pacific Ocean. SSPS vessels ride low in the water, half-submerged to evade detection.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, July 11, 2019

    • I caught another special on the moon landing. The son of the Soviet premier was interviewed and was asked where he was during the event. He said, “Of all places, at a river in Chernobyl.” As for news coverage, he said there was a small article on the first page of Pravda and then three columns on page five. Here’s another interview with him in which he goes into slightly more detail.
    • It doesn’t matter what CBS11’s Erin Jones is covering, I’m watching.
    • Oh, hello doldrums, welcome back.
    • I’m not sure why I don’t watch Songland on NBC, it seems like something I’d like – how a song comes to be from inspiration and formed into lyrics accompanied by instruments by collaboration. Also, I attended high school with one of the hosts and I’m really proud and happy for him.
    • I often hear pastors speak about the importance of having a child dedicate his or her life to Jesus before the age of fourteen, that statistically speaking, the likelihood of them being involved in the church after that age drops dramatically. There’s little doubt in my mind that stat is true. I understand their concern and get what they are saying, but the way the message has often come across (at least to me) is that the church has to reach children and youth when they are at their most vulnerable, least suspecting, and that the ability to reason, challenge, and question is a bad thing. I don’t think there’s a way I could word or phrase that in a manner that wouldn’t stir a hornet’s nest and offend. And, I tried like heck to write that last sentence without using two negatives. I know there are times it’s acceptable to have a double negative in a sentence, but I try to avoid it if possible.
    • You’re having a bad day if a cactus goes through your windshield. I mean, you might be lucky you’re still alive, but it’s gotta be a bad day.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, July 9, 2019

  • No Spoilers: We’re only two episodes into the new season of Stranger Things, and anytime there’s a mall scene my brain goes into reminiscing overload. I can’t process any of the dialogue in those scenes because I’m transported back in time and my eyes are darting all over the screen taking in every bit of Eighties detail. They do such a great job with the little stuff. For instance, pay attention to the lighting. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s just right. Their mall is a perfect combination of my two childhood malls, Ridgemar and Hulen. Ridgemar had a warm feel to it, lots of wood with Parque floors and red/maroon carpeting. Hulen was heavy with the tile and used a lot of lighting and brighter colors.
  • Apparently, WifeGeeding’s sister got into some sort of parking lot kerfuffle at the local Wal-Mart which involved an elderly man who exited the passenger side of a car parked in handicap parking who banged his can on her vehicle.
  • While watching a documentary about the return of the Apollo 11 astronauts, I was quite surprised to learn that they traveled to 43 countries in 45 days. In that timeframe, they also gave speeches in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles in one day. I believe planes didn’t travel as quickly and smoothly as they do now, so that’s not an easy feat. 
  • Reassigned but not fired – Florida principal is reassigned after writing that he couldn’t say the Holocaust was ‘a factual, historical event’
    • Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened. And you have your thoughts, but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs.
  • I miss “Stupid Pet Tricks”.
  • I watched David Letterman’s interview with Tiffany Haddish, who is a lot more interesting than I thought.
    • It wasn’t until high school in which she learned to read well.
    • Her stepfather tampered with the brakes on her mother’s car which resulted in an accident and left her mother with brain damage. Haddish was nine at the time, the oldest of her five siblings, and went in and out of foster care.
    • Because of her foster care experience, she now supports an organization which provides suitcases for children in foster care. She revealed as a child in foster care she was often shuffled around and sometimes had to carry all their belongings in a trash bag. When she received a suitcase to carry her belongings, she said she felt like a traveler, a person who had direction and a purpose and was no longer trash.
    • She really cut her teeth in comedy. When in high school she got a chance to attend the Laugh Factory’s Comedy Camp which allowed her to be briefly mentored by the likes of Richard Pryor and the Wayan brothers. She did stand up for a while and all sorts of comedy and entertainment bits which shaped her into the comedian she is today.
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, July 8, 2019

  • If you are eating breakfast and/or the sensitive type, you may want to skip to the next bullet point. WifeGeeding and the kids have been in East Texas for the past few days. I’ve been driving our Nissan Leaf around town but noticed it smelled, which really bugged me. I searched in both the front and back seats but couldn’t find anything noticeable, but did spray some Febreeze. The next day I the noticeable stench was stronger, so I took I washed the car and vacuumed the seats, removing floor mats and everything. Later that day I took the dogs to the dog park and they both threw up, but thankfully it was only on the kids’ car seats and the cleanup was as simple as hosing them off and putting the fabric in the washing machine. The following day I went grocery shopping and when I got home, it dawned on me that I never checked that trunk area of the hatchback. Sure enough, I found the source. It appeared to be an old cantaloupe which may have been in there for weeks. It was still in a plastic grocery sack. With a deep breath and an outstretched hand I carefully picked the bag up and could tell the whole thing was gelatinous as slowly it lost its form. Unfortunately, there was a small tear in the back and as I removed it from the car the liquid contents dripped from the car to the outside trash can. The items which were dripped on were tossed, I wasn’t even going to try to salvage them and did my best to remove and extract the odor as best as humanly possible. Now I fear this will become like the Seinfeld “The Smelly Car” episode.
  • I bought a new desk and the table top was nicely packaged in a huge single piece of styrofoam. BoyGeeding thought it looked like the carbonite Han Solo was frozen in. Also, that thing produced the largest amount of static electricity I ever experienced. As I moved my hand close to it the hair on my arms stood straight up and as I got close the pain was so intense I couldn’t bring myself to touch it.
  • Speaking of my new desk made by Realspace, I could be happier with the assembly instructions, they should be applauded. I can’t speak for the quality of the product as I haven’t even used it for a day, but those instructions and the packaging were impressive. Every part was labeled with a sticker for the corresponding step. For the smaller parts, all the contents were inside a sealed plastic bag, and inside that bag were smaller sealed bags labeled with each corresponding substep in the instruction manual. On top of that, they included a bag labeled “Extra Hardware” in case you stripped a screw or something.
  • On Saturday I went to the movie theater to watch Spider-Man: Far From Home with a few friends. At the very climax of the movie, the part I’m assuming the title character defeats Mysterio, the power goes out in the building due to some thunderstorms. The only lights which stayed on were from the exit signs and the projector room, which surprised me, I thought some small backup battery powered lights would also come on. The staff were very friendly and informative and checked in on us often. However, after about 25-minutes, they said because of the trouble they are having with rebooting the projector, we can either take a raincheck or walk across the hall to showing in progress which was only about a half hour into the movie. We had to take the raincheck. I’m assuming we were at the very climax of the movie because a few times the audio started up and (possible spoiler) Spidey and Mysterio were talking about the glasses. When I got home I found a summary of the movie and a few video clips of the two post0-credit scenes.
  • This happened back on July 1st – A Bird Strike Caused an Air Force Plane to Accidentally Drop Three Training Bombs on Florida
  • As far as the top picture goes, the best I could find was that his name was Petre Mshvenieradze who was a Soviet water polo player of Georgian descent.
  • Apologies for the vulgarity in this tweet, but the video is pretty sweet for those of you who know someone with a prosthetic eye.
    https://twitter.com/VonDizzle_/status/1146208358250270720
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, July 1, 2019

  • Ronald Reagan was the first president to wear hearing aids while in office. The second sitting President to be fitted for hearing aids, Bill Clinton. They are the only two presidents to wear hearing aids while in office.
  • When George Washington was sworn in as the first President of the United States, he did so using a Bible loaned from St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 1, Ancient York Masons. That was only because no one thought to bring a Bible to the event. Jacob Morton, a Mason and the Master of nearby St. John’s Lodge, offered to run and grab the Bible from the altar at St. John’s. The Bible wasn’t closed but opened randomly due to haste. I would have thought the random section would have been in the middle portion of the Bible, but it was open to chapters 49-50 of Genesis (Jacob blesses his sons, Joseph dies). That Bible, as you would probably expect, was the King James Version. It also contained the Apocrypha, something most protestant Bibles omit. I like to refer to the Apocrypha as the Splenda or artificial sweetener of the Bible; they are “sacred” but not actually Sacred. The oath was administered by the Chancellor of New York, Robert R. Livingston, who was then the highest judicial officer in the state. John Jay did not become the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court until five months later. However, Chief Justice Jay did not administer the oath of office for Washington’s second inauguration, that was done by Supreme Court associate justice William Cushing for reasons in which I’m unclear. A nice tidbit of Cushing, he was the last judge in the United States to wear a full wig.
  • John Quincy Adams used a U.S. law book when administered the presidential oath of office. Theodore Roosevelt used nothing at all for his first inauguration.
  • The Yankees and Red Sox played a series in London. I strongly believe the only two teams to play in front of the British Royal Family should solely be the Angels and Mariners with our national anthem sung by Enrico Pallazzo.
  • To my handful of readers in Canada, Happy Canada Day!
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, June 28, 2019

  • It’s been great rewatching the HBO John Adams series with the family, especially after watching the musical Hamilton and listening to the soundtrack all the time. I’m surprised how much Hamilton is referenced in the television series and didn’t pick up on it the first time, he was truly George Washington’s right-hand man and monumentally influential in our country’s founding. It’s one thing to know he was a Founding Father in the general sense, but it’s really neat to piece together history from various sources and see his immense impact.
  • I think it’s one part absurd and one part typical how I can discover a fascinating fact and totally forget about it until I rediscover it. For instance, the John Adams series is over ten years old and I watched it when it first aired. The most recent episode I watched with my family was about Adams’ time as the second President of the United States. As tensions with France were building, Adams requested George Washington come out of retirement to lead and shape a national army. Jefferson scoffed at the idea asserting Washington would only be in command in name only because of his age and he would delegate almost everything to Hamilton.  How crazy is that? I feel like most Americans assumed or were led to believe Washington relinquished power and quietly slipped away to retirement leaving behind all leadership duties and responsibility and becoming an ordinary citizen. Wikipedia’s entry of Washington slightly differs with the man becoming bored in retirement and requesting some military responsibilities.
    • Washington grew restless in retirement, prompted by tensions with France, and he wrote to Secretary of War James McHenry offering to organize President Adams’ army. Adams offered Washington a lieutenant general commission on July 4, 1798 and the position of commander-in-chief of the armies. He accepted, replacing James Wilkinson, and he served as the commanding general from July 13, 1798 until his death 17 months later.
    • Washington delegated the active leadership of the army to Hamilton, a major general. No army invaded the United States during this period, and Washington did not assume a field command.
  • I guess before anyone got Wally Pipped, they got James Wilkinsoned.
  • If any of you live around Decatur and need any HVAC work done, I highly recommend Mann Refrigeration. They saved me about $3,000 by honoring some work they did about nine and a half years ago despite some registration numbers not coming up on the manufacturers end. The warranty for the part in question was covered for ten years, but as I said, they honored their work.
  • This will certainly stir things up – Texas wants to move away from abstinence-only sex ed
    • For more than 20 years, school districts here have emphasized abstinence above all else in sex education. But soon, members of the Texas Board of Education will consider whether to add new topics like “sexual risk reduction methods,” “healthy relationships,” and “anatomy” in grades as early as kindergarten. The recommendations are part of Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath’s Essential Knowledge and Skills review for health education, which included input from health experts. “It is about time that Texas come into the 21st century,” said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, which has long pushed for changes to the curriculum.
  • There hasn’t been a decent viral Internet video trend in a while. Gone are the days of the mannequin challenge, planking, and the Harlem Shake.
  • A funny Reddit shower thought – “Bread is a slang term for money. Cheese is also a slang term for money. Therefore grilled cheese sandwiches are the ultimate form of wealth.”
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June, 27, 2019

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