Remote Controlled Alligator Prank

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June 21, 2018

  • Fifteen years ago today, WifeGeeding and I were married. Tonight, the stage version of The Lion King will be performed at the Music Hall At Fair Park and WifeGeeding will be in attendance with a group of her teacher friends. I’ll be home watching the kids.
  • I’m sure glad over the past fifteen years I haven’t lost any hair or gained any weight. Heck, I can still fit into WifeGeeding’s dress.
  • Rehearsal dinner was the night before and to this day I regret how I flubbed my extemporaneousness speech telling each family member and friend what they mean to me. I wanted to tell my brother there was no person I wanted to be like or thought was cooler than him. Instead, I froze, then muttered something about how we always butted heads. I could tell it bothered him, so much so, he brought it up in a conversation as he drove me to my bachelor party and asked me what I meant by it. My bachelor party was simple, we went to the local Main Event to bowl and play some pool. Not one person drank a drop of alcohol that night.
  • I’ve mentioned many times that my best man died one week prior to the wedding, and instead of “replacing” him I just reserved the spot for him. The photographer  FianceGeeding and her family hired was very strong with the English language. I remember trying to be politely indirect with him when he was taking pre-ceremony pictures asking where was the best man. I didn’t want to make the guy feel bad for asking, he was simply trying to do his job and record memories. I don’t think he ever quite understood the situation despite being more direct, I think he thought the best man was simply late and then decided not to show up. Man, fifteen years. The days are long but the years are fast. It is true.
  • For many people, their wedding day was the best day of their life. I can’t claim that, I was still grieving the death of my best man whose funeral I attended just three days earlier, and it was the week of the five-year anniversary of my father’s death, so I was missing him.
  • WifeGeeding and I still live in the same ZIP code. Actually, we’ve only resided in two places since we’ve been married. Our apartment is just 1.1 miles from GeedingManor.
  • I think WifeGeeding’s favorite memory of our honeymoon night was getting locked out of our hotel room at the Grand Floridian in our bathrobes while trying to find the ice machine. I promise that’s not a euphemism for anything.
  • I’ve eaten at McDonald’s more than I’d like to admit. My go-to meal used to be the Quarter Pounder with Cheese with the occasional Big Mac or order of McNuggets. Now, it’s usually the Double Cheeseburger.
  • Washington pastor hailed as a hero recalls taking down Walmart gunman
  • You Can Now Buy a $4,200 Bicycle From Harley-Davidson
  • The logistics of reuniting illegal immigrant parents and their children will be a nightmare, there’s no telling the mistakes which will be made. I bet it’s not fiscally conservative either.
  • Oh, Fox News…
  • White House to recommend combining Education, Labor Departments


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Dog realizes he’s busted

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, June 20, 2018

  • For the last ten days or so the muscle beneath my right eye has been twitching so I thought I’d do some research. Most likely it’s a combination of staring at computer monitors too long during work and when I blog before bedtime and stress. More entertaining though is I found eye twitching can be a superstitious thing depending on the eye and if it’s the top or bottom muscle. So my future may hold:
    • Happy events await.
    • Disaster may befall.
    • Someone far away will visit.
    • A missed blogger will return.
    • An arrival of a stranger.
    • Birth of a child.
  • WifeGeeding’s father and brother caught another alligator and have now reached their bag limit.
  • I graduated college in 1999 with about $37,000 in student loan debt and a lot of ignorance. For a good hour, I considered joining the U.S. Border Patrol because they offered the best student loan payoff plan at the time. I thought, how hard can that be, nothing happens at the border? I’m sure I would have been miserable with the heavy workload, depressed at what I saw, and killed by a cartel member.
  • I think the last president to most recently operate a weedeater would have to be either Jimmy Carter or George W. Bush.
  • The last burial at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial was in 2005 until this week. Both Pieper twin brothers died together on D-Day but only one body was retrieved and identified. The remains of the other brother were recently positively identified and now the twin brothers are reunited in burial.
  • I don’t deal well with crowds or people invading my personal space, or when I think people are close to intruding my personal space, so this picture freaks me out a bit.
  • What are the odds President Trump sends Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the border to direct any of those new tent cities housing teenage boys who illegally entered the United States with their parents?
  • Trump Jr. pulls out of fundraiser for George P. Bush due to immigration criticism
  • This article reminds me of this classic ‘Simpson’s’ moment, I always loved the lawyer’s reference to his case against The Neverending Story – All-you-can-eat restaurant closes after customers eat too much
  • Four ‘Star Trek’ series are in the works from ‘Discovery’ showrunner
    Including shows about Starfleet and Khan, plus an animated series.
  • General Electric gets booted from the Dow – For the first time in 110 years, General Electric will not be a member of the elite Dow Jones Industrial Average
  • Peter Mayhew, the original actor who was in the suit to portray Chewbacca, posted this nice Star Wars alumni photo. Carrie Fisher’s daughter is on the far left. Mayhew is on the back row and second from the left. He’s seated and everyone else is standing, yet his as tall as them.
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Dancing in Movies

Montage of dance moments from almost 300 feature films.
In order of appearance:

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, June 19, 2018

  • That’s WifeGeeding’s father. No, not the one on the tailgate, the man standing up wearing the hat. I don’t have the details, but all I know is that he and his son caught that alligator and then the family ate it for dinner. I bet that was a great father and son bonding moment.
  • When people tell me I’m a “country boy” because I’m from Mineral Wells, Texas, I have to explain to them there’s a difference between being a living in town and living in the country. I’m a simple town boy. Finding a gator and eating it for dinner doesn’t happen to us town folk.
  • I haven’t had a really good deep sleep in a while but I did the other night and had a most excellent dream about discovering and watching three new episodes of ‘The Americans’ which added on to the finale.
  • I bet a certain amount of my Wise County readers, and a handful elsewhere, felt a return to normalcy yesterday, for the most part, and the better.
  • Once a year a student from Baylor University calls my cell phone asking me to donate funds, and each year I politely tell them no and ask them to remove my name from whatever list they may have. I’ve never provided my phone number to anyone at Baylor for anything. Perhaps a Baylor alumnus like WifeGeeding has been pranking me all these years.
  • I saw a commercial for First Baptist Dallas’ upcoming “Freedom Sunday” ceremony which showed fireworks going off inside the sanctuary. Evangelical idiocracy is getting close to its peak when you have live fireworks inside a sanctuary. As you can see from the image below, first-time visitors also get a free copy of the Dr. Robert Jeffress’ latest book.
  • If you are a fan of Dr. Jeffress, you can go to and book a ten-day trip with him to Israel for next year.
  • First Baptist Dallas ‘America is a Christian nation’ billboard removed
  • My God, this is horrible – Texas deputy sexually assaulted undocumented immigrant’s child, sheriff says “The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time.”
    • A Texas sheriff’s deputy was being held Monday on a charge of “super aggravated sexual assault” of a 4-year-old girl after authorities say her mother, an undocumented immigrant, was being blackmailed to stay silent about the abuse — or face deportation.
  • Norm Hitzges recently did a Q&A interview for the Dallas Morning News. I wasn’t aware he had the first full-time sports talk show in morning drive time in the country.
  • I got in a conversation with someone yesterday which made me track down a comment left on this blog six years ago. It’s funny the stuff that sticks with you.
  • I’d say most of these parents have no idea they are doing it – ‘Helicopter Parenting’ linked to behavioural problems
  • Trump says he’s directing Pentagon to create a new ‘Space Force’ – The name, ‘Space Force’, is rather prosaic and sounds like a bad cartoon. He should have used ‘Star Fleet’ just to tick off another segment of the population.
  • Elon Musk emailed all of Tesla about attempted ‘sabotage’ by an employee
  • I see commercials from TIME LIFE selling DVDs for old Johnny Carson shows. I think they’d make more money if they just ran old episodes on some channel in a time slot. If I was flipping channels and nothing was one, I’d tune in and take a trip down memory road. One channel did it for a while with old David Letterman ‘Late Night’ shows and it was fantastic.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 18, 2018

  • I didn’t intend on blogging this week because WifeGeeding and I planned on taking the kids to the beach for the first time in their lives and my focus was going to be on family and a little R and R. But sometimes life throws you a curveball, like two family members suddenly getting ill. Too bad the condo we booked doesn’t give refunds.
  • The kids were feeling well enough to play in their first basketball game for the summer league they asked us to sign them up for. BoyGeeding scored the first points and got the first rebound of the entire season. DaughterGeeding didn’t score but she did play point guard and got all the assists. In this league, both boys and girls play together. DaughterGeeding was the only girl on her team and I like that she doesn’t even notice it. The kids on their teams get to choose their team names. BoyGeeding plays on the Golden Tornados. I’m not sure why they are golden, I guess it’s some kind of compromise, but I couldn’t help but think of the term “golden showers”, which would make for an interesting team name for five and six-year-olds. DaughterGeeding plays for the Ghostbusters.
  • A little while back I told y’all I watched Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade with the kids. On Friday, I was flipping channels and put Jaws on, more than half the movie was already over. It caught the kids’ attention quickly, and less than a minute into the movie DaughterGeeding asked if I was watching an Indiana Jones movie. Even though she was wrong, I thought that was quite perceptive of her to see the artistic style in two different Steven Spielberg movies and make the connection.
  • Even though I dislike my name, I’m glad I don’t have a name like Steven because I’m sure people spell it with “ph” all the time. I’m also glad my name isn’t Stephanie.
  • My favorite Jawsit was in Dallas fact is that the first time the movie was screen in front of an audience. That theater is now a Kohl’s.
  • At last week’s 2018 Republican Party of Texas Convention, a Muslim couple decided to set up a “Ask A Muslim Anything” booth. They said 90% of their interactions were nice and of course got some interesting questions.
  • Want to Take a 10-Day Trip to the Space Station? It’ll Cost You $55 Million
  • Taylor Swift was in Dublin to perform and U2 sent her flowers to welcome her to their hometown. The florist’s handwriting makes “Bono” look like “Buno” which gave my daughter a good laugh, that’s her bunny’s name.
  • Mr. Roger’s 90-year-old widow was on Fallon last week. She looks to be in fantastic health. She shared a cute story on how her husband maintained the weight of 143 pounds because he loved the number – each digit stood for a word of the same length, spelling out ‘I love you.’
  • Beyoncé and Jay-Z renting out the Louvre in Paris for a music video is quite impressive, as well as the album cover pic of them in front of the Mona Lisa.
  • Infographic – The Official & Ceremonial Vehicles of 45 World Leaders
  • I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.” – Laura Bush
  • Courage
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Jerry Seinfeld & Cardi B: Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June 14, 2018

  • When I first started to attend a Baptist church I was surprised everyone referred to the preacher as Brother John, instead of something more formal, like Pastor John. I’ll be honest, I thought it was similar to how Hulk Hogan referred to everyone as “brother” and thought, oh, so Hulk Hogan must have been Baptist at one point and that’s where he got it.
  • When you see me at the pool or a waterpark, you’d probably think I wore a shirt because I’m trying to hide my belly, but you’d be wrong. I wear a shirt to hide the disgusting looking scar on my back.
  • Every spring the city sends an employee to every house and turn the main water supply to half the pressure in an effort to conserve water, and every spring I tear up my knuckles accessing the main water line in the ground to increase the pressure so my sprinklers will do more than blow a raspberry. This year I thought I’d search Amazon for a water key to save my knuckles. Luckily I found a small twelve-inch version for about ten bucks and thought it was worth the investment. It arrived yesterday but Amazon sent me the thirty-six-inch version instead and now I feel mighty and more powerful than Thor and his hammer. It’s no weenie-man tool, it’s a professional industrial strength apparatus. It’s so massive you’d think someone would have to pass some kind of certification safety course to wield its power. I think I’ll have Luke 12:48 engraved on it, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”
  • A friend of mine is moving his family from Alabama to Lubbock. The U-Haul he was traveling in with his wife and young daughter broke down on the highway. Thankfully the company sent a replacement truck and crew and moved everything in the replacement trunk. I have no idea if that’s included in the price or if he bought some sort of insurance for that.
  • On Monday morning, all of the In-N-Outs closed because the quality of the buns wasn’t up to their satisfaction. It wasn’t a health or safety issue, they just have high bun standards. Yesterday, Whataburger announced via Twitter that some restaurants will not be offering white buns or Texas Toast, due to a quality issue with a supplier. Now Raising Cain’s has Texas toast issues. What is this, breadgate, carbgate?
  • President Trump usually looks like he’s full of energy but he looked pretty tired walking off Air Force One yesterday, which is totally understandable.
  • This was a popular retweet yesterday:
  • If you are a fan of the ‘Fixer Upper’ show you may find these statistics interesting, as sampling is below – Facts & Analysis About HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”
    • The average purchase price of the selected home hovers at around $173,221 for all five seasons.
    • The average budget for renovation and upgrades over the course of five seasons stands at $111,631.
    • Joanna used shiplap in almost 40% of the projects.
    • Chip and Joanna’s renovation projects almost always comes in on budget and add an average of $26,000 of instant equity to the client’s investment.
  • 2 Women Criticize the Way Texas A&M Handled Their Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Student Athletes
  • ‘Star Wars’: George Lucas Would Have Set Third Trilogy in ‘Microbiotic World’ Linked to Midi-Chlorians
    • Elsewhere in the conversation, Lucas admitted, “Everybody hated it in ‘Phantom Menace’ [when] we started talking about midi-chlorians.” In terms of his storytelling, Lucas regarded individuals as “vehicles for the Whills to travel around in…And the conduit is the midi-chlorians. The midi-chlorians are the ones that communicate with the Whills. The Whills, in a general sense, they are the Force.”
  • Texas Monthly – How Franklin Barbecue Came Back After the Fire – After a tragedy in the pit room in 2017, it didn’t take long for Franklin Barbecue to rebound—or for the lines to start forming again.
  • I saw the intro to the new NBC show ‘Reverie’ and thought it was a modern-day version of ‘Quantum Leak’.
  • U2 held a special concert at Harlem’s Apollo Theater which I hope one day will be made available to watch. The 13-piece Sun Ra Arkestra horn section helped the band play along to ‘Angel of Harlem’, their tribute song to Billie Holiday. They also dedicated the song “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” to Anthony Bourdain.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, June 13, 2018

  • I’m having one of those weeks where I feel like I’m a day ahead. Not that I have a lot of accomplished, just that I think today is Thursday and not Wednesday.
  • I think yesterday was the first time I really threw the football with my son. Yes, we’ve tossed the ball around, but this time he was actually catching them and I could catch the majority of balls thrown towards me. I know for sure yesterday was the first time I saw him throw a spiral, which was fun to teach him, btw.
  • President Trump gives himself some wiggle room in that Trump sort of way:
    • I may be wrong, I may stand before you in six months and say, ‘Hey, I was wrong.’ I don’t know that I’ll ever admit that, but I’ll find some kind of an excuse.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sure has a lot of work ahead of him after this summit, as if he didn’t have enough work already. For instance, South Korea was caught off guard when President Trump told Kim Jong-un ‘war games’ with South Korea would cease. Somewhere in Texas, Rex Tillerson is enjoying retirement.
  • Mercedes Schlapp is the White House Director of Strategic Communications. She tweeted this two years ago.
  • This shouldn’t happen when conservatives control the White House, Senate, and the House of Representatives, at least on what they campaign on.
    • The U.S. government had a $147 billion budget deficit in May, an increase of 66 percent from the same month last year as the ledger took a hit from declining revenue and higher spending, according to Treasury Department data released on Tuesday.
  • I’m months behind on this news but Rudy Giuliani is getting a divorced. I remember when he was the presumptive front-runner of the Republican party and discussing having his wife sit in on cabinet meetings, which caused a stir.
  • The kids will be playing basketball this summer and yesterday I received an introductory email from one of their coaches. In his email, he proclaims his love for basketball and provides his basketball resume, of sorts. His two sons are named Michael and Jordan. I’m guessing he’s a fan.
  • I know someone who vacuums her mattress. She has a mattress pad or cover or whatever they are called, but still prefers to vacuum it once a month to remove dead skin cells, allergens, and the like.
  • I bet a lot of people neglect to clean or dust the top of their refrigerators. I bet a lot of people neglect to clean or dust the floor beneath their refrigerators. I bet a lot of people neglect to clean their refrigerators.
  • Until yesterday I didn’t know there was a version of Monopoly for cheaters. Isn’t that just real life? It’s only cheating if you get caught.
  • Dan Paul on The TICKET spoke of his upcoming spinal fusion surgery. His surgeon is going through the stomach, but my surgeon went through my back and stretched or pulled my back muscles to the side.  My surgeon explained going through the front would allow for faster back recovery since the back muscles wouldn’t be touched, but didn’t like the risk of going through the digestive organs. Paul also spoke about how he could totally relate and can see the spiral of painkiller addiction and suicide becoming reality. He spoke the truth. I could totally relate.
  • I’m one of those who enjoys reading about the news business. When it comes to the evening news, I prefer the ‘CBS Evening News” and have committed to them since Charlie Gibson left ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’. I really liked how Scott Pelley would deliver the news, a very no thrills approach, and thought I would have turned to another channel once he was removed from the chair. I don’t think the broadcast is as good as it was, so I’m a bit surprised their ratings have increased by double digits since his departure.
    • And while Glor has eked out some ground – viewership during his tenure on “CBS Evening News” is up 1% compared to the year prior to his launch, and up 10% from Pelley’s final month in mid-2017 – the CBS program remains well behind its direct competitors, ABC’s “World News Tonight” and NBC’s “NBC Nightly News.”
  • Pennsylvania news – Old Taco Bell becoming Arby’s after NEW Taco Bell replaced OLD Arby’s
  • Cool move by the Washington Capitals – Capitals congratulate Golden Knights on season with classy ad in Vegas newspaper
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United States – North Korea Singapore Summit Video

This is the English version of the video “trailer” that President Donald J. Trump showed Chairman Kim Jong Un during their historic summit on 6/12/18. This is a rip from the official White House press conference live stream, where they showed the video to reporters before the President took questions.


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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, June 12, 2018

  • I like this photo still, it looks like they are about to do the waltz with Trump taking the lead. It’s like a new reality show called “Dancing With The Enemy”.
  • I’ve said it before, whether it’s a good thing or bad thing, don’t underestimate President Trump. No one thought he’d win a primary, much less the nomination or the presidency. I don’t know if he can pull off peace in the Korean peninsula, but I’m hopeful. Sure, I don’t agree with his politics nor do I like him personally, but I’d like to see the threat of nuclear war lessened and an improved life for the North Korean people.
  • I’m not much of a lip reader, but from what I could tell, Trump’s first words to Kim Jong-un was, “Well, well, well, Little Rocket Man, you made it here after all.” Followed by, “No way this guy has a smaller waist than me, am I right, folks?”
  • The arrangement of U.S. and North Korean flags is very surreal, I’d even say stunning, and something no one has ever seen. Heck, I doubt there’s ever been a comedy sketch with those flags hanging by each other.
  • If I were Kim Jong-un, as a gesture of good will, I’d return the USS Pueblo, which I doubt President Trump even knows about. But then again, I’m sure most Americans aren’t familiar with it. The USS Pueblo is a U.S. Navy ship which was attacked and captured by North Korea in January 1968.  It’s the only ship of the U.S. Navy still on the commissioned roster currently being held captive, North Korea uses it as a tourist attraction, and it remains the second-oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy, behind USS Constitution, which was launched in 1797. Here’s an interesting tidbit about the sailors who were captured:
  • In case you missed it, CNN did some aggressive reporting last night.
  • The White House has a freelance chef who looks like a bodybuilder and has some of the most muscular and massive arms you’ll ever see. He can bench 700-pounds and has a bit of a Herschel Walker routine.
    • In support of Mission 22, a campaign to combat the estimated 22 veteran suicides each day, Rush decided to do 2,222 push-ups per day.
  • As I Lay Dying singer reunites with his Christian metal band after two-year prison term for hiring hit man to murder his wife
  • Vice-President Pence is no stranger to speaking at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. He spoke there last month at the NRA Convention and he’ll speak there tomorrow at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. I guess that speaks well of Dallas’ ability to book big meetings. Before his term expires, whenever that is, I bet he’ll speak at First Baptist Dallas.
  • A customer spotted Warren Buffet and Mark Cuban eating at an Omaha Dairy Queen. Worth noting, DQ is a part of Berkshire Hathaway.
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