Pumpkin Patch Trip Pics

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  • I was taking a look at the sample ballot for the midterm election (pdf), and the candidates for U.S. Senator are: John Cornyn, David M. Alameel, Rebecca Paddock, and . . . . .Emily “Spicybrown” Sanchez.  Yup, her name on the ballot includes “Spiceybrown”.
  • Reddit had a great Ask Me Anything with a former SR-71 Blackbird pilot.  The one thing that stuck out the most was his answer on why the cockpit was so quiet you could hear a pin drop, “The engines and most of the noise was behind you, behind the sound barrier.”  That made me stop down and think about traveling faster than sound, with the sound making mechanisms behind you and not being able to hear it – it was confusing and fascinating and doesn’t make sense but makes sense.  He also stated the plane heated up so much that it stretched or grew five inches in flight.
  • ‘Modern Family’ had two references to the television show ‘Dallas’ last night, and one great ‘Gilligan’s Island’ reference.
  • The very first White House website is up and running, and it’s funny to see how dated it is.
  • I can’t believe the company that invented the hoverboard didn’t try to get Michael J. Fox to be part or the announcement.
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has been heavily criticized for how they handled the local Ebola outbreak, but President Obama was nice enough to call the hospital and praise the staff.
  • Speaking of that hospital – Revenue drops 25 percent at Presbyterian Dallas, ER visits decline 50 percent after Ebola case
  • Sometimes it’s hard for me to understand why people love college sports so much, especially when young men and women are taken advantage of when it comes to making money for the university and there’s so much cheating by every institution.  Case in point, the University of North Carolina just got busted for 18 years of academic fraud, and let’s not forget what happened at Penn State and that coverup.
  • USA Today is reporting that the Statue of Liberty will be sporting a bow tie as part of an advertising scheme.  The bow tie won’t actually be attached, but helicopters will create the illusion by don the 60-foot bow tie in front of it.
  • USA Today also has a special report that’s a pretty good read on the U.S.’s perpetual state of national emergency.  The oldest national emergency that’s still in effect was issued by President Carter back in 1979.
  • While checking the mail I saw my neighbor hobble in with a new iMac and didn’t much of it, but now I know the story behind it.
  • Google has something new called Inbox, which many think is the future of email.
  • If you like IMDB.com and like cars, there’s an IMDB version for cars.
  • I mentioned Aubrey Hepburn yesterday, I didn’t know her granddaughter is a model.
  • YouTube – Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” – Teaser Trailer
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins honored Canada last night by singing O Canada before their game against Flyers – YouTube
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Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans

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Impressive Seesaw Moves

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  • I had a great day off of work yesterday.  It started with a discounted brunch thanks to Groupon, Top Golf with WifeGeeding and BoyGeeding (DaughterGeeding was in preschool), bowling, and then a trip to the pumpkin patch.  The night was capped off with all of us watching ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown’.
  • While at Top Golf I noticed special parking for Purple Heart recipients, something I’ve never seen before.
  • While at the pumpkin patch I noticed a lot of moms wearing sweaters and boots in eighty-degree weather.  Girls will do the silliest things when it comes to fashion, even if it means sweating profusely just to look seasonal.
  • The boys on BaDD radio was talking about college football and how a lot of times fans take more pleasure in seeing their rivals lose than their team win.  I guess I never really thought about it, but I think that’s true and isn’t really part of professional sports fandom.  Along with that thought, Longhorn fans must have been on cloud nine on Saturday.
  • Alabama beat Arkansas 14-13 and then beat Texas A&M 59-0.  I bet until that pounding A&M took, Kevin Sumlin was on top of many lists for a head coaching job in the NFL, but no more.  Losing is one thing, getting pounded is another, getting pounded and being held scoreless is on another level.  But this is probably a good thing for the Aggies as Sumlin is pretty solid other than that game, which means he’ll stay put in Aggieland.
  • A guy on Reddit posted a picture of his car tire that had a huge and scary bubble on its side.  It looks like it might explode at any second, and the guy even drove on it (GIF).
  • Adrianne Palicki was suppose to be the next Woman Woman until NBC decided to not even pick up the pilot that was already filmed.  Last night I saw her on ‘Agents of Shield’ as Mockingbird.  She’s been rocking dark hair for a while now, but I’m just use to her with blonde hair since her ‘Friday Night Lights’ days.  Next week’s episode will feature the trailer for the next Avengers movie.
  • The Simpsons World app is pretty impressive [GQ]: “Simpsons World” takes all five-hundred-and-fifty-freaking-two episodes and makes them accessible to you, all at once, right now. And that’s not even the best part: It cross-references those episodes by character, quotes, scenes, guest stars, songs, everything. It lets you create playlists of all the Bumblebee Man episodes, look up all the Albert Brooks appearances and read full episode scripts.
  • I wonder how much elections as a whole help the economy.  For instance, they hire staff and consultants which means people are employed, and they have to produce commercials and all sorts of signage and bumper stickers, so that means companies are paid to produce such things.  That’s just hitting the surface, if you look into it further, mobile phones and computers are purchased, security is hired, there’s a significant amount of travel, and whatever else you want to throw in there.
  • I saw a lot of articles condemning the public’s reaction, or shock, of Renee Zellweger’s plastic surgery.  Two thoughts, when did going under the knife become the norm and what’s wrong with aging gracefully like Audrey Hepburn or Katharine Hepburn?  There was even talk of a double standard.  Trust me, there have been plenty of Bruce Jenner, Wayne Newton, and Kenny Rogers jokes out there.
  • When I was a kid I’d use to eat at Jack in the Box and I really enjoyed their secret sauce, but they stopped putting it on their burgers many moons ago.  I recently read they still have the sauce, it’s just available on request.
  • I enjoy ‘Person of Interest’ but I’m beginning to think “The Machine” is going to turn into Skynet.
  • I crack up everytime I see that commercial where Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price says, “It’s definitely…Fort Worth it!”  It makes me want to set her up with Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe.
  • I caught Bill Murray on Kimmel last night and he was surprisingly mellow.
  • Montreal teacher, 73, loses job over film nudity more than 40 years ago
  • GIF – The launching of the USS Detroit
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The old man can sill box

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  • I had a question about our neighborhood power outage and decided to text the neighbor I’m most comfortable with.  Instead of sending a new text, I scrolled through my text history and replied to it.  After he politely answered my question I felt comfortable enough with him that I started to include some dark humor.  I got a strange reply and then it dawned on me, the reply I used to text my neighbor was a group message.  The rest of the night was spent eating some humble pie and hoping I didn’t offend anyone.
  • I stopped watching professional wrestling sometime after Hulk Hogan and Randy ‘The Machoman’ Savage teamed up.
  • After seeing how we’ve botched the whole Ebola thing, I can totally see how a zombie outbreak is plausible.  I use to watch those movies thinking there’s no way the zombie virus could spread at that rate because we would contain that stuff in an instant.
  • I’ve gotten my Charlie Brown/Snoopy carved pumpkin to last longer than expected by spraying it with a bleach and water solution everyday.
  • Alton Brown is a culinary genius when it comes to teaching and showcasing food, but he seems like a jerk.  At one point he had a set of rules on his blog regarding fan engagement.
  • I’ve never been a fan of pickles.
  • The other day I was trying to figure out what’s the biggest waste of money, like something you spend money on but doesn’t really fulfill a purpose or extra money spent on something that’s not needed.  Decorative pillows came to mind, and so did vanity plates.  I know vanity plates serve a purpose, but you are spending extra money for no other purpose other than vanity when you could just have standard less expensive plates.
  • I’ve never worn anything from Oscar de la Renta.
  • As cool as the Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds are, it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars.
  • Say goodbye to the magnetic strip on your credit/debits cards and hello to chips – Obama signs “BuySecure” initiative to speed EMV adoption in the US
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • Peter King mentioned the inspiration for this Peyton Manning picture is this Wilt Chamberlain photo.
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The strike zone in baseball has historically gotten bigger




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  • For reasons you won’t believe, I injured my foot enough to necessitate a trip to an ER facility.  Upon arriving and providing my name, I had to answer an Ebola questions about my symptoms and travel history.  After the doctor diagnosed there was no fracture but some tendon issues, I jokingly said, “Whew.  So you’re saying it’s not Ebola.”  He cracked up, and since it was rather slow, he went into detail about what was all going on.  One point he made that I don’t think anyone else has even considered was that even the family of Thomas Eric Duncan that lived with him in an apartment hasn’t even shown symptoms of the virus.  Think about that, he was symptomatic with uncontrollable bodily fluids in a cramp environment and the people around him aren’t even infective, so chill Dallas.
  • The ER I went to was one of those new facilities that’s not part of a hospital and just specializes in urgent care.  There wasn’t any wait time, they gave me a CD of my x-rays, and put all my paperwork in a nice folder.
  • When I was in my ER room I could hear the nurses at the counter talking.  A cheerleader was brought in for an injury and was taken to x-ray, but she was apprehensive about the x-ray because she wasn’t sure if she was pregnant and didn’t want to talk to her mom about.
  • It was bath time and could hear both kids saying they had to use the toilet really bad, so I quickly head to the bathroom to control the situation and the saw that the kids worked things out on their own – both were sitting on the toilet seat facing the same direction and taking care of business.  It’s nice to see that they can share.
  • I attended a birthday party for a little girl in which “Happy Birthday” wasn’t sung because the birthday girl has a fear of the song.  The party also started at 10:00 AM and as a non-drinker, I was surprised at the number of beers people were drinking.  I thought there was a general rule that “it’s too early to drink” unless you are tailgating or something.  One mother let her child suck on an empty beer bottle which seem a bit weird to me.  I know the alcohol content was nil but it made me uncomfortable.
  • At that party I was speaking to two other fathers I really didn’t know all that well and one was commenting about the children gathering candy from the broken pinata and pointed out how one boy just wasn’t quite getting the concept, somewhat playfully poking fun at him.  The other guy politely pointed out that was BoyGeeding and the guy making the comments just kind of fell silent and avoided eye contact from me for a bit.
  • For some reason A-Rod was at the Cowboys game standing in the tunnel and Tony Romo almost ran him over, seriously.
  • I loved yesterday’s Cowboys win, but it’s still just October and they have only won just one division game.  And even though it’s October, I’m glad there’s not as much pink being floated around by the players.  I’m all for breast cancer awareness, just now how Susan G. Komen distributes their funds.
  • It bugged me that Fox didn’t air enough of the final play of the game, you could just barely see the Cowboys offensive line do the Landry shift in the victory formation.
  • ‘The Romo Spin’ that he uses to evade sacks works because he spins away from the line of scrimmage.  Most quarterbacks instinctively run towards the line of scrimmage and defensive linemen instinctively jump that way when chasing them, and Romo is able to use that to his advantage.
  • The reason for the Cowboys’ success this season has to be because they no longer play “Sweet Home Alabama” at home games.  For seasons they’d play that and it would always bug me because there’s no connection to Alabama.
  • TCU would be a top four ranked team if they would have won that nail-biter a few weeks ago along with this weekend’s blowout.  Speaking of TCU, I had no idea that they called many places homes – Fort Worth, Thorp Spring (near the frontier of Comanche and Kiowa territory), Waco, and then back to Fort Worth.
  • Something that has always bugged me about college football – rankings.  A few weeks ago TCU had a number nine ranking and they lose to a number five team.  A better ranked team should beat a lesser ranked team.  So even though that happens, despite a tight game, TCU still moved down in the rankings which doesn’t make sense, they should have stayed in the same spot or even moved to a better spot since they played a higher ranked team so well.
  • Something that has recently bugged me about college football – games last too freaking long.  There’s no reasons why it should take over four hours for a game to be played.  The evolution of the passing game and the implementation of the spread in the majority of programs is a major part of it, but I just feel exhausted watching one game.
  • Redbook thinks Cindy Crawford’s 13-year-old daughter looks a lot like her mom in her modeling days.
  • Scientifically, What Is the Worst Way to Die? – I read somewhere that the last sense to go is hearing, which is creepy, as you just lie helplessly without any feeling or vision as you fade away.
  • I feel like if Trickle Down Economics worked, there wouldn’t be a need, or a want, to raise the minimum wage because earnings would have trickled down.
  • We got a letter in the mail stating the electricity in the neighborhood would be turned off from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM tomorrow for some kind of upgrade work.  Since I work from home, this puts a kink in my workday so I think I’ll just take the day off and do something with WifeGeeding and BoyGeeding when GirlGeeding is in preschool.  I just don’t know what to do.  And because I know there’s a long power outage set for a specific time, thoughts of some kind of wild Oceans Eleven scheme are going through my head.  I’m also trying to figure out if the food in the fridge and freezer will spoil.
  • That Dallas Cowboy that got busted for stealing underwear and cologne is now going to endorse an underwear company.
  • When alphabetizing things, I usually have to recite the alphabet instead of just being able to place them in the correct order.
  • Buzzfeed – A Photo Of A Woman In A Homemade Hazmat Suit At The Airport Has Gone Viral
  • How Landlocked Dallas Once Tried to Become a Port City
  • How The Most Successful People Poop At Work
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OU football chaplain arrested on drug, larceny charges

The chaplain for the University of Oklahoma football team was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly lured a man from his house by offering a bogus vehicle test drive and then stealing prescription medications while the man was gone.

Kent Bowles, 45, of Norman, who also serves as regional representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a national sports ministry, was arrested on complaints of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, larceny, concealment of stolen property and obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check or false pretenses.

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I got an itch to carve a pumpkin


I’m not sure if you can tell what it is, but it’s suppose to be Charlie Brown and Snoopy sitting down looking at a huge moon.

Here’s a timelapse of the making of it.

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Just a little boy and a dolphin playing catch

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