Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 12, 2020

With just a day to spare, I renewed the domain name for this website. I came close not doing it and moving everything from this domain to the domain, which I also own and currently redirects to this website. But in the end, “BagOfNothing” is just a part of my life, even if I don’t have a t-shirt for it. One oddity did happen. Upon renewal on GoDaddy, I saw a message which said, “A copy of this receipt has been sent to” I recall seeing that a few years ago when I last renewed my hosting account, but when I called in to inquire about it they said they couldn’t find anything on their end and I couldn’t find it on any of my account pages. I decided to call again and this time an agent was able to walk me through to the screen in which that email address appeared. The agent looked through my history to see if anything looked out of place, thankfully it didn’t, so I updated the password and set up two-factor authentication.

A woman is stunned when her new driver’s license came back with a picture of an empty chair

Hamilton Was Watched By More People In July Than Anything On NetflixLin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is the most viewed title in July triumphing over all Netflix titles with over twice as many viewers.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, August 10, 2020

This domain name is about to become available to the public if I don’t do something about it.

The start of school is going to be nothing short of a disaster when it comes to COVID-19. I’ve already seen a plethora of pics posted on social media of highschoolers taking maskless group photos at parties and general group photos (e.g. drill team, band, senior class, etc).

Armchair political speechwriter, rough draft:

My fellow Americans. Let’s be blunt, we are in the middle of an epidemic and it’s going to temperarily change our way of life. How long, well, it’s up to you, it’s up to all of us. But we’ll overcome this. I know this because, as a nation, we’ve done this before. Americans who endured the Spanish Flu in 1918 were tough,strong willed, utilized every weapon of modern medicine they could at the time. We are grateful they have set us up for victory as we face this current epidemic. So, let us honor them. Using the courage and lessons our ancestors have learned from their experience, we’ll conquer this virus and our own actions will serve as an example for future generations to follow. Let’s be part of that American legacy. They’ll look back proudly at how we banded together as a nation as we honored and took care of our neighbros doing the simpliest of things like wearing a mask, to providing wide spread testing, and equiping our medical professionals with the essentials to provide the fastest result for a vaccine.

This is an interesting idea but the story itself reminded me of seeing the first Spirit Halloween store in my neighborhood open about three weeks ago. Surely they don’t get customers every day? That must be a boring job, but there’s probably a lot of inventory and display work to get it up and running.

Amazon may turn dying JC Penney and Sears stores into warehousesMalls may regain some relevance in the internet era.

A few months ago, DaughterGeeding came up to me and said she was worried about BoyGeeding. She said late at night when they talk, he says he feels sad for no reason and can’t explain why, and that this has been going on for a while. I told her the next time that happens, to send him to talk to me no matter how late it is. One night he came downstairs and asked to talk. He shared that he doesn’t understand why he feels sad sometimes, that sometimes he can go from happy to experiencing sadness but nothing happened to make him feel sad. We talked through things as I was trying to better understand his perspective and to see if anything was possibly trigging this experience. My goal wasn’t so much to fix it but just to show he could trust me and open up without feeling judged, thinking this sort of emotional bond needs to start now if I ever want him to be willing to share stuff with me when the s— hits the fan in his teenage years and he’s trying to cover something up. I couldn’t identify anything but told the eight-year-old that I think our mind works a lot like our body. That if we want to jump higher, we have to work out our muscles to strengthen them so it can be easier to jump. So, maybe our minds want to be happy or maintain happiness, but to do that, the mind has to remind itself about the sad so we can appreciate and recognize the happy, otherwise we might miss it or not know when happiness is around. I admit, I reached a bit and the analogy kinda fell apart. I actually think I said something different because it somewhat sorta made sense at the time. But anyways, he then said he thinks he understands and it’s probably a lot more like a flu shot. He then explained his thought in fine detail using terminology that surprised me, but in childlike speak. He basically said, “It’s like we inject ourselves with a little part of the dead form of the flu virus. And our bodies kinda like think the body is under attack so it creates special white blood cells to fight off the dead form of the virus which leaves us a stronger immune system to fight off a living form of the virus. So maybe the sad feelings are like the flu shot, like the sadness I feel is a dead part that can’t hurt me but it’s used to help my mind be prepared just in case some sad or bad stuff happens. Because if bad or sad stuff happens and I never got ready for it, when it first happens, it would be really bad, like really bad, like I would be really, really sad. But this way, it’s still bad, you know, but I can be better ready when it happens, so instead of being, I dunno, like 90-percent sad I would only be something like only 25-percent sad.”

Three Texans lost their lives on Saturday counting sheep.

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Employees Perish in Helicopter Crash During Bighorn Sheep Survey

AUSTIN— While conducting aerial surveys for desert bighorn sheep in West Texas on Saturday, Aug. 8, three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees died in a helicopter crash on TPWD’s Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Brewster County.

The victims include Wildlife Biologist Dewey Stockbridge, Fish and Wildlife Technician Brandon White, and State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar. The pilot, a private contractor, survived the crash and was transported to El Paso for further treatment.

I had no idea this area had rats this size.

Here’s a YouTube video of a woman doing a handstand on the blade of one of those power-producing windmills.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 7, 2020

I don’t understand why news reporters out in public doing segments speak to the camera wearing a mask instead of a face shield, something in which you can see their facial expressions and lips move.

One of our friends recently felt forced to quit her job working in an elementary school’s office, she was the only one willing to wear a mask. This happened last month and her child has a weakened immune system.

It’s taken about fourteen years but I’ve finally got a “thank-you” from someone I’ve been doing a particular something for. You have no idea how grateful I was to finally get that small bit of acknowledgment. Seriously, a tear almost formed. Maybe it was from

My Childhood Home Was on “House Hunters”, and Watching the Episode Was Deliciously Unsettling

The first time I watched it, I bristled as the Murrays speculated about future add-ons and renovations. It is fine as is! But something changed as I rewatched the episode a second time. The rooms stopped looking less like the rooms I remembered and more like the house it is now. The house that lived in my brain for the past 24 years was cleaving away from the house that existed in “House Hunters”.

I also found my protectiveness had begun to fade. Seeing the rooms in their modern state had helped me turn over rocks and find memories I had long forgotten

Hookers for Jesus wins fresh round of funding from Trump administration

Las Vegas-based nonprofit Hookers for Jesus has won a fresh grant from the U.S. Justice Department, less than a year after union officials filed a whistleblower complaint with the department’s internal watchdog protesting federal funds awarded to the organization.

The group, run by a born-again Christian survivor of sex trafficking, operates a safe house for adult trafficking victims known as Destiny House.

I was recently tasked to assist someone and explained to this person that at one particular stage my work is complete and ownership was then on them. This person asked, “Ownership. You speak of this ownership, what does ownership mean?”

I’m worried about George and Kellyanne Conway’s daughter. Here are some of her tweets yesterday. I did see a video she recorded last month in which her mother made an appearance and was trying to take away her phone and she was being a typical defiant teenager.

Monica Lewinsky wrote a piece for Vanity Fair Why Gallows Humor Might Just Rescue This Year of WTFs

I saw these two guys on the news recently. They are doing this really cool thing culturing themselves by listening to genres of music they normally wouldn’t to and recording their initial thoughts and reactions. I like their reaction when the drum solo starts in Phil Collins hit In The Air Tonight.

Here they are appreciating Dolly Parton’s Jolene. I qued this one for you when the music actually starts.

And Johnny Cash’s Hurt.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 6, 2020

When I was a kid, I thought people called Whataburger, “Waterburger”. I rationalized it because I thought it was because the burgers were juicy. That memory came to mind when I saw this grilled watermelon burger.

There are a lot of interesting pics coming out of Beiruit but this one caught my attention.

I’ve never seen this photo of the Baker Hotel in my childhood hometown of Mineral Wells. It’s neat seeing all the buses lined up. I’ve never seen it open, so I’m amused just imagining what it would be like having busloads of people walking into it. I see about eight buses, the only time I’ve seen that many buses at one time in MW was during a track meet we hosted. And, I’ve never seen that dealership before, I’ve only known that place as a tire shop.


Reward offered for information on who put ‘Trump 2020’ sticker on a bear

“Bears are NOT Billboards,” reads a social media post from a group that supports black bears in North Carolina.

They are referring to images of a black bear with a “Trump 2020” sticker on a tracking collar. The group, Help Asheville Bears-HAB, says this is the second time a collar has been defaced with “similar stickers.”

A Gainsville, TX nursing home is trying to find some penpals for their residents.

PEN PALS NEEDED. PLEASE SHARE. 52 #CentralTexas seniors at Hillside Medical Lodge are looking for a pen pal. Some of these seniors are unable to see their families in person. If you are interested, here is the contact information:
Hillside Medical Lodge
C/O “name”
300 S. Hwy 36 Bypass
Gatesville, Tx. 76528

I bet Matt gets the most letters, everyone is a sucker for war stories.

When I was in college, we used to play against Sul Russ university a lot. I had no idea who Sul Russ was, but yesterday I found out:

  • His family founded Waco and he later attended Baylor.
  • He was the 19th Governor of Texas
  • A general for the Confederacy
  • Served as president of Texas a&m and instrumental in getting them out of financial ruin.

He also is credited with bringing the Jaybird-Woodpecker War to an end.

The Jaybird–Woodpecker War (1888–89) was a feud between two United States Democratic Party factions fighting for political control of Fort Bend County, Texas, in the southeast part of the state. The Jay Bird Democratic Association was an all-white political organization formed in 1887 by young men to challenge and regain control of the county government from the biracial coalition of former white and black Republicans who had dominated the county Democratic party and county government since 1869.

The Jaybird-Woodpecker War ended when the Jaybirds defeated the black-supported Woodpeckers in a battle in Richmond, Texas, the county seat of Fort Bend County, in August 1889. With support from Texas Governor Lawrence Ross and the Houston Light Guards (the first uniformed state militia company formed after the Civil War), a complete reorganization of county government resulted in the removal or resignation of all Woodpecker officials and the selection of Jaybirds or persons acceptable to the Jaybirds to fill those offices.

I had no idea that there was such a thing as a Detroit-style pizza.

What’s the deal with Detroit-style pizza in Dallas right now?

Detroit-style pizza is famous for the cheese baked into the crust and the hot tomato sauce ladled on top. Detroit-style pizzas have a buttery flavor.


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