Bag of Randomness for Friday, March 16, 2018

  • Wholesome presidential ribbing, I love it. On Twitter, nonetheless.
  • I really don’t use the word “nonetheless” in verbal communication.
  • I always thought those paintings of presidents of the same political party playing poker were hokey, but they have been updated with both Obama and Trump. Each, though, has a distinctive woman in the background. Per the artist (an independent-minded Midwesterner who’s a fan of both Reagan and Bill Clinton):
    • “That will be the first Republican female president and the first Democratic female president,” he explained. “As I was doing the painting, I was thinking that these guys are kind of intimidating in a way. That’s the kind of woman that will be our first woman president; she’ll walk right up to that table.”
  • College kids can’t stand U2. U2 is played a lot going from and to commercial breaks during coverage of the NCAA men’s tournament. I love it that this annoys the college-aged crowd.
  • I got lured into the Stephen F. Austin and Texas Tech game, it was dang good. Tech is a fun team to watch.
  • I’ve had a bum knee for the last five years or so and have simply tolerated it. You can hear a grinding sound as it bends and there’s an especially sharp pain when I walk down stairs. Sometimes it will simply buckle, but not all that often. Since I’m over my deductible, I decided to get it checked out and see a knee doctor. The x-rays show my bones are good, but I might have a torn ligament and will have an MRI tomorrow. But before the MRI, I’m going to have a sonogram of my kidneys performed. I’m not trying to sound whiney or seek any sympathy because I don’t feel down about any of this. If anything, I’m glad I’m getting things addressed, a lot of which I’ve simply put off.
  • An hour before my kidney sonogram, I have to drink 32 ounces of water.
  • This day planner has perforated corners so you always turn to the current date.
  • Alabama lawmaker: We shouldn’t arm teachers because most are women
  • U.S. Senate candidate wants to buy guns for homeless people
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Surgical Resident Breaks Down 49 Medical Scenes From Film & TV

Annie Onishi, general surgery resident at Columbia University, takes a look at emergency room and operating room scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are. Would the adrenaline scene from Pulp Fiction actually play out that way? Is all that medical jargon we hear in shows like Grey’s Anatomy and House true-to-life? Is removing a bullet really a cure-all for a gunshot wound?

Language warning.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, March 15, 2018

  • As I stated earlier this week, the kids are visiting their grandparents in East Texas. It’s nice to see them off their tablets and away from the television and doing stuff outside. This is a picture of them fishing for the first time in their life, being taught by their grandfather and some property they own at what they call “the river bottom”. I believe that’s the Sabine River.
  • The NFL Draft will be held from April 26 to 28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. It would be beyond hilarious if we get a final winter storm of historic proportions that weekend.
  • I’m not a fan of the idea that every child should get a trophy type of thing. Well, maybe not that, but more like all award ribbons should be the same color type of stuff. That came to mind listening to a podcast that mentioned instead of giving a child an “F” for a failing grade, you give them a “Not Yet”. There’s something appealing to that. An “F” kinda feels final, but a “Not Yet” gives the kids something to shoot for, to continue on.
  • Hutchins BBQ will be on the Food Network this Saturday at 2:oo PM.
  • I’m getting to the point in which I think just about any tradition is stupid. So many of them are nothing but false idols. Some folks think the world is going to end if something isn’t done correctly or continually. So when I see something that I know will annoy traditionalist, I start to giggle. Baseball traditionalist are some of the most sensitive folks – Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second
  • The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball will be playing in the tournament and during a news conference yesterday was asked, “What does the ‘F’ in Stephen F. Austin stand for?” None of them knew. Understandable, but funny. I guarantee you if I walk around the Hardin-Simmons campus not one student could tell my what the “-” stood for.
  • I can’t find it, but I thought another university’s female equestrian team reported a sexual assault recently. Yesterday, an incident with Baylor’s equestrian team was reportedThree Baylor football players have been suspended from the team because of allegations of sexual assault involving football players and female members of the university’s equestrian team, a university official confirmed to ESPN.
  • The reason this guy received a message from the future was that he lived in a different time zone.
  • There are some Christians who are very defensive about their faith, especially when science is involved, especially about the origin or creation of the universe. Some of those Christians I should unfollow on Twitter as all they did was make snide remarks about Stephen Hawkin going to Hell and finding out how the universe was really made. Grace and compassion, I miss it.
  • A friend emailed me and used the word “dysgraphia”. It’s a learning disability that involves difficulty in writing.
  • GIF – A dog walking a horse should make you smile.
  • The Trump bothers have changed a lot.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  • Stephen Hawking has died. Most folks considered him the smartest or most intelligent human alive. Now, I wonder who the world will regard as the smartest or most intelligent person alive? Probably someone nonfamous.
  • Hawking was on a recent episode of ‘Star Talk’. Both he and Neil deGrasse Tyson are huge admirers of Sir Isaac Newton. Tyson asked Hawking what would he ask Newton if given the chance. Hawking’s answer was most interesting because his question to Newton was one in which Hawking solved the problem to, something Newton was working on before he died. “Is the solar system stable? And what happens to a star that cannot support itself against its own gravity?”
  • I can’t imagine living like he did with that disease, but for his profession he understood his unique advantage. Hawking wrote in a 1984 essay, saying that illness gave him the time to think through physics problems, rather than lecture or perform administrative duties.
  • DuringRex Tillerson’s tenure as ExxonMobile’s CEO, the company at various times was the most valuable in the world and served as President of the Boy Scouts. Amazing a man like was notified of his firing via a tweet, and not even a direct tweet. I’ll give President Trump this, he’s legendary.
  • This just may well sound like I don’t care for our first responders, but it irks me how much the local news covers any of their deaths. I have no issue with them informing us of their death and showing clips of their funerals, but it’s overboard and sensationalism when they have live coverage from a helicopter of the hearse transporting the body. I feel like they are playing with our emotions and using a death for ratings.
  • On my “Ask Us Anything” post, someone asked if I had a guilty pleasure TV show. I mentioned the ‘Golden Girls’ but in retrospect, I should have answered ‘Hack My Life’ on truTV. It’s just a goofy show about solving a bunch of life little problems like how to get stains out of something and such.
  • My mother would get angry if I left something in the pockets of my dirty clothes, more so if they happened to make it into the wash. She emphasized it was my job to empty out my pockets, especially if someone else was doing my laundry for me. Because of this, I’ve made it a habit to always check my pockets before throwing anything in the dirty clothes, and I passed this down to the children. WifeGeeding has never learned this habit. She often leaves tissues in her pockets and after a wash, shreds of tissue are everywhere.
  • Elon Musk is poaching ‘The Onion’ staff for a comedy project
  • YouTube limits moderators to viewing four hours of disturbing content per day
  • California High school teacher accidentally fires gun in class, students injured
    • A teacher who also serves as a reserve police officer accidentally fired a gun inside a Seaside High School classroom Tuesday, police said, and three students were injured.
  • Dallas Morning News – Texas Beach Watch has launched a map to track the presence of fecal bacteria along the coast, indicating the severity of the problem: green for OK, yellow for watch out and red for stay away. Actually, green stands for low levels of fecal bacteria, yellow means medium and red indicates high.
  • Dallas Morning News – First Baptist Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress: Evangelicals don’t care if Trump had sex with porn star
    • “It’s absolutely ludicrous,” he said, adding that “evangelicals know that they’re not compromising their beliefs in order to support this great president.”
    • Jeffress said that he would never walk away from Trump and that it would take more than the current allegations for evangelical voters to do so.
    • Just not a fan how he thinks he speaks for all Evangelicals, but then again, a majority of them do love the POTUS and are very vocal about it.
  • Give a man a plane ticket and he’ll fly for a day. Push a man from a plane and he’ll fly for the rest of his life.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, March 13, 2018

  • Sometimes it’s just fun to go around the house and WD-40 things. You start with a door hinge or two and then rationalize since you have the WD-40, you might as well walk around and find stuff to un-squeak.
  • You know you are making progress with your back recovery when you unwittingly walk over 8,000 steps. I was shocked and had to look at the 28-day history of my Fitbit app. Yesterday’s total was more than double my usual, which is closer to 3,500 steps since the surgery. I mean, some days I’m around the 4,000-4,500 range, so yesterday was a shocker.
  • I visited my mother’s kidney doctor yesterday, it was the first time I saw him or been in his office in 11 years. I thought it would just be a typical trip to see the doctor for myself, but unexpectedly it was emotional as a lot of memories started to pour in. We spent a lot of time in that office, and it wasn’t all bad, there were some fun memories of inside jokes and such. It was one of those things which you forget a lot about but once you visit a place you start to remember the little things you haven’t thought about in eons, like the tile patterns, and that in itself will trigger other memories. The doctor still had not-so-great bedside manner, but still made up for it with how he explains things and goes into detail and you’re left comforted with his knowledge and expertise. He ordered a sonogram for my kidneys, blood and urinalysis, and a return visit in a month.
  • We brought down Challenger space shuttle in 1986, claims Turkish sect leader
  • Louisiana pastor who erected third-largest cross in US busted for possession of meth: report
  • The Stormy Daniels/Trump story is interesting. It’s juicy, so it draws attention. She can certainly play it to her advantage by increasing her wealth and visibility, more valuable than what the alleged $130,000 or million she would be penalized. But it’s a valid issue and will stay around because of all things, it may have violated campaign finance laws. On top of that, the loan came from Trump’s attorney who financed it with a home equity loan. If it wasn’t for that, the story would have died long ago, and I expect nothing to really come from it. I only mention the story because there’s a local tie and the silliness of CBS11’s reporting. The NDA is being investigated whether a Forney, TX notary properly signed off on it, where Daniels owned a home. CBS11 had to make this stupid distinction about her house, “This house, with four “x”s above the garage is listed as the triple-x actress’ home.”  I thought that tie-in and forced connection was stupid, really stupid.
  • A girl on last night’s ‘American Idol’ decided to cover an Adele song and I thought that was a horrible choice, there’s no measuring up to Adele. But to my surprise, she’s going to Hollywood.
  • I hope I’m not the only person in the country who first read this headline thinking it was ‘Friends’ actress Lisa Kudrow – Trump tells people he is selecting Larry Kudlow to replace economic advisor Gary Cohn
  • Hey, it’s Super Mario Hampster:

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She took down the Confederate flag after a heart attack

When Annie Caddell moved into a predominately black neighborhood seven years ago, no one cared until she put up a Confederate flag. But an unexpected turn of events changed her perspective. Steve Hartman has that story “On the Road.”

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, March 12, 2018

  • Insert generic time change joke about losing an hour of sleep [here].
  • The kids are on spring break. They are starting it off by visiting a children’s museum in Waco with a cousin and then traveling to East Texas to visit grandparents.
  • This week I start rehab. I probably should have referenced it as physical therapy but “rehab” is more eye-catching.
  • On my first day back at work last week, my back started to hurt a bit more than I’d like so I took a pain pill. About a half hour later I received a company-wide email addressing the opioid crisis and what to look for, which made me laugh. However, I did read the email and while I don’t have any concerns about an addiction, I could relate to a lot of the signs mentioned and it led to a self-evaluation. Here’s a section of the email:
    • However, taking these drugs for long periods of time slows down the body’s production of natural painkillers. The body then shifts to depend on these drugs as a replacement for regulating pain and keep it in balance.  In short, people shift from taking the medication to assist, to taking the medication because they need it to feel regular.  Since the body is balancing back to zero, it builds a “new normal” for the body, and the person then needs to take more drugs to feel the “giddiness” again or stop the pain. 
  • Tiger Woods’ second-place finish yesterday gives hope to all 42-year-old half-Asians with a history of spinal fusion surgery.
  • The local news showed the moment when the TCU mens basketball team learned they were included in the tournament. It looked like every one of them was holding their phones in front of them either recording the moment or streaming it on Facebook live. If I was their coach, I’d like to think I would tell them to put those phones away, the moment is being recorded by the local news and the school, and let’s just enjoy the moment together as a team.
  • I really don’t know a lot about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos but she was on ’60 Minutes’ last night. She creeped me out a bit because at the end of every answer, even ones about campus rape, you could tell she was forcing herself to smile. I felt she came across as very insincere. She also stated she hasn’t visited any under-performing school, only well-performing schools.
  • I watched some of the reboot of ‘American Idol’. For the reboot of the first episode, I was curious about the first contestant the producers decided to showcase. She was a quirky and interesting soul. One of last night’s female contestants was a student in the school WifeGeeding used to teach at. Her parents would often send her to school wearing makeup which resulted in some confrontation with her teacher and principal.
  • Mascara seems to be quite popular with the ladies, that is, applying or wearing a lot at one time. Personally, I’m not a fan, less is more.
  • WifeGeeding cut off a lot of her hair, no buzz cut or anything but somewhere to her neckline. I gave her a complex about women and short hair in our early years telling her when women chop off their hair after having children it’s the first step of them giving up on their looks and nailing it in, that men will say they like the short hair, but inside, they really miss and prefer the long hair. She chickened out on coloring it gray, which bummed me out, I wanted her to do something bold and brave. But for her, short hair is brave.
  • For years I’ve been saying we are moving to a cashless society, yet every Friday evening when I drive by the bank, there’s a line of cars at the ATM and I can’t figure out why. What are those folks using cash for that they can’t use a debit card for? Even if they are going to a gentleman’s club, wouldn’t they need singles? All of those folks at Lewisville ATMs can’t be driving to Oklahoma to the casinos.
  • The local news had a story about a vigil being held outside of a gentleman’s club. Apparently, two managers of Kings Cabaret were shot and killed outside of it.
  • This Vox interactive is pretty interesting – Your state’s teachers are underpaid. Find out by how much.
  • Utah woman found guilty of trying to hire hit man charged with same crime for third time
  • I wonder if the Catholic church would ever do an online confessional, maybe they already do.
  • How Dirk goes through airport security for an away game.

  • LeBron had a beautiful no-look pass.

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 9, 2018

  • We watched Thor: Ragnarok recently. That is one fun entertaining movie. I liked that the Hulk was on a planet in which he could just do Hulk things.
  • While on my break, I was able to binge watch Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ which was much better than I anticipated. I was also able to squeeze in two seasons of HBO’s ‘Crashing’ which is loosely based off Pete Holmes life, who stars in the show. If you grew up in a Baptist youth group in the 90’s you’ll get a lot of the humor. In a way, the show was very therapeutic for me and I now subscribe to Holmes’ podcast. I’m currently halfway through bingeing HBO’s ‘Veep’, which is also better and funnier than I expected. I guess there’s a reason why the show has won so many Emmys.
  • I really wish I would have cleaned my home office better before my surgery. I don’t really have the strength or dexterity to do it now.
  • I just finished reading How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It’s been one of those books on my “I want to read it but I’m sure I’ll never get around to it” list for quite a while. It may be a bit trite and most folks have adopted his principles a bit here and there in everyday life, but it’s good seeing how he structured it and put it in context. Sometimes we need to go something we already know and see it presented a different way. Next up, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
  • President Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May. I remember that being a debate question for Obama and McCain. Well, something close. I think the debate question also included preconditions and other regimes of Cuba, Iran, and Cleveland. I think McCain wasn’t willing to meet and Obama was, which Republicans were upset about. My memory might serve me wrong and I’m too lazy to verify it. Personally, I’m all for open dialogue an diplomacy between nations. But I’ll be honest and say having Trump work the negotiations makes me a bit nervous if Twitter is anything to go by. Maybe he can prove me wrong, that would be a good thing.
  • I take an allergy pill every day but this spring is the first time I’ve been taking an allergy decongestant consistently and it’s done wonders. I’ve also been taking a prescribed allergy eyedrop and that’s been a godsend as well.
  • And I thought I was a nut for presidential history – Meet the 26-Year-Old LBJ Enthusiast Who Had Her Bachelorette Party at His Presidential Library
    • Of note: “They each had t-shirts custom made, with a photo of their favorite iconic Texan on the front and a taco above the words “Texas Forever” on the back.
      • Of all the famous Texans to choose, three chose Anna Nicole Smith and Jessica and Ashley Simpson.
  • – The Myth of Authenticity Is Killing Tex-MexOvershadowed by barbecue in its home state, Tex-Mex is the most important, least understood regional cuisine in America
  • It’s only March, and Texas Health Fort Worth hospital has delivered seven sets of triplets (the same amount it delivered total last year) and 23 sets of twins (double the amount from the same two-month period ending in February 2017.)
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, March 8, 2018

  • I returned to work yesterday for the first time in about six weeks. It was only half a day, but it felt good getting back in a routine again.
  • Can’t win for losing
    • When I first started to look for a back doctor, the first thing I researched was to find one “in network” so I could save on cost. When surgery was required, I verified the hospital was an “in network” facility, again, to save on cost. Yesterday, I received a bill from the internist I saw an hour before surgery which was about $1,100, a lot more than I was expecting. I dialed up the insurance company and they explained it was that high because I chose an “out of network” doctor. I told them I didn’t really have a choice in the matter and verified I chose an “in network” surgeon and hospital, but I had no role in choosing the internist. Heck, I had no idea I would see an internist. The insurance company said they’d review it and they may possibly adjust it so I’ll be paying the “in network” cost, which is about $115. The process would take about seven to ten business days and before ending the call, they emphasized I should have sought an “in network” doctor. I guess she didn’t pick up on the part that I had no idea I was going to be seen by an internist and I did my due diligence in picking an “in network” surgeon and facility. She also suggested I call the doctors office and try to negotiate a lower fee.
    • You may recall I wrote something similar when DaughterGeeding went to the ER last year. The hospital was “in network” but the doctor who treated her was “out of network” and we were charged an extra $400. The insurance company stated they were willing to pay the “out of network” charges since we didn’t have a choice in what doctor we saw.
    • Man, I really feel for those suffering from major illnesses like cancer or ALS and have to worry about this petty insurance stuff all the time. Speaking of which, we have a friend whose husband needs surgery for a rare form of cancer but can’t find an “in network” surgeon in the area. “Someone with experience in the matter”, told them to go to the ER about the problem who would admit them because of the severity. Because they don’t have a choice of the surgeon, they would get the “in network” price. I doubt that would work, but it stinks people have to try to do these things.
  • I’d love to own a house with a front porch.
  • I followed up on a Reddit tip to search for “divorce” in Craig’s List to find cheap stuff for sale. I found a plethora of vehicles for sale and filtered them out. One of the first results was a puppy. That made me sad. However, WifeGeeding is getting an upgraded engagement ring for Mother’s Day.
    • I can never remember if it’s “Mother’s Day” or “Mothers’ Day” and always have to look it up. I always reason it out to be the latter since all mothers are being honored but I’m wrong.
  • Over 500 Canadian doctors protest raises, say they’re being paid too much (yes, too much)The group say they are offended that they would receive raises when nurses and patients are struggling.
  • This is an old GIF, but I crack up at the Queen getting excited about seeing some cows.
  • The New York Times – For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.
  • Man, 70, finally gets Eagle Scout rank
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The Evolution Of U2 On Drums

This is a possible repost.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, March 7, 2018

  • I voted yesterday around 11:00 AM. At the time, I was the 54th Democrat to vote and the Republican total was 41. And I’ll be honest, I was a bit disappointed WifeGeeding didn’t vote. I respect that she doesn’t want to vote unless she’s informed, but the polling station was located at the church she works at.
    • I didn’t expect Lupe Valdez to be so popular.
    • I thought Huffines would beat Paxton.
    • I thought Brett Shipp would have fared better.
  • Jim Gaffigan recently stayed in a Plano hotel and thought the shower in his room was insane.
  • In other Plano news – Members of a church in Plano got a big surprise during Sunday service when each family got a check that can be spent however needed.
  • Trump’s Company Removes Presidential Seal From Golf Course
    • As ProPublica and WNYC reported yesterday, President Trump’s company recently ordered dozens of presidential seals to be used as golf tee markers. It is illegal to use the presidential seal for commercial purposes.
  • When Prince, like William, Harry, Charles, and even George, attend school, do their teachers refer to them as “Your Highness” when called upon? I had a friend, a one-time blog reader, who earned a theology Ph.D. from St. Andrews, where William and Kate graduated.
  • It’s not that I miss the hair on top of my head, I just miss the ability to grow hair on top of my head.
  • I hear Caroline Craddick, daughter of the late great local DJ Kidd Kraddick, will be on the first episode of the relaunched ‘American Idol’.
  • The first non-white NBA player was a Japanese man, Wataru Misaka. He joined the NBA the same year Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball.
  • People keep mistaking the National Restaurant Association for the NRA
  • Funny/Cute but not great. I think my favorite question, one which made me think for a while, was, “I there a trend you tried in which you thought you couldn’t pull off?”

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

  • When reading a book, it described editing a paper as “blue penciling”, which caused me to raise an eyebrow. I’m used to only seeing a red pen used to edit a paper, and trust me, my papers bled (yeah, I know, no surprise). Upon further research, this is what I found:
    • The color is used specifically because it will not show in some lithographic or photographic reproduction processes; these are known as non-photo blue pencils. For similar reasons, sometimes red pencils are used since their pigment will not reproduce by xerography.
  • U2 added two cites to their upcoming tour, Omaha, NE and Uncasville, CT. I haven’t a clue nor have I ever heard about Uncasville, but as for Omaha, I’m guessing Bono has a meeting with Warren Buffet. Hey, Bono’s going to be in Dallas to be awarded a medal by former President George W. Bush in April, which is a month before the tour starts.
  • When referencing the Statue of Liberty, DaughterGeeding will only call it “Lady Liberty”.
  • A lot of folks have been criticizing and poking fun at Barbara Streisand for cloning her dog. There’s a bit of Texas news attached to this story, the cloning was done by a company named ViaGen Pets located in Cedar Park, which is north of Austin.
  • I thought the Amazon NFL series “All or Nothing” with the Dallas Cowboys was going to be for the upcoming year, but it’s about the previous season.
  • I thought this was a pretty cool article and it caused me to immediately look at the bottoms of my shoes and compare it to the pictures in the article –  What Wear Patterns Mean for Walking Shoes
  • I took one for the team and checked the article to see if the photo was attached, it’s not – The Utah State Bar emailed a photo of a topless woman to lawyers — and now it is investigating how it happened
  • Millennials more likely than seniors to fall for online scams, research shows
  • Hey JB, remember our communications class with Dr. Collins and Mr. Armstrong? Whenever she would say “regulators” we’d all respond in unison with, “Mount up!”  Good times.
  • This mural was recently removed from a Tennessee elementary school.
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