Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 19, 2018

  • Most of you read Bag of Randomness between the hours of 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM. More than likely, you’re reading this while I’m being operated on.
  • I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me for so many of you and my friends to drop me well wishes yesterday. Unexpected, sincere, unprompted acts of kindness and grace tugs at my heartstrings.
  • Last night the anesthesiologist for my surgery called to go over medications and ask some basic info. He couldn’t have been nicer and told me to just call him Gary. I told him the last time I was anesthetized I vomited and he said he’d put a medical patch behind my ear which should help with nausea for three days. He also said not to eat anything past midnight (expected) but I could drink several cups of water and even have a cup of coffee before 5:15 AM (totally unexpected). I check in for surgery at 6:00 AM and surgery is to start at 7:30 AM. That means I’m going to miss my favorite Friday TICKET segments. So, Alex, if you call in for the Emergency Break Of The Week segment, be sure to drop a casual “Bag of Nothing” line in there for me.
  • If there is a government shutdown, as a government contractor, the timing of this surgery would work out great.
  • I wish I could share the details of the communications from the executive management team at my place of employment regarding my surgery and time off. But I will tell you they have been exceptionally caring and encouraging.
  • I worked with DaughterGeeding a bit yesterday on her family immigration project. The teacher is having her students do a project on a family member who has immigrated and DaughterGeeding wants to do her’s on my dearly departed mother. It was neat to see her excitedly embrace her Vietnamese heritage and made me reflect on how I used to be embarrassed about it. I provided her with MomGeeding’s U.S. citizenship documents and all sorts of stuff written on South Vietnamese government stationary as well as defunct currency. She found some of MomGeeding’s old clothes, clothes my mother actually made/sewn herself, and started to sport them around. My mother was so tiny that the clothes somewhat fit her.
  • When it’s time to put the kids to bed, we have this tradition of me picking them up and dropping them on their beds. It’s a bit weird I’m not going to be able to do that for two months.
  • Yesterday, U2 released the video to “Get Out of Your Own Way”.
  • Donald Trump has been the President of the United States for a year now. It’s really interesting to reflect on the past year, or the past four years, and to see how much you may have personally changed as an individual.
  • Balding Prince William has finally shaved his head
  • The Washington Post – What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides
  • Trust in media to report the news accurately, by county: Netherlands: 82%, Canada: 78%, South Korea: 36%, Greece: 22%
  • Montreal man fools police with fake car made of snow
  • NASA tests small nuclear reactor that could power a habitat on Mars
  • The British accent makes it funnier – Driver Has An Absurdly Frustrating Interaction With His Car’s Voice GPS
  • The Boy Who Stayed Awake For 11 DaysIn December 1963 two boys hit upon an idea for a school science project – stay awake for as long as possible. And it shed new light on what happens inside our tired brains.
  • My Life As a Mom to 8 Kids
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How a TV Works in Slow Motion – The Slow Mo Guys

If you are reading this, you’ve seen a screen with your eyes. But have you REALLY seen it though? Like real proper seen it? Don’t worry, Gav is here to help you out. This is How a TV works in Slow Motion.

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Neck Tie Tying Table Trick

Is this a Half Windsor? I’ll be honest, I only know how to tie a tie one way, the four-in-hand, but I think I want to give this trick a try because the knot is more symmetrical.



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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • My kids were gifted the book The Magic Misfits which is authored by Neil Patrick Harris. It was a delightful surprise to find the setting of the book is a town named Mineral Wells, described as a small sleepy hamlet. The town in the book is not my hometown of Mineral Wells, Texas. The characters in the book are trying to save the town from crooked carnival employees.
  • I don’t think I’m stressing out about my surgery tomorrow. I’d guess it’s only natural to go through a cycle of nervousness, anxiousness, worry, and optimism.
  • For the past week, I’ve been trying to make myself dream a particular dream to no avail. In this dream, I wake up in my childhood home but I’m the present day me. I walk into the kitchen to find my mother and father eating breakfast and drinking coffee chit-chatting like I’ve seen them a thousand times before. They greet me with a good morning and I simply have a substantive conversation with them about life, parenting, marriage, and the surgery.
  • At DaughterGeeding’s last counseling session I was invited to participate in the last few minutes. The counselor asked DaughterGeeding if she could ask her father, any question in the world, what would she like to ask me. She’s been studying family trees at school so I thought it would be something like that, or maybe something about the surgery. Nope, she asked, “If you wrote a letter to U2, how long would it take for them to respond?”
  • I looked at my post surgical instructions and it states, “You may resume passive sexual activity 1 week after surgery.
  • Koreas to march under single ‘united’ flag in Olympic Games
    • This reminds me of when Putin was mostly on good terms with the world leading up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in Feb 2014 and then invaded Crimea shortly after the games concluded.
    • “The North has also agreed to send a smaller, 150-member delegation to the Paralympics in March.”
      • The way I envision it, North Korea had no idea what the Paralympics were and had it explained to them. The North Korean representatives then pretended they knew what they were all along and agreed to it. They return to update Kim Jong-un who then gives orders to injure abled bodied citizens so they will have participants.
  • Butcher trapped in freezer uses sausage to bash his way out
  • What a weird story out of Tarrant County College. My guess is the adjunct professor was trying to make a point similar to the way Young Republicans college campus groups will hold an Affirmative Action bake sale with prices determined based on race.
    • Tarrant College students leave class after professor’s bizarre behavior (photos and video included)
      • When TCC Adjunct Professor Daniel Mashburn walked into his Astronomy class Tuesday night, several students were alarmed by his behavior. Some thought it was a joke while others called police. Student April McLeod says her teacher got to class about 20 minutes late and turned off the lights and was wearing a ball cap, a toboggan, a scarf over his face and gloves. She says Mashburn never took any of it off even when police questioned him after responding to calls from students.
      • Students say the professor talked about the Koran and the moon and the dark night and seemed incoherent and never discussed anything astronomy-related.
      • “Mostly he was talking about different things of the Muslim faith,” McLeod said. “I was in class for about five minutes. He kept messing with his pocket and you could tell there was an object in the right-hand pocket. And whenever he went to pull out his hand, I started having this really bad feeling and jumped up and ran out of the classroom.”
  • I’m enjoying this season of ‘The X-Files’. In last night’s episode, Scully mentioned she sleeps with her back to the door in case the devil were to come in. That’s contradictory to me. As a child and even as an adult, I sleep facing the door because I want to be alert to anything which may come in.
  • Amazon’s new ‘$10 and Under with free shipping’ section takes on budget shopping app Wish

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Puppy Train

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Aircraft Carrier High Speed Turns

Video shows amazing aircraft carrier high speed turns as a drifting US aircraft carrier performs evasive action during aircraft carrier maneuver capability demonstration while the aircraft carrier is at full speed.

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Banknote Reconstructed: Bank of England Five Pounds

A Bank of England five pound note reconstructed from shredded production waste. An animation made, during one work day, form the security shredded remnants of misprinted new polymer Five Pound banknotes (G series), which never made it into circulation.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January, 17, 2018

  • As my back has gotten worst so has my diet and exercise regimen. Last week I had a pre-surgical physical and the scale said I weighed 239-pounds. That’s the exact weight our current president is reported to weigh per his physician. I literally can’t believe I weight the same as the president. He is also listed at 6 feet, 3 inches tall. I’m five feet, 9 and a quarter inches tall. I’m proud of that quarter inch. You know, I wonder if my height will change ever so slightly after my surgery?
  • One man ruptured his throat by trying to hold back a sneeze
  • Something those in the nursing field may like to read or listen to. I liked it when the young nurse was asking the more seasoned nurse for advice.
    • The Call-In: The Nursing IndustryDepending on where you live, nurses can be in short supply. NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Peter Buerhaus, a nursing professor at Montana State University, about the changing nursing industry.
  • How DNA Testing Botched My Family’s Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too
  • I’m a sucker for keyboard shortcuts – Keyboard Shortcuts, Ranked
  • W.Va. proposal for Bible requirement brings mixed reaction
    • A bill before West Virginia lawmakers would require the Bible in school. If passed, Senate Bill 252 would make it an elective for students, but not for school districts, even the public ones.
    • But according to current wording, the bill would require it in all schools — public, private and parochial.The stated purpose is to teach students the history, literary style and its influence on society like law, art and government, focusing on either the Old Testament, the New Testament or the entire Bible.
  • Passenger turned away from two flights after wearing 10 layers of clothing to avoid luggage fee
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There is no way I could ever survive hockey practice

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • I think a simple way for me to explain the feeling of grace to a child is for them to recall how they feel when they wake up for school and find out it’s unexpectedly canceled due to bad weather.
  • I think it’s been two years since TICKET listeners got to hear Michael Irvin announce school opening delays or closings to due inclement weather. It’s funny to think of all the confused looks on readers faces who have no idea what I’m talking about.
  • Some people simply have the natural ability to cleanly open a sealed cereal box without ripping the flaps of the lid. I do not have that natural ability.
  • Unprovoked, WifeGeeding has expressed interest in taking over after my back surgery. I told her she needs to tap the brakes. My surgery in on Friday morning, I should be able to blog without skipping a beat to post something on Monday. In case you were wondering, I’ve only allowed her to post one other time – when we were in Vietnam back in May 2007.
  • One of the worst pains a man can experience, and it’s something we just can’t prevent from happening every now and then, is getting a little bit of soap in the urethra.
  • The Social Security Administration has a limit on the number of replacement cards they will issue youYou may receive no more than three replacement social security number cards in a year and ten replacement social security number cards per lifetime. We may allow for reasonable exceptions to these limits on a case-by-case basis in compelling circumstances.
  • Virginia’s outgoing governor has pulled a prank on his successor
    • An image of former governor Terry McAuliffe was plastered on his pillowcase, emblazoned with one of the go-go-go ex-governor’s favorite sayings: “Sleep when you’re dead.”
  • I caught a special on the Smithsonian channel on the Queen discussing her coronation.
    • It started off with a white-gloved assistant placing her Coronation crown in front of her and the narrator explaining how only three people are allowed to touch it bare-handed (her, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Crown Jeweller). She then kind of manhandles the thing, poking and prodding it and flicking a hanging pearl or two. Her relaxed approach was hilarious. She complained about how heavy and uncomfortable it was wearing it and not knowing which was the front or the back. Interestingly, she has only worn the crown once.
    • She also complained how uncomfortable it was riding in the gold coronation carriage.
    • Her kids stayed at home for most of the Coronation. They were there for only ten minutes or so.
    • It was revealed the Crown-Jewels were buried in a biscuit tin under Windsor Castle during WWII. She was totally unimpressed about this. I think there was an urban legend they were stored at Fort Knox during the war.
    • Part of the Coronation involves the applying of anointing oil. It was a moment considered so sacred that television cameras were turned away out of respect, as she was anointed before God under a portable canopy.
    • Until this special, I had no idea England had a civil war which brought an end to the monarch. Charles I was beheaded in 1649 and the original jewels were melted down and sold, except for a golden spoon in which is used for the aforementioned anointing oil.
      • Beroe Charles’ beheading, he asked for an extra shirt to stay warm. He didn’t want to appear to be trembling in fear.
      • After his beheading, many spectators dipped their handkerchiefs in this blood to keep as a momento.
      • The day after his execution, his head was sewn back on his body, which was embalmed and placed in a lead coffin.
      • Charles II, his son, returned to the monarchy in 1660.
    • She talked about her father’s Coronation and how he made her write down her memories of the event. It was neat seeing the document and her hand-writing as an eleven-year-old and how she simply referred to him as Papa.
    • The maids of honor had smelling salts in their gloves in case they felt faint after three hours of standing. I wonder if smelling salts are still used in the NFL?
    • She said she was bored by the end of it, “At the end the service got rather boring as it was all prayers. Grannie and I were looking to see how many more pages to the end, and we turned one more and then I pointed to the word at the bottom of the page and it said ‘Finis’. We both smiled at each other and turned back to the service.””
    • When the Queen dies I will watch The Naked Gun in her honor. Random scenes: Her passing a hot dog at Dodger Stadium and participating in the wave. The woman who portrayed her is 90-years-old and has played the role quite often in movies. In case you didn’t know, the real Queen Elizabeth II attended her first baseball game in the U.S. in May 1991 when the Oakland A’s played Baltimore Orioles.
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Bag of Randomness for MLK Day 2018

  • If you are notified by legitimate sources you’re about to be hit with an ICBM, which probably carries a nuclear warhead, you’re going into a mode most people can’t comprehend. Some people may have even prepared to kill themselves. However, with all that said, I think the employee in Hawaii who made that drastic mistake shouldn’t be fired because I’m certain he or she would never make that mistake again. I imagine the guilt and shame that person feels is overbearing.
  • Elvis Presley lived 15,561 days. As of yesterday, I’ve lived 15,478. I have to live 83 more days to outlive Elvis Presley.
  • WifeGeeding’s best friend lives in El Paso and her daughter is in the Girl Scouts. She was going door to door in their neighborhood trying to sell Girl Scout cookies and one lady asked in a jovial way, “Do you know who I am?” The little girl and her mother didn’t have any idea, but the lady revealed she was the CEO of the Girl Scout. While she didn’t buy any cookies she gave her a special patch.
  • I’ve been rooting for Case Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings all year. Keenum’s father used to coach at Hardin-Simmons University when I was a student and he was very active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He’d help run the FCA summer camps and I’d help him out as an RA. I wasn’t close to him but really respected the guy. You may recall that I’m one of several trustees of an FCA sponsored memorial scholarship. A few years ago, Case made a sizable but anonymous donation to it totally out of the blue. The scholarship is named in honor of my friend Micah. Case was a friend with Micah’s step-brother who unexpected died and made the donation to honor his friend’s death. This news has never been public until now.
  • The Minnesota Vikings beat the New Orleans Saints yesterday. Steve Gleason is a legendary player for the Saints, so much so there’s a statue of him outside their stadium. Sadly, Gleason’s battle with ALS left him paralyzed. However, the man has a great sense of humor, check out this tweet he sent out yesterday:
  • Sometimes I just miss the simpleness, and I dare say humbleness, of using hymnals and a piano (and maybe an organ) in church.
  • I wonder if it’s possible to attend a church worship service in which an overhead projector or television isn’t used.
  • I love the rock band U2. I love the band’s guitarist, The Edge, and think he’s pure rock and roll. However, The Ege wearing shorts and hiking sandals is not very rock and roll and something I never wanted to see. It’s like seeing Chuck Norris wear a skirt.
  • Baptist preacher’s crusade against ‘sinful’ school vouchers steps on Texas GOP leaders’ toes
  • Chernobyl’s Transformation Into a Massive Solar Plant Is Almost Complete
  • Car soars into second-floor dental office in bizarre California crash
  • Getting back to football: Ex-Cowboy Babe Laufenberg shares son’s cancer battle
  • Fla. Mom Mistakenly Killed in Murder-for-Hire Love Triangle
  • One of London’s leading restaurants will today start pioneering a new pricing model based on the travel industry, with different charges depending on the day of the week and time of your booking.| Article
  • Pregnant? Pee on this IKEA ad and you’ll get a discount on a crib
  • David Letterman’s Netflix Show
    • I loved it, but I wonder if I loved it because I’m a very nostalgic person and I yearn for the days of when Letterman and Obama were a part of my everyday life.
    • The show is filmed in a studio in New York and the audience doesn’t have any clue who Dave’s guest will be, which I think is a great concept. However, even though the show is named “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman”, Dave still introduces his guest.
    • While there is an audience, it seems they are encouraged to be reserved. This is great, and for the most part, you think Dave and Obama are alone.
    • I love the pace of the show, there’s no rush with the interview or conversation trying to wrap things up before the next commercial break. I’m sure a decent amount was left on the cutting room floor, but it seems like their conversation was quite lengthy and they could just enjoy each other’s presence.
    • I wonder how different it felt for Dave to not be sitting behind a desk during an interview and not having any notecards and such. Simply eliminating a desk makes a conversation or interview more engaging and open.
    • Dave is still quirky and self-deprecating, but now he does it in a more wiser and reflected manner.
    • I liked it when Obama started to ask Dave questions and wish Dave would have gone with it more.
    • I’d love to see Jon Stewart have a similar show.
  • Last Jedi stuff:
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Brave/Stupid Dog

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