Bag of Randomness for Friday, November 17, 2017

  • I’ve been dragging my feet on renewing the hosting services of this website which is due to expire on Dec. 3, 2017. My heart hasn’t been into as of late and I used to make enough advertising revenue each year to almost break even. When I started this thing I didn’t have kids or other responsibilities and it was a great way to keep me entertained. In some ways, it helped me find myself. Now, it’s a bit of a burden. A lot of that was revealed to me when reading the article at the bottom of this post. Looking at the stats, I average 378 unique visitors a day, so I might still have a small audience, but in today’s world, I don’t know if those are spam bots or whatnot. In my prime, I was somewhere between 2,000 – 4,000 but can’t really remember. This blog has allowed me to broaden my perspective by being exposed to differing views and making new friends, some I have personally met from places like New York, Canada, Europe, and even Cleburn. I’ve felt this way before, and usually right when I want to call it quits something pulls me back in. For instance, yesterday someone left a comment stating he was friends with my father and served with him at Fort Wolters.
    • I as [sic] a Lt was stationed at Ft Wolters in the early 60s – one of my friends at the 864th engineers was WO Geeding.
      • The comment was made yesterday but it was placed on an old May 2016 post which didn’t reference anything about my father or Fort Wolters, so that’s a little odd.
      • I thought all my father’s friends and anyone who may have served with him were dead. Remember, Dad was born in 1923.
      • I’m reaching out to him. There’s a lot I’d like to know. Remember, Dad had me late in life, he was 52 when I was born. I only knew my father as an older man and really knew nothing about his military career, he retired in 1968, I believe. I’ve heard stories of what my father was like during that time in his life from an older cousin, but that’s family, so it’s biased. I wonder if others thought my father was nice, funny, mean, professional, and I’m sure there may be things I really don’t want to know.
  • Since I’m talking about family, I might as well confess to something and admit a lie. Well, maybe it’s not a lie, it’s just I didn’t really know the truth until now – I’m not half-Asian. I’ve scratched the genealogy itch here and there and took an DNA test. I’ve been sitting on this for about a month, and truth be told . . . I’m only 40% Asian. I’m not really the half-Asian I claimed to be. I’ve misled you, and for that, I’m sorry.
  • Bob and Dan of The TICKET did a Reddit Ask Me Anything and answered questions live on air. Two of my questions were answered, one of them actually started the segment. Even though Bob answered my second question I think Dan forgot since Bob got longwinded with his answer.
  • Ellie Kemper is one of them – A Photographer’s Old College Classmates, Back Then (2000) and Now (2017)
  • GIF – This dog’s owner is being interviewed and you can tell the dog is camera-shy.
  • How Abraham Lincoln’s Work Habits Keep Doris Kearns Goodwin On TrackThe historian and political commentator shares the productivity secrets of former U.S. presidents—plus a few of her own.
  • The Atlantic – The Ignorance of Mocking MormonismIt’s precisely the beliefs of Latter-day Saints that critics dismiss as strange which produce the behaviors those same critics often applaud.
  • Why the Nazi Party Loved Decaf CoffeeThe Third Reich pushed decaffeinated drinks as official state policy.
  • I read this Dallas Morning News article yesterday-  How Gordon Keith made peace with his grief. If you’ve lost a parent, you’ll really connect with it. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing I put the parts I connected with the most. Funny thing, I would have forgotten today is the anniversary of MomGeeding’s death if it wasn’t for this article. Damn, eleven years sure does fly by.
    • My chief enemy that keeps me from writing has always been me. And when my parents died, the sharp edges of my mind just got worn off and I became dulled. I couldn’t think and therefore I couldn’t write. That’s what depression is when it becomes a herculean effort to do anything.
    • Something you find out about grief is that one of the unintended injuries is you end up having to be the therapist for the other person’s grief. They want to help you, to feel useful to you. In return, you have to make sure you are making the consolers feel that they were helpful. And that depletes you.
    • In all my investigations, including the ones after my parents’ death, it feels like life does just boil down to the Serenity Prayer. It’s comprehensive and up in cross-stitch in everybody’s home. But if you want to know how to live a happy life, read the Serenity Prayer and learn how to be in the moment. Those two things cover it all.
    • But when you are post-parent-death, that earlier part dies too and you are born again.
    • I started letting go of things I used to feeling so attached to. Belongings began to feel like a big sack of rocks that got too heavy if I had to drag it all with me – whether physical objects or emotional ones.
    • You spend the first half of your life trying to build a Big Life and then it’s the Big Life that breaks your shoulders. So I find myself craving a simple life, which is probably not great for a career. But I just want to do something that’s meaningful.
    • But it’s amazing how much energy I will expend to avoid doing what I’m supposed to do. Whether it’s writing 800 words or disposing of a Diet Coke can. If I’d just do it, I’d feel so much better on the other side.
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, November 16, 2017

  • WifeGeeding was listening to Christmas music on the radio yesterday yet she’s the one who rolls her one good eye into the back of her head when Christmas decorations go up so early. I keep Christmas music away from my ears until the day after Thanksgiving.
  • Kids today won’t be able to comprehend we actually needed two keys to a car, one to start it and another to lock it.
  • The only thing I’ll say about President Trump drinking a bottle of water while speaking is he wasn’t drinking water from the U.S.
  • Amazon just revealed the most popular Kindle books of all time
  • A “glitch” on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s website asked for visitors’ Social Security numbers
    • An error on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s website temporarily required visitors to submit a Social Security number in order to send a comment to the Texas Republican’s office.
  • I was sorry to hear the LiberallyLean family lost another dog, that’s two in a very short period. Both George and Corby shared separate stories yesterday of having to put down their dogs. We’ve had OtherDogGeeding for twelve years. He’s a rescue and his eyes were damaged from abuse. He could see decently for most of his life but now he’s always running into things or when he begs for food, he’s close to me, just facing the wrong direction which is equally sad and cute. He will notice when you turn on the light and will quickly flinch. I had to take him to the vet this week for a bad ear infection and also discovered his hair loss is due to a thyroid issue, so now I have to give him medicine twice a day for the rest of his life. The pills are only about ten bucks a month, so it’s very manageable. The thought of having him put down briefly crossed my mind, though WifeGeeding has thought it’s been time for at least the last six month. But as long as he’s not suffering, has some energy, seems to still be enjoying life, continues to show signs of his personality, and care doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, I’m not going to give up on him.
  • This post on Salon may stir things up and reminds me of something similar I wrote a little while back.
  • There’s got to be a funny joke about Trump and the Republican’s mascot to go along with this story but I can’t think of one – Trump admin. to reverse ban on elephant trophies from Africa
  • How the Science Channel is rebooting MythBusters with a new team
  • Sports Illustrated – Inside the Locker Rooms of Smaller Schools Paid to Take a Pounding From College Football Powers
  • I caught a little bit of a documentary about the sinking of the RMS Lusitania and decided to research the captain, William Thomas Turner. As you may recall, the Lusitania was a British ocean liner that a German submarine sank in World War I. Captain Turner survived that attack but he and his wife separated and lost touch with each other. She and their children emigrated to Australia and then Canada. Ironically, his son killed when at sea by a German submarine during WWII.
  • Another part of the documentary that stuck with me was the butchers who worked three decks beneath the galleys. As the ship begun to sink, most rushed for the stairs, but several of them thought it would be a good idea to use the meat elevator which delivered meat to the galley. During the ride up, the ship lost power and they were trapped to death. That’s a nightmare, especially for anyone who has a fear of drowning and are also claustrophobic.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, November 15, 2017

  • The abscess on the back of my neck is smaller, perhaps the size of a racketball, and it’s very hard. In a way, it’s freaking me out and I just wish it would go away or be removed, but the only course, for now, is three varieties of antibiotics for a total of seven a day.
  • I had a chance to buy U2 tickets yesterday but passed, which really upset the kids. The closest concert would be in Tulsa on Wednesday, May 2, and is the first concert of the tour. I can’t justify having them miss school and I wouldn’t feel comfortable going without them.
  • Study Finds SpaceX Investment Saved NASA Hundreds of MillionsThe private spaceflight company saved NASA the trouble of building their own cargo spacecraft.
  • Cards Against Humanity buys plot of land on U.S./Mexico border to block border wall
    • The company says they’ve bought a plot of vacant land on the border of the United States and Mexico in an effort to make it difficult for President Trump to build his border wall. “We’ve purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built,” the company said on their website.
  • Parents petition to change school’s ‘crass’ sounding mascot
    • Parents in Farmington are petitioning to change the name of a new high school mascot out of concern that when their children cheer from the sidelines it will sound like they’re shouting about male anatomy. After Farmington High School’s choice of mascot, the Phoenix, was named Nov. 1, Kyle Fraughton, a parent of future Farmington students, joined his neighbors to practice cheering for the new team. The group tried cheering for “Phoenixes,” but the plural form didn’t sound right, Fraughton said. 

  • China’s Breathtaking, Futuristic Tianjin Library Is Every Book Lover’s Dream
  • Man Develops App to Reveal What Women Look Like Without Makeup
  • ?!?!?!? – Blake Shelton Is This Year’s Sexiest Man Alive
  • Allena Hansen survived a bear attack and recently did a Reddit Ask Me Anything, here are some highlights:
    • My eyeball was not hanging down onto my face, but it was bitten and the other eye lid torn off. I only allowed myself a brief look into the rearview mirror, but it was so awful, I just laughed and kept driving
    • After it had gnawed my head awhile, I decided to open my eyes and look at what was killing me. It’s expression was so bland and businesslike it enraged me, so I managed to jab my thumb into its piggy little eye and it let go of my face long enough for me to yell for my dogs. Once the dogs came running, it was diverted long enough for me to get up and try to escape down the creekbed.
  • Donald Trump Jr. recently posted a video of him deadlifting a personal record on Instagram. Men’s Health decided to critique his bad and dangerous form.
  • President of Dallas-based American Heart Association suffers heart attack at health conference
  • Interactive Chart – How Do Americans Differ by Age?
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People who live in glass houses . . .


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How does your body know you’re full?

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  • The above image has 16 circles. If you are having trouble spotting them, a hint is provided in the last bullet point.
  • ABC News – Some churches putting faith in their guns to fend off mass shootings
    • But Worley himself, who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, refuses to wear his weapon while preaching. 

      “I’ve told my safety team, ‘Listen, I can’t be up there teaching and preaching and also carrying. So I’m going to trust in the Lord and trust you guys that if something happens, you will act,’” he said.

    • At the kickoff of each training seminar, Copley said, he recites the same directive. “I say, ‘I pray for them, I pray for myself that, whenever I put my gun on, my prayer is I will never have to use it,” he said. “So far, that’s been an answered prayer.”

  • Dallas Mornings News video: What the church pastor preached a week after Texas church massacre – “I choose life.”
  • Ohio inmate getting pillow to help him breathe during execution
    • Ohio will provide a wedge-shaped pillow to help a condemned inmate breathe as he’s being executed this week, among other accommodations the state is considering. Death row prisoner Alva Campbell, who has said he is too ill for lethal injection, became mildly agitated when officials tried lowering him to a normal execution position, according to a medical review by a physician contractor for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The same exam failed to find veins suitable for inserting an IV on either of Campbell’s arms.
  • The vertical lines are inside the circles. If you are really having trouble seeing the circles, here you go.
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“Most Armed Man in America”

Article: What the ‘most armed man in America’ has to say about mass shootings

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, November 13, 2017

  • Man, I’m snakebit. Not literally, but it feels that way when it comes to my health.
    • About a month ago I felt a small lump on the back of my neck thinking it was an ingrown hair. It wasn’t painful, but just sort of there. This week, all of a sudden, it just started to swell up but a whitehead never appeared, and it was warm to the touch.
    • I had a doctor look at it on Thursday. She injected anesthesia and lanced the abscess, did a bunch of squeezing, but didn’t find evidence of an infection. She sent me home and asked me to return the next day for a bandage change.
    • On Friday, the abscess grew much larger and the area was very red. The doctor once again injected anesthesia and this time a bunch of infected pus came out. It was painful but I felt some relief since some pressure was released. I was sent home with antibiotics.
    • I woke on Saturday morning with the abscess much larger, redder, and extremely sensitive to the touch. I visited the doctor and she told me to go to the ER.
    • The ER doctor gave me antibiotics through an IV and performed an ultrasound so he could identify areas to lance. He said the abscess was about the size of a baseball. Once again, I had an injection of anesthesia and he enlarged the lanced area. I was provided a prescription for antibiotics to take every six hours in addition to the antibiotics I was already prescribed. He was nice enough to also prescribe some pain medication. The redness is visible to the mid-cheek area of my face, and he said if he goes any further I need to return to be admitted. Here’s a gruesome pic of me leaving the hospital.
  • Alice Cooper: ‘Larry Mullen is the only drummer to ask me for my lyrics’
    The self-proclaimed executioner of the last taboos of the Western world on his Irish blood, not drinking – and finding religion

    • “Larry is the only drummer to ask me for my lyrics. I’ve never, ever had a drummer ask for the lyrics. Usually they couldn’t care less about the lyrics. Larry said that when he drums, he interprets the lyrics.”
    • Bono has said the first single he bought was Cooper’s Hello Hooray, the opening track from his 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies. 
  • Why Vietnam Loves TrumpIt’s one of the only countries in the world where the president is popular. Will Trump return the love?
  • Final thoughts and tidbits from my book about the relationships amongst presidents:
    • With about 20 pages remaining I lost the book. I think I left at DaughterGeeding’s Taekwondo practice but the owner said it wasn’t to be found. Luckily I was able to find it at a bookstore.
    • Former presidents seem to lean more to preserving the power and influence of the office anything party related. They also acknowledge promising great change and delivering it are two entirely great things
    • When it came to fundraising efforts for Katrina and Haiti, the book provided interesting details on how fundraising is done how funds are distributed.
    • Remember when Obama became president-elect and had lunch with the current and all living former presidents? Their lunch was nothing more than a sandwich. The conversation was less on policy and politics and simply on the difficulty of making a home in Washington, about how they dealt with the White House staff, living accommodations, putting your kids in school in Washington, and a little bit of Congress in foreign policy.
    • When Obama ask Clinton to speak in the White House briefing room, Clinton said he was a little out of practice and Obama round replied, “You’ll be fine, it’s like riding a bicycle.”
    • George H.W. and Barbara Bush’s daughter, Robin, is already been reinterred at Texas A&M where they will be buried.
    • President Hoover wrote a book about Woodrow Wilson.
    • While in office, Eisenhower painted a portrait of Lincoln and gave prints of it to White House staff for Christmas.
    • George W. Bush read 17 different biographies of Lincoln while he was in office.
    • There was a good story of Churchhill having dinner with Truman sometime after WWII with other important people. They played a mock trial on whether Churchill would get into heaven who asked to judged by a jury of his peers and each pretended to be a historic figure.  General Bradly decided to be Alexander the Great and others cast themselves as Julias Ceasar, Aristotle, and George Washington.
    • During that dinner, Churchill confessed to Truman he was discouraged when Truman got the job and didn’t think he was up to the task and told him, “I misjudged you badly. Since that time, you, more than any other man, have saved Western Civilization.”
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The Stranger Things Kids Singing With James Corden

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, November 10, 2017

  • About a month ago I noticed a bump on the back of my neck which has gotten bigger and bigger and more painful. I finally decided to see the doctor about it thinking it was an ingrown hair gone mad. It wasn’t, it was just a big abscess which she lanced.
  • So, I went to the doctor just for the abscess on the back of my neck, but when I was explaining it to the doctor I could tell she was staring at me in a curious manner and then she started asking me these questions which I answered yes to, which also made me feel I was in an episode of ‘House’: Have you been craving sweets or carbs? Headaches? Fatigued? Digestive issues? Difficulties staying focused or concentrating as of late? Do your joints hurt in any way? Have your sinuses been acting up?
    • She then asked how long have the lesions have been on my face. I didn’t think of them of lesions or even a rash, but something more like an irritation from shaving. Heck, I didn’t even think they were that noticeable.
    • Finally, she explained I have candidiasis, a fungal infection, which was quite a surprise. Her assumption is this came to be because I’m highly stressed and we discussed what’s going on in my life. She gave me an injection of Rocephin and then put me on an antibiotic which I have to take for ten weeks. For the first two weeks, I take one pill every three days, then I will take one a day for the next eight weeks. Oh, and I’m supposed to go on the Candida Diet which eliminates sugar, white flour, yeast, and cheese, based on the theory that these foods promote candida overgrowth.
    • I left the doctor’s office thinking how funny it was going in for what I thought was an ingrown hair and then being told you have something else wrong with you without even bringing it up.
  • Man, oh man, did my neck start to hurt once the anesthesia wore off. I have to return tomorrow to have the bandage changed.
  • I’ve built up a lot of vacation hours at work. I’m carrying over 40 hours from this year to next year and already have days scheduled for the holidays. Since I still had more to burn, I only worked two days this week. How have a been spending my time off? I’m simply taking my time cleaning and organizing things around GeedingManor, stuff I’ve been wanting to get to for a while but keep putting off, and it’s been fantastic.
  • I think Twitter would have been better off just increasing the character limit to 150 characters. The eight-character increase would have been a fun bit.
  • We finished the second season of ‘Stranger Things’. Good stuff, though there’s not living up to the first season. It bums me a bit that the kids are getting older, and I had to adjust seeing Sean Astin and Paul Reiser in their roles. I love getting lost in a television series and escaping reality for a bit.
  • At the Met Opera, a Note So High, It’s Never Been Sung Before
    • High C has been hit by the thousands. D’s and E’s, too, are rousing but not uncommon. F’s have been rarer, and G’s and A flats rarer still. But a high A — a combination of genetic gifts, rigorous training and psychological discipline over two fragile vocal cords — is monumental, and unprecedented at the Met, according to its archivists.
  • Even my little humble Leaf has great acceleration – Tesla’s cars can now accelerate … more slowly
  • Video – Kids Test Out Their Speech On Google Home, Amazon Echo and Siri
    • I get frustrated how Alexa doesn’t understand me but I’ve been amazed at how it’s been able to understand our kids’ speech as they developed.
  • This app tells you if your local McDonald’s ice cream machine is down
  • I love how this kid becomes accepting of his new glasses and then becoming
  • overwhelmed by joy.


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Joel Osteen doppelganger goes to a Joel Osteen event

There’s some cursing at the end when security gets involved.

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Poetry Day

Share a verse, share a stanza, share some prose, share a poem, or even a sonnet.


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