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  • I found out an old college friend had a major accomplishment and I decided to send him a handwritten note about how proud I am of him.  I’m trying to get better at doing things like this.
  • There’s a townhome in Highland Park that has its front yard decorated like an Ebola contamination scene.  Even though it’s not that creative of an idea, I think it’s funny in an immature way.  But if did this and a family member of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan approached me about it, I’d feel like an ass.
  • Former SNL cast member Casey Wilson’s last sitcom, ‘Happy Endings’, was based in Chicago.  Her latest sitcom, ‘Marry Me’, is also base in Chicago.  Both sitcoms are very similar
  • Alabama man gets $1,000 in police settlement, his lawyers get $459,000
  • When Rick Perry runs for president, I wonder if his opponents will try to say he didn’t handle the Ebola situation well.
  • A 17-year-old senior at Kilgore High School with leukemia isn’t expected to live much longer, but the school was nice enough to hold an early graduation for her.
  • Something for fans of the history of local wrestling – Wrestling event honors David Von Erich
  • Things I didn’t know about Del Frisco’s before reading this article: (1.) It was founded in Louisville, KY (2.) Its original Dallas location is where Bob’s Steak and Chop House now stands on Lemmon Ave.
  • I had no idea the Sacramento Kings use to be the Kansas City Kings.
  • Florida woman sets roommate on fire after argument about spaghetti
  • GIF – This dog failed at trying to turn
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA! – Little girl devastated that she won’t meet George Washington
  • I caught a special on the B-2 stealth bomber on PBS:
    • All missions start and end from Kansas City.  So if they need to bomb an area in Libya or Iraq, they fly continuously from KC and back, of course with midair refueling.  Pilots have stories of flying a bombing mission and coming back home to see their child’s sporting event.  Families are notified when the pilot is no longer in combat danger and on the way back home.
    • There are a total of 20 of them, the only one not based in KC is at Edwards AFB.
    • Pilots describe the cockpit as feeling like they are inside a minivan.  There are two seats up front and a flat elevated area in the back with a toilet and microwave.
    • They have a two person crew.  On long missions one pilot is encouraged to slept, though adrenaline usually keeps that from happening.  One of the original pilots bout a folding lawn chair from Wal-Mart for a little under nine bucks and used that to sleep on.
    • The special made me look up the Stealth Fighter (F-117 Nighthawk).  I don’t really pay attention to these sort of things, so I was surprised to find they are no longer in service, retired in 2008.  The F-22 Raptor has taken its place.
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IKEA takes on ‘The Shining’

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Interesting pre-snap huddle

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Well Trained Dog

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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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