Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 17, 2018

  • That picture is the result of WifeGeeding making the bed and DogGeedingII refusing to move.
  • I tuned in to ESPN to catch the start of Jason Witten’s broadcasting career. Granted, I didn’t watch much, but he was silent for much of the start, I’m sure the producer wanted to yell, “Talk! Say something! Is your mic in the on position?” I’m sure he’ll get better, and I’m certain he will work hard at it, I just don’t know if he has the talent or charisma.
  • I’m afraid Jason Witten is taking fashion advice from Daryl Johnston.
  • Sometime when I’m driving to a destination and having trouble finding the place, I’ll say, “Any of you boys seen an aircraft carrier around here?”
  • Florida man shouldn’t have gone to jail for getting a job at Michael’s instead of Home Depot, court rules
  • Warning, some of these images are not family or work friendly – All Hail The Monumental – Horror Image How Striking Scenes From ‘The Shining,’ ‘The Wicker Man,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ And Other Iconic Horror Movies Make An Indelible Mark On Us.
  • Rolling Stone – Hear Steve Perry’s First New Song in Nearly 25 Years
  • Fox News Mistakenly Uses Photo of Patti LaBelle in Aretha Franklin Tribute
  • Aretha Franklin:
    • As many have already pointed out, the Queen of Soul died the same day as the King of Rock and Roll and the Sultan of Swat. There’s something cool about that. She also shared a birthday with Elton John, who wrote and performed songs for Lion Kings Mufasa and Simba.
    • I wasn’t a fan of Aretha, but I did have an appreciation for her.
    • I forgot she did a duet with George Michael.
    • Sang at Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral and sang at Obama’s inauguration. That’s a wondrous connection for black culture and history.
    • Her father was shot by burglars in 1979 and remained in a coma until his death in 1984.
    • I suppose her most well-known song is ‘Respect’. When I was a DJ in college, there was one sorority which always requested the song and I heard it so much it started to wain on me. However, I think her best work was ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’. Her best performance of it was at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors in which she sang it for the co-author, Carole King. I love this version because she plays the piano herself. As a matter of fact, she was a self-taught pianist who learned without knowing how to read music. In the clip, most like to point out how it brought a tear to President Obama’s eye, but I was more moved by Carole King’s reaction as she starts to sing. Here’s an excellent write-up of the performance with the organizers and people who were there, and it explains her tradition of walking onstage with her purse.
    • My favorite performance was when she was on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ and sang Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ (video below). Adele has a phenomenal voice and is a one of a kind, but I love Franklin’s version more (I’ve also proclaimed Eva Cassidy sang ‘Over the Rainbow’ better than Judy Garland. ((And yes, Brent, I know you prefer Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s version))). As impossible as it might sound, she brings more soul to it, she steps on Father Time’s throat, and I love how she blends  ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ into it.

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That time Aretha Franklin filled in for Pavarotti at the Grammys

I thought Sting gave a stellar introduction as well.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 16, 2018

  • The kids both had a great day at school. And yes, they are both wearing the same style of shoe.
  • My kids are very lucky to have WifeGeeding’s sister as their aunt. She always calls the kids on the first day of school to see how their went. WifeGeeding’s mother doesn’t get a chance to call as the kids are anxious to call her as soon as they get home. It’s nice to hear them talk to WifeGeeding’s parents, it gives me a chance to imagine what it would have been like for my kids to have talked to my parents.
  • I usually don’t pick up the kids from school but I did so yesterday and let DogGeedingII ride along. BoyGeeding’s teacher from last year was working the carline and opened the back door but didn’t notice the dog right away, when she glanced back in she was so surprised she jumped and screamed and we all had a good laugh. DogGeedingII on the other hand had no idea what was going on.
  • I eat Vietnamese food only once a year, on my mother’s birthday. Each year I call in the same to-go order. They never give me the total, ask for my name or phone number, and never confirm the order, but always recognize me when I walk in to pick it up.
  • The TICKET had what I thought was a no-brainer hypothetical – would you rather be able to run 100 mph or fly at no faster than 10 mph. I didn’t even have to think twice about it, fly. Even though that’s a slow speed, it would be great to pick up a few items at the local grocery store and not have to worry about parking or be at events with a bird’s-eye view.
  • Sometimes when I start to overthink something I’m reminded of something a great naval aviator once said, “You don’t have time to think up there. If you think, you’re dead.”
  • Interesting aviation tidbit – The first commercial passenger airliner that was shot down by hostile forces was refurbished and returned to service; however, that plane became the third commercial passenger airliner to be shot down by hostile forces. The aircraft was operated by a Chinese airline, shot down both times by the Japanese, and both times piloted by an American.
  • I’m that one guy without a LinkedIn profile, but then again, I’m also not on Facebook – Is the résumé dead?
  • Dallas hotel building boom is second only to New York City
  • Florida mayor to female commissioner: You make a living off anal bleaching.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 15, 2018

  • Today becomes a teenager. Yup, I started this blog thirteen years ago today. In five more years I’ll have to register it with the Selective Service.
  • DaughterGeeding got braces yesterday. She’s still a child, but it’s a sign of her aging, which makes me a bit melancholy.
  • Today is the first day of school. BoyGeeding will be a first grader and DaughterGeeding a third grader. There’s been an unusual amount of rain the last couple of days, so I have a feeling WifeGeeding is going to have them wear their “old” shoes for the first day of school.
  • Today is my mother’s birthday, she would have turned 70. For a while, to honor her, I used to make a simple post asking my readers to honor my mother by reading, something she loved to do. Then it sorta hit me, by not making a full post, I’m keeping my readers from reading.
  • I guess it’s unprecedented and hard to imagine such a thing could happen, but all of West Virginia’s Supreme Court justices were impeached.
  • New Berlin Wall section found in Germany
    • Several locals on a walking tour came upon a 20-meter (66-foot) section of crumbling wall, covered in graffiti, in June. The wall had been covered by overgrown bushes, which is how it had escaped discovery for so long.
  • I thought all of them had a recent makeover – McDonald’s plans $6 billion makeover of its restaurants
  • Of all the things Omarosa has done, the one thing which cracked me up the most happened last year, when she signed her name as  “The Honorable Omarosa Manigault”.
  • Gregory Peck’s grandson, Ethan Peck, was just cast as the new Spock on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’. May the Force be with him.
  • Texas Classics Film Trailhighlighting 25 filming destinations from some of our most iconic projects
  • If you were a fan of ‘Mad Men’, you may like the upcoming Amazon series ‘The Romanoffs’, which comes from creator Matthew Weiner and has a Christina Hendrix and John Slattery. It’s a modern day series and the characters all claim to be descendants of the Russian dynasty.  Other cast members include Diane Lane, Amanda Peet, Aaron Eckhart, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Andrew Rannells, and Paul Reiser.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 14, 2018

  • I’d like to propose a Win/Win/Lose/Lose trade with Houston. We’ll trade you Robert Jeffress for Joel Osteen.
  • I don’t know what happens with Kim Wexler but I love how she stands up for her man.
  • The Atlantic – Hollywood Doesn’t Make Movies Like The Fugitive Anymore  – The Harrison Ford–starring thriller represents the best of a genre that has faded: the character-driven action movie for adults.
    • I wonder if my college roommate remembers how much I watched this in college. We didn’t haven’t the internet or even cable, and the rabbit ears could only bring in three or four channels. I’d usually popped this movie in the VCR, put the sleep timer on the television, and eventually doze off.
  • Sometimes when stress gets the best of me and I just want to quit, I’ll quote a certain fictional naval aviator, “I’m holding on too tight, I’ve lost the edge. I’m sorry, sir.”
    • Those may be the very last words of this blog when I decide to hang it up.
  • An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes
  • Houston Texans donate old turf to school flooded in Hurricane Harvey
    • The Texans said Monday that they’re donating the turf they played on at NRG Stadium last season to C.E. King High School after its field was destroyed in flooding from Harvey, which hit the area last August.
  • ‘In God We Trust’ now must be displayed in all Florida schools, school buildings
    • Gov. Scott signed a bill in March that requires all schools to display signs with the state motto in “a conspicuous place.” The measure is part of a sweeping education bill signed into law in March by Gov. Rick Scott, which includes the nation’s first ever private school voucher program for bullied students.
  • Spanish driver tests positive for every drug in test
    • A driver in northeastern Spain has tested positive for ‘every possible kind of drug’ after being pulled over by police on Saturday. Police found high levels of cannabis, amphetamines/methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates; as well as alcohol, with a rate of 0,60 mg/l.
  • Nike Chicago transforms church into new Basketball center
    • The Church of the Epiphany in the 200 block of South Ashland Avenue was built in 1855, but closed and desanctified in 2011 because of dwindling membership.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, August 13, 2018

  • Friday was “Meet The Teacher” night. I planned on wearing something very comfortable and casual, shorts and a t-shirt. However, I read an Atticus Finch article and saw a pic of Gregory Peck with “Scout” looking nice and fatherly, so I decided to dress up a bit.
  • The girl who sits next to BoyGeeding introduced herself and followed it up with, “This year, I’m going to go by my real name instead of my fake name.”
  • An ocularist is a person who makes artificial or glass eyes, an ocular prosthesis, and WifeGeeding has been going to the same ocularist at the same office for the last 35 years. Every year (well, it’s supposed to happen annually) when she makes an appointment to have her glass eye polished, she’s hoping her ocularist hasn’t retired. You tend to create a bond with these sort of folks and the man is as warm and friendly as they come. Thankfully he’s still working, but his office is in a new location. I wonder what it’s like to work in the same room or in the same building for the last 40 or so years.
  • I spent about an hour cleaning out my sock drawer yesterday. It was getting quite full and many were dress socks I simply don’t wear anymore. Even though I haven’t worn any of them for years, I noticed they lost their elasticity due to age, and if there’s one thing which annoys me, it’s a dress sock which won’t stay pulled up.
  • I’m still old-fashioned in which I have to wear dress socks which match my trousers, I can’t bring myself to wear a colorful sock with dress pants. Huh, trousers, that’s such an “old person” word.
  • French park trains crows to pick up litter
    • The birds will be encouraged to spruce up the park through the use of a small box that delivers a nugget of bird food each time the rook deposits a cigarette end or small piece of rubbish.
  • We have a neighbor who grew up in Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming. To my surprise, she informed me that the University of Wyoming is the only university (four-year university) in the state, something which I was able to easily verify
  • Another Wyoming tidbit – Isa Lake is the only natural lake in the world that drains into both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
  • There’s something about the actor, Hector Elizondo, which I’ve always liked. I think it’s a calm confident demeanor which feels authentic.
  • Sometimes when I compliment a friend but want to make it feel less awkward, I’ll start off by saying, “Now I’m not gonna sit here and blow sunshine up your ass . . . “
  • Colorado Mesa University – A university spelled ‘Board of trustees’ incorrectly in its diplomas for 6 years before it was spotted
  • I used to despise the stuff but, well, marriage will change a person – How Millennials Killed Mayonnaise
  • This WFAA article only references Baylor and Hardin-Simmons, Baptist universities WifeGeeding and I attended – See the Texas colleges where last year’s students graduated with the most debt
    • Baylor University in Waco led the back. Graduates there had the second highest amount of student debt in the state, at an average of $44,859. The school said in a statement to the Dallas Business Journal that 91 percent of its students receive financial assistance.
      • I wonder if that’s a typo, instead of “back” did they mean “pack”?
    • Hardin-Simmons University, a private Baptist school in Abilene, had incorrectly reported an average of $51,346 in student loan debt, which would have been up nearly 30 percent from the year before and made it the ninth highest in the country. A spokesperson for HSU told the Dallas Business Journal in an email Wednesday that the school had incorrectly reported that number and was updating it. HSU graduates last year left with an average of $35,581 in debt, according to their check. That number makes it 217th in the country instead of ninth, and 12th among Texas schools instead of first, according to the data.
  • Does anyone know who this artist is? This portrait was hanging at the Hopdoddy in Addison. I tried Google Lens and it couldn’t identify her.
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Give those cows a badge

You’ve surely heard of the K-9 unit utilized by law enforcement agencies across the nation, but it was cows that came to the aid of one Florida police department Sunday.

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A “Wanna Get Away” Moment


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Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 10, 2018

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 9, 2018

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 8, 2018

  • I watched last night’s ‘Hard Knocks: Cleveland Browns’ on HBO and couldn’t get over how their head coach lacked support from his assistant coaches. There was one scene where he was advocating that it was okay for players to miss practice from time to time and his staff questioned the mental toughness of the decision. But what really stood out was the moment he told his assistant coaches that his mother died, which was only two weeks after the passing of his brother. The staff was gathered in his office watching television with the head coach at the back of the room who stated the bad news. I think they all turned their heads and glanced at him, but none of them from my recollection stopped to look the man in the eye and have an actual conversation and offer real sympathy and console the man. It was all “matter of fact” stuff and right back to watching television, just a huge lack of sincerity. That’s a head coach who doesn’t have the respect of his own coaching staff, even after telling them his mother died.
  • Potential ‘Better Call Saul’ spoilers:
    • I thought the death of Jimmy’s older successful brother, Chuck, wasn’t a certainty when the season finale aired, that he could have been gravely injured or scarred for life. I mention that because my DirecTV box automatically displays the episode description before I play it and the first sentence stated Jimmy was coping over the death of his brother.
    • I thought the cab driver in the opening scene was going to be Walter White, but a hallucination on Jimmy’s part with less than a second of screen time.
    • I can never get enough of Kim Wexler, and if she survives the season (which I totally expect) I wouldn’t mind yet another spin-off.
  • I guess the happenings at The Ohio State University has sparked renewed interest, but this thing has gone on so long I thought the statue of limitations sailed by – Baylor football considering NCAA bowl ban – According to multiple sources, the NCAA’s multi-year investigation into the Baylor athletic department has taken a “left turn” to the point that school officials are being advised to self-impose sanctions.
  • NFL’s first male dancers will hit the sidelines this season – The Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints will have male cheerleaders dancing on their squads for the first time.
  • The only paper straw maker in the U.S. was bought for an undisclosed sum yesterday. Last year, its sales grew by 5000%. Steve Jobs used to quote Wayne Gretzky often, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.”
  • Graphic – A guide to cemetery symbolism – It states that wheat and oak leaves represent a long-lived life that was harvested by the reaper when it was time.
  • The Army is buying microwave cannons to take down drones in mid-flight
  • I was asked to lead my team’s Scrum meeting the other day because our Scrum master wasn’t available and her backup was unavailable, as well as the backup to the backup. I ended it with “Hey, let’s be careful out there.” I didn’t expect anyone to get the reference because most aren’t old enough or familiar with pop-culture, but one person did and sent me an email about it, which made my day.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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