Bag of Randomness for Monday, November 16, 2020

It’s going to be a busy week for me, so I’m not sure how much I’ll post this week. You have been forewarned. Or, if you’re a Mandolorian fan, I have spoken. This is the way.

A German man’s Nazi grandfather took over a Jewish man’s store. He tracked down his descendants to apologize

A Reddit user’s town’s library is under construction, so they’re using an old grocery store as the temporary library.

President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, November 13, 2020

While checking the mail yesterday, a neighbor drove by, stopped, and rolled down his window. I stepped towards his car, but he told me to stop because he thought he might have COVID-19 and explained all his symptoms and how he hasn’t been able to work and just has been laying down on his couch out of breath.

I asked if he was going to get tested. He said it could just be a sinus infection. I told him he can get tested less than three miles away at Andy Brown Park in Coppell. Then, we talked about how much it might cost and how quickly he could get the results. He had a friend who got his results in 15-minutes, but it cost over $300 dollars. I told him that was because he got a rapid test, but I’m pretty sure he could go through the drive-thru testing at Andy Brown Park and it wouldn’t cost him anything, though it would take longer to get the results, and it was worth checking out.

He then explains to me how he doesn’t trust any testing but the rapid testing. I inquired as to why and he explains that he can monitor his sample and questions how can they track his sample from anybody else’s and that it sounds like some scam to cover-up a bigger agenda. Ignoring the cover-up portion, I told him that testing isn’t unlike any blood test or he’s taken in the past, that there’s a system in place in which they record his name, sample number, and they probably use bar codes to help with the record keeping and speed things up.

My neighbor then explains, “Well, I’m afraid if I get tested and I’m positive, they will take my son out of school.”

BoN: Wouldn’t that be a good thing so others won’t get infected?

Neighbor: But that’s the thing, I think he may have got me infected.

Puzzeled BoN: Well, if that’s the case, wouldn’t you want to pull him out of school so he doesn’t infect others? Thanksgiving is around the corner, you don’t want him to infect someone who is going to have Thanksgiving dinner with a high-risk family member.

Neighbor: Hmm. Yeah, probably. That’s why I talk to you, you’re my inner conscience.

Despite rising COVID-19 cases, universities including Texas Tech and Texas A&M are planning in-person fall graduations

Multiple Texas universities are planning in-person graduation ceremonies this December, despite the fact that the state’s daily COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations are higher today than they were in May when most universities first scrambled to cancel the celebratory events.

80 percent of those who died of Covid-19 in Texas county jails were never convicted of a crime

Alex Trebek’s ‘Jeopardy!’ replacement should be LeVar Burton, say thousands backing petition

As I said before, I think it will end up being Jeff Probst since he used to host Rock & Roll Jeopardy!.

PayPal now lets all US users buy, sell and hold cryptocurrencyThe company plans to bring cryptocurrency into Venmo next year.

Brewery launches new Biden beer described as ‘inoffensive and not too bitter’

People Who Work from Home Should Pay a New Tax, Economists Suggest

Entitled “What We Must Do to Rebuild,” the report outlines a series of problems that lay ahead and suggests some pretty radical solutions. For instance, Deutsche Bank researcher Luke Templeman proposes that leaders should impose a tax on people who work from home.

The proposed tax wouldn’t target citizens during times of government-imposed lockdowns, but a Deutsche Bank survey found that respondents would like to continue to work from home two to three days per week when it’s time for people to go back to the office. “That means remote workers are contributing less to the infrastructure of the economy whilst still receiving its benefits,” Templeman writes.



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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, November 12, 2020

I’m surprised President Trump hasn’t thrown a rally just to make himself feel better. He wasn’t well yesterday and hasn’t been well as of late.

He swayed visibly at a similar event on Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery. He also struggled to lift a glass of water during a speech to graduates at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June, and battled to walk down a ramp after that speech.

Trump also had to use both hands to lift a glass to his lips during a 60 Minutes interview in the closing days of the presidential campaign, and later criticized the negative coverage.

I saw on the news that Lucille Bridges died. She was the mother of the Ruby Bridges, who was the subject of this Norman Rockwell painting.

That got me to thinking about segregation and where did non-white-non-black children go to school. You know, children of Hispanic or Asian origin. I could have easily looked it up, but I thought it would be a nice opportunity to reach out to WifeGeeding’s mother, who grew up in Waco, and ask her about her memories and experiences. Isn’t it crazy how we are only one generation removed from segregation? Per her, those children attended the all white school.

My family always ended phone calls with an “I love you.” Sure, we all know we love each other, but it’s important to hear those words and you never know if that’s going to be the very last conversation with who you are talking to. There’s a bit of comfort in knowing your last words to someone was “I love you.” WifeGeeding’s family never says it. To each their own. At the end of the call with her mother, I ended it with, “Hey, thanks for sharing a part of your life with me. I love you.” I was expecting, hoping I’d hear some variation of that back, but heard, “Yeah, okay, well, bye-bye now.”

WFAA has a nice little story on the underground tunnels in Dallas.

Shelly Luther, anyone?

Evidence suggests several state Senate candidates were plants funded by dark money

These Are the Most Beautifully Designed Outdoor Dining Experiences in America

This Architectural Digest list has only one Texas place on their 13 space list.

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile (Austin, Texas)

A mash-up of vintage mirrors, barbed-wire chandeliers, industrial-style chairs with a slate gray finish, patina-chic midcentury-modern lawn chairs, and furnishings born out of fallen branches makes dining at Jacoby feel timeless. During the pandemic, its owners revamped the outdoor seating—overlooking the Colorado River—to socially distance as well as add more seats.

Earlier this week I bought WifeGeeding some flowers. Before she got home, I got out an old vase, threw some marbles in for a little flare, and placed the flowers inside. Tulips are her favorite, but the peonies caught my eye, and I thought they would compliment. One of my rules of life is that you don’t have to be romantic only on Valentine’s Day. I’ll also buy random “big” presents at odd times, living by the rule that I don’t need an excuse like a birthday or Christmas to give you a gift. By far, I’m the romantic in the relationship, I just hope she appreciates this trait which makes me different from just about every single male on the planet.

DaughterGeeding surprised me yesterday when she said her school mentioned nothing about Veterans Day.

I was conflicted if Veterans Day had an apostrophe and if it did, where would it go. Initially, I reasoned it should and the apostrophe should go after the “s” since we’re talking about all veterans. But, now I know no apostrophe is need and why:

Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an “s” at the end of “veterans” because it is not a day that “belongs” to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.

Of course, the same rule applies to Presidents Day. However, Valentine’s Day would include a possessive apostrophe because “Valentine’s Day” it’s a saint’s day.

As for New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve – It’s always in the singular possessive. It takes an apostrophe before the “S” anytime an “S” is included.

Mother’s and Father’s Day – This one is singular possessive. Think of it as the day belonging to Mother, not mothers. Yes, either way would be just as logical. But singular possessive has become the standard form in dictionaries and publishing manuals.

April Fools’ Day. The apostrophe after the S is recommended by the major dictionaries and AP style. For example, AP Style and Chicago Style both call for the use of April Fools’ Day when writing the holiday in text. If you are using either of these two styles, clearly you would not write April Fool’s Day. Although, the most important thing to remember is stay consistent in your writing. If you are not clear as to whether you are using AP Style or Chicago Style and you find yourself writing “April Fool’s Day,” do not also use “April Fools’ Day.” Pick one way to write it and stick with it for your entire piece.

And Now, a Charity Run From Four Seasons Total Landscaping to the Four Seasons HotelThe 11-mile Fraud Street Run will take place on November 29th.

Lawyers Litigating for Trump Suddenly Remember Their Licenses Are on the Line If They Lie to a Judge

Robot wolves prevent Japanese bear attacks, are also very creepy

Trump Was Expected To Lose Votes In Places Where More People Died Of COVID-19. He Didn’t.

Guy Does Insane Food Taste Test To Show How Severe His COVID Taste Loss Is  – TikToker Russell Donnelly chomped on an onion and garlic paste and still couldn’t feel anything because of his COVID-19 symptoms.

The Sad, Strange Life And Death Of Devonte Hart: The Crying Black Boy Who Famously Hugged A Cop After Ferguson, a viral photo turned the tween into a symbol of post-racial America. But his murder — at the hands of his adoptive white mother — shows how much of an illusion that all really was

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, November 11, 2020

VP Pence was about to go on vacation!? You mean, the man that was put in charge of the pandemic task force. Dude, this was the headline yesterday – Coronavirus hospitalizations in US reach an all-time high with more than 60,000On Tuesday, the number of people with Covid-19 at US hospitals for the first time topped 60,000.

I love it that the Lincoln Project has not let their foot off the throttle.

He just put his old helicopter up for sale to pay off debts, imagine how much money he’s going to make out of office selling secrets to Russia and other nations.

As an ex-president, Trump could disclose the secrets he learned while in office, current and former officials fear

As president, Donald Trump selectively revealed highly classified information to attack his adversaries, gain political advantage and to impress or intimidate foreign governments, in some cases jeopardizing U.S. intelligence capabilities. As an ex-president, there’s every reason to worry he will do the same, thus posing a unique national security dilemma for the Biden administration, current and former officials and analysts said.

He’s already putting a chokehold on the transition because of pride. Imagine how our enemies and other foreign governments may take advantage of a transition of power that is anything but smooth in all areas of government. His pride is putting the safety of the American public at risk. But then again, he’s already risked the safety of this country a plethora of times during his term reign. All he is doing now is cowering in the White House and avoiding the press and the public. Man of the people? Hardly. He even has our current Secretary of State sounding like he’s representing a hostile government instead of a republic founded on democracy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday became the latest senior U.S. official to resist accepting the results of last week’s presidential election.

The chief U.S. diplomat even suggested — falsely, but possibly jokingly — that President Donald Trump had defeated Joe Biden.

“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

I’ll say it again, it’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment. It’s time for Vice-President Pence to pull a Brutus. Trump lost in a legitimate election. The future of our nation is at stake. The way this is playing out is going to have consequences for future presidential transitions of power because it sets a precedent for someone even more abusive than Trump in our nation’s future. Biden isn’t even allowed to have security briefings and his team can’t even interface with the people they will be replacing.

Equally bad, a majority of Republicans refuse to acknowledge Trump’s loss. They are once again putting party and self-interest before country.

The White House Lawn Was Mysteriously Dug Up. See The Before And After Photos

eemingly, undergoing a massive renovation, with the turf being dug up just a week after Election Day.

The unexplained lawn work has prompted some to speculate on the timing of this large-scale project — and to crack many Four Seasons Total Landscaping jokes.

Idiots run Texas. And we put them there.

Gov. Greg Abbott doesn’t acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect, calls for vote-counting

Texas Has Elected A Climate Change Denier to the Railroad Commission

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick offers up to $1 million reward for info on voter fraud

‘I finally got my wish’: Nebraska State Sen. Groene, who wants herd immunity, catches coronavirus

State Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte acknowledged in an email to his colleagues Monday that he has COVID-19.

“As you know, I finally got my wish and cont(r)acted the COVID-19 virus,” he wrote in the email. “As I suspected it would happen.”

In an interview, Groene said he wanted it over with; he wanted herd immunity.

Mississippi Republican Lawmaker Called for State to ‘Succeed from the Union’ After Election Was Called for Biden

Bravo to President-Elect Biden for showing poise and restraint, something our current president lacks, as he answered a question regarding Trump’s refusal to concede. He eloquently chose his words and could have easily taken a shot at Trump, but because he has integrity, didn’t. And bravo to him again, in the same press conference, for stating that the U.S. only has one president at a time, something acknowledged by every president with the exception of the one who currently occupies the office.

Here’s How SNL Whipped Up Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Costume So Quickly

“Every store in the city had been closed for hours,” costume designer Tom Broecker told PopSugar in an interview on Monday, so he and his team, including wardrobe supervisor Dale Richards, had to put the look together from SNL’s costume closet.

They dug out a box of cream charmeuse fabric to make Harris’s silk “pussy bow” blouse from scratch. Funny enough, there was also a cream double-breasted suit lying around from when actor Cecily Strong played Melania Trump in a sketch a year earlier, though she never actually wore it. It wasn’t by Carolina Herrera, but SNL’s master tailors got to work, refitting the suit on Rudolph’s mannequin form. In just 80 minutes, she was ready to take the stage in a perfect dupe.

I had no idea this awesome piece of science equipment was damaged, I guess with so much national news stuff like this gets overlooked.

Second Cable Fails at Arecibo, Causing Even More Damage to Famed SETI Dish

A sweatshirt from Lone Grove High School in Oklahoma.

Dallas Arboretum’s leftover pumpkins heading to Dallas Zoo

The ‘Golden Girls’-themed cruise was the pre-lockdown party I still miss

This sentence made me chuckle – The Golden Fans at Sea adventure featured a shoulder pad formal.

You’re gonna need a faster boat.

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