Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 24, 2019

  • We ate at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House for lunch yesterday and a young adult woman brought what I assumed to be her emotional support or companion dog which literally sat at the table. A manager stopped by and the dog quickly removed his paws from atop the table as if he knew better. It appeared the manager was asking for some sort of card or paperwork but the young lady had a little trouble finding it, which I didn’t anticipate. I’d thought she would be used to having to show that sort of stuff and have it at the ready, especially since the dog didn’t have a vest or anything else to easily identify its role. Eventually, she provided the documentation and the animal stayed seated in the chair for the entire meal.
  • We traveled to the east Texas town of Van for a family reunion of sorts, WifeGeeding was included as a cousin. I got a kick out of these cookies. Van has a strong oil history.
  • BoyGeeding spent a good amount of time fishing with his grandfather. He caught eight perch and two catfish. I think DaughterGeeding finished the day catching two catfish, she wasn’t as into fishing as her brother.
  • Some of you are experts at smoking meat, so I was wondering what y’all would think about this setup. I was impressed. The was the back porch of a relative’s house.
  • One thing I thought most strange about this family reunion was that I didn’t see anyone take any photos, especially considering today’s culture. Further, I was surprised there wasn’t one big group/family photo taken. I wasn’t expecting anything professional, but the scenery was beautiful and there was a 93-year-old in attendance and someone who traveled as far from California. I just thought there’d be a picture to show all the different generations since they don’t gather often.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • The most commonly spoken language in every US state, excluding English and Spanish
  • Has travel demand to the Dominican Republic dropped and are hotel prices lower? – A 10th American has died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic
  • We caught a little bit of the Wallenda tightrope walk last night, which reminded me of the time this guy’s safety harness came off and laughed it off. But back to the Wallendas, one of their relatives, Karl, fell to his death at the age of 73, here’s video of it if you are interested.
  • I think most people would at least chuckle at a horse playing with a rubber chicken which makes a squeaky sound.

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Bag of Randomness for The First Day of Summer 2019 and Our Sixteenth Wedding Anniversary

  • In yesterday’s LiberallyLean post, the author was intrigued by Senator Marco Rubio’s version of the Lord’s Prayer he referenced in a tweet. That reminded me of my mother’s funeral in which I gave the eulogy. I thought I’d end it with the Lord’s Prayer as we spread her ashes, something unifying and commonly recognized. Things were pretty smooth until we got to the fourth line – some said “forgive us our debts,” some said “trespasses,” and others will said “sins.” It was a little awkward (and a tiny bit amusing) but I left confused as to why there were multiple versions of what I was taught as “THE” example of how to pray. I suppose that’s what started a phase in my life in which I delved into church history and denominational differences trying to figure out how and why there are so many churches (denominations, different sectors of belief) when at one time there was simply “one church” (Yeah, I know, it’s still “one church”, THE body of Christ, but you know what I’m saying.) That’s a long answer. But as for the Lord’s Prayer, I learned those raised in Presbyterian or Reformed traditions are more likely to say “debts ” while those who come from Anglican/Episcopal, Methodist, or Roman Catholic traditions are more likely to say “trespasses.” Those whose churches were influenced by ecumenical liturgical movements of the late twentieth century are probably more likely to say “sins.” Earlier this month, it was announced the Pope approved changes to the wording of the Lord’s Prayer. Instead of saying “lead us not into temptation”, it will say “do not let us fall into temptation” to clarify God does not, in fact, tempt people (I’m just the messenger, not saying I support the change, feel free to yell at the Pope – @Pontifex). I suppose for all of us English speaking folk, we have William Tyndal to thank, who first translated the Bible into English from Hebrew and Greek texts and for the lack of better phrasing, used certain preferences and liberties. All of this also reminds of an elderly man I once heard talking about his time in elementary school. Each morning, along with the Pledge of Allegiance, the whole class prayed together saying the Lord’s Prayer. He said he didn’t look forward to the part in which the Methodists said it one way, the Baptists another, and the Catholics, who made up most of the class, proclaimed it differently. He claimed all of this highlighted the different makeup of the class and small squabbles of which one was the “correct” version. So, I think these different versions have less to do what version of the Bible(NIV, KJV, NRSV, etc)  is being used than what Christian tradition a person comes from (Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, Anglicanism, Baptists, Pentecostalism, Methodism). Huh, this became one long bullet point and I probably should have broken it up, oh well.
  • Since I referenced the Pledge of Allegiance, I’ll throw this out there – Personally, I don’t think Christians should be reciting it. This isn’t the liberally-hippie side of me speaking, but more the faith-based side of me being a stickler for things. Christians shall only pledge themselves to Christ and no other. Pledging your allegiance to something or someone is basically an oath to commit your loyalty to that entity. Jesus himself said, “But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all,” (Matthew 5:33-37) and “No one can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24). I suppose some of you will say I’m using those verses out of context or taking things to literal or to the extreme, and that’s cool. This topic doesn’t bother me enough to squabble or debate, it’s just a light amount of sanctimony I think everyone goes along with because they feel like it’s the right thing to do. If you are wondering, yes, I myself recite the pledge.
  • Delving into denominational differences and church history can seem daunting and intimidating, but if you’d like to explore it with some light reading, I suggest Adam Hamilton’s Christianity’s Family Tree: What Other Christians Believe and Why. Perhaps I shouldn’t say it’s light reading because I never read the book, but I did watch the eight-sermon DVD. A nice complement to that would be Richard Foster’s Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian FaithEven though he doesn’t make the specific analogy, I like the idea of how all these different streams of orthodoxy and denominations flow into the one river of Christiandom. I’m sure many of your expert theologians are raising an eyebrow, and that’s okay, I’m just an armchair theologian if that.
  • Your church history is far richer than you’d expect.
  • I was pretty shocked when I saw the news stories that the Baker Hotel in my hometown of Mineral Wells was being renovated. Anyone from Mineral Wells will tell you they have heard the rumors a thousand times, but this time there was a nice formal announcement followed with, “Renovations will begin immediately.” That’s mind-boggling to me.
    • I wonder what the new owner(s) meant by immediately. Did the actual manual labor begin yesterday afternoon?
    • The project will cost $65 million. Personally, I think that’s a little low for what needs to be done if they really intend to restore her to her full glory.
      • This sentence from Texas Monthly scares me and one reason I’m not as optimistic as others.
        • “Ahead of today’s announcement, Fairchild declined to discuss from where his group had secured the $25 million they still lacked as of earlier this year. But he was more than happy to remind me of the details of their ambitious plan.”
    • The first year of work is dedicated to removing lead paint and asbestos which sounds like a pain in the arse. That sort of work sounds mundane and it will be hard for the public to see any progress. Heck, I’d just like to see what the outside of the building will look like when/if cleaned. I guess you have to pressure wash that sucker.
    • I have my doubts even if she is restored that it will be a business success, but I have my hopes. And yes, this post is Mineral Wells heavy. I’ve always said it’s not much, but it’s home. It shaped me, it’s a part of me, and it’s special in its own unique way even if just for me.
    • The new logo looks nice, it’s regal-modern-classic and clean if that makes sense. And, the website is spiffier than I’d imagine. However, I did spot one image that’s out of place. The photo of the auditorium chairs wasn’t taken inside the Baker but from the old high school built in 1914. Here’s my proof, this is drone footage filmed inside the abandoned high school and I’ve cued it to the specific portion.
    • Somewhat lost in the news is that the Welcome Mountain sign will also be renovated thanks to a family donation. Yes, I know it’s not an actual mountain, but here’s a little history of the sign, which predates the Hollywood sign.

      • The sign was given to the city of Mineral Wells in 1922 by George Holmgreen of the San Antonio Iron Works with the understanding that the city would maintain the many electric bulbs in it. At the time of its installation it was the largest noncommercial, electrically lit sign in the country. 
      • This section of the article really caught my attention.
        • In 1972, a Warrant Officer Club stationed at Fort Wolters stumbled across the weathered sign and moved it from the city’s East Mountain to the Bald Mountain, where it could greet visitors traveling west into town on U.S. 180.
          • My father was a warrant officer stationed at Fort Wolters. I wonder if he had any involvement. Surely, he would have mentioned it to me at some point if he did.
      • I regret never hiking up that “mountain”.
    • I watched parts of the announcement ceremony.  Mr. Holiman, my former middle school principal who later became my high school principal who later became mayor, spoke at the event. I wasn’t even sure he was still alive. He helped get this effort moving when he served as mayor and he’s simply beloved by the community. In his speech, he stated when he first moved to Mineral Wells, he could not even enter the Baker Hotel because of segregation. But in three years he wants to stay the night as one of the first guests of the restored hotel when it reopens. Jovially, he said he’d like to stay for free.
    • For Mineral Wells, that’s an impressive crowd.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, July 20, 2019

  • I ran across this insightful question the other day and love it. I asked it to a friend. What I appreciated was that he chose not to answer immediately, he wanted to think about for a day or two. Sometimes it’s better to mull over something than to try to find an immediate answer.
    • The 16-year-old version of you just moved in and is now your new roommate. What’s the first thing you two would fight about?
  • Something else I ran across: In England, 100 miles is a long distance… in the U.S., 100 years is a long time.
  • I find it a bit surprising our state only had one vet school, and those Aggies weren’t going to openly welcome it.
    • Texas Tech receives $17 million to build the state’s second vet school
      • Funding for the Amarillo vet school, which was part of the budget signed into law Saturday by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, has long been a source of strife between Tech and the Texas A&M University System. Currently, A&M has a monopoly on training future veterinarians in the state, and advocates of its program have said funding Tech’s will unnecessarily drain limited state resources. Backers of Tech’s initiative have contended that A&M’s program, which has received national recognition, does not train enough large-animal vets to meet the demand in rural areas.
  • How To Prepare for Flat Earth Conference Coming to North Texas in November
    • Note to self: Don’t hang out in Frisco in the middle of November.
  • Estimated 10,000 people in DC are spies
  • 20 of the most Prolific Music Producers – Good to see Brian Eno make the list.
    • Behind all our favourite songs are the music producers – the masterminds that bring the songs to life. But who are the best of the best? We’ve looked at 20 of the most prolific music producers of all time, tracking their impressive careers over the years. Between them they’ve worked on thousands of records, helping produce some of the most beloved hits of the past 60 years.
  • Life In Space, According To 50 Astronauts
  • Here’s a new video about the possible restoration of the Baker Hotel in my hometown of Mineral Wells. It’s a tad too long and the music is a bit dramatic. To borrow a line from a friend, you know it is quality when they use Vimeo instead of Youtube. One of the men in the video was the second boss I ever had. I worked for him first as a busboy, then a waiter, and finally mowing lawns, sprinkler repair, and any sort of landscaping duty a sixteen-year-old boy could handle. Sometimes I miss that work, it built a lot of character and there was a lot of solitude.
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 17, 2019

  • Except for five years of my life, I’ve lived in or near the DFW area yet never have visited the Fort Worth Stockyards. So, since we were meeting some friends for a mid-afternoon lunch at Heim BBQ, I decided it was time to take in the sights with my family. It’s one of those things tourists always flock to but residents have never taken the opportunity to visit.
  • One of the first things we did was ride horses. WifeGeeding took that photo above and I love it. I look like a manly Texas father figure teaching his daughter about the importance of life as we trot along on our horses. And, I don’t look as chubby as usual. In reality, I’m fat and I don’t know what the heck I’m doing but trying to make my daughter happy. If you look at the photo close enough you can see the trainer between the horses who’s holding the reigns. They do offer a cool option of riding the horses along a Trinity River trail with a guide but without someone walking beside the horse and holding on the reigns, but you have to be at least eleven years of age.
  • The kids enjoyed trying to make their way through a stockage maze.
  • And they saw and got to sit atop some longhorn cattle.

  • When I was a young little Geeding watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve special, they would often cut over to Billy Bob’s Texas, the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. It made an impression on me thinking it had to be a legendary spot and “The” place to go. So, we trotted on over, paid the $2 adult admission (kids get in free), and took advantage of the free line dancing lessons. The girls loved it, but “BoyGeeding” at least put on a brave face.
  • WifeGeeding couldn’t wait until we got to Heim BBQ to eat and to prevent her from getting hangry I bought her an early lunch. She enjoyed her Fletcher’s corny dog and Apple Orchard a little too much.
  • On our way to Heim BBQ we passed some sort Monet art installation.
  • While eating with friends at Heim we spotted TCU head football coach Gary Patterson hosting some recruits. I think I also saw him snap a pic of me eating as well when I wasn’t looking.
  • Despite what the LiberallyLean guy may tell you, this wasn’t a paid ad for Fort Worth tourism.
  • We watched last’s night’s ’20/20′ with George Stephanopoulos’ interview with President Trump and I got distracted with how Stephanopoulos tucks the smaller portion of his tie inside his dress shirt. However, I’ve gotten used to Trump and how he keeps his tie too long.
  • As most folks know, Stephanopoulos used to work in the Clinton White House. During his interview with Trump, I noticed how he would lean on the Resolute Desk for what I thought was a distinguishable amount of time. Sometimes, he’d put more weight on his hands than others. I have nothing to back this up, but I have a feeling that was a bit of muscle memory on his part and what he used to do when he talked to President Clinton in the Oval Office back in the early and mid-Nineties. In my mind, last night former President Clinton watched that interview and chuckled while seeing this and thinking, “Ha, that’s what he used to do me all the time, he hasn’t changed.”
  • Netflix’s Most-Watched Series Right Now May Surprise You (It’s Not Lucifer Or Black Mirror) – It’s their new series on the Central Park Five.
  • I’ve seen an uptick on stories about deepfakes. That’s when real video and audio is manipulated to make a person do or say something he or she didn’t actually say or do and it’s indistinguishable. I have a feeling deepfakes will become a factor.
  • Other than the Dobson family, no Texan likes the idea of Whataburger being sold to a Chicago firm. Whataburger will still be Whataburger, but it will now lack a shine. The only thing they can do to make up for it is to sell breakfast all day.
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, June, 14, 2019

  • Of all the songs in the musical Hamilton, “It’s Quite Uptown” sticks with me the most. The song describes Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza’s grief as they try to accept their son Philip’s death. They describe this process of grief as “The Unimaginable” with lyrics such as:
    – And learn to live with the unimaginable
    – They are going through the unimaginable
    – He is working through the unimaginable
    No parent should have to bury a child, it’s unimaginable. However, it happens. Today is the sixteenth anniversary of the death of my friend who was to be the best man at my wedding just a week later. I’m thinking of his mother specifically, who had to go through the unimaginable not once but twice. Unimaginable. The woman is the epitome of resilience.
  • Taking the dogs to the dog park near sunset is a slice of heaven.
  • Things I never thought I’d say, “I bought a linear actuator.” I didn’t even know what one was until earlier this week. It’s for a DIY project and I have no idea if it will be successful, but that’s the fun, isn’t it? Sometimes the greatest lessons and funniest memories happen during failure.
  • I’m a big fan of how the Spanish language will put the exclamation point or question mark at the beginning of a sentence. When I take notes at work, they are often like a Bag of Randomness, all in bullet point. However, if I write down a question I need to ask or find an answer to, I’ll use the question mark as a bullet point to easily identify them.
  • I’ll say this about Sarah Huckabee Sanders, she served her president exceptionally well. In the years ahead, may her legacy of serving President Trump follow her every step ahead.
  • What it takes to be a $200,000-a-year nanny
    • This story made me think of one of WifeGeeding’s friends whose first job out of college was to nanny for the Perot grandchildren. She lived on the estate in an apartment above the garage, like Fonzie but much fancier, and traveled the world with the family. I heard nothing but great things about the Perots. When she got engaged, they threw her a huge party which we were fortunate to attend and I got to meet Mr. Perot himself. I’m socially awkward as it is, but I never felt more out of my element.
  • Yesterday the movie trailer for the sequel to The Shining dropped, and while it may not live up to the original, it is entertaining if you’re a fan of the horror classic. I do think they could have come up with a better title for it than Doctor Sleep, which sounds like some villain in a Batman comic.
  • I Started An Online Support Group For Men Who Can’t Get Rid Of Their T-shirtsMainly, Of Course, Because I Couldn’t Get Rid Of Mine
    • Marie Kondo has helped me with this. I take a tiny moment to give thanks to it for the joy it has brought and the memories I’ve made with it and then toss it in the donation or future rag pile.
  • When Pepsi was swapped for Soviet warships
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June 13, 2019

  • It would have been nice if my air conditioner coils would have gone kaput before I decided to buy Hamilton tickets and stay the night in Austin. I have two units and have replaced two in about fifteen years, so not too bad. I think any owner of an HVAC unit can tell you the first time they were told they needed to replace the coils because initially, it sounds like that’s a cheap and easy thing to fix, then you find out its labor intensive and will cost anywhere between two to four grand.
  • I’ve probably only shined five pair of shoes or boots in my life. Furthermore, I’ve never had my shoes shined by anyone. Personally, I would find the whole experience of a person shining my shoes while I’m wearing them awkward. There’s nothing wrong with it, I’m simply socially inept.
  • As of late, I’ve noticed Jeopardy! will show obscure angles of the set going to and from commercial break. Because of this, I noticed that Alex Trebek sits on a stool behind his podium. That got me to wonder how long has he been utilizing a stool and if it’s only been since his cancer treatments.
  • Many, many moons ago while watching Jeopardy! with my father, I couldn’t stand the part of the show when Trebek would interact and interview the contestants. It seemed he begrudged the small talk, tried to rush it, and come off a bit posh. Now, he seems to enjoy it and takes his time.
  • Our new pastor has asked me to take part in a youth minister exploratory committee which confirms our new pastor is a bad judge of character.
  • I remember when the outlet mall in Hillsboro was a big thing. Now, that place is a ghost town. The Walking Dead should consider shooting some shows there.
  • A Plano mansion is for sale and the pool looks just as large as the house.
  • Grrrr – Google will stop syncing files between Drive and Photos
  • I’m not sure if this thread of tweets is true, but I was entertained. Here’s the first three for your consideration:
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Absolutely beautiful voice

I’m sure many of you have seen this but it’s new to me. The Irish sure know how to have fun into the wee hours of the morning.

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Hoverboard Testing

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Wait for it . . .

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 10, 2019

  • I’ve probably made the drive to Austin and back about five times, excluding any trips with my parents, but I always hear people complain about how bad I35 is. Perhaps I’m just lucky, but I’ve never really experienced a bad road trip to Austin. Of course, when you travel over 230 miles in one direction, you’re going to encounter construction and congestion, but none of it felt excruciating.
  • There’s nothing like driving down the highway and seeing someone your wife has dated plastered on a billboard endorsing a product because he’s famous and remarkably successful in his line of work. Perhaps I’d deal with it better if she would offer believable verbal affirmation that I wasn’t someone she lowered her standards and simply settled for.
  • Every time we drive by Baylor’s new football stadium, WifeGeeding, a Baylor alum, makes a comment on how it looks a bit cheap looking, especially the letters on the stadium. But she’s certainly happy they are no longer playing at the old stadium which was located way off campus.
  • We first stopped in Georgetown, TX so WifeGeeding could visit her brother and our kids could play with their cousin. Most of the visit was spent at the city’s waterpark which had this entertaining warning sign.
  • The next morning we decided to stop by Texas legend Round Rock Donuts to see what the hype is about. The place was packed and the drive-thru was about 20 vehicles deep. The donut itself was pretty darn good, and I can totally see why Texans hype it up. The yellow hue comes about because they use the yolk of the egg, not just the egg white in their recipe. I felt the texture was a little like a croissant and after the initial bite, there was a hint of a funnel cake like after taste.
  • We spent a lot of Saturday morning at the Texas State Capital, which is slightly smaller than the U.S. Capitol and is taller. My father told me he used to attend meetings there on business trips so it’s a place I always wanted to visit. While under the dome, I placed my phone under the dome and snapped this family selfie.
  • We were also very fortunate to visit the floor of the Texas Senate. A certain friend used to work on that floor and I couldn’t help but think of him. And despite BoyGeeding’s crazed psycho look, I couldn’t help but think of my mother. My mother used to make her own clothes. When she died, I didn’t feel comfortable donating them. DaughterGeeding discovered them one day and has started to wear them quite often. She’s wearing one of Mom’s shirts in this pic. I bet Mom would have gotten a big kick knowing he shirt was worn on the floor of the Texas Senate.
  • I was told each desk in the Texas Senate is 122 years old. At the top center of each desk, you’ll find a microphone. Back in the day, in place of the microphone were ink wells.
  • I was surprised to see two portraits hanging in the Texas Senate, people I’ve admired and both Democrats, LBJ and Barbara Jordan. I’m not sure why there is a portrait of LBJ, he was never a state senator, unlike Barbara Jordan. If it’s because he’s a former U.S. President, then I was curious why no George W. Bush portrait; but then again, W does have a portrait in under the rotunda with all former Texas governors. As for Jordan, who was an exceptionally eloquent speaker, I would have thought the long-held Republican-controlled Senate would have a party hero. So, to see her portrait hanging there, I was truly touched.
  • Random Texas Capitol factoid: From what I was told, every door hinge, yes, every door hinge, says “Texas Capitol”.
  • We had lunch at some converted laundromat which was stereotypical Austin. I love that city. It has such a cool vibe and the people are chill yet expressive. However, I pray In ever move there because I’m sure my impression of it would change quickly. One very cool thing about the restaurant, they gave us straws which changed colors depending on the temperature of the beverage. our waiter was nice enough to give us extras to take home for the kids.
  • The concert hall is located on the University of Texas campus across from the football stadium. There’s no free parking on campus. However, they had a huge tent outside the concert hall entrance to provide shade for those in security lines. Not only did they provide shade, but they handed out free bottled water to keep folks hydrated.
  • The kids asked if they could attend the musical in period-dressed attire, we said sure, why not.

  • I’ve really lucked into buying tickets for what I consider a reasonable price. This time we were only six rows back and almost dead center. The lady sitting next to me was from London, which was interesting considering the subject matter – claiming independence from her country. We got along swimmingly well, so much so, she asked, “May I ask you a rather rude question, how much did you pay for your tickets?” It turns out the two tickets she and her husband paid was equal to the amount of all four of my family’s tickets.
  • Sitting close was rather interesting as I could see facial expressions and the detail in the costumes. It was the exact same cast which we saw in Dallas. However, in Dallas, the audio sounded louder and a bit harder to understand the lyrics and dialog. In Austin, the audio seemed softer and the lyrics and dialog were much easier to understand as if it was sharper and clearer, and I’m certain it had nothing to do with me being more familiar with the musical. It was neat noticing things we didn’t the first time, being able to understand the story and how things linked to one another, and to see how they may have tweaked a thing or two.
  • DaughterGeeding more than loved the performance and it was neat seeing her sing along quietly. It was so great being able to experience all of it and the roller coaster of emotions with my family. BoyGeeding loved it up until Alexander Hamilton’s son, Phillip, died and later when Alexander himself died. My son was heartbroken and just kept sobbing. One theater member was so impressed with his attire and touched by his emotions that she said she would escort us to where the cast members would appear so he could get a photo taken with an actor or two. That was exceptionally kind and would have been nice, but BoyGeeding didn’t want any of the actors to see him in tears and couldn’t muster up the courage. However, as we walked to the parking garage we did see some of the cast step outside and wait for an Uber. It was a bit weird seeing them wear nothing but Star Wars shirts and shorts and going unnoticed by everyone else. But we just let them be and started out long drive home, BoyGeeding slept the entire trip.
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, June 7, 2019

  • I’m sure there’s a more elegant way to say this, but that man has been through some serious shit.
    • Some nice ladies decided to crowdfund his trip for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and it was adorable hearing him tell the story, “When they told me they were gonna put that on the internet or some place […] I said, ‘I’m gonna get one of the chairs here and get a tin cup and sit out in front. And I’ll bet you I’ll pick up more right outside here than you will through– through that.’ I said, “Who is gonna pay money for me to go over there?’ Larson recalled.
    • Here’s part of his story of landing on Omaha Beach:
      • “I stopped for a cigarette behind [a] berm, and my matches were wet,” he said. “I turned to– to my left, and not three feet from me there was a soldier. And I says, ‘Buddy, have you got a match?’ And he didn’t answer. I looked again, and there was no head under the helmet. The soul of that boy inspired me to [get] up at that instant and run for the cliff.”
    • And when he made it off the beach:
      • “There was Camembert!” delights Jake. “Am I even pronouncing that right? It was delicious, that Camembert cheese, but I didn’t know how you ate that thing – I was just a farm boy from Minnesota! Then they gave us champagne! Wow! Man! Did you ever drink champagne?”
  • It was nice to see Saving Private Ryan was on both AMC and the BBC last night on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I’m still pissed off that movie lost the Oscar to Shakespeare in Love.
  • My father died a month before the film was released in theaters. It bummed me out he never got to watch it.
  • I forgot Bryan Cranston was in the movie, he played a one-armed war department colonel and spoke 42 words.
  • When I was a kid and didn’t know any better, I thought war was a cool and glorified thing. I remember asking him if he was part of D-Day. His reply wasn’t very characteristic of his personality or at least not what I expected of the rough and tough-minded father I made him to be. It was a real grateful, “No, thank God I wasn’t.” I said something like, “Ah man, that would have been neat, why wouldn’t you want to be a part of it?” He went on to tell me how it was an unimaginable event and prayed I never had to experience anything close to it. Even though he wasn’t part of D-Day, he was a gunner on a plane (a PV-1 Ventura) that got shot down over the Atlantic and was lost at sea for a few days. I still have the telegram sent to his parents about being MIA somewhere.
    • Side rant: WifeGeeding says I’m tough to buy presents for, yet for over ten years I’ve hinted how I always wanted a model version of the PV-1 Ventura. Hmm, I wonder if any are still operational, that would be quite the experience to fly in one.
  • How did the History channel honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day? It aired a couple of episodes of a survivalist contest show called ‘Alone’.
  • An associate pastor at my church had to take a last minute flight to Brazil for a family emergency. The fastest way to get there was to fly from Dallas to CANADA and then a direct flight to Brazil. Man, that’s got to be brutal, and I think the way things worked out, he didn’t even stay in Brazil for 24 hours. I believe a family member was dying and it’s a custom to bury the deceased in less than a day after death.
  • The kids are so excited to see Hamilton this weekend they are dressing in period costumes to the show.
  • Punky Brewster may be coming back.
  • This picture and story on Jeff Bezos remind me of that scene in the movie Dave where the president says, “I once caught a fish this big.”

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