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- Yesterday morning, the Muser on The TICKET interviewed a Flat-Earther and someone I consider a 9/11 denier. There are some folks in which you simply can’t find common ground, literally.
- I love Amazon Prime but I don’t find Prime Day appealing.
- Yesterday, WifeGeeding was told that one of her high school friends committed suicide by hanging herself in her parents’ bedroom. I’m not sure how else to phrase that, but I’d like to clarify that I wasn’t speaking about WifeGeeding’s parents’ bedroom.
- It was so strange, even comedic, and once again, I’d love this set to the music from ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ – Lights go out as Trump says he has ‘full faith’ in US intel agencies
- I try not to comment on President Trump’s appearance because I don’t want to come off as tawdry, but when he was interviewed by Jeff Glor I was distracted by the tan lines around his eye. At least it was distracting on my HDTV, which may or may not have a liberal bias.
- The Atlantic – The White House Transcript Is Missing the Most Explosive Part of the Trump–Putin Press Conference – It’s not clear whether the omission was intended, but the meaning of a key exchange is dramatically altered as a result.
- I don’t often link to Cosmopolitan – The CNN Baby Boom: How 8 Pregnant Journalists Have Covered This Relentless News Cycle
- This teacher on a plane talked about her low-income students. Passengers overheard and gave her more than $500 in cash.
- South Padre – Texas man reels in 14-foot hammerhead shark
- That’s a picture of WifeGeeding in kindergarten, sometime after she had her eye removed if memory serves correct.
- Back in the day, she could twirl with the best of them.
- She ran cross-country in high school.
- She thought bangs for her senior portrait would look nice.
- This is a picture of her on her first night in college.
- She once competed in a triathlon.
- She gave birth a couple of times.
- But totally embraced pregnancy.
- She could have tried modeling with that look in her eye.
- Someone at CBS News did some smart planning. They got their lead anchor to interview President Trump at the Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland ahead of his Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But what impressed me was that they went ahead and scheduled a follow-up interview on Wednesday. Trump hasn’t been interviewed by a network anchor since Lestor Holt back in May 2017. That follow-up is a great idea.
- Has Prince William ever had a hot dog? An investigation
- It appears no, however: When Prince William’s great-grandparents, King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth, better known as the Queen Mum, paid a visit to President Roosevelt in New York at Hyde Park, the president and royal family had a “picnic” where hot dogs were the main course.
- More toll roads in the future? – Some GOP Senators Want to Slash Gas Taxes — and Federal Highway Spending
- Republican Sens. Mike Lee, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz introduced a bill Tuesday that would dramatically reduce federal involvement in transportation systems in the U.S. The Transportation Empowerment Act would slash federal fuel taxes and highway spending over five years while eliminating the Highway Transportation Fund mass transit account.
- Which Car Brands Have the Most (and Least) Loyal Owners?
- Based on the data, we found that the brand with the most loyal owners is Lexus, followed by Mercedes-Benz and then Ford. The brand with the least loyal owners is Volkswagen, followed by Mazda and Volvo.
- What’s in This?: Frozen Pizza – All 45+ (mostly terrible) ingredients in this bachelor-pad staple, explained (yep, even thiamine hydrochloride)
- Christian Bale’s infamous Dark Knight voice was the only option
- I love that picture of the Frech President celebrating during the World Cup final between his country and Croatia. One of the top comments on Reddit about the photo gave me a pretty good chuckle.
- In a tomb in Paris, Napoleon’s corpse suddenly fist-pumped. For France had finally achieved victory in Russia.
- It was also fun reading the Reddit comments on how well his shirt is tucked in despite being so animated. There was a small debate on whether it stays tucked in because of a well-tailored shirt or if he’s using a shirt stay. I’ve never heard of the latter and think they would feel awkward to wear, but keeping a shirt well tucked is always a struggle for me and I might just be willing to try them out. In my “brief” research about the item, I did see many men caution how they can suddenly unclip and hit the family jewels (YouTube, language warning).
- Well, I now know exactly how Archie Manning felt every time Eli and Peyton had to play against each other. Our kids are in a basketball league but play for different age groups. DaughterGeeding’s opposing team didn’t have enough players show up so BoyGeeding was asked to play. Oh, the tension of seeing them compete against each other, I tell ya. Too bad CooperGeeding didn’t get a chance to play, he’s the one with the real talent. (That’s a TICKET joke for the handful of you that are out there.)
- These things have always captivated me, I love how artistic and quirky they are – The stories behind those iconic ‘SNL’ photos
- Presidential golf club bag:
- I’m not opposed to government spending as long as it’s not wasteful, this is wasteful – The Air Force’s $10,000 toilet cover
- Officials said last week that the U.S. Air Force paid about $10,000 each to replace toilet seat covers on the C-5 Galaxy, a Vietnam-era military cargo plane that is still in service, at least three times and as recently as last year.
- One thing that will absolutely ruin a dining experience for me is a wobbly table. I’m looking at you, The Theodore, at Northpark Center.
- Make yourself at home, Mr. President.
- I love the sense of humor of these Royal pilots.
- For as little as $7,000, the Red Sox will allow you and a group of 20 of your friends to take part in catching batting practice in center field.
- Here’s a Whataburger playhouse I spotted at Dallas’ Northpark Center. It’s part of a contest to raise fund to prevent child abuse, but I didn’t like the tagline for the promotion, “Abused Children Can’t Wait” or something close to that. When I first read it, it sounded like the children couldn’t wait to be abused.
- I took BoyGeeding to get a haircut yesterday. Or as my father would say, he got them all cut. His stylist said she takes her kid to Six Flags at least once a week. I told her that sounds like a beating especially waiting in lines. She said she’s never waited for more than fifteen minutes for any ride. I found that surprising. Back in the day I remember waiting for over an hour for certain rides, and back then I didn’t have a smartphone to entertain me, I was forced to interact with friends and take in the surroundings.
- It’s about time President Trump gave Putin a nickname.
- If you are local and a fan of NPR’s “This American Life”, Ira Glass will be in town this Saturday.
- According to his former classmates, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh puts ketchup on his pasta. I’m okay with this, but putting ketchup on a chicken-fried steak is where I draw the line.
- A Family Of Woodchucks Ate Paul Ryan’s Car
- House Speaker Paul Ryan explained Thursday that a family of woodchucks moved into his Chevy Suburban recently, eating the wiring, and rendering the car useless.
- As a top congressional leader Ryan has a security detail and hasn’t been allowed to drive in three years.
- The Verge takes a deeper dive into this phenomenon.
- On the way back from East Texas we dined at a Furr’s Cafeteria. Well, I guess they are called Furr’s Fresh Buffet now. I decided that everything right with America was being viewed in front of me. I also decided that everything wrong with America was in front of my eyes.
- GIF – Plywood bending
- Beck remix U2’s “Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” and there’s a new stop-motion animation video for it.
- The man is simply a great actor, and I had no idea how well he’d do after ‘Cheers’. Sure, he’s great in dramatic roles, but there’s no beating his Zombieland performance. Well, maybe Kingpin – Vulture – Every Woody Harrelson Performance, Ranked
- Vulture has also updated their ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ rankings. I love hearing how these comedians, artists if you will, go about their craft. And one thing that I never tire of is them telling their stories of their first ‘Tonight Show’ appearance.
- DFW comes in 13th, aided by WifeGeeding’s sense of humor – America’s Robot Geography
- DFW Airport and Love Field routes that generate the most cash for airlines
- DFW – L.A., Chicago O’Hare, Sydney
- Love – Atlanta, L.A., NY LaGuardia
- Even though WifeGeeding can’t see out of one eye, she always cleans both lenses of her glasses.
- WifeGeeding will hang wrinkled shirts back in the closet and will iron them as she wants to wear them. I don’t put shirts back into the closet unless they are ironed first.
- I helped a neighbor yesterday transfer a lot of pictures from a very old computer. She spent hours trying to get her old computer to work. The issue was actually pretty easy to resolve. There was nothing wrong with her computer, it was her monitor that was on the fritz. I let her borrow one of mine and she was finished transferring pictures in no time.
- I saw a lot of reports stating Croatia is the second smallest country to make a World Cup final. It annoys me when articles state such claims and don’t list what who the smallest country is to make a World Cup final. In case you are wondering, Uruguay is the smallest country to do it, they won the 1930 and 1950 World Cup finals.
- The news reports and footage of the plane crash and rescue in Alaska reminded me of an old television show I used to love to watch in syndication, ‘Northern Exposure’. Maggie O’
Connel piloted a similar plane to and from Cicely.
- The news footage of Kay Bailey Hutchison sitting next to President Trump at the NATA summit was interesting. One could easily see on her face she regrets ever working for this administration. I need to see a clip of her reaction set to ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ music. I’ll give the president credit, he campaigned on standing up to NATO and for them to contribute more and he followed through. According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly looked upset because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese.
- I’m not sure if this will make sense, but I have no problem when someone is reasonably picky about something.
- At the bottom of this article is a “Report A Typo” option. I’ve never seen anything like that.
- Flying Passenger Trains Could Be Coming Your Way
- With Akka’s futuristic concept, passengers would board a train-like tube at a neighborhood station and have their retinas scanned for security during the ride to the airport. Wings would then be attached to the pod for take-off.
- Miami man with no arms charged with stabbing Chicago tourist
- Miami Beach police say 46-year-old Jonathan Crenshaw held a pair of scissors with his feet and stabbed 22-year-old Cesar Coronado just after midnight Tuesday. The Miami Herald reports that Crenshaw is a popular fixture in the area, known for painting on canvases along a trendy spot in South Beach.
- Peter King’s NFL column returns next week with a new name and a new home
- The ancient library where the books are under lock and key – Inside a specially built, temperature controlled room at Hereford Cathedral, hundreds of medieval manuscripts sit chained to their shelves, exactly as they did centuries ago.
- These guys are fast.
- There’s a lot of money when it comes to fracking – Worthless Just Two Years Ago, West Texas Sand Now Brings in Billions
- Houston Chronicle – These are the 50 greatest Texas movies ever. Ever.
- I had no idea that there was any sort of legend behind a shooting star on a Tootsie Pop wrapper.
- It has been rumored that local convenience stores used to give a free Tootsie Pop to anyone who brought in a wrapper containing the image of the shooting star. Unfortunately, we do not know how this rumor started and Tootsie Roll Industries has never actually honored this promotion. In fact, the shooting star appears on 1 in every 4 to 6 Tootsie Pop wrappers, just as frequent as the other images appear. However, we do believe the star is a sign of good luck to come.
- The New York Times has an article about the twentieth anniversary of the tragedy in Jasper, TX
- Sheriff Rowles, 73, thinks about the crime that for a while, at least to the outside world, defined Jasper. He sees things this way: What happened on an old country road is a permanent scar that time is finally healing. “Do we ever get over something like that? No,” he said. “And we shouldn’t. But it finally doesn’t come up in conversations every day any more.”
- “They killed him because he was black,” Sheriff Rowles, who is white, said plainly, nodding his head to emphasize this truth was not negotiable. “This was the first time I heard the words ‘hate crime.’”
- The Washington Post – What we buy can be used to predict our politics, race or education — sometimes with more than 90 percent accuracy
- The AtlanticThe Epic Battle Between Breast Milk and Infant-Formula Companies –
- I’ve never been a fan of the comic, his humor makes me uncomfortable.
- Dick Cheney autographs a waterboard at request of Sacha Baron Cohen
- Sarah Palin says she was duped into interview with Sacha Baron Cohen
- The Daily Mail reports that the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee said she unknowingly participated in an interview for what turned out to be Cohen’s just-announced satirical series, “Who is America?”
- A lot of drama at the Mesquite, Texas Sears. Anger and cursing warning.
Welcome to Mesquite, Texas pic.twitter.com/bpWxrfSdPO
— David Sosa (@davidsosaa_) July 10, 2018
At first, I thought it was something related to the Texas Rangers baseball club.
The “Pray for 45” T-shirts — white, with blue and red lettering — are on sale in “Ruth’s Attic,” the library’s bookstore, or at billygrahambookstore.org (click on Apparel).
The pro-Trump T-shirts sell for $15.99. The online ad for them includes a pitch from Scripture: “The Bible says to pray for ‘all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence’ (1 Timothy 2:2). Wear this t-shirt as a reminder to lift up our president in prayer.”
- That’s a picture of WifeGeeding’s parents. I think it’s a lovely picture. Last week marked 50 years of marriage. Their children threw a nice party for them on Sunday afternoon and I think eighty-percent of the population of Lindale, TX showed up. There are certain things about small-town life you simply can’t replicate in the big city. Sometimes I really miss that about my hometown and I’m sad my kids won’t experience it like both of their parents.
- I tweeted last week I wasn’t blogging for a bit because WifeGeeding had me working on a family project. Well, it was one of those video slideshows set to music for WifeGeeding’s parent’s 50th-anniversary shindig. Their whole family watched it together the night before and it was played on a projector in a loop for the party. If you are interested in watching it and seeing pictures of a family you’ve only heard about, here you go. I felt I did more than a halfway decent job. Those projects can become addicting and consume you. One of WifeGeeding’s older sisters was a dead ringer for Sandra Bullock back in the day. On a few occasions, strangers have stopped her and ask for an autograph or picture. I always thought WifeGeeding had a Marissa Tomei appeal to her.
- You may recall we’ve been having trouble with our SUV. Since we didn’t trust it enough to make the trip to East Texas with the family, WifeGeeding and the kids took the DART light rail system and Amtrak. They loved it. The nearest DART station from GeedingManor is four miles away and the Amtrak station closest to WifeGeeding’s parent’s house is less than ten miles. They left in the middle of last week but I stayed at home to work.
- WifeGeeding and I bought her mother’s SUV. I risked driving our ailing SUV to East Texas. Her father is nice enough to try to sell it for us and we drove our newly owned SUV back. It’s a Buick and I’m ecstatic. Buicks are very popular on the Geeding side of the family.
- When the wife and kids were away I bought a basketball goal. I decided to assemble it indoors instead of outside. It was cooler and I could do it at night with good lighting. The kids loved this new indoor court, it was better than the one hanging on a closet door. It was nice of WifeGeeding to allow us to keep it inside a few days.
- Yesterday I had an allergy scratch test and the results were compared to the same one performed on me three years ago. The good news is that treatment has made me less reactive to many allergens. However, the person who performed the exam stated she was surprised at my results because she’s never seen anyone like me before. Patients sometimes develop a new allergy to a few things, but she never seen someone develop so many new allergies like me.
- This Thursday, July 12 – Build-a-Bear announces amazing one-day, ‘Pay-Your-Age Day’ deal
- Parents of infants must pay at least one dollar for their child’s choice of animal and adults will not be counted as “a day over 29.” Customers also have an option of buying an unstuffed toy and come back at a later date to stuff it, which would be a great way to avoid crowds.
- Southwest Airlines will stop serving peanuts in August
- When I worked there as a contractor in their technology department you could easily find bags of peanuts to snack on.
- Documentary series can be fun to watch, but sometimes the genre gets a bit tiresome. For instance, the showcasing of a particular decade has been done so often there should be a documentary about documentaries about decades. Last night I caught an episode on A&E named ‘Cultureshock: The Rise of Trash TV’. I’ve never really been interested in the likes of Jenny Jones, Maury Povich, Jerry Springer, or Geraldo Rivera, but the show was interesting and took me down memory lane recalling how popular they were to my friends in college. I’m curious to know if the special included ‘The Morton Downey Jr. Show’ which was pretty popular when I was in high school. I do recall confusing Morton Downey Jr. and Robert Downey Jr. often.
- Also on last night, The Outsiders. I might actually like the movie better than I did the book. I’m shocked it wasn’t required reading for WifeGeeding when she was in school.
- Stay gold, Ponyboy…Stay gold.
- As most of you know, DaughterGeeding is named after my friend who was to be the best man at my wedding, who died a week prior in a drowning accident. When DaughterGeeding plays a sport and I verbally root for her, I always catch myself trying to say his last name, like I used to do for him when we played intramurals in college.
- I wonder if there has ever been a toilet seat used by both Queen Elizabeth and a sitting U.S. president.
- LeBron James is going to the Los Angeles Lakers. If anyone bought his Cleveland Cavaliers jersey over the last three months from Fanatics with an American Express card, they can exchange it for a Lakers LeBron jersey at no charge per their Fanatics Jersey Assurance Program. I think that’s pretty cool of the company, even if it’s limited to American Express customers.
- When I saw this story on ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ I couldn’t help but laugh, though I can’t find the story on their website and thankfully everyone is okay (minus a finger). A woman in Australia was hand-feeding a shark who drug her into the water. That’s terrifying enough, but the story further states she fell into crocodile-infested waters. Sharks and crocodiles together?! That sounds like some evil plan Dr. Evil would dream up, though both animals would have friggin’ lasers strapped to their heads.
- Teacher Accused of Trying to Hypnotize Students, Forcing Them to Call Him ‘Master’
- Texas man accused of biting rattle off of rattlesnake, slipping it into rival’s RV
- According to the police report, Sauter found a rattlesnake later that day and used his teeth to rip off the end of the reptile’s tail, silencing the deadly creature. He then allegedly opened the door of Monroe’s trailer and placed it inside.
- As of July 1, Best Buy stopped selling music CDs. The last music CD I bought was on February 27, 2009, when U2’s No Line On The Horizon was released. Now, like the rest of the world,d I just buy my music online.
- While listening to Freakonomics podcast I learned I’ve been using the term “steep learning curve” incorrectly. I thought a steep learning curve meant it took a long time or a lot of effort to learn something. However, if something has a steep learning curve, that means that it’s acquired very quickly.
- 3-year-old cancer survivor serves as flower girl in her bone marrow donor’s wedding
- Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar
- A clip of Bono and The Edge of U2 playing to a small crowd from a porch in Cape Cod. You can watch the whole performance on the @U2 YouTube channel
Bono and Edge played at a beach house in Cape Cod today, performing for 200 radio contest winners. They played Vertigo, Stuck, Every Breaking Wave, Summer Of Love (live debut!), Love Is Bigger & One. Video via bboydave55. pic.twitter.com/IggrJUzGXZ
— U2start.com (@U2start) June 30, 2018