Bag of Randomness

  • Last year was WifeGeeding’s first Mother’s Day as a mother, so I bought her a pair of diamond earrings.  This year I reset bar by giving her a $5 gift certificate to Whataburger.
  • However, GirlGeeding gave her mother a gift certificate for manicure and BoyGeeding gave her one for a pedicure.
  • I caught The Avengers this weekend, here are some non-spoiler thoughts:
    • I normally don’t like going to the theater.  Sometimes you have to get there very early just to get a seat, and then at the movie start time, you have to sit through 15-minutes of previews.  And then you lose the ability to pause the movie and use the restroom, but I forgot how great it can be to watch a movie with an audience observe and be part of their reaction.  It’s more fun to laugh together than to laugh alone.  And yes, at the end of the movie, the entire audience clapped, but I think fans of comics and sci-fi tend to do those kind of things.
    • Another great part about watching a movie at the theater is that you really are able to escape everything going on in your world for two hours and be transported into the land of make believe (hat-tip, Mr Rogers).  In other words, you really get to escape reality.
    • I was amazed at how it seemed each super hero got what I thought was equal billing or screen time.  I never felt that it was so-and-so’s movie at any one time or one person had more lines that the other.
    • The comedy in the movie is magnificent.  It’s snuck in at the most unexpected places and it works.
    • I tend to notice product placement in movies, and this movie had a plethora of them that almost made it distracting for me.
    • Scarlett Johansson doesn’t have red hair, but she does in this movie which would make her live up to her name, but her charcter’s name is the Black Widow.  There were two scenes that made her posterior the center of attention of the screen, it was almost too obvious.  It’d  rather they at least not make so s-years ubtle.  And for some reason, her performance didn’t do much for me, I think I would have rather seen Olivia Wilde in the role.
    • The actor that played Bruce Banner was beyond excellent.
    • Cobie Smulders, from How I Met Your Mother fame, was better than expected in this movie.  I thought I would have a hard time from seeing her as her character from her show, but she pulls it off, and I think she was the best looking woman in the movie by far.
    • Captain America has a much better looking costume in his movie than what he had to wear in this movie.
    • At one point I thought Stan Lee wasn’t going to make a cameo, but thankfully he did.  I just wish it was done in a better way.  Side note, when he dies (he is , 89-years-old afterall) the reaction from his fans will break the Internet, and his fans depression will only deepen and turn to anger when non-comic book fans start to ask who he is and then say something like, “Oh, I thought he was Asian.”
    • The scene after the credits was simple, creative, and hilarious.
  • The 1992 Cowboys got together for a reunion, and I think it’s funny in this photo that one of them couldn’t get recognized.  That will be a blow to the ‘ol ego . . . you win a Super Bowl and come back 20 years later to relive the the greatest accomplishment of your life and you can’t get recognized.
  • During 60 Minutes a retired CIA officer caught my attention when he said, “I never met a North Korean who didn’t like pornography.”
  • CBS Sunday Morning had a tasteful segment on women’s breasts, their mystery and their vulnerability.  In the segment, the very first woman to have breast implants was interviewed.  I think they said she is now a great-grandmother living in Houston, and yes, she still has them.
  • Ten years ago if you told me a Mormon would be giving a commencement speech at Liberty University, I would have said you were nuts.  What this tells me, is that the university is more political than spiritual.
  • There’s a local story about how rare white buffalo was killed (murdered, I guess) on an Indian ranch and how they are mourning.  But a woman in Oregon actually has 14 of them on her reserve, and is willing to give them one.
  • A great U2 clock
  • This guy implanted magnets under his skin so he can attach his iPod to himself.
  • A Democrat classmate of former President George W. Bush at Yale tells a story of how W stood up for a gay classmate.
  • Two senate candidates, Tom Leppart (former Dallas mayor) and Craig James (yes, the sports dude), had some sort of debate on WFAA yesterday.  I think James won because he wore an overly large American flag lapel pin and Leppart didn’t.
  • There’s one Republican candidate running for some kind of local office who has a commercial that states and cites Fox News that the price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 83 percent since Obama took office.  Well, since it’s on TV, it must be true.
  • Justice Don Willett’s commercial ends with him reading the Bible to one of his kids that is sitting on his lap.  I guess that means he really knows the law.
  • I think George H.W. Bush was better at “presidenting” than campaigning, but I think George W. Bush was better at campaigning that “presidenting.”  Both, however, are good men of character.
  • CJ Wilson is known as being a major douche, but at least he thinks highly of his former teammate Josh Hamilton and the lineup.
  • Tempting link of the day that is NSFW - 16 Grisliest Crime Scene Photos From 1920s NYC
  • Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan shows off his conversion van.
  • Phil Collins is touring Texas this week to talk about the Alamo.
  • Pit Bull rescues owner from train’s path
  • Study: ‘Helicopter parents’ produce neurotic kids
  • Baby duck takes a leap of faith.
  • Healthy black spring water for sale
  • One of my favorite toys to play with in elementary school.
  • Pathemata Mathemata
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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. towski says:

    Thistle blocks were awesome, but I never knew what they were called. Boy-towski will definitely have a set.

  2. dan says:

    ■"There’s a local story about how rare white buffalo was killed (murdered, I guess) on an Indian ranch and how they are mourning. But a woman in Oregon actually has 14 of them on her reserve, and is willing to give them one." Actually, the different news stories said that a white buffalo occurs only once in every one million births. How many buffalo are there in this country?!

    "Well, since it’s on TV, it must be true." A corollary is that if one says something enough times it becomes true.

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