Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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  • I told y’all how happy DaughterGeeding was after the first day of school and couldn’t wait to go back the next day.  Well, the very next morning, she had to be woken up (she’s ALWAYS up before us) and said in a tired voice that she just wanted to stay home.
  • The wait to pick up our child was roughly cut in half yesterday.
  • When DaughterGeeding got home from school, she said kindergarten was boring.
  • I forgot to mention that my back ally neighbor, at 12:04 AM Monday, played Tevin Campbell’s “Round and Round” at such a loud level from their car, the bass caused my windows to shake.  I’ve worked at trying to be mild-mannered and slow to anger and all that jazz, but this made me livid.  They have a privacy gate, and the music was so loud they couldn’t hear me ask them to turn it off as it is now officially a school night.  This went on for about a good 25-30 minutes, at which point, I called the police.  However, one minute after I got off the phone, all the music stopped.  Also, I used to like that song and can’t recall the last time I heard it.
  • I think it’s interesting how all local television news websites don’t promote them with their call letters, with the exception of ABC affiliate WFAA.  However, you can use their call letters as the web address (ie – ktvt.com, kdfw.com, kxas.com) and you’ll still land on their homepage.
  • A month or two ago I suggested that it may be a good idea for brokerage account holders to enter a stop-loss trade in case the market tanked, especially since they are free until executed and you can renew each year and even get a reminder to do so.  On Monday, two of my stop-loss trades executed.  I bought Red Hat back in December of 2000 for $7.71 a share and it sold for $68.39.  I also bought Citi in march of 2009 during the financial crisis for under a dollar, and after a reverse stock split, it sold on Monday for $50.00 a share.  There is a part of me that would rather hold on to these even longer and hope they rebound stronger, and while I don’t take all of Jim Cramer’s advice, I do agree that you can’t be a pig.  And I would also like to take the time to note that I’ve made many, many bad stock decisions, but these two just happened to work out.
  • The more I think about Cris Carter’s advice of having a fall guy, the more upset I get.  But at the same time, I’m a bit disappointed that not one of those rookies questioned him about it on the stop.  It makes me think of how hard it is to stand up for what’s just when those among you are in group think.  I’m reminded of the time when those two frat boys at Oklahoma were caught singing a ‘There Will Never Be a N” song on a bus trip.
  • I can’t decide if I like the way Carter spells his first name or not.  Part of me likes the uniqueness, but I’m sure it bugged him when he was younger always having it misspelled.
  • The latest focus of the Baylor fiasco, at least from what I heard on the airwaves, is on President and Chancellor Ken Starr.  It was stated he was once the independent counsel for the Whitewater investigation, which was originally about real estate, but his investigation revealed graphic sexual detail of an affair which lead to the impeachment of a sitting president. With that strong proven ability to investigate and include strong sexual detail in mind, they blamed Starr for Baylor’s inadequate initial internal investigation, which was so insufficient (Baylor officials didn’t even look at the results of the rape kit report), the judge in the sexual assault case wouldn’t even allow defense attorneys to refer to it.  I get what they were saying, and I know he’s the top dog at that institution, and even though I can’t stand the man, I think he can only be held accountable if he had direct oversight.  However, as top dog, I’d think he’d be abreast of all trials regarding the rape of one of his students by another.  He was also criticized for initiating an internal investigation as opposed to an independent one. They stated that since he was once independent counselor for an investigation that lead to a sitting president getting impeached, he should know the importance of independent over internal investigations.
  • The ‘Star Trek’ Movie That Nearly Starred Eddie Murphy‏
  • io9 – Reddit user movielover278 made a neat comparison photo that puts a the size of a super Star Destroyer into perspective: it’s the size of Manhattan, give or take a couple of blocks.
  • Fascinating picture – Artist cuts away age rings of tree to reveal what it looked like at a younger age – Here’s a picture of the artist working on the tree, and a close up.
  • Since Barry over at LiberallyLean is a former DA, I’m interesting in what he’ll have to say about Dallas DA Susan Hawk taking time off for depression and her staff covering for her absence over the last three week.
  • Hey ‘Hard Knocks’, did we need to see Brian Cushing vomit three times?  But I want to forgive you for the comedic use of Top Gun volleyball scene music.  I will say JJ Watt’s throw to the upper deck of the stadium was impressive, and spot on.  That head coach is one heck of man with how he interacts with his special needs son.
  • Just for you, loyal reader Ben, and I already know it won’t but up to your standards and you’ve seen this elsewhere – Buzzfeed – The Ultimate Disney Parks Quiz
  • D Magazine – The Best Burger in Texas Nearly Killed MeChef Brian Luscher on the Grape’s double-edged success. – I was not aware of this place nor its burgers and fries, so now I have to try it.  However, it’s only part of Sunday brunch.
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • Today’s dose of Wal-Mart
  • I wasn’t aware it had a scent – Porn-Sniffing Dog Helped Bring Down Subway Star Jared Fogle
  • Stuff of nightmares – A family in Honduras apparently smashed the tomb of their pregnant 16-year-old daughter after she reportedly woke up screaming and banging inside her coffin one day after she was buried. – They stated there’s video of this, and it was one of those coffins with a viewing window.
  • That Donald Trump sure doesn’t have much of a filter, it makes me wonder how he interacts with his family.
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10 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  1. Bryan says:

    I've recently dealt with noise issues in my neighborhood, but it's motorcycles screaming down the street at all hours of the night. They all come and go from one house and, since one of my neighbors has declared war on them, I've been able to lay pretty low.

    The reason WFAA doesn't use its network call letters or name in its website URL: it is owned by Belo (or a subsidiary of Belo), an independent media owner. The other 3 local stations are network owned affiliates.

    And the frat boys singing the racist song were from Oklahoma, not Oklahoma State.

    • Geeding says:

      Big mistake on my part confusing OU and OSU, thanks for pointing it out. It's been updated. I hope I caught it before Towski read it. If not, FORGIVE ME Towski, forgive me.

  2. Ben W. says:

    What a quiz! I (proudly) went 25/25, but man, there were several that were really tough. For example, #12 – looks like Magic Kingdom, but if you look closely in the background, you'll see the spires of the Tomorrowland entrance that give away the fact that it's Tokyo Disneyland. Fun fact: Tokyo Disneyland, which opened in 1983, combined all the best of Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom into a lovely hybrid that is essentially a "greatest hits" park.

    Having just spent a few days in Manhattan, the concept of a spacecraft being the size of the island is astounding. And when you begin to consider that the ship is not flat, but rather has hundreds of decks, it becomes even more stunning. And yes, I know it's not real, but still…

    Today's dose of 'Murica: Who the hell needs a flamethrower???? Seriously, what citizen needs a flamethrower?

    Of course it has a scent – regrets and loneliness, right?

  3. Triple Fake says:

    you got me! The link to the porn-sniffing dog is click bait. The dog can sniff out electronic devices, not the content within.

    The noisy neighbor wouldn't have gotten a request from me, unless the noise was accidental or unavoidable. Loud music at that time of night is an indication of drinking/partying, an attempt to cover up some other noise, or just plain rude jackassery. I'd call the police and let them handle it. And the fact that it's a school night matters not. It's inexcusable whether you're trying to sleep or just sitting around watching TV.

    The Donald interacting with his family is their business. My concern would be how he handles the rest of the world. He can't fire Congress, the media, or foreign heads of state. And being rude or dismissive as leader of this country in the majority of interactions with any of those groups is just wrong, regardless of how right you may be on an issue

  4. @KatherineMCox63 says:

    I am not surprised that the rookies didn't question what Cris Carter said. After all the trouble in the NFL they probably assumed that the NFL had someone with integrity speaking to them. I know the are considered "pro" football players now, but he's a Hall of Famer. That doesn't exempt him from being a jerk though.__I am by no means a Baylor fan or a Art Briles fan but, didn't they receive an email telling them that he was in good status? I suppose that now programs need to hire a private investigator to research transfer. He's not my problem mentality seems to be increasing.__The Donald is a showman. Calling people names when the leader of the free world isn't going to work. I really hope he takes his toys and goes home. Just like a 4 year old does when they don't get their way.

  5. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    Enjoyed the links as usual, but have to call out the pic of the large carved away tree that reveals the "younger" tree inside. That is a fantastic mashup of art and nature.

  6. Jason H.G. Truitt says:

    I gotta' tell you, the hamburger at The Grape is pretty good. BUT–it is a very distant second to the kobe beef/foie gras burger at San Antonio's Boiler House. Boiler House may be good enough for 1st and 2nd place, in fact. Certainly go try it because it's so close to you, but make the effort to go to San Antonio for Boiler House. Everywhere we go my wife and I try one burger place, one wine place (her picks), one BBQ place and one beer place (my picks).

    We've covered the state pretty well.

  7. RPM says:

    There is no way Ken Starr would ever hold himself to the same level of scrutiny he held Clinton to. He may, however spend the same amount of money and achieve a similar result.

    I've always been a Texans fan ( as my #2), but I just became a huge BoB fan.

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