Bag of Randomness for Monday, May 15, 2017

  • I don’t remember much after my procedure due to the anesthesia, but WifeGeeding said I was adamant about going to Meat U Anywhere for some brisket and breakfast tacos. When we arrived home I went to sleep, but when I woke up I thought I smelled smoked meat on my clothing and was confused. WifeGeeding told me what happened and said, “Who am I to refuse BBQ?”
  • A timer alarm on our Amazon Echo went off Friday evening to WifeGeeding’s and my surprise. It turns out BoyGeeding set it as soon as we arrived home after my procedure. The doctor stated I couldn’t drive for 12 hours, and BoyGeeding set the timer to let me know when I could drive again.
  • I really like how Melissa McCarthy gave a backstage tour of the SNL set, especially allowing the audience to see what it’s like to walk through the door all guest hosts walk through to start the show. One thing which stood out was the words written in Sharpie, “Have fun.”
  • Never did I think Liberty University would invite a sitting president as their commencement speaker who once, in all seriousness, refer to II Corinthians (Second Corinthians) as “Two Corinthians”, on their campus nonetheless. But then again, the president of that university referred to then candidate Trump as “Evangelicals’ dream president.
  • Melania Trump Says White House Movie Theater Will Now Be Open to Public Tours For First Time
  • The Austin American-StatesmanIf Cornyn gets FBI post, who replaces him? Here are 5 possibilities.
    • Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick; U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul; R-Austin, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush; U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin; Eva Guzman, Texas Supreme Court Justice
  • We ate at the Collin Street Bakery in WifeGeeding’s little hometown of Lindale, Texas yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised to see Tesla charging stations. It’s right off I20, so I guess it’s a good place for them. Now, if I only had a Tesla.
  • Craig Miller of 1310 The TICKET sometimes has a segment called “You’re An Ass If…” in which listeners email him about inconsiderate people. I emailed him yesterday about an experience which happened on Saturday.
    • I took my wife and kids (ages five and six) out for an early dinner on Saturday night, and since the patio was in a shaded area and no one else was out there, we decided to dine outside. About ten minutes later a young adult woman also decided to dine on the patio. She was all alone and decided to stream the old NBC drama “ER” on her iPhone at maximum volume for the entirety of her meal just a table away from us. To add to it, small speakers, like that on a mobile phone, operating at a loud volume where you can tell it’s stressing the speaker and the quality is compromised, is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
  • It’s like a dragon from ‘Game of Thrones’ – Shockingly lifelike dinosaur fossil makes public debut
  • I’ve ranted about my dislike about “Undercover Boss” before, about how the undercover executives don’t really implement any real business change and just end up cashing in on emotional stress of a few employees by giving them a promotion, an expense free vacation, or something of the like. However, Friday’s episode was great because it swayed from the concept. Instead of a boss being undercover, they had Darius Rucker of country music and Hootie and the Blowfish, disguised and interacting with street and bar musicians. It was more of a “surprise mentor” show. At one point, he bet a street musician who could earn the most money from passersby at opposite street corners. Rucker felt humbled as a person who played in sold out arenas but easily ignored for his craft on the street and losing the bet.  In the end, he helped three musicians by upgrading their instruments, paying for music education to help fine tune their craft, paying for a record to be recorded, and getting an audition to be set up with a record executive. I’d love to see more of this, where a musician embarks on a journey to find rough and hidden talent in disguise at hole-in- the-wall places but later becomes a mentor to help them get their career started.
  • U2 this and that . . .
    • From what I’ve read and seen about their first concert of this new tour, it’s still grand and there’s use of modern day special effect, but it’s a bit scaled back as if to reflect how things were back in the Eighties.
    • If you are curious as to what the opening song is, that is, the song played before they take the stage, click here.
    • When I bought my tickets I mentioned that tickets aren’t printed, emailed, or at will call, but it’s the purchasing credit card which will act as tickets. It’s one way to discourage scalping, but it caused long lines.
    • Watch the World Premiere of U2’s ‘The Little Things That Give You Away’
    • Buying a ticket means you consent to being photographed and recorded.
    • WifeGeeding’s coolness factor was questioned when she asked me if we were taking DART or driving to the concert. She was thinking it would be held at the American Airlines Center, which has DART service. It will actually be at AT&T Stadium which doesn’t offer any public transportation. I just looked at her funny in a teasing sort of way, and then she said, “Oh, that’s right, it’s at Texas Stadium,” which caused an immediate eye roll from me since it was imploded back in 2010.
  • Conquer Monday like this dog conquered his little problem

    That dog has better problem-solving skills than some of my coworkers

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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, May 15, 2017

  1. Seymore says:

    Collin Street Bakery drove by the Lindale one on Saturday on the way to Blue Moon Gardens. The Collin Bakery in Greenville, Texas, and this one in Lindale seems to have few customers. Never was sure of their pick of locations. Maybe my timing is bad.

  2. Ben W. says:

    Had Collin Street Bakery once in Waco. That was enough for me.

    Are venues just cutting back on costs for security by limiting entrances now? My daughter went to see The 1975 at the Allen Event Center a few weeks ago, and it took them over an hour to get in the door. Why? Because there were a grand total of 2 single-file entrances. The place only holds 8,000 people – if it was staffed appropriately, there's no way it should take that long to get people inside. And if that's the venue is cutting entrance security to save a buck, it sure is short-sighted by management. Get people in the door as fast as you can, and that's more time that they are there to buy beer, concessions, and merchandise.

  3. Bryan says:

    I dealt with the replacement credit card issue for my U2 tickets today. I paid for the tickets with my debit card and it was compromised with fraudulent charges a week later and cancelled by the bank. I did a customer service chat today with Ticketmaster and they gave me an email address to send a request to for a card change. A friendly rep called me back about 3 hours later and I simply had to give him the new card number and expiration date. Much easier customer service experience than I expected from a company with as dubious a reputation as Ticketmaster.

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