Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 8, 2017

  • I asked BoyGeeding if he was making any friends in his kindergarten class. He said not so much in class but he plays with his girlfriend from another class during recess. I asked what his girlfriend’s name is and he replied in the most incredulous why-would-you-even-ask-that way, “I DON”T KNOW!
  • Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Marvel at the Storms Bearing Their Names
  • Hurricanes Harvey and Irma certainly deserve a lot of coverage, but there’s a lot of pertinent news not getting attention.
  • I heard a great sandwich making tip the other day, though I think it applies more to burgers. Fatty spreads, such as butter or mayonnaise on bread, work as a barrier to absorb moisture, which prevents the bread or bun from getting soggy.
  • The poor guy has to go back to North Korea – Mexico expels North Korean ambassador over nuclear tests
  • While looking up Cal Ripken stats I learned there are two types of stripper poles, static and spin. It’s easier to gain momentum on a spin pole but it’s harder for the dancer to control the body. Static poles provide the dancer the opportunity to perform more powerful moves and not worry about momentum making them lose control.
  • I’ve never seen the movie It and don’t know if the new one is a remake or some sort of extension. I’m too lazy to look it up but not to blog about it and to fill up space for today’s post.
  • UT regent donates $25M to School of Social Work to alleviate students’ debt because ‘they’re heroes’
    • Hicks, a businessman with a UT government degree, doesn’t have a background in social work, but he said he’s always been focused on supporting institutions and causes that directly help people. He settled on the school after studying where he felt he could make the most difference. “I think we have a great society, but in every social system, parts of it break from time to time and the social workers are there to pick up the pieces, whether in the hospitals or recovery centers, assisted living facilities and the prisons,” Hicks said in an interview.
    • I’m sure there’s nothing to it, but I thought it was interesting he used the term “great society” which was the name of LBJ’s signature domestic program and that LBJ’s presidential library is at UT.
  • MensHealth.com – What Actually Happens If Your Penis Is Cut Off at Work?
    • “Your penis, per se, has no value,” says Robert Koenigsberg, a New York-based workers’ compensation attorney. “In New York, unfortunately, genitals and organs are generally worthless.”
    • The investigation turned up data for testicles as well—the national average is $27,678 for losing one on the job—but has no data for the penis itself. Koenigsberg explained that usually, workers’ comp is only calculated insofar as the injury affects your ability to work.
  • Study: Atheists behave more fairly toward Christians than Christians behave toward atheists
  • Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed
  • A few more thoughts and tidbits from my book about the relationships amongst presidents:
    • When George H.W. Bush first took office he did two things of note to seek the advice of former presidents.
      • He asked them what kind of daily briefings they’d like to receive to stay on top of affairs.
      • He asked if they’d like secure telephones installed in their office so he could speak to them directly day or night. All declined Bush’s special phone line saying they preferred their independence, except for Ford who even came to regard the handset as something of a bother.
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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 8, 2017

  1. Triple Fake says:

    I think the connection between Cal Ripken stats and stripper poles deserves some space here. The process may come in handy for some of us in the future.

    “Your penis, per se, has no value”.
    In relation to worker's comp, no. But the suffering and mental anguish will make you a bundle in the lawsuit against your employer

    • David Bryant says:

      Yeah, you cannot just through the Cal Ripken-Stripper Pole reference out there without providing more detail. I know Google is full of rabbit holes…but how in the world did you get THERE?

      • Bryan says:

        I agree. The Cal Ripken-stripper pole story and the penis amputation story make this the weirdest Random Bag in quite some time.

        I take it U2's performance came after you had the Random Bag ready to go. Bullet the Blue Sky was great. It's one of my favorite songs of theirs to see live. I saw the Trump-Kim Jong Un joke coming from a mile away, but it was still funny.

  2. ALEC666 says:

    Keith don't you know now everyone who does what they are suppose to do are heroes? …you're a good Dad, you are a hero, you pay your taxes and are a good citizen, bam, again hero status bestowed upon you….
    I could see if you went from Billy Ripken to stripper pole, at least on his baseball card there's a word which somewhat related to extracurricular activities…
    I ordered that very card today, when I saw the card been displayed on the Dan Patrick show, like any red-blooded American I googled it and found it on E-bay for sale, should be here Tuesday. My wife is not going to think I'm a hero for buying my son that card…

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