Bag of Randomness for MLK Day 2018

  • If you are notified by legitimate sources you’re about to be hit with an ICBM, which probably carries a nuclear warhead, you’re going into a mode most people can’t comprehend. Some people may have even prepared to kill themselves. However, with all that said, I think the employee in Hawaii who made that drastic mistake shouldn’t be fired because I’m certain he or she would never make that mistake again. I imagine the guilt and shame that person feels is overbearing.
  • Elvis Presley lived 15,561 days. As of yesterday, I’ve lived 15,478. I have to live 83 more days to outlive Elvis Presley.
  • WifeGeeding’s best friend lives in El Paso and her daughter is in the Girl Scouts. She was going door to door in their neighborhood trying to sell Girl Scout cookies and one lady asked in a jovial way, “Do you know who I am?” The little girl and her mother didn’t have any idea, but the lady revealed she was the CEO of the Girl Scout. While she didn’t buy any cookies she gave her a special patch.
  • I’ve been rooting for Case Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings all year. Keenum’s father used to coach at Hardin-Simmons University when I was a student and he was very active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He’d help run the FCA summer camps and I’d help him out as an RA. I wasn’t close to him but really respected the guy. You may recall that I’m one of several trustees of an FCA sponsored memorial scholarship. A few years ago, Case made a sizable but anonymous donation to it totally out of the blue. The scholarship is named in honor of my friend Micah. Case was a friend with Micah’s step-brother who unexpected died and made the donation to honor his friend’s death. This news has never been public until now.
  • The Minnesota Vikings beat the New Orleans Saints yesterday. Steve Gleason is a legendary player for the Saints, so much so there’s a statue of him outside their stadium. Sadly, Gleason’s battle with ALS left him paralyzed. However, the man has a great sense of humor, check out this tweet he sent out yesterday:
  • Sometimes I just miss the simpleness, and I dare say humbleness, of using hymnals and a piano (and maybe an organ) in church.
  • I wonder if it’s possible to attend a church worship service in which an overhead projector or television isn’t used.
  • I love the rock band U2. I love the band’s guitarist, The Edge, and think he’s pure rock and roll. However, The Ege wearing shorts and hiking sandals is not very rock and roll and something I never wanted to see. It’s like seeing Chuck Norris wear a skirt.
  • Baptist preacher’s crusade against ‘sinful’ school vouchers steps on Texas GOP leaders’ toes
  • Chernobyl’s Transformation Into a Massive Solar Plant Is Almost Complete
  • Car soars into second-floor dental office in bizarre California crash
  • Getting back to football: Ex-Cowboy Babe Laufenberg shares son’s cancer battle
  • Fla. Mom Mistakenly Killed in Murder-for-Hire Love Triangle
  • One of London’s leading restaurants will today start pioneering a new pricing model based on the travel industry, with different charges depending on the day of the week and time of your booking.| Article
  • Pregnant? Pee on this IKEA ad and you’ll get a discount on a crib
  • David Letterman’s Netflix Show
    • I loved it, but I wonder if I loved it because I’m a very nostalgic person and I yearn for the days of when Letterman and Obama were a part of my everyday life.
    • The show is filmed in a studio in New York and the audience doesn’t have any clue who Dave’s guest will be, which I think is a great concept. However, even though the show is named “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman”, Dave still introduces his guest.
    • While there is an audience, it seems they are encouraged to be reserved. This is great, and for the most part, you think Dave and Obama are alone.
    • I love the pace of the show, there’s no rush with the interview or conversation trying to wrap things up before the next commercial break. I’m sure a decent amount was left on the cutting room floor, but it seems like their conversation was quite lengthy and they could just enjoy each other’s presence.
    • I wonder how different it felt for Dave to not be sitting behind a desk during an interview and not having any notecards and such. Simply eliminating a desk makes a conversation or interview more engaging and open.
    • Dave is still quirky and self-deprecating, but now he does it in a more wiser and reflected manner.
    • I liked it when Obama started to ask Dave questions and wish Dave would have gone with it more.
    • I’d love to see Jon Stewart have a similar show.
  • Last Jedi stuff:
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for MLK Day 2018

  1. David B. says:

    I would be interested in a ‘post’ on what it takes to run a scholarship. You’ve written a little bit about how you guys select the recipient, but I am curious about the process from setting it up to funding it. Just a thought…

  2. Nathan Hart says:

    Watching the Letterman/Obama episode was as delightful as it was hard. Obama is so thoughtful, present, and sophisticated; it makes me realize just how tragically far the presidency has fallen in the last year.

  3. Rick Miller says:

    I attend Calvary Lutheran Church near NE Mall (mid cities area). We don’t have any TV’s or overhead projectors in our services. It’s a throwback to the good old days of a preacher preaching, using hymnals to sign songs, and not feeling the need to “entertain” the attendees with TV’s, slide shows, etc. Tell your brother Ben I said hello. We went to high school together in MW

  4. Suzi says:

    I have attended a church where projection isn’t used. It’s a small Episcopal church in Albany, CA.

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