Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, July 10, 2018

  • That’s a picture of WifeGeeding’s parents. I think it’s a lovely picture. Last week marked 50 years of marriage. Their children threw a nice party for them on Sunday afternoon and I think eighty-percent of the population of Lindale, TX showed up. There are certain things about small-town life you simply can’t replicate in the big city. Sometimes I really miss that about my hometown and I’m sad my kids won’t experience it like both of their parents.
  • I tweeted last week I wasn’t blogging for a bit because WifeGeeding had me working on a family project. Well, it was one of those video slideshows set to music for WifeGeeding’s parent’s 50th-anniversary shindig. Their whole family watched it together the night before and it was played on a projector in a loop for the party.  If you are interested in watching it and seeing pictures of a family you’ve only heard about, here you go. I felt I did more than a halfway decent job. Those projects can become addicting and consume you. One of WifeGeeding’s older sisters was a dead ringer for Sandra Bullock back in the day. On a few occasions, strangers have stopped her and ask for an autograph or picture. I always thought WifeGeeding had a Marissa Tomei appeal to her.
  • You may recall we’ve been having trouble with our SUV. Since we didn’t trust it enough to make the trip to East Texas with the family, WifeGeeding and the kids took the DART light rail system and Amtrak. They loved it. The nearest DART station from GeedingManor is four miles away and the Amtrak station closest to WifeGeeding’s parent’s house is less than ten miles. They left in the middle of last week but I stayed at home to work.
  • WifeGeeding and I bought her mother’s SUV. I risked driving our ailing SUV to East Texas. Her father is nice enough to try to sell it for us and we drove our newly owned SUV back. It’s a Buick and I’m ecstatic. Buicks are very popular on the Geeding side of the family.
  • When the wife and kids were away I bought a basketball goal. I decided to assemble it indoors instead of outside. It was cooler and I could do it at night with good lighting. The kids loved this new indoor court, it was better than the one hanging on a closet door. It was nice of WifeGeeding to allow us to keep it inside a few days.
  • Yesterday I had an allergy scratch test and the results were compared to the same one performed on me three years ago. The good news is that treatment has made me less reactive to many allergens. However, the person who performed the exam stated she was surprised at my results because she’s never seen anyone like me before. Patients sometimes develop a new allergy to a few things, but she never seen someone develop so many new allergies like me.
  • This Thursday, July 12 – Build-a-Bear announces amazing one-day, ‘Pay-Your-Age Day’ deal
    • Parents of infants must pay at least one dollar for their child’s choice of animal and adults will not be counted as “a day over 29.” Customers also have an option of buying an unstuffed toy and come back at a later date to stuff it, which would be a great way to avoid crowds.
  • Southwest Airlines will stop serving peanuts in August
    • When I worked there as a contractor in their technology department you could easily find bags of peanuts to snack on.
  • Documentary series can be fun to watch, but sometimes the genre gets a bit tiresome. For instance, the showcasing of a particular decade has been done so often there should be a documentary about documentaries about decades. Last night I caught an episode on A&E named ‘Cultureshock: The Rise of Trash TV’. I’ve never really been interested in the likes of Jenny Jones, Maury Povich, Jerry Springer, or Geraldo Rivera, but the show was interesting and took me down memory lane recalling how popular they were to my friends in college. I’m curious to know if the special included ‘The Morton Downey Jr. Show’ which was pretty popular when I was in high school. I do recall confusing Morton Downey Jr. and Robert Downey Jr. often.
  • Also on last night, The Outsiders. I might actually like the movie better than I did the book. I’m shocked it wasn’t required reading for WifeGeeding when she was in school.
  • Stay gold, Ponyboy…Stay gold.
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, July 10, 2018

  1. RPM says:

    Congrats to the Geeding in-laws. 50 is quite the milestone. Glad to hear your vehicle situation has been corrected. The Enclave has a pretty good track record.

  2. Ben W. says:

    Congrats to In-LawGeedings! And I know what you mean about those video projects – I just did one for our daughter’s high-school graduation, and it took so much longer than I had anticipated.

  3. Bryan B says:

    Congrats to you in laws! Slideshows like that are consuming. I made one for my daughters first birthday and I think I stayed up until 3 in the morning finishing it up the night before her party.

    My mom has a Buick SUV and she loves it. I imagine she’ll drive it until it falls apart.

    I flew Southwest in June and I believe peanuts were not served on either flight. Just cookies and pretzels. I have to wonder: a) Are peanut allergies on the rise or are we just hyper aware? b) If they aren’t on the rise, what did all of these people do when we were kids? The same questions could apply to gluten, wheat, dairy, and whatever else everyone seems to be allergic to these days.

    I know people of our age associate the “stay gold, pony boy” quote with The Outsiders, but I wonder how many younger people think of the play on it in the bathroom scene in Step Brothers.

  4. JMJ says:

    Great tribute video! Who was the vocalist on “I’ll Walk Beside You”?

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