Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 21, 2018

  • Prediction – In the next ten years, the Super Bowl halftime show will be a WWE wrestling match.
  • The NFL Network is airing ‘A Football Life: Lawrence Taylor’ tonight, which I think is definitely worth rolling tape on.
  • I’ve always wondered how the media decide what picture to use of a person. For instance, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser. The only picture of her floating around is a somewhat off focus one of her wearing sunglasses which makes it look like a vacation photo. She’s a college professor, surely there’s a better picture of her around, something more professional looking. Especially in today’s world with social media and such, I’m sure there’s a better existing picture.
  • Does everyone get spam/scam calls? For instance, do “important” people like the Secretary of State, Generals running NORAD, or Tony Danza get such calls?
  • American Woman Sets New Bicycle Speed Record Cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek hit 183.932 MPH while drafting behind a drag racer in Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, besting the previous record of 167 mph
  • Abilene father, son kill neighbor over trash – The trash was a mattress, but I don’t’ know why these men aren’t wearing shirts.
  • Security video of a rat pulling down a fire alarm which caused a building evacuation.
  • Failed Attempt to Put Dead Whale in Dumpster ‘Was a Mistake’: PD – “We said, ‘baby whale,’ so everyone thought it was a small whale,” said the police chief of Rye, New Hampshire
    • When the whale flopped out of the dumpster the guy on the camera says, “Oh, whale.”
  • Meet The Man Who Lives At The Bottom Of The Grand Canyon – Sjors Horstman Has Spent The Last 30 Years Of His Life At The Bottom Of The Grand Canyon As A Volunteer For The National Park Service—one Of The Longest-serving Volunteers In NPS History.
  • Why, yes it was. Yesterday’s Bag of Randomness did indeed display a picture of the bowling alley in Mineral Wells. I was surprised some of you recognized it. I got a kick out the comment that the background gave a shoutout to that former D.A. in Wise County. If memory serves correct, that DQ used to be a KFC, that old classic structure they used to have.
  • It’s an old video, but it’s the first time I noticed how the catcher was uncertain about the ball.

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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 21, 2018

  1. Gabe Waggoner says:

    This is why we say that Abilene is “a good place to be from.” The house my mom just bought there is about a mile from Don Juan Street, though I don’t know where exactly the shooting was.

    Did you see the article about the rampant increase in scam calls (from the Washington Post and no doubt available elsewhere) expected for next year?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/09/19/nearly-half-cellphone-calls-will-be-scams-by-report-says/

  2. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Keith, you are correct that a classic KFC was in the vicinity. It just was not that building, but across the street. That KFC structure has since been remodeled into a fusion Asian restaurant. The DQ in the picture was one of two owned by the Hickey Family, one of the oldest active DQ franchisers in Texas. As children aged and moved away, the Hickeys sold that location to the Richeys out of Graham (another large DQ franchising family) and kept the original 2nd location on North Oak (North Hwy 281). That location is architecturally familiar to anyone who loved DQ in the 50s or 60s. Very retro & old school. Still a fantastic Beltbuster & onion rings! And shakes to die for. More info than you probably needed, but I thought you might enjoy. Keep up the great blogging Work!

    • Geeding says:

      Thanks for sharing all that MW DQ knowledge, though I’m about to date myself and disagree with you. The KFC you are referring to, the building which is now an Asian restaurant, is the second KFC building in MW. The old and first KFC in MW was located where that DQ is in the picture. It stood there before the PULSE time and temperature “tower”. That first KFC looked like the one that I linked to, one large singular pointed roof with four sides. I’m so certain about this that I’m willing to drive to Boyce Ditto and look it up on microfiche. 🙂 My parents used to have me drive to the North Oak location to pick up steak finger baskets, they included a side salad free of charge, unlike the East Hubbard location.

  3. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Keith, you have a better memory than yours truly. There was a KFC #1 before there was a KFC #2. I concede after digging through my old photos. Keep up the good work.

  4. Suzi says:

    My favorite NPS person/statistic is Betty Reid Soskin, at 97 the oldest active ranger in the service. She is a former Rosie who works at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Reid_Soskin

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