Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, February, 6, 2019

  • Shepherd’s pie is back in season at Costco. However, it no longer comes in a rectangle container but in an actual pie container and with real pie crust.
  • The only two pies I’ve ever eaten is shepherd’s and chocolate. I’ve never been fond of fruit, and as such, never been tempted to try apple, cherry, blueberry or any related pie. I’m not a fan of sweet potatoes or pumpkins, so I have no reason to try those pies. I do like pecans, but the look and smell of pecan pie is unappealing to me. At this stage of life, I have no desire to try them or add another item to an already unhealthy diet.
  • To answer your Book of Mormon questions – if you are easily offended, don’t even consider going. I have a high tolerance for this sort of stuff and it entertains me. The play is clever and inventive, anything crude or vulgar is done for more than simple shock value. It’s not for everyone, and it was funny seeing a small number of septuagenarians and octogenarians. They either had no idea what they were getting themselves into or very chill.
  • I read that President Trump spent five hours rehearsing and editing his speech. He’s well known for not doing a lot of preparatory work, and he considers it one of his strengths, so I’m not sure if I’m surprised by that number.
  • I saw Buzz Aldrin was at the State of the Union last night, it looked he wore his necktie short to compensate for the president’s typical long ties.
  • I can’t find it a GIF or video of it right now, but there was a real ‘House of Cards’ moment when the camera feed showed the back of the president who then turned around and looked at the camera with a head nod. Well, he was actually looking at VP Pence, but it was just like a scene with the president breaking the fourth wall.
  • In case you didn’t know, last night’s designated survivor was Energy Secretary and former Gov of Texas, Rick Perry.
  • The timing of this photograph cracked me up.
  • President Trump has a drinking problem.
  • Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) is brought a custodian who works in the Russell Senate Office building to the State of the Union address Tuesday night as his guest.
  • My old DVR used to tell me when a show or movie was originally aired or released, which I miss. My new DVR will tell me if a show or movie is airing for the first time but not that other piece of fun detail. First world problem, yo.
  • 3d map of crime incidents in Dallas in 2018 
  • Janie’s House – Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler opens home for abused women in TN
  • I enjoy listening to “The Takeout”, a podcast hosted by CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett. It’s mostly casual political talk recorded over a meal at a Washington, D.C. restaurant. Recently, his guest was Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, and I thought it was worth a link. Whether or not you believe such a position is warranted, I think he’s an interesting and accomplished man:
    • He’s the first African American and the first Seventh-day Adventist to hold the office.
    • He served for over 27 years in the United States Navy Chaplain Corps, rising to the rank of rear admiral (upper half) and ending his career as the chief of chaplains of the United States Navy.
    • He earned three separate Master of Arts degrees in divinity, counseling, and management. Black also holds two earned doctorates: a Doctorate of Ministry and a Ph.D. in psychology.
    • He attended a lot of schools – He is an alumnus of Oakwood University, Andrews University, North Carolina Central University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, now known as Palmer Theological Seminary, Salve Regina University, and the United States International University, now known as Alliant International University.
    • Black is a vegetarian. He has said, “that is not something that is a test of fellowship in my church. I’m a vegetarian because I grew up that way and I believe it’s a – it’s a rather healthy lifestyle.”
  • Deadspin has a new article on Baylor – How Baylor Happened. I didn’t read it and have no idea if there is any new information, but the article does look lengthy so I’m guessing there’s something new. Maybe it’s because their former head football coach and major league asshole is interviewing for a new job to bring him back into college football. I think the former Baylor AD left for Liberty, I’m sure they’ll take him without blinking.
  • As soon as they turn 18, members of North Carolina’s Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians become eligible to receive a check that can reach into the six figures. – What do you do when you’re young and suddenly flush with cash?
  • Cosmopolitan has an article about author Joshua Harris and his old book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, standard reading for any evangelical youth or college kid in the late Nineties, as I was one of the many.
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, February, 6, 2019

  1. RPM says:

    Can’t believe you’re not a pie guy! My Mom was a baker so I’m a big fan of all types. My Granny made an awesome sort of mince/apple/raisin/pecan hybrid. It was her own recipe and died with her. My all time fave is blackberry cobbler. We had a few blackberry thickets and would pick several buckets every year.

    I have 2 dvr. The older one shows better info.

  2. barry tu says:

    Wow, I thought the Barry Black interview was outstanding. Shout out for turning me on to that! Have a good one.

  3. Gabe Waggoner says:

    I’m afflicted with a similar pie aversion. I like some fruits but usually not the corresponding pies (such as apple and blueberry). I also never got the hang of pecan pie. Derrick thinks my mom’s recipe is the best he has ever tasted, but I never cared for that grayish-brown sludge that underlies the pecan stratum. And although I like lemon meringue or coconut pie (because the crust and the filling are tasty), I can’t stand the meringue itself. It reminds me of some slimy piece of styrofoam. Mom sometimes would replace the meringue with a layer of homemade whipped cream, which was must better.

  4. Bryan B. says:

    I don’t mind most pies, but it’s not at the top of my dessert rankings. I didn’t even try pecan pie until I was an adult and, while I enjoy it occasionally, there’s still something about it that I don’t like. I’ll go a long time without it after trying it again.

    Can you imagine the Vice or W like movies that could emerge from a Rick Perry presidency?

    I’ve only used 2 different DVRs in the time that I’ve had one (15 years or so). The first was the DirecTV Tivo, which was probably the greatest DVR ever made. I loved everything about it. I’ve had the Uverse DVR for the last 10 years or so. I hated it at first, but I’ve gotten used to it and its quirks.

    The teaser for the Baylor article on Facebook hinted at loyalty toward Baylor. I’m amazed at how silent my social media friends from Baylor are on this scandal. They were always very defensive about any Baylor criticism prior to that. Regardless, it sound like Southern Miss has decided to not go with Briles.

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