Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, April 10, 2019

  • I’m so happy I watched Dirk’s last game and especially glad I watched the post-game ceremony. Holy cow, Mark Cuban really knows how to honor a guy. Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Detlef Schrempf and Shawn Kemp, each of whom Nowitzki called his personal player influences were surprise guests. Larry BirdĀ never does this sort of stuff.
  • Dirk is so loved by this city. We were fortunate to watch him grow before our eyes, fight through defeats and setbacks, and celebrate the triumphs. The man could have easily left for another team, but chose to stay here and play for less money. Not only that, he gives back to the city in many ways. Charity, as you’d expect, but you find him rooting for all our local and Texas sports teams. And now, he’s going to make Dallas his home and proclaims himself a Texan. It was fun celebrating him and to see him celebrate us.
  • It was fun watching the Mavs play last night, seeing all the local celebrities be a part of it. I’m a little surprised former President George W. Bush wasn’t in attendance, but then again, I don’t recall him ever being present for any games at the American Airlines Center – he’s more of a Rangers and Cowboys fan. Oh, and occasional SMU basketball fan. But at least he made a video tribute.
  • I only want Dirk to play one more year, at least one game next year, for the sole reason that he wouldn’t have to go into the Basketball Hall of Fame with D Wade at his side.
  • I’m not a fan of lemon wedges in any of my drinks. Back in the day, I used to specifically request wait staff to not give me one because I didn’t to be wasteful, but now WifeGeeding will snag it and put it in her drink.
  • WifeGeeding received a text from our new pastor’s wife (the pastor doesn’t have a new wife, we have a new pastor who is married) late Sunday afternoon inviting us to dinner at a local BBQ joint where kids eat free on Sundays. They have three kids close to the ages of our kids, and she said it was a last minute sort of thing so don’t feel any pressure if we can’t make it. Usually, I’m a bit suspect when it comes to these sort of invites (remember, I’m a cynic). In similar past experiences, I’ve discovered an ulterior motive. For instance, there was a time some church friends invited us for dinner in which we thought they wanted to get to know us better but their real intent was to ask for money for an upcoming mission trip overseas. But, that wasn’t the case this time. All they wanted to do was spend some time together getting to know us and for our kids to play with each other, no asking us to volunteer or take part in something. They are new to the area and living in an apartment and I’m sure they just wanted to feel like a normal or ordinary family. I did my best not to bring up church-related stuff. Sure, the church is his is life and he’s my pastor, but I wanted him to feel like I was trying to get to know him as a person and as a friend. Usually, I fear interaction with other humans, but it was actually nice to step outside of my comfort zone and get to know someone new.
  • I’m so glad I got out of high school before promposals became a thing.
  • During a routine medical visit last week, it was revealed to WifeGeeding that she has a cyst on one of her ovaries. The doctor isn’t concerned (and neither are we) but she’s scheduled for a sonogram as a precaution.
  • I’m looking forward to watching this – Former Dunbar player ready to show his documentary about the legendary Robert Hughes
  • Despite living in Texas all of my and growing up in a small rural town, I still get annoyed when I see cowboy hats worn indoors. Lately, it has really bugged me when I see law enforcement representatives wearing them inside the White House.
  • We haveĀ Hamilton tickets for a performance later this month.
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, April 10, 2019

  1. Anonymous says:

    Refrain from posting this Keith. My wife had ovarian cancer (silent killer) Dr. Vasquez at the cancer center in Ft Worth I’m convinced saved my wife’s life. This kind of thing is no joke. Go 100% aggressive, there no second chances if someone screws up.

  2. Alec666 says:

    I forgot….demand a CA125 test. Sonograms sometimes can be inconclusive, sure there’s a mass but is it cancerous?. CA125 test is a sure determiner of the presence or absence of cancer.

  3. 41-21-1 says:

    Even though I’m not a Mavs fan, per se, as I’ve worn purple and gold all my life, I have the utmost respect for Dirk and watched the game and post-game last night. I heartily amen all you’ve said. I think Barkley nailed it: “he’s the nicest guy in the world.” In a world that can sometimes seems like nice is being overcome, we have Dirk’s example saying “hold on a minute with that outlook.”

  4. Jason A says:

    I’m with you on the “cowboy hats indoors” thing. Growing up, I was taught that you remove your hat when you go indoors. I know times change, but I tend to be old school about such things, particularly when it relates to politeness.

    Something that’s always intrigued me about cowboy hats is men who wear them while driving. It’s not a politeness or social-norms issue; it’s a “how-the-hell-do-you-fit-in-your-car/truck-with-that-thing-on-your-head?” issue.

  5. Bryan B. says:

    Dirk is such a class act. I’m not a big basketball fan, but I’m a huge fan of Dirk and what he’s done for the game, his team, and this city. I know Cuban can be a bit of a boob and has his detractors. That said, he commissioned a hell of a tribute to Dirk that kept the focus on the man himself. He limited the speakers to just himself, the coach, and players with almost no direct connection to the team (Detlef being the exception). It would have been real easy to parade around the 2 former coaches and a host of former teammates, but I liked the limit on that because it kept Dirk in the spotlight. I was surprised to hear he only made his retirement decision in the last week. I wonder if they would have moved forward with the full tribute last night if he had decided to stay.

    My 2 favorite Dirk moments: his emotional and immediate exit from the court after winning the NBA championship – it’s just a game, but the pressure he was under and the relief he was feeling was more real than most of us can fathom. And the video of him playing basketball in the hospital room with the kid while he was fully gowned, masked, and glove up. That video was put on You Tube by the kid’s family and not part of any media coverage. I ran across it again last night and it put a huge smile on my face. Just showed that he’s really a big kid having fun with life.

    I have a friend that’s a church pastor, not at my own church, and anytime we’re together I try to steer away from conversations that involve faith or church matters as much as possible. Being in the ministry is a calling and more than just an occupation or a job, but the need to have a bit of an escape from that is real. I don’t know anyone that likes talking about their job all of the time.

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