Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

  • I would think the most surreal moment for any new U.S. president would be landing on the White House front lawn in Marine One.
  • There are times I’m jealous WifeGeeding got to attend a private university and didn’t have to pay one college expense and not work during those years. And there are times I think I’m the fortunate one having to take out student loans and work during my college years because it built integrity and allowed me to learn some really valuable life lessons of stretching a dollar, time management, and sacrifice. Either way, I do like to tease her about her lush college experience. That intensified yesterday when I learned she moved into a fully furnished apartment when she lived off campus. I’ve only heard of these “fully furnished apartments” on the TV and the big screen, I had no idea they were a real option, especially for college kids. One of my favorite memories was moving out of my freshman dorm and packing everything in my car. One of my best buddies was doing the same and was parked next to me. He shut his truck, took a deep breath, and just started to laugh saying, “Keith, all of my life possessions, my life’s work, fit in the truck and back seat of my car. If I wreck this thing I’m done for.”
  • One of the greatest feelings in the world is paying off a long-term debt, it’s literally freeing. It must also be a great feeling never having to get into any long-term debt.
  • WifeGeeding’s ovarian cyst decreased from four centimeters to two.
  • One of these events happened in Florida.
  • Annie Oakley won 54 of 55 libel lawsuits against newspapers but collected less in judgments than the total of her legal expenses. William Randolph Hearst published a false story that she had been arrested for stealing to support a cocaine habit. The woman actually arrested was a burlesque performer who told police her name was Annie Oakley.
  • A senior data visualization engineer at Netflix thinks she has come up with a better grocery store receipt.
  • This video was uploaded to YouTube back in December but it’s the first I’ve seen of it. Two 17-year-old boys are challenged to dial a phone number on a rotary phone in less than four minutes.
  • I love the encouragement from his peers.

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One Response to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

  1. Bryan B. says:

    Your statement about the satisfaction of paying off long-term debt really got me thinking. My wife and I have financed only 5 cars in nearly 21 years, but only actually paid off 2. Of those 2, we drove one for 17 years (her for 3, me for 14) to 240k miles and the other my wife drove for 9 years to under 100k miles. It was very satisfying to pay those off. In the midst of driving those 2 cars into the ground, we paid off just under $60,000 in credit card debt in less than 4 years. Nothing is more satisfying that getting rid of a monthly expense the equivalent of a house payment that is almost literally going toward nothing tangible.

    The rotary dial phone video looks like a bit to me. I have trouble believing that a little logic and reasoning wouldn’t lead them down the right path a little quicker. Of course, I’m actually old enough to remember having a rotary dial phone in the house and, when I worked at Six Flags in my teenage years, they still had a handful of rotary dial phones in some work areas.

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