Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 24, 2019

  • We ate at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House for lunch yesterday and a young adult woman brought what I assumed to be her emotional support or companion dog which literally sat at the table. A manager stopped by and the dog quickly removed his paws from atop the table as if he knew better. It appeared the manager was asking for some sort of card or paperwork but the young lady had a little trouble finding it, which I didn’t anticipate. I’d thought she would be used to having to show that sort of stuff and have it at the ready, especially since the dog didn’t have a vest or anything else to easily identify its role. Eventually, she provided the documentation and the animal stayed seated in the chair for the entire meal.
  • We traveled to the east Texas town of Van for a family reunion of sorts, WifeGeeding was included as a cousin. I got a kick out of these cookies. Van has a strong oil history.
  • BoyGeeding spent a good amount of time fishing with his grandfather. He caught eight perch and two catfish. I think DaughterGeeding finished the day catching two catfish, she wasn’t as into fishing as her brother.
  • Some of you are experts at smoking meat, so I was wondering what y’all would think about this setup. I was impressed. The was the back porch of a relative’s house.
  • One thing I thought most strange about this family reunion was that I didn’t see anyone take any photos, especially considering today’s culture. Further, I was surprised there wasn’t one big group/family photo taken. I wasn’t expecting anything professional, but the scenery was beautiful and there was a 93-year-old in attendance and someone who traveled as far from California. I just thought there’d be a picture to show all the different generations since they don’t gather often.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • The most commonly spoken language in every US state, excluding English and Spanish
  • Has travel demand to the Dominican Republic dropped and are hotel prices lower? – A 10th American has died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic
  • We caught a little bit of the Wallenda tightrope walk last night, which reminded me of the time this guy’s safety harness came off and laughed it off. But back to the Wallendas, one of their relatives, Karl, fell to his death at the age of 73, here’s video of it if you are interested.
  • I think most people would at least chuckle at a horse playing with a rubber chicken which makes a squeaky sound.

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9 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 24, 2019

  1. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Enjoy Babe’s a great deal. Simple tasty food. The dog at the dining table is a too frequent occurrence these days. More entitlement than true need. Having a relative that uses an ADA assist dog, I can tell you that putting the paws on the table is a sign of an untrained dog. You can buy vests, collars, and docs off the internet to “certify” your animal, absent actual training. Ruins it for the folks who truly need the help of one of these gifted trained animals. Just because you say your Yorkie makes you feel better, doesn’t mean you should be allowed to self-certify and tote them everywhere unimpeded. Sorry, hot button for me.

    • Ben W. says:

      I’m right there with you. The ADA is very clear as to what service animals must be accommodated and what businesses can ask. If more businesses would follow the rules, you’d see less of this nonsense. But they’re all too afraid to get blown up on social media, so spoiled people get their way – cleanliness for the rest of us be damned.

      • Bryan B. says:

        I work for a business that has a vested interest in limiting non-quarantined animals on property and our lawyers cautioned us against questioning the necessity or legitimacy of service or emotional support animals. We recently scored a minor victory on limiting access to certain areas, but even then we were warned to be certain that enforcement is consistent. The litigious world we live in is a real thing and has to be considered by small businesses concerned with maintaining a public image. It’s easy to say, “just fight it”, but not everyone can afford to be the guinea pig.

        • Ben W. says:

          I get that (I’m a lawyer), but following the ADA guidelines on what businesses can ask couldn’t be easier, and if every business would do it, it would eliminate the fraud issue that is ultimately only going to harm the people who legitimately need a service animal. While I absolutely understand the pressures on small businesses about this, I think following the ADA guidelines is the best option – that way you are never susceptible to the argument that you’ve made unequal accommodations to anyone.

  2. Laura says:

    I am embarrassed to say that I completely geeked out Friday night when I spotted you and the family out (for dinner?) I wanted to say hello so bad, but was star-struck! My husband thought I was crazy! We ate at the Rodeo Goat, and it’s my new favorite burger place.

    • Geeding says:

      Ah, heck, I wish you would have stopped by. I would have loved to have introduced my family. It’s folks like you that keep me motivated to continue this “hobby” of mine. I know a was a bit tired that evening, hope I didn’t appear too grumpy.

  3. owen says:

    Clearly he did not do the extra rope jiggle at the end of assembly.

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