Bag of Randomness

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  • The family was about to go for a bike ride when I realized I forgot my helmet.  The garage door was closing and I grabbed the door to stop it from shutting thinking it would recognize an obstruction and reverse itself, only it didn’t which caused some bending on the panels.  I tried to fix it myself to no avail and then called someone for a quote.  The first repair guy said I needed to replace the top two panels and that would cost $350, but I’d be better off buying a whole new door for $550.  I didn’t think anything needed replacing, so I sent him on his way and called someone else.  The second guy added some braces and did a lot of adjustments in about two-and-a-half hours and it’s working as good as new for $175.
  • Now with the garage door fix, I’m out the money I was going to spend on a smoker.
  • Four-year-old DaughterGeeding asked what I was doing and I told her I was looking for something.  She responds with, “Daddy, I can help, I’m an excellent good finder of things.”  Right then and there my bad case of the Mondays went out the window.
  • Letterman was back from vacation and his Robin Williams piece wasn’t as I expected, but I guess for someone that really was his friend, there aren’t words.  Dave basically talked about their days starting out in stand-up and showed a video clip of Williams’ appearances on the show.
  • I learned from Reddit that Vermont has been free from billboards for 45 years.  It’s also my understanding that Maine, Hawaii, and Alaska are also billboard free.  If this happened in Texas, how would strip clubs advertise?
  • I’m kinda looking forward to FXX airing every Simpsons ever starting on Thursday.  If I can’t find anything to watch or need yet another reason to procrastinate, I have this for 12 straight days 24-hours a day.
  • I’m surprised no one had died from a heart attack or some kind of shock from these ALS ice bucket challenges.
  • Richard Marx was married to the girl in Dirty Dancing that was Johnny’s (Swayze’s) regular dance partner, Penny Johnson.
  • Once again the world’s highest paid model is Gisele Bundchen.  In second place is Doutzen Kroes who/whom I’ve never heard of.
  • In a conversation with a friend the topic of Bob Hope introducing the All American college football team came up.  My gosh I haven’t thought about that in a while and we were showing our age.
  • Johnny Manziel flipped off the opposing team last night which means he’s living up to that bad guy professional wrestler image I gave him and everyone is falling for it.
  • I expect SNL to have some sort of major tribute on the season opener - Don Pardo, Longtime Saturday Night Live Announcer, Dead at 96 - He also did the open for Jeopardy! and the Price is Right.
  • Nigerian Minister Sent Sierra Leone 4,000 Bottles of Holy Water to Cure Ebola
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A dog taking baby for jog or a baby taking dog for jog

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Done Right – Charlie Sheen Ice Bucket Challenge

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Richard Marx Video of the Day – Endless Summer Nights

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Little Person Wears A Hidden Camera To Record People’s Actions and Discrimination

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Bag of Randomness

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  • With the blister on my foot I switched to bike riding, but on my last bike ride I had a blowout and had to walk back which made the almost-healed blister painful again.  When the blowout happened halfway on my ride I wasn’t even upset.  For split second I thought about calling WifeGeeding to pick me up, but I thought the walk would make for some good exercise.  All I did was switch the workout on my smartwatch from Cycle to Walk.  On my bike ride yesterday two of the paths were closed due to flooding from all the rain we got.
  • My pastor sent me a letter asking me to be at yesterday’s service so he could recognize me in front of the congregation for the time I served as a deacon and the deacon moderator.  I attended the service yesterday and he forgot.
  • The storm disrupted the power at our church and there was only limited air conditioning in the building, and because of that, Sunday school was canceled.  It’s funny the lengths Christians around the world will go to to learn and worship, and when a modern convenience affects us we tap out quite easily.
  • About two months ago our local McDonalds had a massive renovation, then about three weeks out the neighboring Wendy’s closed for two weeks for their major renovation.  For some reason, the Wendy’s has about a ten foot long virtual fireplace that just looks like a waste of money.
  • I was concerned at all the businesses closing in my area along I35 but this weekend I learned they were all closing because of the I35 expansion.  Those buildings will be torn down; some have closed up for good, but others are moving to my side of the highway such as Pier One and Salt Grass.  Speaking of Salt Grass, I learned this weekend that the Lewisville location was the first DFW location and the sixth overall.
  • I was looking at Netflix and Google Play to stream Aladdin to watch with the family, but the Disney Channel was nice enough to run it commercial free in the wake of Robin William’s death.  They even added a nice little tribute at the end before the credits rolled.
  • When the heck did they remove the ice rink from Stonebriar Centre?
  • I’m certainly not a fan of Gov Good Hair With Glasses but those charges seem pretty mild.  Whatever the case, I still want him to run for president, we need the humor he’ll bring.
  • Five myths about presidential vacations
  • I wonder if the Brittney Griner engagement will make it in the Baylor magazine that appears in our mailbox.
  • I felt like another version of me with greater writing and grammar skills wrote this - Christianity Can’t Replace My Zoloft - But I can still hear in the back of my mind some Christians telling me that I only suffer because my faith/salvation isn’t genuine.
  • I think an important quality in a pastor is his or her ability to use current events to reach their congregation.  Robin Williams’ suicide is a huge opportunity to reach out to the congregation and reach those in depression.  I think if a pastor doesn’t take these sort of opportunities, they are either self absorb or lack the ability to relate to things outside church walls.
  • A man in South Korea was Baptised by Pope Francis and that man took the baptismal name “Francis”.  Until yesterday, that was the first I heard of the term “baptismal name”.
  • I think I hear something similar once a month - Irish Times: U2 Album Finished, Band Has OK’d Tour Schedule‏
  • From across the pond – Travelodge removes the Bible from every room: No one had complained… but chain ‘doesn’t want to discriminate’
  • For those interested in the light technology of the Dallas Omni, here you go.
  • IFC has been playing all the 60′s Batman shows and I caught one in which Gomez Addams  (John Astin) played the Riddler.  I was use to only seeing Frank Gorshin in the role.  Watching those episodes in syndication was great as a kid, but now as an adult I actually get and appreciate the humor so much more.
  • I finally watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier and that was the best action flick I’ve seen in a long time.  Seeing some of Paul Newman’s products in Robert Redford’s character’s fridge was a really cool way to pay homage.
  • Houston Mother Created An App That Makes It Impossible For Kids To Ignore Their Parents’ Texts
  • Turn Any YouTube Video Into A GIF By Just Adding “GIF” To The URL | TechCrunch
  • Star Wars fans rejoice -  Original, Unaltered Cut Of Star Wars Trilogy To Be Released On Blu-ray By Disney
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Nike creates first full-size LED basketball court in Shanghai

Sports brand Nike has created a full-sized basketball court with motion-tracking and reactive LED visualisation technology built into the floor to help American star Kobe Bryant teach his moves to young players in Shanghai.

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Just heard this on the radio, it brought back good memories

And the Goldie Hawn “football” part just makes me smile.

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Interesting iPhone Charger/Battery Case

All-in-One Power Solution for iPhone 5/5s

Backup Battery Case with Integrated Plugs for the iPhone 5 and 5s

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I cleaned the grates on my stove top

A while back I came across a Life Hacker article on how to easily clean stove top grates by putting them in a zip-lock bag with a some ammonia.  The trick is not to soak them in ammonia, but to seal the bag and prop the grates up so that the ammonia fumes will do all the work overnight.  I gave it a try and it worked quite well, with just a little bit of elbow grease.

The only modification I made was that I used some disposable aluminum trays with plastic lids (something like this) that we had laying around and placed a quarter-inch board on the bottom to prop up the grates so they would be exposed to the fumes and not soaked.  I did one grate a night and never had to refill the tray with ammonia.

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Where people who live in Texas were born

Texas is growing rapidly. The Texas-born population is itself booming, and additionally there is migration from all over the nation and a steady rise in an already large immigrant population. The net impact is that fewer Texas residents are natives than in the past.

Check out the full interactive graph at NYTimes.com for each state.

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Bag of Randomness

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  • I started this website nine years ago today.  Will it still be around next year?
  • I bet when Letterman gets back from vacation his first guest will be Billy Crystal to discuss Robin Williams passing.  As a fan of late night shows (get your head out of the gutter, people!) I’ve been curious to know what Letterman and Stewart will say and kind of bummed they’ve been on vacation.
  • Something for the fans of Legos and that Simpsons episode with the X-Files.
  • One of my readers that doesn’t live in the Bible Belt didn’t understand my reference yesterday about friends that hung outside dance clubs to witness to people as they walked to their cars.  I guess I need to understand I have readers outside of this state and may not be all that familiar with church talk.
  • WifeGeeding some sort of Baylor magazine in the mail yesterday that had the new stadium on the cover.  That particular cover photo made the stadium look cheap, but I’ve seen other pics that made it look like a jewel.
  • GIF – This tiger wakes up because he smells something to eat, but I’m amazed at his eyes roll from the outside in.
  • A major theme on last night’s ‘You’re The Worst’ was choosing between Phil Collins or Peter Gabriel.  Easy, give me Collins everytime.
  • I think it was Tom Landry that said you don’t want to be the guy that replaces the guy, you want to be the guy that replaces that guy that replaces the guy.  That’s was my first thought when David Gregory was named to replace Tim Russert, and my first thought again when Chuck Todd was named to replace Gregory.  Huh, both those guys have first and last names that can serve either as a first or last name – for some reason, I find people with those names hard to trust.
  • Yesterday I learned that the television graphics which occupies the lower area of the screen is called the chyron.  Jimmy Fallon mentioned it last night I it caused me to look it up.  Bono’s daughter was on the show promoting her new show with Clive Owen and Steven Soderbergh – The Knick.  She was named Eve because she was born on the seventh day of the seventh month at seven o’clock – “eve” is in the middle of the “seven”.
  • Language and Hateful Speech Warning – A woman almost gets into a car accident and totally goes off on a dude – YouTube
  • Dust from beyond our solar system fell to Earth from space probe
  • Buzzfeed - 13 Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of Classic Disneyland Rides
  • GIF – What happens when a thunderstorm hits the world’s busiest airport (ATL)‏ -It’s the flying in circles that gets your attention.
  • MomGeeding would have turned 66 today.
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