Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 1, 1019

  • It’s April Fools’ Day. It used to be fun a handful of years ago when businesses starting to get into the act for the first time, but now that almost all of them do it, it’s become a bit prosaic.
  • BoN used to participate in April Fools’ Day. Two jokes I’ve tried to pull was writing a post which stated I was retiring the blog and I once redirected any visitor to BoN straight to FoxNews.com.
  • This is not a joke. A loyal reader sent me this article and I immediately signed up as a donor. I thought about it for one second and thought, how could I not?  It’s one of the few things I’m uniquely qualified for.
  • I bet college basketball coaches have closer relationships with their players than college football coaches. In basketball, the squad is much smaller and because there are more games, they spend a lot of time together on road trips.
  • On Friday night we watched Alien as a family. I didn’t intend for everyone to watch it, I started it and it just happened to capture everyone’s attention and WifeGeeding allowed the kids to stay up past their bedtime.
  • This needs to be updated, but I like it better than the traditional brackets.
  • This is neat.
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, March 29, 2019

    • That’s DogGeedingII trying to get WifeGeeding’s attention.
    • When I hear someone say, “I’ll be more than happy to . . .”, I don’t believe them. However, if I hear, “Not a problem,” I do believe them, though I can’t stand the phrase. It makes me think I’m intruding or asking for something out of the ordinary.
    • I’m not a fan of being called “Boss” by any wait staff or customer service representative. As a rule, don’t call your customer any nickname.
    • When I was a busboy and then a waiter, I was instructed to never spray cleaning solution on the table but directly into my washcloth. Spraying on the table spreads a scent to those nearby which takes away from the food, and there’s a chance spray mist might land on nearby food or people. I was also taught to fold my washcloth into fourths. One side would be used for cleaning and the other for drying. When the cleaning side gets too dirty, I fold the washcloth to a clean side. Before being taught this technique, I went through a plethora of washcloths.
    • ‘Alien’ Helmer Ridley Scott Gives Thumbs Up To High Schoolers Who Adapted His Sci-Fi Classic: ‘Do Gladiator Next!’
      • I saw some highlights of the high schoolers’ play earlier this week and failed to mention their creativity despite a lack of resources. But I’m glad to see Ridley Scott is recognizing them and this part of his letter really stood out to me. Sometimes, less is definitely more.
        • Limitations often produce the best results because imagination and determination can surpass any shortfalls and determine the way forward – ALWAYS.
    • Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Eisenhower’s death. Here are some interesting tidbits about his burial:
      • Casket – $80 Government Issue requested by Eisenhower. The only difference between his casket and those furnished for any soldier buried by the Army is an inner glass seal that cost an extra $115. It was lined with tailored eggshell crepe.
      • General Dwight D. Eisenhower was buried in his World War II uniform. It consists of “pink” trousers and the green “Ike” jacket that he made famous. Although he was one of the most decorated military men in history, his uniform had only the following medals: Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, March 27, 2019

  • I know Whataburger was founded in Corpus Christi, but I’m willing to bet there are more Whataburgers in Corpus than there are Starbucks in Seattle.
  • I visited a Chick-fil-A which uses a trash compactor for all customers to dump their trash into. It was a bit high-tech with an LCD screen. I’m assuming that it was built with certain safety standards so no one gets any body part crushed. Personally, I think all restaurants should have something like this. But then again, I’m also the guy who thinks a sink should be next to each trash bin so customers can empty their ice and drinks before tossing it in the trash. When you worked in the food industry, you know how much it sucks carrying a trash bag with liquid inside it, praying it doesn’t rip or tear.
  • I have zero interesting in watching the new Dumbo movie. While I’m more macabre than the average person, I find Tim Burton’s work too dark. I also have never seen the cartoon, which I think is odd since I have two kids.
  • You inadvertently teach people how to treat you when as you tolerate things.
  • Located In Klyde Warren Park, Dallas’ Newest Public Art Installation Allows Participants To Video-Chat With Strangers From All Across The Globe
  • McDonald’s will use AI to automatically tweak drive-thru menusIt might give McFlurrys more prominent placement on hot days, for instance.
  • The Dreams Of A Man Asleep For Three Weeks
    • On March 22, 2018, I was rushed to the hospital for life-saving surgery. Due to complications with the procedure, I didn’t regain full, coherent consciousness until the second week in April. For three weeks I was stuck inside my own mind, subject to a seemingly unending series of dreams. Dreams covering on a variety of themes, some light and hopeful, others dark and dismal. I dreamed the end of my life over and over. I was a hero and a villain.
  • Ohio names shelter pets the official state pet to raise awareness about animal adoption
  • 59 Distinct Ways of Cooking Eggs
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, March 26, 2019

  • We spent the weekend in Corpus Christi so DaughterGeeding and her team could compete in Destination Imagination’s state tournament. They lost and were heartbroken, tears were shed. I wasn’t upset, I wanted her to learn what it was like to put a lot of work into something only to be defeated and it all comes to a stop in an instant. She needed a good lesson in adversity and I didn’t want it to happen too late in life for her. What was most touching, despite all the tears she shed, her brother was perhaps sadder for her than she was for losing, and she was pretty darn sad.
  • The drive to Corpus Christi takes about six hours. My GPS app had us travel backroads through small towns, so we never had to drive through Austin or San Antonio. We got to see the beautiful Texas landscape with plenty of bluebonnets, primroses, and Indian paintbrush, all almost in full bloom. As we got closer to Corpus, I was surprised at the mammoth wind farm we drove through.
  • One back thing about driving the backroads, bug splatter. Lots of bug splatter.
  • On the way to Corpus on Friday morning/afternoon, I only saw DPS patrolman. On the way back on Sunday morning, I think I saw about seven. I almost got a speeding ticket going through one small town by local police, it was a place in which the speed limit drops from like 75 mph to 55 mph and I was driving about 65 mph. I never had this happen, but all the cop did was flash his lights and didn’t even move his car. It’s like all he was saying was, “Hey buddy, slow it down, you’re entering city limits.” I’m used to small-town speed trap and getting a speeding ticket – no, if, ands, or buts about it.
  • About 10:30 AM on Friday we drove into Lockhart, TX. Home of Black’s BBQ, the oldest BBQ joint in Texas and owned and operated by the same family for four generations. You can trace the origin of the bbq’d giant beef rib there, and that’s what WifeGeeding ordered. Thankfully they open at 10:00 AM and we didn’t mind having an early lunch at all. It ranks up there with some of the best BBQ I ever had.
  • I couldn’t help but think of LiberallyLean since he’s been blogging about reading a book or two on Texas history as we drove through Goliad and we saw signs for Colonel Fannin and his troop’s grave. Here’s a quick history lesson:
    • The Goliad massacre was an event of the Texas Revolution that occurred on March 27, 1836, following the Battle of Coleto; 425-445 prisoners of war from the Texian Army of the Republic of Texas were killed by the Mexican Army in the town of Goliad, Texas. Among those killed was commander Colonel James Fannin. The killing was carried out under orders from General and President of Mexico Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Despite the appeals for clemency by General José de Urrea, the massacre was reluctantly carried out by Lt. Colonel José Nicolás de la Portilla.
  • Luling was a surprisingly neat town. How can you not like a town which has a water tower which resembles a watermelon and adds flare to the oil pump jacks? We stopped there for gas. Before we got out, DaughterGeeding asked that I teach her how to pump it, which made for a neat father-daughter moment. Ah, one more fact about the town, Star Trek TNG actor Michael Dorn was born there.
  • I never got the memo Corpus Chisti had a big nice looking event center next to the shore. A couple of DaughterGeeding’s team events were there.
  • Another event was held at Kaffie Middle School. When I looked it up on GoogleMaps, this was what showed up.
  • I guess I’ll never get over the size of certain high schools, coming from small-town Mineral Wells and all. Another one of DaughterGeeding’s team events was held at Veteran’s High School and I was in awe when I first walked in and saw this which seemed to go on forever.
  • Speaking of Mineral Wells, I was giddy when I saw they also had a team participating in Corpus Christi.
  • But I wasn’t as giddy as WifeGeeding was when she discovered a Big Red margarita. She’s a sucker for Big Red.
  • Here’s a photo of DaughterGeeding and some of her team practicing their “Medical Mystery” one last time.
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This made me smile

I found this story and the girl adorable.

Not to be a downer, but the average life span of a domestic duck is 10 years or less.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, March 21, 2019

  • I wonder how awkward dinner is at the George and Kellyanne Conway house.
  • The high school in my hometown of Mineral Wells is getting a new principal, his name is Dr. Funk. I bet he’s heard every joke possible when it comes to his name. I had a friend in college with the last name of Massingill, he was a pretty cool dude.
  • DaughterGeeding read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in less than 20 hours.
  • A lot of times when I look at a lifetime of photos of someone, there’s a phase, perhaps in their thirties, in which they look older than they do when they are in their forties.
  • Smithonian.com – The Rivalry Between Two Doctors to Implant the First Artificial HeartFeaturing titans of Texas medicine, the race was on to develop the cutting-edge technology
  • I find the selection of a photo for an obituary or celebration of life a funeral interesting. Out of a lifetime of photos, a family member will have to choose a single one. Some will choose a photo taken at the latter stage of life, perhaps because it’s most recent and it’s how most people think of their loved one. Yet, sometimes they will choose a photo at a time in that person’s life when they were most active or well dressed. All that came to mind looking at the obituaries in my hometown newspaper, in particular, military photos of loved ones taken in the sixties or seventies.
  • How The Very Hungry Caterpillar Became a Classic
  • Mr. Rogers’ Selective Service Registration Card
  • A paraglider lands and a kangaroo picks a fight with him
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45 rattlesnakes removed from under house near Albany, TX

“This is nothing. We do this all the time.”

Article

https://www.facebook.com/Bigcountrysnakes/videos/612711535870730/

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  • There’s going to be a Toy Story 4. After watching the last, I don’t think I could be emotionally strong enough to handle another.
  • There’s a huge chemical fire which is expected to burn for days near Houston. Authorities state the air quality around the area is safe. I don’t trust the authorities. I remember hearing the same thing from authorities about the air quality around Ground Zero which turned out to toxic and cancerous.
  • I guess I never noticed it was spelled without an “h” – Who Still Buys Wite-Out, and Why?Correction fluids have improbably outlasted the typewriter and survived the rise of the digital office.
  • I came across a show on A&E called ‘The Toe Bro’. It’s a reality series about a podiatrist and it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s similar to TLC’s ‘Dr. Pimple Popper’, who I think is a must-follow on Twitter if you like to see pimples explode.
  • What Every Kid in the College Admissions Scandal Knew About the ScamHere’s a succinct — well, uh, a more succinct — list of everyone involved and what they did and did not know.
  • Eight years and 1 million photos: What Eric Draper learned photographing George W. Bush
  • Cindy McCain shared a vulgar tweet directed at and her daughter.
  • The Surprisingly Long History of Throwing Eggs at Politicians
  • Perhaps, the greatest Batman scene ever.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, March, 18, 2019

  • I saw a commercial for something called Sprite Lymonade which was described as a Sprite with a hint of lemonade. I raised an eyebrow. Sprite is a lemon/lime drink. There’s already lemon in it. Lemonade has sugar and water in it, Sprite already has sugar and water in it. Oh well.
  • Anderson Cooper was on ’60 Minutes’ last night doing a segment on Monaco. Some tour guide was telling him how the wealthy live and where they hang out and I started laughing, Cooper’s mother is Gloria Vanderbilt, a direct heir of Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the richest men in history.
  • I was dreading doing my taxes on Saturday, but when I logged into TurboTax it stated I already filed. Well, everything but the very last step. It turns out I filed them the night before after taking an Ambien. On Friday night, I remember thinking about starting on them since everyone was in bed, but don’t recall actually starting them.
  • Conquer Monday like this dog conquered his fear.
  • I thought Monica Lewinsky’s answer to the following question on Twitter was interesting.
    • @Bcbudinto – This may sound like a strange question but of the two, which would you say was more harmful to you personally? I’m a guy, and have never been shamed in either way, so I’m just trying to understand the impact. Obvs they’re both bad and should never be done.
    • @MonicaLewinsky – having been both slut + body shamed, former harmful cuz it stigmatizes behavior + the person who engaged in it … latter so destructive cuz it attacks your whole being. (probs could be more articulate but awake since 4.15 am) ANYWAY props to @jameelajamil + @samsmith #iweigh
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!

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Blame DJ Tanner for planting the seed

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