Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, July 18, 2017

  • I used an air horn for the first time in my life yesterday. I woke WifeGeeding up with it to wish her a happy birthday early in the morning. There’s a lot of things I can’t provide for her, but I will always be full of surprises.
  • When I hear the name Barbara I think of the Beach Boys song “Barbara Anne” which then makes me think of the time Zack, Slater, and Screech lip synched the song.
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA! – O.J. Simpson’s Parole Hearing Will Air Live On ESPN
  • Armchair Political Consultant – It was great that the president showcased American made products from all 50 states at the White House, but I would have advised him to announced that all of his products, as well as Ivanka’s, would now be solely made in the United States as well. Any loss in profit from manufacturing wouldn’t compare to the publicity and benefit gained in campaigning.
  • The kids have been fascinated by magic as of late so I took them to a show last weekend. Tickets were twenty bucks for VIP seating and ten for general admission, which I thought was a great deal. However, there was a $20 overall ticket charge which couldn’t be avoided by either online or ticket window. On top of that, there was a minimum two item purchase per patron and an automatic 18% gratuity was added. But we were fortunate for purchasing the general admission tickets and being seated in the front row.
  • I was listening to NPR’s “This American Life” on the way home after eating with some friends on Saturday. The segment I caught was a bit odd and then turned very heavy. The host gave warning the material wouldn’t be appropriate for children and then started the segment which was about the amount of free porn that’s available online and how performers are now making money by making customized fetish material. As you’d expect, some were quite a bit out there and some were strangely ordinary. But the focus of the segment was the request from a customer who simply asked for a performer to be fully dressed, sit in a chair with her legs crossed, and look into the camera and tell him everything is going to be alright and there’s no need to resort to suicide. The performance company didn’t charge the guy and tried to contact him but never got a reply. Everyone associated with the shoot was very emotional and took great lengths to make sure it was their best work. The actress herself was deeply emotional. They shot the video as requested and sent it off, but ominously, never heard back.
  • New York Times Op-Ed – Why I’m Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention
  • I watched Arrival recently. The ending and contemplating the unique overall storyline had me deep in thought for several hours.
    • If you could view your life as an image, a story told in one nonlinear and infinite symbol, would you change it? What if the experience of knowing the future changed a person?
    • Is it best to embrace the sum of your life regardless of the tragic moments within it?
      • My parents gave me a dog when I was a kid and it lived for 17-years. Many years later I asked my mom if she would consider owning another, and she told me the heartache would be too hard to ever own another pet. She didn’t think the investment in developing a relationship with a pet outweighed the loss of a pet. I, obviously, think different. Well, maybe she didn’t quite so much think it was not worth it, but she’d rather avoid a road she knows will lead to heartache. If you’ve seen the movie, this totally would make sense.
    • One thing I really appreciated was naming the two aliens Abbott and Costello. It’s perfect once you understanding the complexity of communicating and their “Who’s on first” bit.
    • Something I never considered while watching other movies about aliens arriving on Earth is how each country would respond. Would a country’s first reaction be militarily and attack, would a nation start peacefully and attempt a friendly relationship? For instance, what would happen if aliens landed in North Korea first as opposed to Canada?
    • All of this “communicating” reminds me of my favorite part in the movie Thirteen Days. An admiral orders warning shots to be fired over Soviet vessels and gets into a heated exchanged with Secretary of Defense Bob McNamara who explains that the Soviets may not understand those to be warning shots.

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Dog Rescues a Fawn

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Proud Adoptive Parents

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind The Scenes

It’s fun to appreciate the complete product, but sometimes it’s fun just to appreciate the art that goes behind the making of a film.

Oh, and Star Wars fans will really get a kick out of the end of this video.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, July 17, 2017

  • WifeGeeding works at a preschool in a nearby church. They are having various camps this month and when she arrived to work on Thursday the parking lot had a couple of police cars and an armored SWAT vehicle. It turns out the city decided to hold a training exercise but didn’t inform anyone at the church. There is no telling the level of concern many parents had as they arrived to drop off their children.
  • Today is WifeGeeding’s birthday, which means she’s entering the final year of being in her thirties.
  • We shopped at an Aldi grocery store recently. They charge you 25-cents to use a grocery cart.
  • Doctors in shock after 27 missing contact lenses found in woman’s eye
  • – How U2 fell in love with Nashville and influenced today’s country music  – From four-wheeling with Johnny Cash to providing contemporary country with one of its most popular guitar tones, the band’s Music City roots run deep
    • I’m no fan of modern-day country music so I didn’t expect to like this article, but as a U2 fan, I found it delightful, especially the stories with Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison and recording in Sun Studios.
  • – Donald Trump stole my old church
  • Today’s Dose of ‘MURICA!
  • Somehow while researching something else I landed on a transcript of a Reagan/Mondale debate. The question of being “born again” was brought up to the candidates. This is how they responded:
    • Reagan: Well, I was raised to have a faith and a belief and have been a member of a church since I was a small boy. In our particular church, we did not use that term, “born again,” so I don’t know whether I would fit that — that particular term. But I have — thanks to my mother, God rest her soul — the firmest possible belief and faith in God.
    • Mondale: I am a son of a Methodist minister. My wife is the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. And I don’t know if I’ve been born again, but I know I was born into a Christian family. And I believe I have sung at more weddings and more funerals than anybody ever to seek the Presidency. Whether that helps or not, I don’t know. I have a deep religious faith. Our family does. It is fundamental. It’s probably the reason that I’m in politics. I think our faith tells us, instructs us, about the moral life that we should lead. And I think we’re all together on that.

    • One thing which really stood out and something I recall watching as a child was President Reagan’s answer on why he doesn’t attend church regularly as president. In short, he said he didn’t want to endanger people because he’s a constant target. I thought it was a fantastic answer and I remember the applause he received. But this time when I reviewed his answer, I noticed he didn’t entirely answer the question, which is posted below. He didn’t answer the part about why he doesn’t invite a minister over like Nixon and Carter used to do. I’m not judging Reagan here, but what I learned from this is that you don’t always have to fully answer a question to get the response you want.
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This 1988 Letter From George H.W. Bush to George W. Bush Is Making The Rounds On Social Media

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The hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes

I used to work with a semi-pro bowler and once told him that my buddy (the guy who I named my daughter after) and I once won the intramural bowling championship in college. I mentioned my friend was left-handed and he told me that wasn’t fair and then ranted how left-handed bowlers have an unfair advantage because their side of the lane isn’t used as much and the oil pattern is more consistent. Well, this video addresses the issue.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, July 13, 2017

  • I’ve posted the above picture before but I never knew there was a story attached to it. While looking for something yesterday I stumbled upon a document in my father’s files which provides a bit of context. That document is posted at the bottom of this post.
  • My definition of “old” changes the older I get.
  • Someone recently bought a 2000 Jeep Cherokee XL with just 4,400 miles in pristine condition from an old woman who has kept it covered in her garage.
  • Humor from I heard yesterday:
    • Coma-toes – What happens when your feet fall asleep.
    • Boob-sweat should be re-termed as humid-i-titties.
  • The book I’m reading about presidential relationships references Billy Graham from time to time. In 1968, he provided the opening prayer at the Democratic convention in Chicago and was in the same room with Richard Nixon when he decided to choose Spiro Agnew as his running mate. Nixon even had Graham deliver a secret message to LBJ during the election about Vietnam.
  • An article about Tesla car repairs
    • …. 90% of the car’s issues can be identified and diagnosed remotely thanks to its connectivity. That means it can service vehicles four times faster than conventional service departments, according to Tesla, using significantly less space. The off-site services delivered by vans will also reduce the volume at repair centers.
  • The voice behind Kermit the Frog since 1990 has been recast by Disney. In a blog post, he wrote he hoped he hadn’t disappointed fans and feels he has failed in his hero and mentor, Jim Henson. I’m sure he’s financially stable, but losing an iconic dream job like that has to stink.
  • This reminds me of an important part of the last Superman movie  – Scientists have inserted a GIF into the DNA of living bacteria, bringing us one step closer to one day embedding information in our own skin.
  • ‘World’s first robot lawyer’ now available in all 50 states
  • U2 is in Germany and performed in the rain. Larry and his drums were covered on the island and a funky umbrella on stage.
  • The Best (And Wildest) Names In Texas High School Football For The 2017 Season

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River breaks through into excavation site

This was posted to YouTube back in April and happened in Colombia.


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When Politics and Grammar Collide

And The New Yorker responds:

The reasoning for the punctuation of “Jr.,’s” is pretty straightforward. It’s a collision of conventions. The first convention is The New Yorker’s—we place a comma before “Jr.” Doing so leads to another of our conventions: when something like “Jr.” occurs in the middle of a phrase, clause, or sentence, it is set off by its preceding comma and a following comma.

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Praying For The President

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, July 12, 2017

  • I didn’t make one purchase on for the Prime Day. I couldn’t find any great deals and I already have enough junk around the house.
  • If you only put water in your tea kettle and use it basically every day, does it ever need to be cleaned? Since water is boiling inside of it almost every day, isn’t that a self-clean with all germs being killed?
  • I had no idea Marlee Matlin has a reoccurring guest role on ‘The Family Guy’. Since 2012, she’s voiced “Stella” five times.
  • The second season of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ starts on October 27. There’s no way it lives up to the second season. The kids were so young, the storyline and homages to past films weren’t forced, that chemistry just can’t be duplicated. But, I’ll be tuning in hoping they prove me wrong.
  • I don’t think there’s a ceiling fan which can light a room well.
  • After browsing their web page, I think Mercedes Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons, will put AT&T Stadium to shame. And their food prices are extremely reasonable. A hotdog and a Coke will only cost you four bucks.
  • Former NASA engineer builds world’s largest Super Soaker, firing water at 272 mph
  • I enjoyed watching this video about the technology used in the new professional flag football league.
  • I love my Aunt Bonnie and she’s not even my aunt. She visited us for five days last week.
    • You may recall my father had me very late in life. He was 52 when I was born. His sister had children, and Bonnie is one of those kids, so she’s really my cousin. But when I was a kid, it didn’t make sense that I had a cousin so much older than me, so I called her my aunt despite being corrected plenty of times, but she went with it and eventually so did everyone else in the family.
    • She grew up in Mineral Wells and has great stories about the Baker Hotel and Fort Wolters. When she was in the sixth grade, her father died in a well-pump explosion. The culprit was a faulty pressure valve. In some ways, my father (who she called, “Uncle Walt”) filled the void left by her father. So she had a lot of great stories of my father in his younger years. As a matter of fact, she recently told me about an old program Mineral Wells High School had with Fort Wolters. She was in the program and just happened to intern or serve in an office adjacent to my father’s. I never had the opportunity to see my father in uniform until he was in a coffin, so it was great listening to her tell stories of my father. In her words, he didn’t take shit from anyone but also knew his place, didn’t mince words, and had a certain stature about him which commanded respect, so much so a lot of folks just preferred to call him “Mr. Geeding”. I can back that up with this old police report (second column), everyone else is referenced with a first and last name. She remembers him being so tall he had to duck walking through doorways and always having that loving but fearful or reverent respect of him.
    • She married an Airman and they had a daughter. Sadly, Bonnie’s husband died from cancer. Part of the blame is playfully put on the “cursed wedding dress”. Our grandmother made the dress for her daughter, who died in that well-pump explosion. Bonnie wore the same dress and also became a widow. However, Bonnie made sure her daughter never looked at the dress.
    • Bonnie eventually moved to the San Diego area. After her daughter graduated high school she met a sailor and finally remarried. I think they have now been married 20 years.
    • I’ve expressed how I sometimes become jealous that my kids only experience family from WifeGeeding’s side of the family and how I wish my parents could have become grandparents when they were alive. Well, Bonnie and her husband are the closest thing I have to that, so when they visit, it’s a big deal for me. I finally get a chance to share our kids with my family. Also, I get a chance to relive a lot of memories through family stories Bonnie will bring up.
    • This year Bonnie and her husband started to draw Social Security and decided to sell their house. They now travel the country in a fifth wheel RV. After they visited us, they’ve spent time in Little Rock, Memphis, and are now in her birth city of Cinncinatti. It turns out the house where our great grandparents lived is still around but not the one in which her mother and my father lived. However, she and her husband did eat at the ice cream parlor our parents used to visit back in the 1930’s.
    • Thanks to her, I know our grandmother had a sister named Tootsi. So that would make her Great Aunt Tootsi.
    • She also told me our grandfather had a brother named Clarence, who was a Cincinnati police officer. He often accompanied Bonnie’s mother home late at night.
    • Bonnie’s mother was named Eyelene. I’ve shared this before, but she had a leg removed due to cancer. So Aunt Eyelene was actually “Aunt I Lean”.
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