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  • Thoughts on my friend’s Allyson’s memorial service:
    • The first rule for any male going to a funeral or wedding service is to bring tissue or a handkerchief.  It’s not for the male, but for him offer to others around and to be gentleman.
    • A private graveside service was held in the morning with the memorial service in the afternoon.  Considering the age of her children, I think that was an excellent idea.
    • I forgot that this was her third bout with cancer, after beating it twice.  But I guess when you finally succumb to cancer, you never really beat it.
    • Sometimes people tell me blogs are trivial, but she touched many, many people through her blog which has now turned into a book for each child and started a foundation.
    • I’d say about 1,200 to 1,500 people were in attendance.
    • This marks the third person that has died from my college Sunday school class.
    • I was glad that she died in the middle of summer instead of the school year, it makes it easier on her boys and give them time to grieve.  It sucks losing your mom, but it would suck a bit more having to leave school and then come back knowing everyone is “looking” at you.
    • When the service started the music director pointed to a particular pew and stated that was her pew.  I thought this was a nice touch, it started to make it very personal.
    • Somewhat surprisingly a lot of old hymns were played, with just a few contemporary ones.  It just seems that everything nowadays is just focused on the “new” stuff.  However, the last verse in the hymn 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) stood out (especially the first two lines) and made everyone stop down, considering her long bout fighting cancer three times:
      And on that day when my strength is failing
      The end draws near and my time has come
      Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
      Ten thousand years and then forevermore
    • The mosting meaningful part of the service to me was when the children’s minister spoke.  He addressed each of her children by name and told them that he’s going to read a letter to them given to him by their mother to read at this very moment.  I mean, what kind of person has that kind of foresight? Here are three young boys who just wanted their mother, and she gave them exactly that.  In the letter, she expresses her love for them, funny memories, and tells them it’s okay to question God and ask him why he would take away their mother.  She goes on to say that God was going to take care of their father as well as them, and that in all things God is good, God is love, and they should continue to seek him.
    • The only family that spoke was her first born, who was twelve years old.  He never broke down, but understandably choked up a few times.  I was proud of the kid, he spoke well and from the heart in a place he never wanted to be.
    • The minister explained that she wanted her memorial service done in a specific manner, and provided him those instructions late last year.  He went on to say he later discovered those same instructions were given to the youth minister and the funeral director – she wanted to make sure there was confusion in how this thing was pulled off.
    • I was surprised there wasn’t more people in attendance from her college years.  That’s not a criticism of my college friends that read this blog, but I really thought I’d see more of her sorority sisters.  Other than me, I only saw two others I knew from college.
    • In a weird sort of way, I actually enjoy funerals.  It gives me a way to appreciate a departed one and for me to reevaluate things in my life.  And selfishly, and I’m sure most of us are guilty about this, think about what kind of funeral we’ll have and how to live a life live up to that perception.
  • Yesterday I got a bill in the mail from the North Texas Tollway Authority for a car I sold two years ago, but the charge took place when I still owned the car.  After a surprisingly friendly conversation with a customer service representative, she explained they got new software and anything left in the old queue was finally pushed out, and that’s why I’m just now receiving a bill.  I had a Tolltag on the car so I’m not sure why it didn’t register, but she ran the transaction at the cheaper Tolltag rate.
  • Jason Segel on Letterman stated sandwiches are more diverse than burritos, and if a burrito becomes too diverse, it becomes a wrap.
  • Buzzfeed states that Jeff Goldblum (age 61) is engaged to a 31-year-old woman.  She looks older than thirty-one me thinks.
  • There’s a Garden of Gethsemane in Tucson.
  • These People Are Laying in 7 Days of Their Own Garbage
  • If you’re on the beach, this map shows you what’s across the ocean.
  • I doubt Dallas will see a guy like Dirk here again, in any sport.  He turned down more money to play for the Lakers and Rockets but stayed loyal to Dallas.
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Peter Griffin Impersonator Does Stand-Up

I only watched part of the content so I’m not sure there’s any cursing.

 

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Dead body slipped out of coroner’s vehicle into traffic

This is like a scene from a slapstick comedy.

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  • My college friend, Allyson, died on Friday night.  I’ve mentioned her before as the 38-year-old married mother of three (ages 8-12) who fought and beat cancer, only for it to come back a second time seven years ago.  She was the one blogging about her the end of her life.  Her funeral will be this Tuesday.  A couple months ago the Dallas Morning News had an article about a foundation named in her honor.  Her church recorded and posted a video of her Christian testimony here.  In lieu of flowers or condolences, her family asks donations be made to her foundation.  In one of her last posts she mentioned that she’s actually the lucky one as she’s dying and will no longer be in pain, but it also pains her to know how much her children, husband, and parents will miss her – she certainly had a grasp on things.  May peace and grace be with her family and friends.
  • One of my eldest friends has been suffering from dementia, and he doesn’t have any family other than a niece from Atlanta.  It’s gotten worst that many are fearing for his well-being.  This past weekend they visited to take him to Atlanta for “a visit”.  Yup, under the guise of a trip he’s actually moving to Atlanta permanently.
  • Let’s see if I pick things up and not make this Monday any more benumb than it has to be.
  • WifeGeeding and I were debating who had the better burger, Maple and Motor or Haystack.  I claimed the former and she claimed the latter, so we ate at Maple and Motor on Friday and Haystack on Saturday to compare.  We both aren’t moving from our claim, but I will succumb that Haystack provides the better overall meal with their fries and their speciality frozen drink, the haymaker.
  • After our trip to Maple and Motor, we thought we’d take the kids to Klyde Warren Park since we were so close, and we had a blast.  The park was shadowed, the weather was perfect for July – not hot not humid and there was a nice breeze, and it wasn’t crowded at all.  If I was single, I think it’s the perfect date place.  Not only are their food trucks and restaurants around, but there was a free salsa dancing class taught on the performance stage.  I’m actually impressed with the picture at the top of this post, which I took with my camera phone.  Here’s the photoset if you are interested, but I’m partial to this one and this one.
  • It’s the first day for reservations for Restaurant Week in DFW.
  • I caught a whole lot of the three part six hours series The ’90s: The Last Great Decade on the National Geographic channel.  Keeping in mind I was went through years 15-25 of my life in that decade, here are some random thoughts:
    • I’m thankful that cellphones with cameras were not available during that Macarena phase, I’m embarrassing enough as it is to my kids now.
    • I have a lot of vivid memories where I was and what I was doing during the OJ chase, but for the life of me, I have no idea where I was or what I was doing when the verdict was read.
    • The policeman that talked to OJ during the chase and the pilot that dropped the first bomb on Baghdad during Desert Storm were both interviewed.  I’m impressed they were able to find and talk to both those guys.
    • I wasn’t aware there basically was a failed assassination attempt on Clinton’s life when he was in the Philippines by Osama bin Laden.  Basically, the security detail overheard there was a ‘wedding cake under the bridge’ which made them change route.  Later they found explosives under the bridge.  Here’s a two-minute video about it.
    • Anna Nicole Smith wore her wedding dress to her husband’s funeral.  How can I forget that wheels off detail?
    • As they started to talk about the Branch Davidian compound, the narrator (Rob Lowe) said before that event Waco was only known for its suspension bridge and Dr Pepper.  It was then I had to restrain WifeGeeding from attacking the television because Baylor wasn’t mentioned.
    • I forgot how funny it was seeing Dr Evil and Scott on Jerry Springer.  What happens at the two minute mark had my stomach aching from laughter the first time I saw that.  I think I need to rewatch that movie soon..
  • Birthday parties at McDonalds use to be a big thing when I was a kid, I wonder if anyone does that anymore.  I had a college professor that would order birthday cakes from McDonalds because she thought they were the best.
  • On last night’s ‘Food Network Star’,  Giada De Laurentiis looked like she was wearing the Sharon Stone ‘Basic Instinct’ dress.
  • 8th grade metal band lands $1.7 million record contract with Sony
  • Tracking the Bizarre Edits Congress Makes to Wikipedia
  • I thought Germany’s soccer coach looked like an evil Dr Oz.
  • Christ The Redeemer Was The Unexpected Star Of The World Cup Final
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Feeling Nostalgic – The Inspiration for MJ’s “Smooth Ciminal” Video

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Eye Trick Video

Be Aware! This video may cause temporary hallucinogenic effects. But please do not be afraid, these effects usually last a few seconds. Read aloud every letter in the screen center. Do not make any mistake. In the end “LOOK AWAY NOW” when it says so in red letters.

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  • Letterman’s opening joke last night, “Lebron James is going back to Cleveland, and I’m going back to NBC.”
  • Letterman’s musical guest, Kiesza, did something unique last night.  The performance started on stage, then outside to dance in front of a fire hydrant spraying water, and then back inside.
  • I had a dream in which ‘Game of Thrones’ was recreated in the old west where there were seven different ranches instead of kingdoms.
  • WifeGeeding looks for to 7/11 each year just to get her free Slurpee at 7-Eleven.
  • I took BoyGeeding for a pretty decent bike ride yesterday and came back winded, then DaughterGeeding begged me to take her for a ride.  I was one tired Geeding at the end of the day.
  • There’s a collection of dimes I keep on a desk, and lately when I sit on the throne DaughterGeeding will slide a dime under the door.  That makes me wonder if I was given a dime for each time I did that act, how much money would I have?  Some quick math tells me about $14,000.
  • Hardin-Simmons University will stream a live satellite broadcast of a Bill Hybels run leadership event.  They send out an announcement about it trying make it sound like a big deal for the university, but this line doesn’t make it sound so exclusive, “HSU is one of only 19 locations in Texas for the conference drawing more than 150,000 participants in the US alone.”  
  • In Alabama - Futuristic church with 12-lane bowling alley, 7 giant domes and an observation tower opens its doors to the public
  • Sometimes I’ll end up talking politics to my conservative friends to get a better understanding of their point of view and maybe even change my thoughts on the subject.  Recently that happened regarding the topic of lowering taxes to increase government income.  Basically we both agreed there are sources and studies that support each claim, and then both agreed that each other’s sources weren’t substantial.  I then learned sometimes it’s just best not talk politics with friends, no matter how hard I try to be respectful and understanding.
  • I do catch myself biting my tongue a lot when people are talking about subjects I totally disagree with.  You know, important things, like the designated hitter and instant replay.
  • Gov Perry wants to put National Guard troops on the border as a form of intimidation to shoo away potential illegal immigrants, hoping that word of a military presence will spread and keep others from coming.  I’m completely neutral on the idea, but money has to come from somewhere to put those guys there.
  • There are many of you I’d really like to meet in person.
  • There are many of you that if I met you in person I’d fear I’d be shot or gutted.
  • I really should donate to Wikipedia considering how much I use it.
  • From The Economist - Rejuvenating downtown Dallas
  • Car thief becomes first person to die in a Tesla Model S crash
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In ‘sexting’ case Manassas City police want to photograph teen in sexually explicit manner, lawyers say

A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said. A Prince William County judge allowed the 17-year-old to leave the area without the warrant being served or the pictures being taken — yet.

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Bicycle Lift in Trondheim, Norway

You get to see it entirely in action starting around the 40-second mark.

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