Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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  • Yeah, that’s me, circa 1986.
  • Chuck Yeager, the retired general, test pilot, and first man to break the sound barrier is 93-years old. I read an article that he’s active on Twitter and is a mix of Ron Swanson and “get off my lawn” Clint Eastwood character. For the heck of it, I tweeted at him and he actually liked the tweet. The restaurant in question was Harlow’s Smokehouse, and it’s true I used to just eat there and check out all the memorabilia in the Chuck Yeager room. And I’d like to think it’s really him tweeting (his official webpage links to the Twitter account, but who knows if it’s him actually tweeting). He last broke the sound barrier in 2012.
  • If red light cameras are a thing and generate revenue for a city, I’m surprised there are speed cameras. I can’t see them being used or holding up in court if there are multiple cars on the road, but if there’s only one or a few and the car and driver can be easily identifiable, it could work. Trust me, I’m not advocating for them, I’m just surprised in today’s world they aren’t a thing.
  • Tony Robbins stuff
    • In that Tony Robbins documentary, it shows his morning routine. In his backyard is a very small but deep pool with 57° water. I’d say it’s probably three feet by three feet and seven feet deep, considering Robbins himself is six-foot-seven. He jumps into and it covers his head, though I don’t know how long he stays under.
    • Wikipedia states he grew ten inches in high school which was later attributed to a pituitary tumor.
    • That documentary also shows his heightened sensitivity towards anyone with potential suicidal tendencies at any of his conferences, what he does to monitor them, and how he assigns a person to look after them. I couldn’t tell if he’s trying to cover all bases to ward off lawsuits or if he genuinely cares. Sadly, I’m a cynic.
      • I’ve spoken about my personal struggle with suicide before, and it’s still something I fight more than I’d like to admit. It’s something I don’t want to say I’ve overcome because I don’t want it to humble me, but it is something I work on every day. With that said, the best description of suicidal thoughts I’ve come across is from David Foster Wallace’s 1996 novel Infinite JestIt’s important to note the year because it was well written before September 11, 2001.
        • “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
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      • Blogger Note: I’m not trying to draw attention to myself regarding my struggles with suicide nor and I’m trying to vie for any sympathy. But as I often do, for better or worst, and for reasons I can’t adequately express in words, I like to be transparent with my struggles. Sorry for the downer, here’s a pick-me-up.
  • GIF – This woman’s split personality may give you a headache.
  • VICE – A Danish Photographer’s Pictures of Texans
  • OakCliff.AdvocateMag.com – 1950s Dallas Fort Worth Turnpike pamphlet
    • Something like this won’t happen again – Once the road was paid for, it was handed over to the Texas Department of Transportation, and it later became Interstate 30.
  • Wheels and tires on 48 vehicles stolen from Tyler car dealership
  • Down Under News – Shirtless burglars break into school with crocodiles
  • An Interactive Guide To The Evolution Of The National Mall
  • Dallas’ first Shake Shack opens next week
  • For the last five or seven years, I’ve had a reoccurring dream. Well, the dream isn’t reoccurring, but the theme would always be the same. I’m me and in a professional career, but I always have to go back to Hardin-Simmons University, live in the dorm, and work on completing my degree. Often, I’ll find myself struggling to adjust back to dorm life, forgetting my class schedule, and feeling unmotivated because I want to go back to my job and frustrated at the multiple semesters needed to be complete which seems beyond reach. About three months I had the same dream but it ended differently. I walked into my dorm and WifeGeeding was waiting for me and I exasperatedly explained to her how I wish I could just go back to my job and live in a house and be a real adult again. She tells me that it makes no sense that I’m back in college working on my bachelor’s when I already have an MBA, have over a decade of experience in the field I’m in, and have been hired by a company because of my knowledge and experience pertaining to my job, not my education. I woke up with a weird sense of awe, as if I was bitch-slapped by an epiphany, and haven’t had a variation of the dream since.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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  • That picture above is so old that kid’s Rams’ shirt says “Los Angeles”.
  • For homework last night, we were supposed to spend thirty minutes reading with DaughterGeeding. Lifehack – You can just put on a child’s favorite cartoon and turn on the captioning and call it even. [written in sarcastica]
  • A reader asked why I have posted anything about the Cowboys new practice facility. I’m not really sure, but they don’t mean to me what they used to mean to me. You can say that about sports overall.
  • A Life Pro Tip on Reddit that stuck with me for a while yesterday – Don’t become so obsessed with how the world should be that you become incapable of being happy in the world as it actually is. 
  • I’ve never had to fire anyone, and not sure if I could ever do it.
  • I’ve always been intrigued by Tony Robbins. Not so much that I’m a “follower” or I’ve read a book or even listened to a tape or podcast. Netflix has a new documentary on him and I decided to check it out. Within the first three minutes, you totally see why people are attracted to him and his methods. I was surprised at the amount of cursing he does, extreme and direct, and how he admits he basically created this character of Tony Robbins. It seemed like the same thing a WWE wrestler would do to create a character.
  • A minor league baseball player hit a grand slam, but the ball smashed the windshield of his truck.
  • There seems to be growing concern from a group of conservatives about the health of Hillary Clinton, that she’s hiding something. While I have no idea if any of that is true, and I agree she has a track record of not being clear and honest, I’m suspect of Trump’s health ever since his doctor released that ridiculous letter about his health which reads like a Madlib.
  • Texas Monthly up for sale
  • A GIF Comparing Legroom On Major US Airlines
  • Neighbors scrub hate messages before family sees them
  • Meet the 12-year-old behind Trump’s campaign in Jefferson County, Colorado
  • GIF – Chopping an onion
  • James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke Gives Music Artists A Huge Boost
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Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!

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First Day of First Grade for DaughterGeeding

New tradition mandated by BoyGeeding – first day of school family pics includes a waffle.

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Man, there sure are a lot of boys around her, she better watch herself.

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Can Paper Cut Wood?‏

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, August 22, 2016

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  • GIF – How many of us feel on a Monday morning.
  • GIF – But sometimes, you just need a little encouragement.
  • Walking out of the donut store and brand new Corvette parked, but the guy that got out of it was wearing a Shelby Cobra shirt.
  • I donated blood over the weekend. The person who did the procedure stated I’d be the last person she’d ever stick as it was quitting time for her and she was about to start a career in IT after graduating college.
  • DaughterGeeding earned a brown belt in taekwondo on Saturday.
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  • NBC has been showing a lot of commercials for ‘The Voice’, but everytime I see Alicia Keys, I’m wondering if she’s trying to cosplay Denise Huxtable with her wardrobe.
  • If there’s a Great Britain there should be a Mediocre Britian.
  • I want to jump off a Olympic diving platform, the 10 meter one, but I think the only place in North Texas to make that possible is at SMU.
  • GIF – When I get angry at someone and imagine me getting in a fight, this is the type of four-hit combo that I imagine I would be capable of doing.  Yet, in reality, I know it would come nowhere close to that.
  • Baylor should take notes – Notre Dame dismisses Max Redfield, suspends Devin Butler
    • Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly dismissed senior safety Max Redfield from the football team and suspended senior cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely Sunday following a weekend that saw six Fighting Irish players arrested over two separate incidents.
    • Redfield was a major contributer to the team, he was their fourth leading tackler last season.
  • And to think they could have schedule both Northwestern (La.) State, Buffalo, or University of the Incarnate Word in 2019 – Three of first four Sooners opponents ranked in top 15 of AP poll
  • KFC’s secret recipe found in a scrapbook?
    • According to the Tribune, the recipe calls for two cups of flour, 2/3 tablespoons of salt, 1/2 tablespoon of thyme, 1/2 tablespoon of basil, 1/3 tablespoon of oregano, 1 tablespoon of celery salt, 1 tablespoon of black pepper, 1 tablespoon of dried mustard, 4 tablespoons of paprika, 2 tablespoons of garlic salt, 1 tablespoon of ground ginger and 3 tablespoons of white pepper.
  • Stranger Things
    • It’s a hit – 8.2 million people streamed Stranger Things within its first 16 days of release, meaning it managed to pick up more viewers than Daredevil, Jessica Jones, House of Cards and Narcos did in their first 16 days. All of which are well known as some of Netflix’s most popular shows.
    • A video of actress Millie Bobby Brown, who you may know better as El or Eleven, of when he head was shaved.
  • Great gesture, but then again, her salary went from $15 million to $14 million – Katie Couric cut her salary at CBS by $1M to save others’ jobs
    • But the anchor insisted “on two conditions,” Berger says in the book — “the money would be directly used to pay for her staff so that they would not be terminated,” and that “this would be done quietly and with no public or private acknowledgment or announcement about her gesture.”
  • Probably old news to many, but one of the Real Housewives of Dallas got her kids kicked out of Prestonwood Baptists private school
    • “They did not think that my behavior and the things that I was doing on the show were a good representation of the school,” Redmond said during the reunion. “Me calling wine Jesus juice, in their eyes, I made a mockery of the holy sacrament.”
  • Olympics this and that –
    • I’ll be honest, I felt a huge sigh of relief nothing crazy, like a terrorist act, happened. Sadly, it’s how I feel anytime something big like this goes on. I felt the same way after both political party conventions.
    • The U.S. won the first and last gold of the Olympics.
    • Those Brazilians really want to stress they were first in flight.
    • Toykeo won the world over with the use of Super Mario. They should just make him the next Olympics mascot.
    • Even though the U.S. men’s basketball team are all pros and rich beyond belief, it was still cool to see them locked arm in arm and all step on the podium for their gold medal at the same time. It was a big emphasis on “team”.
    • I felt the best coverage was during the diving competition. Whoever NBC had in there three-or-four person team did a great job of explaining to the viewer technique and what to look for. It’s like they understood the vast majority didn’t know what to look for other than a small splash and took the time to allow the viewer to appreciate the sport.
    • On NBC’s website, there’s a place to learn more about how to get involved in each sport and how to make the Olympic team. I really got into field hockey and handball and decided to check out those links. I was surprised that the handball link will provide you the emails of their coaches. I think the men’s coach provided his personal email because it’s a yahoo.com address.
    • The next three Olympic games are in Asia – South Korea, Japan, and China
    • I always thought it was “The Bahamas” but I kept hearing it referred to as “Bahamas”.
    • Ratings – The ratings declines this year have been well noted: NBC has averaged a prime-time audience of 26.8 million. That’s down about 18 percent from the London games in 2012, though it’s off only 8 percent from Beijing in 2008. 
    • Usain Bolt runs as guide for blind Paralympic champion Guilhermina in Rio
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    • One of the more touching moments that I want to make sure doesn’t go unnoticed is the moment after the U.S. women’s water polo team received their medals. Many folks may not be aware of this, but coaches for teams do not receive a medal. Their coach, two days before the opening ceremony, lost his brother. He was found dead in his car on a California beach, apparently dying of a heart attack after paddle boarding. The coach felt it was more important to stay with his team instead of going back home, “The thing I kept coming back to was it would be very selfish to let what happened to me personally affect this group and what we have set out to do. These girls have worked so hard for four years. Some have worked for their entire lives for this moment. So who am I to ruin that for them? I realized that it’s not about me, it’s about the team.” So after receiving their medals, the 13 women lined up on the side of the pool and, one by one, draped their goal medals around their coach’s neck (video).
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Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar are reprising their famous “Batman” roles in the new animated film “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.”

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, August, 19, 2016

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  • One week ago, I wrote that my blood pressure was 163/91 with a resting heart rate of 88 BPM. As an experiment, I thought I’d commit to drinking at least an additional 48 ounces of water a day and track my results with no other modification to diet or exercise. I probably drink about 30 ounces of water a day, but wondered if adding 48 more ounces (coming close to a total of 80 ounces daily) would have any effect. Last night after putting the kids to bed, my blood pressure was 134/74 with a resting heart rate of 91 BPM. I think I’m gonna add water to my diet.
    • I’d like to figure out the percentage decrease, but not sure how. I don’t think you can treat those numbers like fractions.
  • In case you are wondering, I mostly drink a mixture of green and black tea throughout the day and maybe 8 ounces of either a Coke or a Sprite.
  • I don’t have a whole lot of Twitter followers, but I’m sure more than half of them are spam accounts.
  • You may know Eve Plumb best as Jan Brady, of ‘The Brady Bunch’. When she was eleven, and with the help of her parents, purchased a beachside house in Malibu for $55,300. She recently sold that house for $3.9 million.
  • GIF – After that hit in far left field, I was pretty surprised the first baseman was able to field it and tag him out, all on his own.
  • Buzzfeed – 11 Heartwarming Family Celebration At The Rio Olympics
  • I’m not trying to fan flames or advocate, just thought this was interesting for folks on both sides of the gun debate – A priest planned to destroy a gun as a gesture of peace. In return, he got threats
    • A girls’ all-star softball team was raising money to attend a major competition by holding a raffle for an AR-15.
    • Not comfortable the gun was a prize to support children, he offered for the girls’ trip himself, but since the raffle already started that wasn’t an option, so he used $3,000 from the church’s discretionary fund and bought 150 of the 500 raffle tickets. – Donors replenished the $3,000 he’d used from the church coffers and then some.
    • He won.
      • “I’m not sure that’s exactly how God works, fixing raffles,” he said with a laugh. “I like to believe I took a faithful stance. But I think that God would have been on my side even if I didn’t win, because we helped send a girls softball team on their trip.”
    • As the owner of the gun, he wanted to publically destroy it as a symbolic gesture – melt it down, turn it into a piece of art, perhaps a garden tool.
    • It was suggested this was a violation of Oregon’s new gun law by failing to have a background check conducted on a parishioner.
      • The Oregon State Police, acting on a tip from a local gun club official, opened an investigation into the allegation that he’d violated the background check law. A spokesperson there said the case is under review. Such a misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine that could reach more than $6,000.
    • Blogger Note: In retrospect, I should have made this a separate or individual post. Also, I’m sure that article raised the blood pressure of some of you out there.
  • Buzzfeed – 25 Overwhelmingly Emotional Pictures Of Proud Olympic Parents
  • ‘Catfish’ recap: Knoxville man thought he dated Katy Perry for six years online
  • Time-waster – Search for photos by painting a picture
  • Cut Delkus some slack – What It Really Means When There’s A 50 Percent Chance Of Rain
    • The factor that’s missing in the comprehension of Probability of Precipitation (PoP)? Area. To quote the National Weather Service (NWS), what PoP is actually describing is the chance of rain at any point over an area.
  • A last will and testament of someone before being deployed.
  • In a World Gone Blerg, We Need 30 Rock More Than Ever
  • Who Is the Best Movie Cop of the Past 30 Years? From RoboCop to Marge Gunderson, we have the definitive answer
  • 1992 Olympic pop-culture flashback – Dan & Dave, a great marketing campaign which didn’t quite work out for the athletes. Dan didn’t qualify for the Olympics and Dave ended up with the bronze. But Dave did win the gold in 1996.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 18, 2016

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  • When I first started this blog, my intent was to never post any of my thoughts or anything about me. It started with just a bunch of individual posts of this or that. Later when I couldn’t find much material, I’d just group them together in something called Bag of Randomness. When I couldn’t find enough material even for a Bag of Randomness, I would sometimes throw some personal stuff in there. A handful of readers said they liked hearing what’s going on in my life, which I still can’t understand, so that’s when I started to post random personal thoughts and experiences. Now, I basically just do a Bag of Randomness and it’s all mixed together.
  • It doesn’t matter if the road trip is five minutes or five hours, but we’ve never let our kids watch any movies or play with tablets or smartphones. It’s our way of trying to teach the kids to be patient, to look and observe, to not feel needy or occupied all the time, and it’s a great way to converse. Also, we just want them to experience a little bit of what we had to go through when we rode with our folks.
  • Watching the United States men’s basketball team play Argentina, I’ve come to the conclusion that Argentina fans are boisterously annoying, especially when they have air horns.
  • Manu Ginóbili was playing for Argentina. If there’s one thing I’ll remember him for, it was bringing the art of flopping in soccer to the NBA. Maybe not bringing it, but perfecting the annoying tactic.
  • I’m surprised sprinters still attach their race bibs, or whatever you call that sheet of paper looking stuff attached to their front and back, with baby pins. By now, something more “advanced” should be used. Like, maybe something peel and stick?
  • I only ran the hurdles for a small bit in junior high, but I really enjoyed it. There was something about counting and pacing your stride and the repetitious pattern that made if more fun than a regular sprint.
  • I don’t want to be too quick to judge Ryan Lochte, but he does have a bit of an interesting past that could lead one to think he made up the fake cops mugging him and his peers story. And it would be just his luck that the s hits the fan when his teammates are pulled off a plane because of the story. But I could also believe government officials doing what they can to discredit the story and make them hosting the Olympics look better. For now, I think I’m going to side with Lochte, thinking he told his mother with no intention of the story getting out and being hesitant to not get his friends in trouble because they were out so late. As for his story not being entirely straight, I think we’ve all been prone to embellish a story a bit and adrenaline and nerves will mess with your mind.
  • I think within the next five to seven years, we’ll find out Usain Bolt was doping.
  • The Olympic pool in Rio may have given some athletes an edge
  • One of the saddest stories I read all year – Arkansas police: Girl, 4, found zip-tied, beaten thought her name was ‘Idiot’‏
    • when a police officer asked the girl what her name was, she said, “Idiot.” Police later discovered Reed regularly called the child “Idiot” instead of using her actual name.”
  • Sports Illustrated Campus Rush – An oral history of how the Big 12 came to be
    • I got a chuckle out of this. The article title states it’s an “oral history”, which I understand the context, but since the oral part is now recorded in print, it’s “printed history” that’s now available in text form. I chuckle because it made me think of the Pepper Hamilton Report provided to Baylor, which was only provided orally, and there’s supposedly no recorded form of it, audio or print/text. Perhaps the report provided to Baylor should only be referred to as the Pepper Hamilton Oral Report. [Blogger Suggestion: Get your head out of the gutters with all the sexual innuendos.]
      • How Art Briles is the only coach fired and made scapegoat is baffling.
  • Take a look at the most opulent labour room in the world
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Scents

A friend and I were conversing on the topic of scents and how it can take you places or bring back memories. The first thing to go through my mind was this scene in Simon Birch, beautifully narrated by Jim Carrey.

When someone you love dies, you don’t lose them all at once. You lose them in pieces over time, like how the mail stops coming. What I remember most to this day was my mother’s scent and how I hated it when it began to disappear. First from her closets, then from her dresses she had sewn herself and then finally from her bedsheets and pillow cases. Simon and I never talked much about that day on the baseball field. It was too painful for both of us. For as much as I loved my mother, I knew that Simon loved her just as much. She was the only real mother he ever had.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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  • Sometimes WifeGeeding will point something out to me and I’ll reply, without any intention of sarcasm, with, “Good eye.”  Sometimes she’ll reply back, “Yeah, it’s the only one I got.”
  • Yesterday was orientation at DaughterGeeding’s school. It’s the second year of existence of the school, and the second year for the headmaster to be headmastering. Last year at orientation, he gave a speech and never introduced himself – his name nor his title. I playfully joked with him last year about it saying a lot of us parents had no idea who he was or his role with the school, but we assumed he was the principal. He’s not Bono, where you can stand in front of a crowd and everyone knows who you are. This year I was wondering if he would do the same. Almost. He said his name, but never mentioned his role with the school. I’m sure there were a bunch of kindergarten parents wondering who this young man speaking was, and when the headmaster was going to be introduced.
  • I learned at orientation if a student is found with a mobile phone or smart watch, it will be taken and only given back after a small fee is paid.
  • On last night’s ‘Hard Knocks’, rookie quarter Jared Goff  was asked if he was more of a sushi or burger man. He said sushi. I don’t want the quarterback of my team being a sushi man. He also prefers Justin Bieber over Justin Timberlake.
  • Props to head coach Jeff Fisher explaing to his team how to stand and act during the national anthem.
  • I ready comics daily, one of them is Ripleys’s – Believe It or Not!. Yesterday, former Texas Rangers great, Toby Harrah, was included.
  • It’s like ‘Aerial America’ but with drones and a cute host – Droning America: Dallas, TX
  • I’m considering visiting the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, TX sometime this fall. Only problem, it’s a four-hour drive.
  • These girls at Ole Miss have a glammed up dorm room.
  • LiberallyLean.com – Decatur High School Has An “Abstinence Only” Program That You Must Opt Out Of?
  • If I read this article correctly, the Navy plans on using drones to help refuel aircraft that’s already in flight.
  • There was a video of a boy who swallowed a dog toy and squeaked when he moved flying around yesterday, but I think it’s fake.
  • Electric Cars Are Way More Practical Than You Might ThinkA new study finds that electric vehicles could handle most of our driving needs.
  • As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I’ll be looking forward to this – Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly Reunite For ‘Holmes & Watson’
  • Buzzfeed – This Runner Stopped In Her Olympics Final To Help Her Injured Competitor Finish
  • TIME – Why the World’s Best Athletes Can’t Stop Eating McDonald’s
  • If you are burnt out on the Olympics and can’t find anything on television to watch, I thought I’d recommend Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’, maybe the best thing I’ve watched all year. I plan on writing a spoiler-free post sometime soon. Netflix has posted the first eight minutes of the first episode on YouTube, which I posted below, along with a couple of trailers (I think the second one has the s-bomb).

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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  • We were filling out a questionnaire in which BoyGeeding had to provide the answers, all simple stuff, like favorite color and food and such. But one answer stood out, and it goes with his way of thinking – What’s your favorite place? His answer, “The middle.”
  • BoyGeeding had his first soccer practice. A parent of one of his teammates is someone that sat next to me when I worked at Fidelity Investments way back when. And in case WifeGeedingII is wondering, nope, you don’t know him.
  • BoyGeeding snuck in a nap before that practice.
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  • YouTube – 90 yr old Dick Van Dyke singing “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” in a Denny’s‏
  • When I was younger and hear “Adult Ed”, I thought it was “Special Ed” for adults.
  • I was reading the Lewisville newspaper at a local restaurant waiting for a burger and found an article about how the school district is looking into moving graduation ceremonies from the University of North Texas Coliseum (or, Super Pit, for us locals) to the new Dallas Cowboys headquarters, The Star, in Frisco. The deal for use of the Star is $90,000 a year, a 181% increase over the $32,000 per use cost of going to UNT.  From Lewisville High School, the trip to Frisco would be 2.2. miles shorter. However, this covers more than one graduation – people tend to forget how big that school district is, it covers “all of Lewisville, The Colony, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Copper Canyon, and Double Oak as well as portions of Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Hebron, Coppell, Grapevine and Argyle.”
  • I was watching a Spike TV biography on JFK Jr. and BoyGeeding walked in and asked if I was watching Batman. I told him no and asked him why, and he said, “Because Bruce Wayne is on TV.” I never thought about it before, but I guess JFK Jr. would have made a good Bruce Wayne.
    • I always respected how he rode the subway to and from work and bucked family tradition of going to Yale Harvard and opting for Brown, trying to set his own course.
    • Loved how Jackie tried to keep him humble, like the time she sent him to a ranch in Wyoming to do grunt work.
    • The episode did a poor job of telling the viewer how these people they were interviewing were connected to him. I was already aware some of the relationships, like Chrstiane Amnapour was a classmate, but wasn’t sure about connections with Ann Culture (I later found out she wrote for his magazine), Chris Cuomo, Robert De Niro, Cindy Crawford, and all the other non-celebrities.
    • He was very keen on the idea of trying to earn things on his own and not on privilege, or at least the perception of it. For instance, the media made a big deal about him failing the bar exam twice. But what’s not mentioned is that because of a learning disability, he was allowed additional time to finish, but refused because he didn’t want people thinking he was being treated differently.
    • The magazine he founded, “George”, was ahead of its time, but I’m sure it would have still failed if he lived. It mixed politics and pop-culture, which was a bit weird for the time, and now the two are quite blended.
    • He seemed very polished when speaking to the media, like he knew exactly how they would spin something, so each answer to any question was very poised.
    • The conspiracy theory that the CIA caused the plane crash always entertained me. They feared his future was getting into political office and having access to files about how the CIA was behind the death of his father.
  • Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, resembles her Jackie quite a bit.
  • I don’t think Jacie ever did an interview, at least a televised one, after leaving the White House.
  • Buzzfeed – 27 Things You Might Not Know About “The Americans”
  • Had a few family members say that U.S. swimmer Nathan Adrian looks like the high school version of myself. I just see similarities in the eye squint and smile. One day, when I decide to update my half-Asian Hall of Fame, I’ll be sure to add him.
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  • Darth Vader toothpick dispenser
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  • This Is Why There Are So Many Ties In Swimming‏
    • In a 50 meter Olympic pool, at the current men’s world record 50m pace, a thousandth-of-a-second constitutes 2.39 millimeters of travel. FINA pool dimension regulations allow a tolerance of 3 centimeters in each lane, more than ten times that amount. Could you time swimmers to a thousandth-of-a-second? Sure, but you couldn’t guarantee the winning swimmer didn’t have a thousandth-of-a-second-shorter course to swim. (Attempting to construct a concrete pool to any tighter a tolerance is nearly impossible; the effective length of a pool can change depending on the ambient temperature, the water temperature, and even whether or not there are people in the pool itself.)
  • U.S. Olympic Medalists Must Pay ‘Victory’ Tax
    • I remember Senators Rubio and Schumer trying to fix this, but I guess it fell through.
    • I forgot medal winners are actually given a cash bonus – Olympic medals and the bonuses—$25,000 for a gold medal, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze
    • Athletes can offset their potential tax hit with the hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses they’ve likely racked up for training and traveling, if they treat their sport as a profession.
  • Before there was a Chewbacca Mom, there was a little chubby ChewbaccaGeeding.
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  • Deadspin – The Story Behind The Perfect Photo Of Olympic Pain
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  • Nike is getting beat by its rivals during the Rio Olympics
  • New Audis will count down to the light turning greenIf you’re driving the right car. On a supported road. In a compatible city.
  • Absolutely love how Michael Phelps And Katie Ledecky recreated this photo.

Phelps’ favorite athlete and biggest fan @kledecky is joining us on #OlympicLateNight 12:35a ET

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