Bag of Randomness for Friday, May 22, 2015

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Johnny Carson as Tarzan and actress Betty White as Jane during the 'Tarzan and the Apes" skit  on August 14, 1981 -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON — Pictured: (l-r) Host Johnny Carson as Tarzan and actress Betty White as Jane during the ‘Tarzan and the Apes” skit on August 14, 1981 — Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May 20, 2015

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  • #ThrowBackThursday – That picture was taken in May 1998.  I signed up for a week-long semester of classes in which all you had to do was go to NYC, visit a bunch of financial institutions, and write a couple of papers.  Part of me didn’t want to go because my father was already in the hospital for a month, and he ended up dying a month later.  I remember him telling me that even though it’s May, I should take a heavy jacket because it gets pretty cold in New York at night.  I just kind of agreeingly nodded at my father thinking he might be high on painkillers and didn’t take a jacket.  Well, that was a mistake because I was freezing most nights, and the jacket you see in the picture is borrowed from a friend.
  • Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see a show but checked out the street they blocked for some sort of bit they were doing outside the theater.  I did catch a Conan taping that week.
  • I think one reason so many friends of David Letterman are tearing up when talking about him is that they know he’s a bit of a recluse, a real private person, and despite what he says, there’s a 98% probability we’ll never see him in public again, so all of this is like a living wake for them.
  • So Dave is gone. You can’t feel sorry for the man, he’s had a legendary career, rich beyond dreams, and it seems he’s finally happy.  But it’s hard to let go because doing so means something that was there for most of our life is gone.  A constant is no longer there.  It brings to realization that life changes and everything in it is fragile.  So it’s not so much that Dave is retiring, it’s that we don’t like letting go.  The door is slamming on our youth.
  • I’m so grateful that CBS let the show run 17-minutes long, and how they handled Dave’s retirement.
  • Man, that opening with all the living presidents (sans Carter) was beyond fantastic, very classic Letterman and what a great way to set the mood.  And I love how he was introduced . . . from a small town in Indiana.
  • I remember the studio audience for Carson’s last show was only for family and close friends of his and his employees, but I think Dave just let in a regular audience.
  • Dave has always acknowledged his monolog was never his strong suit.  It’s his bits, interviews, and the rare confessions of the heart that made him unique.
  • I was ecstatic they brought back the old school commercial cards.
  • Dave didn’t need to mention his successor Stephen Colbert at all, especially in his last show, but he took the time to do so, which I thought was classy.
  • I wonder how many total hours I’ve spent watching Dave.
  • Funny that Dave joked about wanting to become the face of Scientology and then they actually ran two commercials during his final show.
  • I liked how Jerry Seinfeld wore a tux, and I think Chris Rock wanted to take in the moment by taking a picture behind Dave’s desk.
  • Of all the things I really enjoyed, it was that behind the scenes video.
  • “Of all the nice things said, merited or not, do me a favor, save a little for my funeral.”
  • We don’t get to see much of his son, Harry, but that was a nice moment seeing him sitting in the audience.  It was a better moment hearing Dave talk about how much his family means to him.
  • I think Dave is at his best when he’s just sitting behind his desk yacking without any guests, and it was cool seeing that last night at the very end.  It’s off the cuff and genuine with sprinkles of funny.
  • The Foo Fighters were solid last night, and as much as I enjoy seeing them play, in tuxes no less, I really enjoyed all those pics and clips.
  • I think I counted a total of four Jay Leno pictures displayed in the show.
  • Mission Accomplished – “I want it to be upbeat, and I want it to be funny, and I want people to be happy that they spent the time to watch it,” Mr. Letterman said of his last “Late Show” in an interview with The New York Times.
  • James Corden had a good bit with Sting to start off his show with a hat-tip to Dave, and had his band play Dave’s song as he walked out.  And to top it off, he had a Top Ten list of things we’ll miss about David Letterman.
  • I can see Dave hosting the Kennedy Center Honors with a laid back approach.
  • 23 Things That David Letterman Invented
  • Back in the day, there was a local rumor that Paul Shaffer attended the University of North Texas.  While that may not be true, two members of his horn section are from the university.
  • In a Touching Farewell, Conan Shared the Story of How Letterman Changed His Career
  • I got an eye exam yesterday, probably my first in seven years.  I thought with 40 fast approaching, staring at a computer screen every day for at least 8 hours, and a sensitivity to light, my eyes would be in bad shape.  Nope, I still have 20/20.  But because I was driving a rental and left my sunglasses in the vehicle we actually own, I had to sport those flimsy shades so I would be able to see outside.  Without any shades, your are easily blinded by sunlight.
  • I forgot how long it takes for your eyes to adjust after getting examining drops put in. Since my job entails working on a PC and sometimes having to look at lines of code, I wasn’t really productive yesterday after the appointment.
  • Because of the tornado, Mineral Wells made the ‘CBS Evening News’ last night.  They referred to as “the resort town of Mineral Wells”.  Well, it used to be a resort town.
  • Malls in the U.S. may be going extinct (No new enclosed mall has been built since 2006), but not in Canada – Montreal Is Building A $1.7 Billion Mega Mall
  • An entertainingly long read on how Captain America was probably defrosted.
  • Tech-steeped U2 leverages gadgetry to touch fans
  • America’s biggest ranch, which is larger than New York City, goes on sale for $725million in Texas
  • Dallas: America’s friendliest city for business
  • A non-Texan tried Whataburger for the first time, and it was heaven
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • Pete Delkus ‏@wfaaweatherIn 2014 North TX had 4 tornadoes all year long. Just this month we’ve had 24…and the season isn’t over yet!

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Conan Says Thank You To David Letterman 

Conan will even tell his audience when to turn the channel from his show to catch the start of Dave’s last show.

Source: Conan Says Thank You To David Letterman @ TeamCoco.com

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Seth Meyers Recreates David Letterman’s Late Night Opening Package

I do miss how Dave’s old show use to have those commercial cards when they returned from break.

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Plane Drops Feces Onto Sweet 16 Party

It reminds me of this scene from Kingpin (language warning).

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Propane Rifle 

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‘Risen,’ New Movie About Jesus’ Resurrection

“Risen” takes an imaginative approach to the New Testament accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, who the Bible describes as being resurrected from the dead three days later. The new film is told from the perspective of a fictional top Roman military official who oversees Jesus’ death on a cross.

The unbelieving tribune, named Clavius, is commanded by Pontius Pilate “to find the body, dispel rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem,” according to a press release. Clavius is assisted in his mission by Lucius, another “abiblical” character. Lucius is portrayed by Tom Felton, popular for his role as the pernicious Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” film series.

The press release itself presents “Risen” as a sort of continuation to “Passion of the Christ,” although promoters do not directly refer to the film by its name: “Twelve years after the blockbuster film about Jesus’ crucifixion and many others like it, RISEN picks up where that film dropped off in the biblical story of Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension.”

Christian Post Full Article: ‘Risen,’ New Movie About Jesus’ Resurrection, Linked to Mel Gibson’s Massively Successful and Gritty ‘Passion of the Christ’

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No one is a bigger fan of David Letterman than Jimmy Kimmel

It was nice to see that Paul Shaffer was included in this little tribute.

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$16 Running Shoe Review

The first part of the video is about shoe selection, so I have the video below cued to start at the actual testing or review part.

One reason I’m making this post is that I’ve always wanted a pair of those really classic pair of gray New Balance shoes, like the 990V (the 990s have quite the history and cult following if you do a little research), but I didn’t want to pay $155 for them.  I was recently at Dick’s Sporting Goods and they had them for sale for five buck cheaper, which wasn’t enough for me to bite.

Later that day, WifeGeeding wanted to shop at Target and I told her I wanted to look around Gander Mountain which was a few stores down.  To my surprise, they had the shoes heavily discounted for $85, so I pulled the trigger.  Their website doesn’t show the sale or discount, but if you are in the Lewisville area, give them a call and see if they still have them on sale.

 

 

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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  • David Letterman is like that funny uncle you see a lot as a child, but as you grow older, you kind of forget about him and just think he’ll always be there.  You go back and visit from time to time, looking at how he’s changed and wonder if he was really as funny as you remember, but none of that matters, because you just accept him for the quirky man that he’s always been.  But in truth, he’s not as bratty as he used to be, the slow but mighty river of life smooths those sharp edges and brings a bit of intimacy and serenity to his overall perspective of things.  You start to process how he’s changed, physically and personality wise, pleasantly surprised at how he’s become warm and charming, and then do a self-inventory on yourself.
  • I consider last night Dave’s real last show, as it’s the last in its traditional format of having guests and going through the normal late night talk show routine.
  • Last night Dave ran a clip of local CBS affiliates referencing he was the host of ‘The Tonight Show’, the job he was so famously passed over for.
  • At the end of last night’s show, an “In Memoriam” of names was displayed after the credits.  Clavert Defeorest was of course on the list.  I thought that was pretty classy.
  • As much as I love Regis, it bugged me it was taking him so long to exit, but I did love how Dave poked fun at it.
  • This is what I would love to take place for Dave’s final show.  At the show open you see Dave’s silhouette run across the stage as usual, but instead of him coming out for a monolog, it’s Jay Leno.  Dave then comes out, the muck it up for a bit, and then, I don’t know, but I just want that first part to happen.
  • My channel guide tells me that repeats of ‘The Mentalist’ will take Dave’s timeslot for this week and next week.
  • Many thanks to Bryan for providing the link to an article about how the P2 Ranch in Johnson County got involved with ‘The Amazing Race’ and everything that went into it.
  • This is a pretty interesting GIF of a man feeding snakes.  It starts off slow, but then there’s this one pesky sucker and it’s amazing how nonchalant he is when it gets out.
  • Questions surround Kitna’s coaching gig at Waxahachie
  • Word of caution, this is a link to Playboy’s website – Best of the Worst: Dallas’ Top Dive Bars, Ranked
  • For those that would like to support a local police officer and his family – Lane Witt Memorial Fund and WOD
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA! – Fans told national anthem won’t be played, but they sing anyway
  • KFC’s Tray Typer keeps you clicking even with greasy fingers
  • MasterCard Send is a new way to distribute funds quickly – a new system that allows businesses and individuals to securely exchange funds in minutes. This means that you’ll no longer have to wait for a check to clear or for the transfer to go through.
  • The Skyscraper of the Future – The push to build a new kind of tower has begun.
  • This Is The Future of College – Skills, not semesters, hybrid degrees, death of the lecture
  • A Study Found That The Lyrics Of Many No. 1 Songs Are At A Third-Grade Reading Level
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Tornado Hits My Hometown of Mineral Wells

But I’m not sure if this was the actual tornado.

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KFC is Bringing Back Colonel Sanders

Sidenote: I have the hardest time spelling “colonel”.

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