Dying Missouri man gets father daughter dance

Dad is 42-year-old Charlie Kwentus.

Charlie was diagnosed with Oligodendroglioma, a brain tumor. After years of surgeries, scans, and sickness, he recently stopped all treatment.

To that end, the entire family packed up the car and went on a three-week vacation all over the western United States. Maren and Zoe both said that it was important for all of them to be together.

“I feel like we’re building a bank of memories that will last a lifetime,” Beers explained. “They have to last a lifetime.”

But when the girls started realizing that their dad probably wouldn’t be around for graduations, proms, or weddings, a non-profit called Annie’s Hope stepped in to help.

Annie’s Hope has counseled countless grieving children and they came up with a plan to give the girls a page for the scrapbook of their memories.

“I won’t be able to walk them down the aisle but I will get this,” Charlie said.

After putting on the glitz at the salon, the girls came home to put on some new dresses. With dad in his tuxedo, they all climbed into a shiny black limousine. The first stop was for photos to capture this moment in time, then on to the grounds of the famed Westborough Country Club. Awaiting them, a delicious dinner with privacy and then something with poignancy. Their very own, father-daughter dance.

“It’s overwhelming. It’s like pinch me, I’m in a dream,” Charlie said.

And then a moment that proves there’s nothing bigger than a dad’s love for his little girls. A speech telling them how much he loved them.

Doctors can’t make Charlie’s tumor disappear, but for one night it did.

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Behind the Scenes with Hannah and Her Horse (Those new DirecTV commercials)

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Millennium Falcon Play Area on Disney Cruise Ship

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This week, Disney Cruise Line announced tweaks to a ship, including an epic “Star Wars” area. The retooled area on the cruise ship called Disney Dream will place young guests of Disney’s Oceaneer Club aboard the Millennium Falcon in a play zone inspired by the interiors of Han Solo’s famous ship from “Star Wars.”

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I guess this is a good time if any to throw out my theory of why Han said “Chewie, we’re home.” in the new Star Wars trailer.  The Falcon has been out of their possession for a long while and when they finally are able to get it back and walk on board, that’s when he says those words.  That ship is the closest thing they have to a home.

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Here’s the classic Letterman clip I mentioned earlier with Buzz Aldrin

So many have no idea who he is and think he’s just making it up a story about traveling to the moon.

That soap actress you see below is a local, graduating from Newman Smith High School in Carrollton back in 1994.

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Another attempt to liven up golf – Golfboard

GolfBoard is undeniably the most exciting and enjoyable way to experience any course. Easy to learn, safe, and exciting, Golfboard can be mastered by most anyone in just a few minutes. After just a few holes, you will quickly agree that GolfBoard is by far the most fun you have ever had on a golf course.

GolfBoard eliminates the sedentary activity of sitting in a cart, while improving speed of play, reducing turf wear, and offering golfers the chance to experience the natural terrain in way previously reserved for surfers and snowboarders. Already embraced by Golf courses and players world-wide, GolfBoard is certain to attract a whole new audience looking to discover golf, but in a whole new way..

A new one will set you back $6,500.  As for courses that already have them, you can look at this map.  Per that map, only one course in Texas has them, and it’s in Brownsville, but courses in Lufkin and Beaumont are scheduled to get some.  The closest course to DFW that has them available is in Oklahoma City.

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Bag of Randomness

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  • I love fried chicken.  I love waffles.  However, I don’t get the appeal of eating fried chicken and waffles as a meal.
  • I’ve returned a particular neighbor’s dog that has escaped her dwelling at least four times in the past two years.  Each and every time I return to the house, it’s the lady of the house that answers the door, but yesterday when I returned the dog (yet again), it was the man of the house that came to the door.  It turns out he was the guy that found his lost boa constrictor roaming near our community playground I posted about a few weeks ago.  Now I know why that dog keeps on escaping, he wants to get away from that boa constrictor.
  • One of my college roommates kept getting mass emails from our university and he finally decided that it was just too much and used the unsubscribe link provided in their message.  Later in the week he received an email from someone in alumni relations stating they recognized he wanted to be dropped from mass emails, so they will now forward him the mass emails individually and then proceeded to do so to notify him of an upcoming event.
  • Amazon continues to up the delivery game – Amazon & DHL Testing Delivery To Customers’ Car Trunks
  • Google’s new wireless phones service is called Project Fi, and you can request an early invite here.  Here’s the skinny on it – Fi comes with one plan at one price, Google says. For $20 a month, subscribers get the basics: talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering and international coverage. It’s $10 per gigabyte of data after that for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. The plan refunds any data you don’t use.  USA Today
  • I think the two biggest drawbacks of Project Fi is that is’ relying on bad network coverage from Sprint and T-Mobile and you are limited to just one phone, the Nexus 6.
  • These interactive maps will break down your county in terms of education, age, income, race and ethnicity, income and housing, as well as a few other areas.
  • I’ve mentioned that I tend to dwell in the macabre and even read a book about cadavers, so I found this short article and 18-photo slideshow from Wired.com a bit interesting – The Bizarre and Grisly World of Forensics Training
  • A great photo of the volcano erupting in Chile.
  • Gizmodo has an article with video clips about MLB’s new Statcast feature being implemented into televised games.  I think this sentence best sums it up  – It tracks data on every play, and crunches the numbers into fast analytics presented in easy to read graphics for the viewer at home. 
  • This article from Mashable is about five months old, but I thought some of you might find it interesting – Your state’s favorite word to use in online dating – People in Texas used “oil”, New Yorkers preferred “museum”, Floridians like “Disney”, and the good people in Tennessee used “porch”.
  • Here’s PolitiFact’s latest scorecard on how well CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News got their facts straight.  Or as they put it – the accuracy of claims made on the major cable networks by pundits, hosts and other non-elected officials.
  • Today’s dose of idiocracy
  • This Reddit Today I Learned caught my attention – Plot E, a hidden Cemetery,that does not officially exist is where the “the dishonorable dead” from WWII are buried,94 men who murdered or raped women,children and men during or after the war, and 1 who was a deserter.
  • I’ve written about the abundance of breastaurants in the area, like Hooters, Twin Peaks, Tilted Kilt, Bikinis, etc.  Well, a gay version will open next month in Dallas and it will be named Tallywakers.  If you ever wanted to buy that LiberallyLean.com guy the perfect gift certificate, here’s your chance.
  • A pregnant mother of three was a manager at a Texas Popeye’s and robbed at gunpoint.  She states she was fired because she refused to pay back money that was stolen during a robbery, that she broke policy by leaving too much cash in the register.
  • I was surprised ‘The Americans’ continued the Nina storyline all this season.  The way last season ended, I thought she was written off the show.  However, I think last night’s season finale would have made for a great series finale.
  • Tim Tebow’s Eagles contract has $0 guaranteed
  • Texas State University frat member paid $1,240 for drunken cab ride from New Orleans to San Marcos
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • I wish I had a nickel for every time I saw the commercial for the new season of ‘Orphan Black’ that’s airing on BBC America.
  • It looks like you can now turn an old smartphone into surveillance equipment.
  • Chinese scientists just admitted to tweaking the genes of human embryos for the first time in history
  • The new Muppets television series on ABC will be a mockumentary, more adult, and have a ’30 Rock’ edge to it.
  • Last night’s classic Letterman moment was a segment that happen 15 years ago when they sent Buzz Aldrin as a correspondent to the Daytime Emmy Awards dressed in an EVA astronaut suit.  Most of the interviews went something like this:
    Buzz: Hello! Who are you?
    Smugly Soap Star: I’m so-and-so, and I’m nominated for best nada-nada in nada-nada-nada.
    Buzz: That’s great. I walked on the moon. (funny awkward silence)
  • Also on last night’s ‘Late Show’, Bruce Willis wore the same shirt he wore during his first appearance on the show, along with a hair piece.
  • A dog breed chart that places them popularity, intelligence, and overall desirability.  I cracked up at the “Rightly ignored” category.
  • Could be funny, could be scary – How to download your entire Google search history
  • My grandmother died on this day back in 1987, the first death of a loved one I experienced.  This date always sticks out.  If she was still alive, she’d be 114.  Supposedly she was literally late to her own funeral as she was flown and driven to Mineral Wells from San Diego and her flight was delayed.  The only recording I have of her old smoker’s voice is from this Christmas video of me explaining who Optimus Prime was.  It cracks me up that her polite reply was a confused, “Ohhhh…”
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102 y/o Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time

Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

Although she danced in numerous movies, commercials and TV shows, she had never seen any of them, and all of her photographs and memorabilia have been lost over the years.

With the help of Mark Cantor of http://jazz-on-film.com we finally our hands on three “Soundies” Alice appeared in, and were able to show them to her for the very first time. She had never seen herself in motion in her life!

 

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Top Lobbying Spenders in First Quarter of 2015

Monday, April 20, marked the deadline for companies and organizations to file their 2015 first quarter federal lobbying disclosure reports. Below is a list of the top ten organizations and how much they spent lobbying Congress and federal agencies between January 1, 2015, and March 31, 2015.

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Bag of Randomness

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  • Google is expected to unveil their new U.S. wireless service today, and it’s speculated that they will allow customers to pay only for the amount of data they actually use each month and customers can only use the Nexus 6 smart phone.  My contact with Sprint ends in September, and I’ve been frustrated with the lack of coverage in the area and have been wanting to jump ship.  This Google news is quite interesting, but it looks like Google will be using both Sprint and T-Mobile networks, the worst two in the area, so it might not be worth it for me to switch to them.
  • I’ve got a feeling this will be the next big news story for at least the rest of the week, starting off slowing and then gaining a lot of traction – U.S. marshal caught destroying camera of woman recording police – Just check out this GIF of a marshal creeping up on that lady and then snagging and what appears to be breaking her camera.
  • Yesterday on the ‘CBS Evening News’ I learned one in every five eggs consumed in the U.S. comes from Iowa.
  • The morning show on The TICKET brought up a subject I always wondered about – If you own a home on a golf course and a golfer accidentally breaks the your window with a bad shot, is the golfer liable for the damage?  I’m not saying the random person that called with the explanation is the final authority, but is answer made sense.  He stated there’s a Florida case that sets the precedence.  The homeowner assumes liability for buying a home on the golf course, and the golfer is only liable if he willfully or purposely tried to damage the house.  FORE!
  • For a ninety-day supply of a certain medication (technically, a super vitamin that’s labeled as medical food) I’m prescribed, it costs about $180 via mail order.  Recently a generic has become available which will only cost me ten bucks every ninety days.  With an unopened bottle of the $180 medication, I was wondering if I could return it for a refund.  To my surprise, the mail order pharmacy said I could keep the medication and would just refund me the entire $180.  Even though I’m sure they can’t give out an unopened sealed bottle to another customer for safety concerns, I was surprised at how easy my request was.
  • The new NFL schedule was released yesterday which caused me to take a look at the Cowboys schedule and the weekend I’ll be traveling.  The Cowboys will be playing on Sunday night against the Saints, and I think I’ll luckily be able to catch most of the game.  But I have to admit, the older I get, the less important watching any sort of sporting event gets.  I guess it helps that all my teams (sans Rangers) have won at least one championship in my lifetime.  Other than the Packers, the Cowboys seem to have a pretty easy second half of the season.
  • Over the weekend, I was in a conversation about how we no longer get excited about any upcoming event like when we were kids.  I use to get this zeal, an eagerness with butterflies in the stomach that would keep me from falling asleep when it came to things like a birthday or Christmas , traveling, or going to a special event.  Now, nada, zero, zip.  Some in the group felt this was just a male thing.  I miss that feeling and would like to know how to reclaim it.  Heck, even my trip to Vietnam or any U2 concert didn’t even create that long lost feeling.  Maybe I’m dead inside.
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • This was a popular video yesterday.  Little kids were blindfolded and were able to find their mother from a lineup of other mothers.
  • The pictures in this Metro.co.uk link don’t contain nudity but it may not be appropriate for the workplace – Game Of Thrones series 5: Meet Rosie Mac the official body double for Daenerys Targaryen
  • Toyota’s North American headquarters in Plano will be about twice the size originally proposed – more than 2.1 million square feet — bigger than a downtown skyscraper.
  • Ralph Nader waits for Bush and Obama to answer his rude, bizarre letters
  • Here’s a three-year-old NPR article that starts out with a terrible death of a cosmonaut.  His molten remains are displayed at the top of the article.
  • Letterman had the Piedmont High School Bird Callers on his show last night, their 19th appearance.  Overall, they have appeared on ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson’ and ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ for a total of fifty times.  The first kid who did his bird call is the son of a man that appeared on Carson who did the same bird call.
  • GIF – This would be a great summer camp prank.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Retro Style)

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The Christian Version of Tinder – Collide

  • Filter by denomination, location, and age.
  • Check out favorite Bible verses and mutual friends before swiping right to “like” or left to “pass”.
  • Chat with your matches to set up a date!

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Bag of Randomness

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  • I’ve been in the doldrums as of late, but yesterday I decided to take BoyGeeding on a bike ride which seemed to help a bit.  There’s something about being able to spend time with your child with wind and sunshine hitting your face that puts things in perspective.
  • I didn’t hear any mention of Willie Nelson at the ACM Awards.  There were plenty of Texas references during the telecast, and Nelson would surely be in the Mount Rushmore of Texas music, so that’s a bit surprising.
  • I love ‘Mad Men’, but the way AMC decided to divvy up the final season, I just kinda want to get it over with.
  • I have a feeling we’re not going to see any direwolves in ‘Game of Thrones’ this season, but if we’re lucky, Ghost might make an appearance.
  • Last night Jon Stewart mentioned his last ‘Daily Show’ will be on Thursday Aug 6.
  • Sometimes bathroom renovations don’t go as planned.
  • There was a news story yesterday about a Texas woman who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon tragedy who ran the race this year with a prosthetic.  WifeGeeding playfully joked she did a half-marathon with a prosthetic.  I told her, “Eye see what you did there”
  • I’d buy stock in Blue Bell if they weren’t a private company.  If they were publicly traded, their stock price would be taking a big hit now, but you know it’s going to recover.
  • About two weeks ago I saw the movie Interstellar via on-demand and I just can’t get the movie out of my mind, watching just about every legit YouTube video about it.  The film’s director, Christopher Nolan, will be on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘StarTalk’ television show on the National Geographic Channel next week.  Later this week I plan on either renting or buying the Blu-ray just to see the three hours of the behind the scenes stuff.  As for  last night’s ‘StarTalk’, the series premiere, I think we got a better look at Tyson’s office, which looked cooler than it did than what we saw in his ’60 Minutes’ feature.
  • The show that came on after ‘StarTalk, ‘The Big Picture with Kal Penn’, stated that in the next two years, we’ll write more words on Twitter than in all of the books ever printed.
  • In the segment after his monolog, David Letterman has been replaying some of his most memorable moments, and it’s been a fun trip down memory lane for this fan.  He’s not going to do it, but I wish he’d do another show wearing sneakers, khakis, and a blue blazer like the old NBC days.  Travolta was on the show last night, and it looked like he put too much toupee glue on his head as something was strangely visible in his temple area.
  • A woman who works at a creative advertising agency decided to wear the same outfit everyday for three years.  She basically did this to save her creative energy for the workplace and to save a bit of time every day.
  • TIME – The science of Internet trolls
  • It’s just a great last name for a Secretary of State – Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • Buzzfeed – Scientists Used An MRI To See What Happens When Your Joints Crack
  • Newly discovered frog species looks a lot like Kermit the Frog
  • Sunday was the premiere of the new season of my favorite survivalist show ‘Naked and Afraid':
    • I’m amazed at how far humans have come from separating ourselves from nature and the elements.
    • This episode was filmed in the Everglades, and I also saw a Florida vacation commercial during the show, so I wonder if that’s some sort of arrangement.
    • Usually, there’s a lot of suffering, but the male contestant totally made survival look easy.  His female companion was also awesome, but she fell sick and had to tap out on day sixteen of twenty-one.
    • The female had a goal of killing a gator for food but wanted to take some uncalculated risks in getting one.  Her male companion objected several times citing safety over adventure, and she flat out called him a p—-.  To her credit, she apologized the next day.  She never caught a gator, but after she left due to dysentery, the male was able to kill one with a noose and machete.  He later built a smoker out of big leaves to cook the thing, and it worked during rainfall.
    • It was stated that the lactic acid in sweat is what attracts mosquitoes.  The female complained about being constantly bit inside of her, well, you know.  It reminded me of an episode from last season where the female kept getting leeches attached to that same area.
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